Friday, October 4, 2013

Blueberry Beanie

 
Blueberry Beanie with optional Earflaps

It’s October! And you know what that means? Pumpkins…and blueberries! (Well, sort of.) I designed this hat for my sweet friend as part of her middle daughter’s Halloween costume. (Shout out to Brooke & Ava for the inspiration!) This hat will fit most preschoolers and elementary age kids.

There are tons of free patterns on the internet for beanie hats. I love this beanie pattern because it’s simple and can be adapted for character hats or other themed hats (such as grapes, apples or even pumpkins). You can crochet this beanie with or without the earflaps - it's adorable either way!





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Size: Preschool/Child

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn
Yarn/tapestry needle

Hook size: I/5.50mm

Key:
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
JOIN = use a slip stitch to join to first stitch in round
CC = change color
RND = round

Gauge:
4 DC = 1" (length)
2 Rows = 1" (height)

Notes:
Start your first stitch of each round in the same space as your chain.
Join your round to the first HDC, not your chain.
Chains do not count as stitches in this pattern.



Instructions:
CC = Blue.
Rnd 1: Magic Ring, Chain 2, 10 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Rnd 2: 2 DC in each around, join to first DC. (20 DC)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat around, join. (30 DC)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 2, repeat around, join. (40 DC)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 3, repeat around, join. (50 DC)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4, repeat around, join. (60 DC)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 11, repeat around, join. (65 DC)
Rnd 8 – 14: Ch 2, DC in each stitch around, join.
Finish, weave ends for plain beanie.


Earflaps:
(Continue from Rnd 14)
Row 1: Ch 2, dc 12, turn. (12 DC)
Row 2: Ch 2, dc2tog, dc 8, dc2tog, turn. (10 DC)
Row 3: Ch 2, dc2tog, dc 6, dc2tog, turn. (8 DC)
Row 4: Ch 2, dc2tog, dc 4, dc2tog, turn. (6 DC)
Row 5: Ch 2, dc2tog, dc 2, dc2tog, turn. (4 DC)
Row 6: Ch 2, dc2tog twice. (2 DC)
Finish, weave end.

Count/skip 24 stitches around front of hat, join yarn to hat to begin second earflap. Repeat earflap pattern from above.



Finish Edge & Curly-Cues:
Find the back of hat.
CC = Green
Ch 1, SC around to first earflap, sc along edge of earflap to tip.
Ch 40. 2 SC in second chain from hook, 2 SC in each chain back to tip of earflap.
SL ST to earflap, sc along edge of earflap down to hat.
SC around to second earflap, SC along edge of earflap to tip.
Ch 40. 2 SC in second chain from hook, 2 SC in each chain back to tip of earflap.
SL ST to earflap, sc along edge of earflap down to hat.
SC around to first sc, join.
Finish, weave ends. Or continue to optional leaf edge.




Leaf Edge:
CC = Green
You'll work in the SC's from the finished edge until you reach the first row of the earflaps. Then you'll slip stitch and chain your way across to the other side according to the instructions below, creating your base for the leaves to go right over the top of your earflaps. (Clear as mud right? See the image above as an example.)
Rnd 1: Ch 6, skip 4 spaces, sl st to next sc from previous row, [Ch 5, skip 4 spaces, sl st to next sc] repeat around, join to 1st ch of round.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, [sc, hdc, dc 3, ch2, dc 3, hdc, sc] in each ch 4 space around, join to 1st ch of round. (12 leaves)
Finish, weave ends




You are all done! If you have ANY questions about constructing this hat or find any errors in the pattern, please let me know in the comments, e-mail, or on Ravelry! Enjoy!

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xx

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