Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Heather Beanie (the Twisted Thistle)





Last year I wrote up a quick beanie pattern for a special fluffy yarn - the Thistle Beanie.

                              That pattern is up on the Yarnish Blog and you can find it here.

This Beanie pattern was a part of Made with a Twist's 'Top 10 One Hour Beanie Blog Burst'  and that post can be found here





Over Summer, I had one ball of the Softie yarn (pictured above), and I made a spiralized version of the thistle beanie - and I decided to name it 'Heather'. The original Thistle beanie evoked imagery of a Scottish thistle, and Heather is another iconic Scottish flowering plant - a perfect match! I've also worked up a few beanie's in the Hook Nook's 'Yummy' yarn - which gives it much more definition 



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Above - Heather and Thistle Beanies, in a different yarn. 



Heather is a fairly easy pattern to read, however, if you choose a fluffy yarn it can be a bit challenging. I recommend using a stitch marker to mark the first and last stitch of each row.

As usual - US terms are used, but we can easily translate the half double crochet to a half treble crochet in UK terms. 

Heather will fit most adult heads (58 cm circumference) and can be worn slouchy - or with the brim turned up. 

I also made a white version from my stash (unknown yarn) Same thickness, but much denser. I had to use a bigger hook to achieve the same drape - which is a good reminder when substituting yarns - to always check, whether that's to make a swatch, or evaluate after a few rows to see how it's going. It's also worth mentioning that yarn weights are based on a range - and it is more noticeable as the yarn increases in size.

If you need to make the beanie even faster - why not try Lion Brand's Wool Ease Thick and Quick and a 10 mm hook. 








Materials needed:

Abbreviations Used:

ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
hdc2tog - crochet two hdc stitches together
sk – skip
st – stitch
BLO – Back Loop Only
( ) – indicate stitches worked in same stitch.










Begin:


Make a chain of 42

Row 1: sk 2ch, 40 hdc across, turn. 40 hdc
Row 2: ch2, BLOhdc2tog, 37 BLOhdc, (2 BLOhdc) in last st,  turn. 40 BLOhdc
Row 3: ch2, (2 BLOhdc) in 1st st, 37 BLOhdc,  BLOhdc2tog, turn. 40 BLOhdc

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for a total of 34 rows, or the desired width reached. 
Join row 34 to foundation row to make a tube (pictured below) with needle, or crochet together if preferred. Cinch one end closed. 


Weave in all ends.







Thanks for reading, and as always, Happy Crocheting

Emma 






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No restrictions are placed on finished items made with this pattern, however, the pattern may not be resold or copied in any form. Pictures remain the property of Emma Wilkinson Designs





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