You might be wondering why I’m so excited about this textured beanie. It could be because I love the sparkly yarn I used. Or it could be that it was worked from the bottom up. Yet really, it’s because this is my first ever design.
See for yourself. I now have my first pattern published and ready on Ravelry! You can view the pattern details here.
I wanted something that stood out, that would look good in a single color or in multiple colors. Since I love a good band on a beanie, I decided to work from the bottom up, to get that ribbed band.
Firstly, the popcorn stitching really POPS out (pun intended). Yet the modified X stitch just about creates an O shape. Together, it almost looks like hugs and kisses, which I initially wanted to name the hat. I decided to name it after my daughter, who inspires me every day.
Secondly, I wanted something that would separate the textured rounds to help it stand out better. Using the “camel stitch” between these textured rounds really helped create a clean and clear division between textured rounds. The camel stitch is also known as waistcoat stitch, half-double crochet third loop, and crochet knit stitch. So many names!
For the band, I wanted it to be ribbed, so it looked cozy and followed the trends. I personally dislike the beanies that just sort of “end” with no good finish to them. These are typically worked from the top down. There is a way to get a band by working from the top down, it just doesn’t look quite as clean and neat.
Therefore, I used a single crochet back loop only design that is typically used to create a ribbed texture. Some designers like to use the slip stitch in the back loop only for this however, I feel that it is much harder to work with since slip stitches tend to be pretty tight. I just don’t have time for that kind of a work out!
Optional Finishing Touch
I was going to add a faux fur pom pom to the top of my beanie but I just could not find one anywhere. Yet wouldn’t you know? Joann’s had them all on sale 50% off the next day after I made the pattern and took all my pictures!
I did buy plenty of them. That won’t happen again!
Thank you for joining me in my crochet journey. I hope you find joy in all your crocheted creations.
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