It’s time for front post double crochet (fpdc)! This is a fun stitch where you make a normal double crochet, but you put your stitch around the post of the double crochet instead of in the top of the stitch.Read More
It’s time to learn back post double crochet (BPDC)!
If you already know how to double crochet, then this stitch is going to be pretty easy for you.
However, when you’re finished, your row is going to look REALLY different than if you had done just regular double crochets.Read More
I recently had a major surgery with a 6 week recovery. While I was lazing about and letting my body heal, I started browsing Pinterest for some new crochet inspiration.
And I discovered seed stitch! It was a great moment because I felt inspired and motivated for the first time since my surgery. Unfortunately, I was staying with my parents for help while I recovered. And I cursed to realize that I hadn’t brought the right crochet hook with me to try out seed stitch right away.
So, I had to wait until I got back to my own house to try it. And it was worth the wait!
I really love how seed stitch takes two basic crochet stitches (double crochet and single crochet) and combines them in a way that looks totally different than plain double or single crochet.
I’m actually making two video tutorials on seed stitch. One on seed stitch in rows and one on seed stitch in the round.
I definitely find seed stitch in the round to be slightly more challenging. I always have to turn off my TV or audiobook so that I can concentrate and count my stitches!
And I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a new crochet challenge every once in awhile.
So, if you’re in the mood to try something fun and new, then watch the video tutorial below and give it a shot!
Crochet skills you need for seed stitch in the round
I’m so obsessed with seed stitch that I’m dreaming up all kinds of designs with it! I’ll be releasing at least two new beanie crochet patterns using seed stitch in the round.
If you’d like to be notified when the new patterns launch, then sign up below and join my email list!
I have a small confession to make. I actually don’t have any designs that use plain double crochet. You’ll see why in this video.
However, I still wanted to create this tutorial for a couple of reasons.
First, double crochet is one of the most basic and quintessential stitches and all crocheters should have it in their repertoire.
And second, once you know how to double crochet, then you can learn the more fun and interesting cousins — front post double crochet, back post double crochet, half double crochet, seed stitch, basket weave stitch, and the list goes on!
But before you can dive into all that funness, you’ve got to know a basic double crochet.
For absolute beginners
You’ll want to make sure that you have these two skills down before you watch this video and learn double crochet.
In this video, I’m going to show you how to make a little practice swatch and nail your double crochet so that you can move on to bigger, better and more fun stitches!
Friends have been sending me pictures of messy bun beanies for a couple of years and saying, “You should make this!”
But I have resisted. Because I’ve had a short pixie cut for years.
2018 is different. This year, my hair is actually grown past my shoulders. And now I can totally see the appeal of a messy bun beanie!
So, I decided to finally follow my friends’ advice and design a messy bun beanie pattern!
Here’s me sporting my new design. Since my hair is still a teensy bit short for an actual messy bun, I like to wear mine with a half-up pony tail.
I recently moved to a tiny town in Montana and there is a VERY limited yarn selection available. Luckily, I found this really pretty Lionbrand yarn that I really like. It’s called Hometown USA and it’s super bulky weight. So, I decided to use this yarn for the messy bun beanie and I’m loving it!
I experimented with a couple different ways to start the beanie and I discovered that Foundation Single Crochet (fsc) is the best way because it makes the top of the hat stretchy and it’s easier to pull your hair through.
If you’re not familiar with fsc, you can watch the tutorial below to see how I do it to start my Messy Bun Beanie.
So, this tutorial should give you an idea of how to get started with a messy bun beanie.
In the full One Hour Messy Bun Beanie Crochet Pattern, I included sizing for women and also girls. Here’s a pic of my friend and her daughter sporting twin messy bun beanies.
As you can see, we tested them in the snow and found that they are super cozy and warm!
One of my most popular crochet patterns is the One Hour Beanie. The most common problem that I’ve heard from people who use the pattern is that their hat turns out too small. And the main reason why this happens is that they crochet tighter than I do. So, even though they counted correctly and followed the instructions, the end product is too small.
The solution to this is to use a bigger hook than the one that I list in the pattern. Then, your stitches will be bigger, even though you may crochet more tightly.
Or, an even better solution is to make a gauge swatch BEFORE you even start working on a new pattern!
Then you’ll know if you can use the hook size that I recommend based on what I do, or if you need to use a bigger or smaller hook to achieve the correct sized stitch.
