Crochet Vina Hat

So if you read my last post you already know I’ve been trying to find a good top down cabled hat. As a recommendation from @astitchshyofnormal on Instagram I thought I’d try the Vina Hat.

The first 3 rows went beautifully and then I got stuck on the 4th round. For the life of me I couldn’t figure it out. After several tries, I persevered. I kept on keepin’ on (thank you Veggie Tales). I am so glad I didn’t give up on this pattern. It turned out beautiful. It is slightly big and long for my head so I actually didn’t do the last 3 rows of the brim. I like it anyway.

Just in case you’re wondering. I didn’t intentionally make this a Santa inspired hat. If you’ve read many of my posts you’ll know I prefer to practice patterns I’ve never done before. This was no exception. I was using scrap red yarn and ran out. It was between a white or black brim. Ternie and I decided on white. I guess if you’re an Indiana University or University of Mississippi fan this is the hat for you.

Also, I just have to say I’m so excited to finally have a model head. I don’t care if she’s styrofoam. It may sound weird but she seemed to stand out at Hobby Lobby amongst all the other heads like she was saying “Pick me! Pick me!” I think that means she needs a name. Any suggestions?

Happy Crocheting,

Britnee

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Crochet Top down Cable Beanie and Alternative to Faux Knit Brims

First, isn’t this yellow gorgeous? I admit I’m longing for spring/summer and this reminds me of sunny days.

In my last post on the blog I made an adult sized purple cabled beanie. I really enjoyed it on a few super cold and breezy days.

While I was making the purple beanie I thought I would prefer a top down cabled beanie. A ribbed brim takes forever (seemed like it anyway since I was eager to start cabling) plus not caring for cinched tops, it all seemed to make sense in my head.

As usual off to YouTube I go. I couldn’t find any top down cabled beanies that I cared for. Retraction: I did end up finding one but I was having a hard time following along. Also, there is another one on Ravelry I haven’t mastered yet so that’ll be in a later post.

Well now what do I do? Try to come up with my own, of course! So here’s what I know from the purple beanie: I was working with a total of 60 stitches. So I increased the yellow hat to 60 stitches followed by a round of 1 double crochet. Then I followed the regular cabled pattern as usual. Essentially they’re upside down cables but it worked and looked nice. So once I got as many cables as I wanted I needed to figure out how to get a faux knit look. I didn’t want to use the typical alternating of front post and back post. On YouTube though I found several tutorials that teach a method that looks just like if I had started with the brim. Here’s how it works: after slip stitching to join you chain up however wide you want the brim to be (I only did 5 chains since it was a child’s hat). Then you single crochet in the back loop only back down the chain. To anchor the brim you slip stitch into the next 2 stitches. Then work back up the back loops of the chain. It was much easier than I’m making it sound. The tutorial I recommend is from @tlyarncrafts.

So here’s what I think about working top down cables and the alternative faux knit brim: While top down works up much faster it’s worth taking the time to start with the brim and work your way up. It just has a more polished finish overall. The alternative faux knit brim looks kinda wonky so maybe I just need practice. Toni’s looked great in her video so I’m sure it’s me. Also the typical crown increasing just looks kinda odd. It gives the crown a kind of square shape that I like a lot less than a cinched crown I can halfway hide.

Lastly, here’s the details on the size, hook and yarn. I’d love to know if you have a favorite top down cabled hat pattern. Leave a comment.

Hat size: 12 months

Hook: I9/5.5mm

Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn Sport in color Sun Yellow.

Britnee

Cable Beanie with Pom Pom

Hi readers! Check out this gorgeous purple beanie! I’m over the moon excited about it on a couple levels. If you read my last post you’ll remember I mentioned a 2018 goal is to learn one new stitch a month. I’ve already been working on several I’m not ready to reveal yet but the cable beanie is officially a finished & successful product.

There are stitches/techniques I’ve shied away from because I just wasn’t sure if my skills were ready to tackle them. Cables are one of them. I really don’t know what I was worried about. I loved making them! This hat kept me interested. I never found a written pattern because apparently it’s only on a Facebook group; however, I was following along on YouTube with kraftsbyyvonne. She was very easy to understand and I recommend this video for beginner cable-ers. I did make an adjustment. The pattern calls for 4 cables. When I made the 4 cables it was a little more slouchy than I cared for so I frogged it back to just 3 cables.

This hat offered a 2 for 1 special on my resolutions: working hats bottom up. I’m not really a fan of the cinched look of bottom up hats at the crown so I’ve pretty much avoided them. I found another YouTube video though which offers a technique of closing the hole at the top of the head. In my opinion this was a great solution because it doesn’t have quite a dramatic appearance of being cinched (is there a better term for this?). I really do recommend the video by whiletheyplay. If nothing else, you’ll learn a new way of doing things.

Lastly, I’m loving this Pom Pom I made with my new Boye Pom Pom Tassel Maker! I think I could’ve even gone up a size.

Overall, I love this hat and they will be added to my Etsy soon. Contact me for details if you can’t wait for me to get started on your customized cable beanie.

Yarn shown is Red Heart Super Saver in color Dark Orchid.

Hook size used was I9/5.5mm

Britnee