Thursday, 26 January 2017

TWO LOVELY BEANIES for A BOY n GIRL

boy beanie, girl headwear

TWO LOVELY BEANIES for A BOY n GIRL

( #Blogaday 26/365 )

Early in the New Year, it seems like I’ve gone on a headwear binge.  I am sure you have seen my earlier blog on pony tail caps titled Sis n me Pony tail caps, followed by the sis n bro caps. Those were for my lovely friend who is off to the US of A and was taking them for her grandchildren.  As I was showing off these creations via Whatsapp, her friend happened to come along and requested a pair for her granddaughter and son too.. so here’s what came out of that message ;).

This blog has two free patterns for another friend’s young grand daughter and grandson.

Thank you for joining me as we work on some lovely free patterns together.

Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarn ; one ball of Vardhaman Baby Soft variegated (blue) yarn ; and Indian ICE Batik acrylic 4-ply yarn with a 4 mm crochet

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                   ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                   rep : Repeat



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 this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
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 the chainless dc start.

Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing : https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279837764548/
 
How to join the two ends of your work : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUGb9pIcsXE


Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

1.       SPIRALLY WONDERFUL CAP

girl crochet cap

girl crochet cap

For my first pattern, I have used the brilliant free pattern from Danyel Pink at http://www.danyelpinkdesigns.com/2013/10/crochet-pattern-delaney-hat.html


 For a cute little girl, I think this lovely pattern is just the right thing.. cute, spunky, and with the loveliest spirally thingummy’s at the top .. aah, just perfect. 

For this pattern, I’ve used a combination of Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic in white, and Indian ICE Batik 4-ply acrylic yarn in shaded pink with a 4 mm crochet hook. 
I worked the body of the hat with the ICE Batik yarn and used the Oswal 4-ply yarn for the cute squirly wirly spirals at the top of the cap.

This is a really cute pattern. It is worked in one continuous row from the forehead to the crown and then up and down the spiral. 
The designer started with a chain, but I (as usual) preferred my foundation chain start and started with a foundation half double crochet chain.  As I have said innumerable times, it may be a little difficult to work the foundation chain start, but in the long run, it is so much better to start this way, as both ends of your work have a similar stretch and they match up easier.

fhdc : Foundation Half Double Crochet : For the foundation half double crochet, check this video http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-half-double-crochet/

So at the end of the foundation row, work 15 chain for the spiral and you work 2 or 3 sc in each ch all the way to the end of the foundation chain.  Then as per the design, work a hdc (half double crochet) in back loops only (blo) all the way up and down.
The spirals are worked only at one end, and that end becomes the crown.  So depending on the size you’re making this for, you will get that many spirals and it is an absolute blast.

As before, I worked it using the head size chart (given above) and my project measures about 6.5” from crown to forehead and circumference of about 18”, which is perfect for the child I have made this for.



2.     ZIG-ZAG CAP FOR A LITTLE BOY

boy cap

boy cap

This zig-zag beanie is just perfect for the two yarns I’ve chosen for the little boy’s cap.  Blue is his favourite colour and I have one small ball of Vardhaman Baby Soft in blue variegated and one skein of Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic, which I’ve used with a 4mm crochet hook.

For my second pattern, I have used the brilliant free pattern at


I’ve made this for a 3 yr old child, so as per the chart above, I have worked it to the dimensions given there.
Yes, doesn’t my project look totally different? That’s what happens when you use different yarns – you create something unique and different.
The designer has used classic black and white, and the “V” pattern shows up.
I have used a variegated blue along with a sky blue and my bobble like pattern shows up – and the best part is that both these stitches are what make up this unique project.  Isn’t it just lovely?

My project is just about 6” from forehead to crown ; circumference about 15”, which is just perfect for the toddler I’m making this for.

As you can see though, I’ve added one extra row of zig-zag pattern, and so reduced the sc’s rounds at the end.  I’ve also added one round of reverse single crochet (or crab stitch) to end up my beanie.

If you want to work the crab stitch, check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE-ObvYb_Pk

Have fun creating something beautiful and hope the recipient loves it too.

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I have a few pieces of head wear already made, and just in case you want a dekho at those free patterns … here you go  J