Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Faerie's Enchantment Hat

  When I made the videos for this hat and the matching scarf, I hadn't yet decided on a name for the pattern. Therefore, I simply called it by the name of the stitch used. It didn't take long for this set to inspire my imagination!


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  Between the color of yarn used (Faerie Cake) and the "magic" in the way the increases for this hat are worked, my mind started seeing sparks of a Faerie's magic in the stitches. Plus, my new hat feels like it has its own mojo every time I wear it. I feel more energetic, confident, and even a little mischievous when it's on my head. It's quite enchanting. I think that's just because it's a great looking/fitting/feeling hat... But let's not downplay that magic too much! 😉


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  It's safe to call this hat one-size-fits-all for adults; the stitch makes a super-stretchy material (check out the video to see how far it stretches - it's at about 30 seconds). You may want to work an extra round for larger sizes, because more stretch = less length. And the stitch count is easy to adjust for smaller sizes, but I haven't worked any up yet so you'll have to measure for fit. I did make a larger version that turned out more like a slouchy beanie, shown after the written pattern. All you have to do is adjust the number of stitches in the first row, and the rest of the pattern stays the same!


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Skill level:
Easy-Intermediate


Materials:
Caron Cakes (or equivalent)
- worsted weight (4), 80% acrylic, 20% wool
- Color used for main pattern: Faerie Cake
- Slouchy hat made in color Bumbleberry and finished with Caron One Pound
Crochet hook size H/8 - 5.00 mm
Stitch markers (optional)
Yarn needle


Gauge:
In 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) square
8 rows of 8 in pattern stitch


Notes:
Pattern stitch is worked in multiples of 2.

Chain 1 at beginning of rounds does not count as a stitch.

The first double crochet in the round may be difficult to find because it falls behind the next stitch. Mark with a stitch marker if needed.

Disregard stitch counts if working a different size. The second and third rounds will double the number of stitches each time, and the stitch count stays the same from then on.

Find the full how-to video for this project here: https://youtu.be/QNHR4VFCwjo


Stitches (American terms):
Chain
Slip stitch
Double crochet

Double crochet cross stitch (beginning stitch for rounds is written out in pattern)
-Increasing stitch: Yarn over, insert hook in the next stitch. Yarn over, pull up a loop. (Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook) x2 (1 double crochet made.) Yarn over, insert the hook from front to back in the same stitch, behind the first double crochet made. Yarn over, pull up a loop from behind the first double crochet. (Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook) x2.

-Non-increasing stitch:
Skip one, make a double crochet. Yarn over, insert hook from front to back in the skipped stitch, behind the first double crochet. Yarn over, pull up a loop from behind the first stitch. (Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook) x2.


Instructions:

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The pattern begins with a loop on the hook, and chain-1 to begin. All stitches will be made into the beginning loop. You may begin with a magic circle and chain-1 if you prefer.


Round 1:
In the beginning loop: Make 1 double crochet. Yarn over, Insert hook in loop from front to back, behind the stitch just made. (Yarn over, pull through 2 loops) to complete the stitch.
(First double crochet cross stitch of the round)
Make 8 more double crochet cross stitch to complete the round. Join with a slip stitch to the first double crochet of the round.
(9 double crochet cross stitch; 18 stitches total)


Round 2:
Chain 1. Make a double crochet in the first available stitch. Working behind the chain-1 and stitch just made, make a double crochet in the same place.
(First double crochet cross stitch of the round)
Work an increasing double crochet cross stitch in each remaining stitch around. Join with a slip stitch to the first double crochet of the round.
(18 double crochet cross stitch; 36 stitches total)


Round 3:
Chain 1. Make a double crochet in the first available stitch. Working behind the chain-1 and stitch just made, make a double crochet in the same place.
(First double crochet cross stitch of the round)
Work an increasing double crochet cross stitch in each remaining stitch around. Join with a slip stitch to the first double crochet of the round.
(36 double crochet cross stitch; 72 stitches total)

Don't worry! The pattern will begin to ruffle from the rapidly increasing stitches. Working the following rounds will straighten it out.


Round 4:
Chain 1. Make a double crochet in the first available stitch. Working behind the chain-1 and stitch just made, make a double crochet in the stitch before the first.
(First double crochet cross stitch of the round)
Make a non-increasing double crochet cross stitch in each of the following stitches. (1 non-increasing stitch is worked over 2 stitches.) Join with a slip stitch to the first double crochet of the round.
(36 double crochet cross stitch; 72 stitches total)


Rounds 5 through 15 (or to your desired length):
Repeat round 4.

*You can bind off and weave in ends, or check out the variations I made on the slouchy hat:


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  This version begins with 10 double crochet cross stitch, which makes the top a little more "slouchy". I used up the scrap I had left of the Bumbleberry color that made the Angel Cakes Shawl, but ran out in the middle of round 13. I pulled it back to round 12 and changed to some scrap of One Pound in black. Not having enough of that for a full three rounds in the pattern stitch, I finished off with a round of single crochet stitches.

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  Since this hat fits a little loosely without stretching over the head, it actually fits longer than the smaller, full-15-round version. I suspect the hat worked as written would double as a slouchy hat for an older child or tween, but I'm not sure what length it should be worked to for the proper fit.


Happy Crocheting!

PS - The pattern for the matching scarf will be coming up next!

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10 comments:

  1. That name is perfect! The colour of the yarn is sooo yummy, it does have an ice princess touch, but fairy is absolutely perfect! Looks great with the scarf too!
    Enjoy your day,
    Marjan
    P.S.: Hope Rip is feeling better.

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    1. Thank you, Marjan! Rip is starting to improve, but I think he waited too long and it will be a while before he is fully recovered.
      When I picked this color up, I thought it had a beach-y look. As soon as I started working it up in this stitch, I also thought of an ice princess! I was a little disappointed at first, but I don't think I'll be wearing this wool blend set to the beach anyways ;)
      I hope you have a wonderful day, too!

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  2. A very nice hat, simple but beautiful!
    Have a nice day,
    Sigrid

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    1. Thank you, Sigrid! Hope you have a great one, too!

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  3. Beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anna

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  4. Ok I am a beginner is there a video still learning the lingo

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    1. Welcome to crocheting, Natalie! Here's a link to the video:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNHR4VFCwjo&t=101s

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  5. I love your pattern! Is there a way to print/download the pattern other than right clicking on the page and saving or printing it? The reason I ask, is because when I go to save it as a pdf or print it, the text is so small. I've tried changing settings but not having much luck. Thank you in advance for any help you can give. I just started following you on google, so I haven't seen all your work yet but am looking forward to it.

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    1. Thank you so much, Barbara! Unfortunately, I still haven't gotten the embedding code to work in order to make a downloadable PDF. How I can help (maybe) is how to enlarge the text before you print a webpage. I got these instructions from Google:
      Click the "arrow" icon next to the Printer button and select "Print Preview." 2. Expand the "Shrink to Fit" drop-down menu. Select the scale percentage you want the web page to use.
      Not sure if that helps any from what you've already said about it not working. I'm full of coffee, so I feel the power to go see if I can get that code to work.
      Thanks for following! I hope you have a lovely day.

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