Free Pattern Friday: Heartland Winter Beanie!
I know it's been over a month since I've last posted, but I swear I'm still alive! After having a large influx of dragon orders over the past couple weeks, I started getting a little sick of crocheting- which I thought could never happen! I've had a nice little break filled with bottomless cups of coffee and vegging out on the couch, and now I'm back with a ton of motivation and project ideas for you guys.
This hat in particular is one that has been stuck in my head for MONTHS! I initially had the idea for the color design while I was trucking along with my dragon orders, and knowing I couldn't stop in the middle to finish this hat was killing me! The second I attached my last dragon piece, I was already holding my new ChiaoGoo knitting needles... which I'm completely obsessed with BTW.
I'm not sure what it is, but lately I've been totally digging contrasting color block designs, and this emerald/olive green is my current favorite color to work with. What makes this hat even better is the yarn I used by Loops and Threads is a weight 5, so it adds an incredible amount of softness without the bulkiness of most thick weight yarn. I've used the same weight in a couple of my most recent projects and it's a beautiful yarn to work with.
The design itself is very simple and easy. A Knit 2 Purl 1 (K2P1) pattern is repeated throughout the entire hat, with every row always ending on a P1 for easy transition into the next. The only drawback I had was the slight unevenness between rows when switching colors, but when worn the difference is almost unnoticeable. I know there are hundreds of posts on Pinterest explaining how to fix it, but I decided to just go with it. If I were to make this hat again, I would also probably extend the green section a little farther, since some of it does get covered up when the rim is rolled.
In regards to the sizing, this hat gives a lot of stretch but I wouldn't necessarily call it a "one size fits all". I would consider the pattern below to be more of a small-medium adult size, however adjustments can easily be made by adding or subtracting foundation stitches in multiples of 3 for a more comfortable wear.
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Heartland Winter Beanie
1 skein weight 5 yarn in 3 colors (I used Loops & Threads Charisma in “Black” & “Off White” and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in “Kale”)
Tapestry needle or crochet hook
Fur pom pom
US 19 (15mm) circular knitting needles
CO = cast on
K2 = knit 2 (needle front to back)
P1= purl 1 (needle back to front)
F/O = finish off (k2, slide 1st loop over 2nd & off needle, k1 & slide 1st loop over 2nd, repeat till end)
Width: 1 group (K2,P1) = 1” relaxed, 1 ¼” stretched
Length: 4 rows = 1”
The Lion Brand “Kale” yarn listed above is actually a weight 6 yarn, but there is hardly a noticeable difference between the two
Cast on stitches must be in multiples of 3
For more accurate sizing: subtract 3” from head circumference (for stretch allowance) & multiply that number by 3 for number of cast on stitches (ex: 22” - 3 = 19 19 x 3 = 57 stitches)
Begin with black, then green & finish with white. For the small-medium adult size hat in the example, I completed a total of 44 rounds (20 black & 12 for both green & white).
(Color 1- Black) CO 57 stitches (or in multiples of 3- refer to notes section for tips on more accurate sizing)
Working in the round (connecting ends together), K2 P1.
Continue following this pattern (K2 P1) till the end of each round for the entire rest of the beanie. Once the last round is completed, F/O each stitch, cut yarn & pull through tight to form a knot.
*Each color block should have an equal number of rounds. You may choose to make the black section a few rounds longer to compensate for the folded brim, and adjust the number of rounds for the remaining 2 blocks accordingly (in the example above (Adult Medium), I did 20 rounds black & 12 rounds for both green & white).
Joining the top together
You should be left with a long tube once the last round is finished off. Turn the hat inside-out & use a tapestry needle (or crochet hook) & white yarn to begin sewing in & out of each stitch at the top of the white section, leaving a tail approx. 6 inches at the beginning and end. Pull the two ends so the top of the hat begins to cinch together & tie tightly. Flip hat back right side-out & attach pom pom (if desired).
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