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Samantha’s Hope Beanie Free Pattern

Samantha’s Hope Beanie Free Pattern

Last year we participated in our first Crochet Cancer Challenge with our Samantha’s Hope beanie pattern. We went for royal blue in support of colon cancer.

2019 was a very poignant year to be initiated as one of the designers of this fabulous event. At the time Sara’s dad, Robin, was in the final stages of battling with his cancer. I designed this hat to honour him. I’m thrilled that he got to see it and approve of it before he died just 3 weeks later. Find out more about that story, what Sara fears the future holds for her and just how important this event is to us you can read about it here.

About the Samantha’s Hope Beanie

So now you know a little about how the Samantha’s Hope beanie and cowl came about, what about the pattern itself?

It is made using #5 weight yarn so it works up quickly. It’s unisex and looks fabulous in any colour choice you can think of!

At Sunflower Cottage Crochet we also like to try to teach crocheters a little about the craft. Whether it is a new technique, a new tip or trick or learning new stitches. Often times people have seen or used the stitch combos but not heard of the actual stitch before.

Give a stitch a name….

For some reason when you give a stitch a name it can start to intimidate some crocheters! For example, in one crochet group a lady worked up our Robin beanie, our Crochet Cancer Challenge pattern for 2020. In her post she stated that she had put off doing it because we named the third loop half double crochet stitch correctly as the camel stitch. Sitting down to make the hat she found it quite funny that this had put her off making the hat for a while.

 

 

My initial response was that we needed to change. Surely people shouldn’t feel that way when they see our patterns?

But I quickly realised that actually I like that we taught her something. Even if it was only the official name for the stitch. Our patterns always tell you how to work the special stitches and in most cases there is also a YouTube tutorial on how to work the stitch. There really is nothing to be intimidated about!

That being said….

 

Have you heard of the silt stitch?

It is a very basic stitch combo where you work (1sc, 2dc) in one stitch and then skip the next 2 sts and repeat and then on the next row you work a row of dc.

For the beanie and cowl I have amended it slightly. Instead of using the traditional double crochet row I used a hdc, to keep the cozy and warm feel of the hat.

But by itself the silt stitch just didn’t have the ‘umph’ that I was looking for. Sara is a big fan of the camel stitch (working into the third loop of the previous row) so I frogged and re-designed the hat to combine both the silt and the camel stitches. And doesn’t it look darling? The fact its unisex is also a big plus!

Samatha’s Hope Beanie is made to be a hug for your head. It’s warm, comfortable and is designed to be a little longer so that it covers and protects the ears too. It is written in three sizes – adult small, medium and large. If you want to adjust it to fit a child simply use #4 worsted weight yarn (aran) and go down to a 5mm hook! Sara and her family have given it a seal of approval – I hope you guys do too!

 

We have decided to share the pattern as a free one in this post!

But if you prefer to get the pdf versions you can find it at:

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

Are you ready for the free beanie pattern? Keep scrolling!

Materials:

  • #5 weight yarn (chunky) I used Stylecraft Special Chunky which you can find here:
    large beanie – around 115 yards, medium beanie – 105 yards approx., small beanie – less than 100 yards
  • 5.5mm hook
  • Needle to sew in ends
  • Tape measure
  • Stitch marker (optional)

Gauge: 2’’x2’’is 7HDC x 5 rows

Sizing:

  • Small – 18” circ, 7.5” tall
  • Medium – 19” circ, 8.5” tall
  • Large – 20” circumference, 9’’ tall

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)

  • St(s)–stitch(es)

  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc–single crochet
  • hdc— half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • Hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together
  • Dc2tog – double crochet 2 together
  • BLO – back loop only
  • YO – Yarn over

Pattern notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • Ch1 and Ch2 at the start of a row counts unless stated otherwise.
  • There are three sizes to the beanie pattern – small, medium and large. The pattern indicates this with using the format small (medium, Large) where stitch counts etc differ.

