After posting about my slouchy beanie here, I was so excited to hear that several of you would like to learn to knit and crochet. Well guess what? I can totally deliver!
I am going to start the Spin-a-Yarn Knitting and Crocheting School, and YOU can be enrolled! All you have to do is check my blog every week on Wednesdays to learn something cool and new about working with yarn. I would love it so much if you were vocal and let me know specific things you're interested in learning. For example, go "Hey, I saw this cool sweater- how do they do this pattern?" or "Holy cow, how do I know if I want to knit a project or crochet it?" Speak your minds, friends!
This is my final post in the Spin-a-Yarn series. I'm a little sad to finish it, but I'm really excited to share my awesome winter party with you next week! (That's right, I'm giving you a whole week of party awesomeness!)
To finish off this series right, I'm going to give you a pattern for the slouchy beanie I showed you here. As a disclaimer, I did create the hat with a little trial-and-error and no official patterns, so I hope what I type is actually correct and makes it easy for you to replicate.
I used Red Heart yarn in purple and a crochet hook of size K (10 1/2) for the beginning.
To begin, chain 6 stitches. At this point, you will be completing a circle by crocheting into your first chain (does that make sense?). Single crochet twice in each chain all around the circle (which means you will create 12 stitches from 6 chains). Continue this for 4 more rows. At this point, switch to a treble crochet and diminish how many times you crochet in each pre-existing stitch. Crochet once in an existing stitch, crochet twice in the next existing stitch. Repeat that pattern all around the circle. Keep going around until you have a full circle that measures about 6" from side to side. (It's not important to be super exact here, you just want to create a flat, circle. Don't worry if the circle seems "floppy". That's how mine was and that's what makes it work!)
At this point you will switch to a larger crochet hook. Unfortunately, my hook doesn't have a size labeled on it, but I believe it's in the neighborhood of size P (10mm). Continue to treble crochet, but don't increase stitches anymore. I did about 7 or 8 rows; I basically kept trying on the hat until it was appropriately "floppy" for my liking.
Using the larger needle, double crochet another 7 or 8 rows until a tighter band has been existed that will hold the hat on your head. Once you've reached the desired length, cut your yarn with a tail of a few inches. Pull the tail through your last stitch, pulling tight to make a knot. Thread the loose tail through some of your hat stitches to hide it.
If you want to be a little glamorous, attach a brooch or earring to the band of the beanie by sewing it on with a coordinating thread. I know this pattern was a bit sketchy, but I'm not a professional crochet-pattern-creator. I hope it works out for you. Let me know if any of you attempt it!
Hey friends! I've had a lot of comments about this tutorial, and a few people had some issues making the directions work perfectly for them. One very helpful (but anonymous) reader left the following instructions that should help you all out!
"This is one of the best slouchy had patterns out there. It just needs a few adjustments. Here are the changes I made and it came out great. Hope this helps.
"I am not a pattern writer so excuse the poor flow.
I used 2 strands together of Caron Simply soft yarn
With J hook
Row 1: Work 12 SC in a magic ring join to beginning of round
Row 2: Work 2 SC in each SC from Row 1, join to beginning of round
Row 3: Work 40 SC's evenly around, join to beginning of round
Row 4: Work 1 SC in each SC around, join to beginning of round
Row 5: Work 1 DC in each SC around, join to beginning of round
Row 6: work 58 SC evenly around, join to beginning of round
"Switch to K hook:
Rows 7-12: work one DC in each DC around, join to beginning in each round
"Switch to I hook:
Rows 13-17: Work 52 SC evenly around, join to beginning of round
Row 18: work 50 SC's evenly around, join to beginning of round"
Thanks so much for the edits anonymous reader!