Wednesday, 10 August 2016

A CROSSED-OVER BEANIE



A CROSSED-OVER BEANIE

I told my family and friends that I was going to participate in the Ravellenics Games and I got a load of ideas and requests.. so yaay! It seems to have filled up all the Games slots for me.. and I ain’t complaining at all .. loving every minute ! This pattern has been chosen by my lovely niece – and she made it so easy for me by even choosing the colours.  :)

This pattern is a free one and my notes here are only for a few differences.




Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millenium acrylic yarn,  with a 4 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy to Intermediate.   (Read notes)

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

fpdc : Front Post Double Crochet : Post stitches are stitches worked around the post of a stitch of the row below. 
How to work the fpdc :  yo, hk into sp between posts of st from row below – going from back of stitch, around st and into the front of the st ; yo, pull yarn through the sps (3 lps on hk), (yo & pull through 2 lps) twice.  
One fpdc complete 

How to do the crab stitch or reverse single crochet : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE-ObvYb_Pk
  

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                     ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                         sl-st : Slip stitch
hk : Hook                                                         yo : Yarn Over 
st(s) : Stitch(es)     
                                                 

The pattern is a free one and a really cute one.  I have done the ‘cross-stitch’ in crochet before, so this was not difficult at all.  This is probably what will make it from an Easy to an Intermediate skill level.




I made a few small changes I made though :
1.       I started with 12 dc in the magic circle and then added 2 dc per dc in the 2nd round to get the total of 24.  The designer started with 24 dc and I thought that made it too ‘top heavy’ (probably because of the yarn I’m using?!)

2.     I therefore had 3 rounds of first colour to get to the pattern round of crosses

3.     The first cross : The designer says sk 1st dc and work a dc in the next dc.  However, I sk 2 dc and then worked the 1st cross stitch.  The other dc that we sk right in the start is needed to complete my last cross stitch.  I do not know if the pattern will work as written for you.. If it does, yaay.. Ignore this.

4.     Crossing of the stitches : The designer has said that we should work into the skipped dc from behind the 1st.  I found that working it from either the front or back does not make a difference to the stitch pattern.  It does however, (I feel) make it so much easier to get to the skipped stitch from the front… esp for a beginner, who could easily attempt this pattern.

5.     Just for kicks I decided to work one round of crossed stitches from the back,  and the next round from the front – see if you can find a difference :)



So here top row is back crossed-over and bottom from the front

6.     If you decide to follow these notes, remember that we have added one round right on the top as we start with 12 (as against 24) dc. So while that makes no difference to the pattern, check the round numbers carefully.

7.     Border / Last rounds of beanie : I decided to do some post stitches in the last few rows and alternate the colours I’ve used in the beanie, just for kicks.. and I am kicked at how it looks 


8.     Finally I ended with a round of Crab stitch


and here's a cute picture of how floppy and soft this project is.. looks like "Cat-in-the-hat" doesn't it?


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