Crochet a perfect fit every time while avoiding gauge swatches, mistakes and headaches!
0:35 Stitch Count:
1:51 Understanding the Join
2:40 Varying Yarn Weight
3:24 Gauge and Work-Arounds
5:35 Top-Down Construction Explained
10:31 The Hat Sizing Chart
13:03 Bulky Weight Exception
14:18 Wavy or Cupped Flat Circles
18:13 Uniquely Constructed Hats Caveat
19:03 Learn to Fudge
Here’s a fun “recipe” to knock out some of those wonderful worsted weight scraps we always seem to have on hand. No fancy decreases to worry about. They’re fast and fun! The hats pictured here are a 6 month size but adjust the number of cast on stitches and it works for any size!
Download the free guide here: Saturn Hat Scrapbuster
If you like these, then you may also like: Knit Baby Hats Scrapbuster!
Questions? See the “Recipe Walk-Thru” here:
My nickname for this fun hat is “The Free Fudge Beanie” and there are several good reasons why: You have the FREEDOM to choose whatever size you want using whatever yarn and hook you want AND you can easily correct any mistakes you make with a simple FUDGE fix here and there! (Fudge is term for tweaking or modifying!) So… FREE FUDGE!
The Bead Stitch is traditionally done with a double crochet post but I modified it by using a half double crochet. This makes the stitch appear fuller with less chance of the stitch’s “feet” peeping out below the wrap.
Download the written pattern here: Modified Bead Stitch Beanie Pattern
And find the video tutorial here:
Long requested crochet tutorial is finally up!
If you want a printed pattern, I’d suggest Sarah Arnold’s Divine Hat however, there are no instructions for the 2-color version. Be aware that there are MANY versions of this design out there under various names like “crochet spiral beanie” or “easy seashell hat” and more. I have no idea who to give original credit to so I’m recommending Sarah’s pattern because that’s the one I used.
In the video, I reference 2 files that can be found here: my usual Hat Sizing Charts and one where I made Candy Swirl Hat Notes suggesting yarn and hook sizes. (Please remember these are only suggestions to help you find a starting point for sizing this difficult-to-size hat!)
You’ve been asking and I finally came up with the crochet version of my Knit Baby Hats Scrapbuster! It employs a variation of single crochet called the “waistcoat” or “knit” stitch and it really DOES look like knitting!
Download the Crochet Baby Hats Scrapbuster pattern here and as usual, there’s a video tutorial that guides you through the pattern reading and hat construction AND demonstrates the waistcoat stitch!
Right Handed Video Tutorial is here.
Left Handed Video Tutorial is in progress…
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This simple hat is one of my most requested tutorials and I think I may know why!
- It offers extra warmth for the ears.
- It lends itself well to variation.
- It’s a great scrap buster!
The Video Tutorial provides guided pattern reading with the tutorial and the skills taught include foolproof, top-down hat sizing! LEFT HANDED Video Tutorial is also available!
Download the free pattern Camel Stitch Brim Beanie Pattern!
Click this link if you’re looking for a larger Hat Sizing Charts for your crochet bag!
Melissa Sutcliffe came up with a unique method for ribbing a double-layered hat and asked me to do a video tutorial for her. I LOVE the practically of the extra warmth plus a snug ribbing so I was happy to do it! I would definitely consider this hat to be at the Intermediate Level because ribbing on the machine can be a bit tricky, however… I demonstrate how to do it in this video and will always encourage you to try! (If you mess up, it’s only yarn and can be used again!)
Download the written pattern here: Melissa’s Hat Pattern
Here’s a refresher on casting on and off and how to change colors.
Melissa’s hats with crochet bind off.
If you want to replicate the neatly finished edge of Melissa’s hats, here’s a tutorial for a crochet version of a 3-needle bind off.
Simple gathered bind off.
Another Scrapbuster Project! This hat uses a type of Spike Stitch – Mesh Stitch combo to create a lighter hat with lots of impact.
Skill level: Intermediate. While the stitches used are pretty basic (slip stitch, single crochet and half double crochet), the crocheter really needs to be comfortable “reading the work.” This term refers to the ability to look at completed stitches and understand exactly what they’re looking at! It’s necessary to know so you can place the stitches in the right places.
RIGHT HAND Video Tutorial
LEFT HAND Video Tutorial
Spiked Mesh Stitch Hat Pattern
Hat Sizing Charts
Need help? Click below for the Video Tutorial!
One of my “go-to” hats for donations AND it’s great for using up left-over yarn! I got permission from the designer, Kathy North, to do a video tutorial and here it is!
RIGHT HAND version:
Here’s a quick link to the original written pattern.
A requested tutorial for a balaclava done on a circular knitting machine!
Wear it 2 ways!
(This is not for a rank beginner!) Skills needed:
~ Basic Circular Knitting Machine Skills (casting on/off, color changes)
~ Hand knitting OR Crochet skills
Essentially, it’s a long tube (like a reversible hat). One end is closed like a hat, the other end is finished with a stretch bind off. Waste yarn is inserted in the middle of the tube to allow for the face opening. Simple concept!