Funny the accomplishments that you’re excited about. 🙂 I’ve made infant/toddler hats successfully before but older children/ adults … not so much.
So I was very excited that my latest attempts worked! My first was a simple gray hat for
TIP: Always mark the first stitch in your round!
my hubby. The pattern is super easy! I used Men’s Chunky Stripe Beanie by Jenni Designs
Overall I find I crochet a little on the loose side, for this hat pattern. She includes a test pattern to check your gauge. Which is handy.
For my hubby, he picked Caron Simply Soft in Gray Heather. It makes a nice soft hat. This yarn is on the silky side for hats…. very floppy but he likes it. Even though the yarn isn’t chunky (it’s a medium/4) I found it worked well.
I used the same pattern with a smaller hook (yarn recommends 5mm) for a second hat that fits slightly snugger. He finds it warmer.
I also used the Men’s Chunky Stripe Beanie pattern for this next hat. This time using Charisma by Loops & Threads in dark purple with black for accent. For this hat, I used the 8mm which is the recommended hook size. I find the hat very loose but my son says it’s ok, fit wise. I’m going to try a hook size down the next time. This yarn is described as bulky (5) so I thought that it would have worked better size wise.
The other pattern that I used this month has more detail in its style. My daughter and nephew’s girlfriend will be getting these as gifts.
The Alpine Nights Beanie by Pattern Paradise has a slightly more advanced stitch (for beginners) but once you see how to do the fpdc / front post double chain (to make the waffle pattern) it’s another ‘quick to work up’ hat.
The original pattern uses Caron Cakes but for this hat, I used the Caron Cupcakes, Strawberry Pie. This yarn is finer than the Caron Cakes. It’s a Light/3 weight yarn. It worked up very well and I had some yarn left over. I added the pompom that comes with this cute yarn but when we tried the hat on the pompom seemed too small.
Alpine Nights Waffle Beanie with Caron Baby Cake
This pattern has a companion pattern, the Alpine Nights Super Scarf. I’m loving the waffle pattern so I’m going to use it to complete the gifts.
I’m pondering making it into an infinity scarf. I’ll see what happens when I start it.
It’s nice to see results when crocheting. I usually make blankets, some of which I work on for months, so it’s very rewarding to see so many projects done in one month. Next weekend I’ll post about November’s projects in Yarn & Tea.