I have recently learned how to crochet. And I am loving it! Some ladies at our church had a brilliant idea to make a granny square afghan for one of our young ladies getting married. A few of the ladies already knew how to crochet, and they taught the rest of us.
Crocheting is amazing. With a simple skein of yarn, you can create a piece of clothing, an accessory, a blanket, a present for someone, or anything else your creative mind can think of! If you have no crocheting experience, I suggest you give it a try. You might discover a new obsession… I mean hobby. After I learned how to crochet a traditional granny square, I wanted to see what else I could make with my new-found skill. Since then I have completed many fun projects. Today I will share one of my crochet creations with you. It’s a crocheted beanie hat with ear flaps that I made for Mr. JR. He absolutely loves it.
I love these beanies because you can make them for anyone. They would look pretty adorable on a baby or child (and then you can add a fun pom pom on the top or at the end of the braids). Make one for yourself or as a gift to someone else. I already have 4 friends requesting me make them one. That’s a lot of beanie.
Here is where my inspiration came from...
It’s the Snowy Day Hat by Lauren Osborne that can be found on the Ravelry website or in their magazine. Isn’t it wonderful!? You have to subscribe to the magazine in order to get this pattern, so I decided to try to figure it out on my own. It was quite the adventure.
I used an I9/5.50mm hook.
I wish I had written down the names of the colors I used, but you can use any colors you like. Duh, as if you needed permission.
For the top portion of the beanie, I used another pattern I found. Then, I did two rows of back post single crochet in my second color (yellow), three rows of front post double crochet in my third color (orange), and two more rows of the back post single crochet stitch in yellow. I then single crocheted two more rows in brown, did the ear flaps on the sides, and finished it off with a yellow border and braids down the side. The tricky part was the ear flaps. I didn’t have a pattern for this either, but I taught myself how to “decrease” in stitches. I started with 15 crochet stitches and decreased 1 at each end of every row and eventually 2 at each end of every row. Don't forget to tie in the loose ends when you're finished.
Cause baby, it's cold outside!