Special Stitches:

Camel Stitch: This is worked in the third loop of the HDC stitch, which pushes the top two “V” stitch loops to the side, creating a “knitted” look. YO and insert hook into 3rd loop of indicated hdc, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

Silt Stitch:We work a slightly amended version of the silt stitch in this pattern. It is worked over two rows or rounds.

  • Row 1: In the first st you work (sc, 2dc), sk2 and then work (sc, 2dc) in the next st, all of the way around your hat.
  • Row 2: Hdc in each st around
    (Note: technically here the stitch is usually worked using DC’s all of the way around for the silt stitch but I wanted to use the hdc)

Hdc2tog: This is used to create the reduction around the crown of the hat and is worked over two stitches.YO, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, insert hook into the next st, YO and pull through. YO and pull through all four loops on hook.

Dc2tog: YO, insert hook into st, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook, YO insert into next st, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through remaining three loops.

 

Samantha’s Hope Beanie Pattern

For the brim:

Row 1 – Ch 7 (8, 9) Sc in second ch from hook and each ch across (6, 7, 8 stitches)

Row 2 Ch1 (does not count as a st), turn. Sc BLO in each stitch across

Row 3 – Repeat row 2 until brim measures 18” (19”, 20”)

Hold the first and the last rows together and ss across to join the brim.

Do not FO

 

For the start of each beanie:

Round 1 – Sc 51 (57, 60) evenly around Ss to join

Round 2 – Ch1 (not a st) hdc in each st around. SS to join

Round 3 – Ch1 (counts as a sc), 2dc in the first st, sk2, *(1sc, 2dc) in the next st, sk2 stitches* repeat from * to * around.
SS to join

Round 4 – Ch1 (not a st) hdc in each st around. SS to join

Round 5 – Working into the third loop only (camel stitch – see special stitches for video link) on this round …
Ch2 (counts as a hdc), hdc in each st around.

Continue beanie pattern for the relevant size of your hat below.

Size small:

Round 6 – Repeat round 3

Round 7 – Repeat round 4

.Round 8 – Repeat round 5

Round 9 – Repeat round 3

Round 10 – Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog, *hdc next 4 sts, hdc 2tog*, Repeat from * to * around. Hdc in the last 3 sts
SS to join (43)

Round 11 – Working into the third loop only in this round ….
Ch2 (counts), hdc in the next 4 sts, hdc2tog, *hdc in the next 5 sts, hdc2tog* Repeat from * to * around, hdc2tog over the last two sts.  SS to join (36)

Round 12 – Repeat round 3 SS to join

Round 13 – Ch2 (counts), hdc in the next st, hdc2tog in the next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next st, hdc in next st, hdc2tog* Repeat from * to * around. SS to join (26)

Round 14 – Working into the third loop only in this round …
Ch2, hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog * Repeat from * to * around. Hdc third loop only in the last 2 sts. SS to join (22)

Round 15 – Ch1 (does not count as a st), hdc2tog all of the way around. SS to join (11)

Round 16 – Ch1 (does not count), hdc in first st, hdc2tog around. SS to join (6)

Leave a long tail, FO.

Use tail to sew the top of the hat closed by weaving it through the stitches and then pulling tightly.

Sew in ends.

Size medium:

Rounds 6 – 8 – Repeat rounds 3-5

Rounds 9 &10 – Repeat rounds 3 and 4

Round 11 – Working into the third loop only in this round ….
Ch2, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in the next st, *hdc in next st, hdc2tog in the next, hdc in next 2 sts* repeat from * to * around. HDC in last 4 sts SS to join (42)

Round 12 – Repeat round 3 (42)

 

 

Round 13 – Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog* Repeat from * to * around SS to join (30)

Round 14 – Working into the third loop only on this round … Ch2 (counts), in next st hdc2tog around. Hdc in last st SS to join (16)

Round 15 – Ch2, hdc2tog around SS to join (8)

Leave a long tail, FO.
Use tail to sew the top of the hat closed by weaving it through the stitches and then pulling tightly.

Sew in ends.

