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Sep 2, 2019

Slouch Beanie - Color Block

Here's a perfect crochet beanie for beginners. It's very easy and fun to do. You can definitely do this in one day. I actually finish this beanie while watching a SF Giants game on TV.  In this pattern tutorial, I will teach you some tricks like how to crochet a perfect circle and how to switch yarn seamlessly.

YARN:

I use Caron Cake yarn a lot. They are so much fun and I just love the colors. So because of that, I ended up with a lot of Caron Cake yarn leftovers. Not enough to make anything out of it. And I 'm a crocheter that cannot and will not throw yarn leftovers away.  These are just some of my leftover yarns. I carefully separated them and when I say "carefully", I make sure they are not tangled and I can easily find the end and crochet without spending my whole day 

UN-tangling them.

CROCHET HOOK: H/8 - 5.0mm

OTHER MATERIALS: 

- darning needle (to weave ends)

- scissors

I picked my 3 color block. You can do 2 color block if you have enough yarn or 5 color block if you have small amount of leftover yarn. Pretty much whatever you like.

We are going to be doing a half-double crochet stitch (hdc). For my crochet beginners, here's a quick tutorial for you.

Wrap the yarn over the hook.

Take the hook through the stitch.

You now have 3 loops in your hook.

Wrap the yarn over the hook again.

Draw the hook through the 3 loops.

Now let's start the basic circle pattern.

1)  Chain 4 to form a 4ing. do 7 hdc.

2)  Do not do a slip stitch. We're going to crochet our rounds continuously so we won't have any seams. 2 hdc in each stitch (14)

3)  1 hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next stitch. Repeat (21)

If you follow the traditional way of crocheting circles, the shape ends up octagon-y. To crochet a perfect shaped circle, don't place the increases on top of the increase from the previous round. So we're going to stagger our increases by starting the new round in different counts but still end up with the right number of stitches.  If you're count is wrong, your circle is going to curl up.

4)  2 hdc in the next stitch, hdc in the next 2 stitches. Repeat.  (28)

5)   hdc in the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch Repeat.  (35)

6)   hdc in the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch. (hdc in the next 4 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch), repeat. 2 hdc in the last 2 stitches. (42)

7)   2 hdc in the next stitch, hdc in the next 5 stitches. Repeat. (49)

8)   hdc in the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch. (hdc on the next 6 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch). Repeat. hdc in the last 3 stitches. (56)

9)   hdc in the next 6 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch. (hdc in the next 7 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch). Repeat. hdc in the last stitch. (63)

If you're crocheting this beanie for a person with a large size head, add more rows with the increases. Ending the increase in row 9 is a perfect size for a teenager. Even my 10 year old daughter fits her perfectly.

This is also the best time to switch colors. Although you can switch on any row you want. It all depends on how wide your block will be.

The traditional way to switch yarn is where you grab the new yarn after you work on the last stitch... in hdc is when you have the 3 loops in your hook then yarn over the new yarn through.  But in a continuous round, it makes the switch so obvious. We want to make the switch seems invisible. So here's my trick.

Finish the row with a slip stitch then cut the yarn with your scissors.

Draw the yarn through the hoop and pull it to tightened the knot.

Grab the new yarn and do a slip stitch on the 3rd stitch before the end of the knot.

Do a hdc on the same spot of the slip stitch.

Continue doing the hdc as normal.

And when you complete the row, just crochet over the previous row including the slip stitch or else there's going to be a gap.

I don't know about you but i can't hardly tell where the switch is.

Do the same process when you switch to the third color. I switched in the 18th row.

The more rows you make the more your beanie will slouch. This beanie is pretty much considered a semi-slouch. So you are welcome to add more rows if you like. I finished the hdc row at 27. End it with a slip stitch then continue another row with a single crochet stitch.

 

Once you finish your first row of single crochet, continue another row but this time do the single crochet doing it with back loop only (BLO).

Do this for 2 more rows.

To finish off our beanie again we are going to do this seamlessly. I made a quick video for my Hanging Basket Pattern. It's how to finish the basket. I used the same process here. Check it out.

We are done with our beanie! See how easy that was!

It's the simplest beanie pattern but we made it look fun and made it POP!

These are perfect Christmas stocking stuffers for kids, tweens and teenagers. 

Here are some samples of beanies I made with my other Caron Cake leftovers. I even used some of Lion Brand Big Ice Cream Scoop yarn.

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Happy Crocheting!

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