My family loves to camp. My boys love it. My husband's new job last year meant that he had 6 months of training and then as a new staff with lowest priority, he gets to work graveyard shifts and sometimes on the weekends. So now that things have calmed down, we went off to the El Dorado National Forest for a quick 2 night camp trip.
I have terrible motion sickness. I get sick from everything... planes, car rides, boats, ships, & elevators. Yes, even elevators in the 26 story building I work at!
I was determined to crochet something on the way to our camping destination. I learned that if I reclined my seat a little so that my head is on the headrest and eyes are still forward (not looking down), it's not as bad as it used to be! This was awesome because I managed to finish the whole beanie on our drive!
I didn't really have a plan for this design. I always find it really hard to crochet variegated yarn. I prefer to knit with them but I knew crocheting would be faster on our short drive up the mountains.
For the ridges of this beanie, I crocheted into the loop right under the back loop. If you've ever crocheted into the back loop, you simply just turn it forward slightly more and go into the loop right behind the back loop. I didn't decide to do this until I already completed the top part of the beanie, so the pattern is written to start the ribbing right from the beginning.
The yellow marker marks the "V" of the front & back loops.
The pink marker marks the 3rd loop right behind & below the normal stitch. That's where you want to crochet into to create the ribbing.
Another look at the 3rd loop behind the normal stitch (marked by pink marker).
This beanies is worked from top down in the round. I always start my top down beanies with a magic ring. The gauge isn't as important until you get to the brim.
To fine tune the fit of the brim, adjustments may be made at start of brim:
Increase: Crochet 2 single crochet stitches into one stitch for a an increase to make the brim larger. You may make 3-6 increases evenly around for one round and if it's still too tight, make another 3-6 increases on the next round.
Decrease: Crochet 2 single crochet stitches together for a decrease (insert hook into next stitch, pull up loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 3 loops on hook) to make the brim smaller. You may make 3-6 decreases evenly around for one round and if it's still too big, make another 3-6 decreases on the next round.
I made a total of 6 decreases on 1 round to fit my 21.5" head but this will depend on your gauge/tension.
Worsted weight yarn | I Love This Yarn in Painted Canyon or similar worsted weight yarn
5.5mm Crochet Hook | Clover Amour
Stitch Marker (optional)
st (s) - stitch(es)
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
PATTERN: 10.5" tall | 20-22" circumference
Notes: The chain 2 does not count as a stitch so you will start your first stitch in the same stitch as the chain 2.
Round 1: Start with a magic ring, ch2. 12 dc into the ring. Sl st to the first dc.
Round 2: ch2, 2dc into each st around. Sl st to the first dc.
Round 3: (working in the 3rd loop) ch2, *1dc in the first st, 2 dc into the next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st to the first dc.
Round 4: ch2, *1dc in the next 2 sts, 2dc in the next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st to the first dc.
Round 5: (working in the 3rd loop) ch2, *1dc in the next 3 sts, 2dc in the next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st to the first dc.
Round 6: ch2, *1dc in the next 4 sts, 2dc in the next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st to the first dc. The diameter should now be approx. 7".
Round 7: (working in the 3rd loop) ch2, 1dc in each st around. Sl st to the first dc.
Round 8: ch2, 1dc into every st around. Sl st to the first dc.
Round 9-18: Repeat Rounds 7 & 8 five more times.
Round 19: Repeat Round 7.
Note: For slouchier beanies, crochet rounds 7 & 8 one more time. For less slouchier beanie, crochet rounds 7 & 8 only 4 more rounds (instead of 5).
ch1, 1sc into the same stitch and every stitch all the way around. Do not sl st to the first sc. Instead, place a marker (if needed) & continue to sc around in a continuous round until brim measures about 2.25" (or however thick you like). sl st into the last 2 sts before fastening off.
Fasten off & weave in all ends.
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