Size Large:

Rounds 6 – 11 – Repeat rounds 3-5 twice more

Round 12 – Repeat round 3

Round 13 – Ch2 , hdc2tog in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next, hdc in next 6 sts, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next 5 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in next 6 sts, hdc2tog* around.
SS to join (51)

Round 14 – Working into the third loop only on this round ….
Ch2, hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog in next, hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next, *hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog in next st, hdc in next 5 sts, hdc2tog in next st* Repeat from * to * once more. Hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog in next st. SS to join (42)

Round 15 – Repeat round 3.

Round 16 – Ch2, hdc in next st *hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 sts* repeat from * to * around. SS to join (32)

Round 17 – Working into the third loop only on this row …. Ch2, hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next st* repeat from * to * around. SS to join (24)

 

 

Round 18 – Ch2 (counts), hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next st*. Repeat from * to * around SS to join (18)

Round 19 – Ch1 (does not count as a st), hdc2tog all of the way around. SS to join (9)

Leave a long tail, FO.
Use tail to sew the top of the hat closed by weaving it through the stitches and then pulling tightly.

Sew in ends.

FREE PDF

On 11th November 2020 ONLY you can get this beanie pattern as a free pdf in the Season of Joy event hosted by Ambassador Crochet! You need to visit their round up post here to grab the code if you do not already have it!

 

BONUS!!

As an extra than you we are also offering you the Samantha’s Hope cowl at 50% off from 11th – 15th November using code SAMANTHA. If you would like to purchase the matching cowl at this great discounted rate you can do so here.

 

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Tulips Coffee Beanie Cozy

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Tulips Coffee Beanie Cozy Pattern

Tulips coffee beanie cozy

At Sunflower we love our coffee beanie cozies …. and the tulips coffee beanie cozy is no exception. We have designed quite a few textured cozies but this is the first one to specifically have flowers on it! It won’t be the last 🙂 Perfect for the spring and summer months.

Background

In February we went on a little break away in the woods with some friends and their children. It was lovely and the kids got lots of fresh air and exercise. In a rare few moments of peace I sat down with my hook, the French doors open to the woods, pheasants and squirrels going about their business in plain sight, and designed this one.  Isn’t it amazing how productive we are in a few short hours hours when the kids aren’t around you making noise and demanding attention and the husband’s just leave you alone for a bit!

My office in February!

I like this design because it is simple, easy to make and cute. The colour combinations are endless. Tulips are one of my favourite flowers (along with yellow roses).

Queue for testing

The Tulips Coffee beanie Cozy was one that our testers were eager to get their hands on. And the response when I showed it as a WIP in a couple the groups I am part of was heart-warming. I think spring has been a long time coming this year for many of us. I know I have been hankering for a bit of sunshine and colour since mid December and I think a lot of you felt the same. Now it is the beginning of April and with lockdown this year we can’t go for days out or picnics in the park, but I am still so grateful that the sun is shining at long last!

Practical and pretty!

Coffee Beanie Cozies aren’t just for hot drinks. My daughter insists that I keep some in my handbag for her slushies when we are out and about. They protect her little hands from the cold of the ice on the cup and she loves them!

In fact she has given a couple away to strangers in the queue at Costa Coffee!

I gave one of mine to a lady who works in our local yarn store. I saw her in Costa and she had a few bags and was trying to hold a hot latte she had just bought (those takeaway cups are thinner than you would think!). The cozy worked a treat.

They also help to stabilise the paper cups so it doesn’t cave in on itself sending hot drinks everywhere. I learned  this the hard way in the cinema a few months ago when I ended up in their accident book with minor burns because I had forgotten my coffee beanie cozy!

 

Materials for the tulips coffee beanie cozy:

You will need:

#4 worsted weight cotton (approx. 40 yards in primary colour and 10 yards in both green and red)

Hook

Stitch Markers

Scissors

Yarn Needle

Gauge – Ribbing is 1.75’’ high and 16’’ long – doesn’t have to be exact, but close to in order to fit

Size – It fits 20 oz Starbucks’s take away cup, most travel mugs and Costa take away cups.

Links to Pattern

Ravelry here

Our shop here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

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