In an earlier post, I talked about the bucket list of things I wanted to learn. The first thing on the list was to learn how to knit. This past summer I took the plunge and started knitting with an easy cowl. It turned out beautifully (with a big thanks to my mother-in-law Lynda for her guidance and patience in getting me going). I ended up making a number of the cowls, some hats and leg warmers for Noelle.
I really enjoyed knitting but one fateful day when we were out camping at the beach, my camping neighbor offered to teach me to crochet – game over for the knitting! Wow, I liked crocheting SO MUCH MORE than knitting. It's faster, requires a little less attention and it's a lot easier to fix any mistakes you make along the way. I also find that crocheting is soothing and can put you in a zen-like state once you get going.
So I wanted to show you the very first crochet project (the hat in the photo is the actual hat I made) – the easy-peasy crochet beanie. It's so easy anyone can do it. After I made the hat, I wrote down all the instructions that my camping neighbor gave me. Here's the pattern (hopefully you can make this out, it's written pretty loosie goosie as this is just the way it made sense to me):
- A size 5 bulky weight yarn. I used Bernat Roving (approx. 60 yards). If you'd like to embellish the hat with a design then you'll also need a second color.
- 6mm crochet hook.
- Yarn or tapestry needle
- Button if you choose to add a flower
- Chain 5 and then join together into a ring with a slip stitch (keep all your stitches loose).
- 12 double crochets into the ring.
- Chain 3 and then 1 double crochet into the same stitch as the chain 3 from the previous row. Now double crochet in each stitch around and then slip stitch to join.
- Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet and the repeat this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
- Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next TWO stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join. (If you're wanting to make a child's hat skip to step 7)
- Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next THREE stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
- Chain 3, double crochet in each stitch and join with a slip stitch. Continue this for each row until the hat is as long as you want it.
- Final row, chain 1 and then single crochet in each stitch and slip stitch to join (keep this last row loose or else it will make the hat too tight at the bottom).
- Fasten off and weave the ends into the hat using your yarn/tapestry needle.
When I was done, I added in the second yarn color to create the swirl design. I found an easy flower pattern online and fastened it onto the hat with the button which I just love.