Watch the video below to learn all about stitch size, hooks, yarn and gauge so that your next project will turn out the perfect size!
Sometimes when I'm working with a project that's square or rectangular, I like to crochet around the edges to give it a cleaner, smoother look.
You could use this for a scarf, wash cloth, pot holder, pillow...whatever your happy hooker mind can dream up!
Skills to know before you try this video:
Pattern to practice this skill
Easy Spring Scarf - coming soon!
Most crochet projects start out with at least 2 chains.
Inside the patterns, you'll see this abbreviated as "ch"
Watch this video to learn how to crochet a chain and get your crochet party started!
Crochet skills to know before you start
Tying a slip knot was the very first skill I learned when I started crocheting! You don't need this knot if you're making a beanie, but you will use it for almost every other crochet project!
After you've mastered the slip knot, try crocheting a chain.
My scrap yarn stash looks like this...
But I like to be able to bring my crochet projects with me wherever I go. So, before I start a double-strand scrap yarn project like a beanie or a pillow, I roll up an awesome scrap yarn ball!
Watch the video below for tips on how to roll your own center-pull scrap yarn ball that's portable, easy to use, and creates an awesome, colorful scrap yarn project!
Links mentioned in the video:
How to tie a magic knot
Scrap yarn beanie crochet pattern
Scrap yarn pillow crochet pattern - coming soon!
When you run out of yarn and need to tie on a new skein, or you're making a scrap yarn project and changing colors, the magic knot is the best knot to use!
Here's why you should try the magic knot instead of a regular square knot...
1. The Magic Knot is sturdy. I have used hundreds of these and I have never had one come undone. Unlike a square knot which can be hit and miss.
2. You can trim off the ends and avoid the tedious task of weaving them into the wrong side of your work later. This knot is so strong that you can cut those ends off super close and you don't have to worry about it unraveling.
3. This knot is small and you can easily hide it inside of the stitches so that it doesn't make a funny bump in your work. It's totally invisible after you crochet it into your piece!
4. The magic knot is quick and easy to do. Once you get the hang of it.
Here's a video to show you exactly how to tie a magic knot.
The hat I'm crocheting in the video is a Pussy Hat that I made for the 2017 Women's March!
Here's what it looks like when it's done. I love it so much. Even though the march is over, I still wear mine all the time!
The magic knot is also super useful when you're doing a lot of color changes and making a scrap yarn beanie! You'll save tons of time weaving in ends if you use the magic knot as you go.
Learn how to crochet FLO (front loop only) to create a different look for your projects! I use the FLO in single crochets to make a ridged brim for my fold-up beanies.
I used this technique to make the cute little fold-up brim from my Pussy Hat! I'm going to wear this beanie for the Women's March in Denver on January 21. If you'd like to get a little political and support women's rights, consider joining a march in your local area. And crochet a Pussy Hat, of course!
Ok, so on to the video. Here's the FLO tutorial.
Use the FLO to create your very own Pussy Hat!
And, other patterns using this technique will be coming soon!
You're finished crocheting your latest beanie. You're so happy! You can't wait to wear it or give it away.
Then, you look down and realize that you didn't use up all of your yarn. And there's not enough left over to make a whole new beanie. You have scrap yarn!
What should you do with it?
Throw it away? No. I don't know any crafters who are cool with wasting supplies.
Store it with the rest of your yarn stash? Yeah, you might find a project to use it up in the future, but in the mean time it's going to sit and take up lots of space on your shelves.
How about making a scrap yarn beanie?!? Ding ding ding!!
Crocheting a beanie with your yarn scraps is an awesome stash buster! Imagine how you can use up all those little scraps of yarn that would have otherwise gone to waste. And you can free up space on your shelves for...more yarn, of course.
Plus, multi-colored scarp yarn beanies like these are truly unique! You'd barely be able to replicate one if you tried.
Here are some tips on how to combine the colors of your scrap yarn pieces to make a fun, cool, boho style beanie.
Want the pattern for this beanie? Grab it here.
I'd love to see some pictures of your scrap yarn beanie. Join the Denver Whimsy Crochet Facebook group and post your pics!
Want a little closer look at some of my beanies? Here ya go!
Today I want to show you one of my favorite techniques to make a warm, cozy beanie that is really unique -- crocheting with a double strand!
The crocheting with a double strand is great because...
- The finished beanie is super warm and cozy.
- You can make the beanie super fast!
- You can combine any colors (favorite sports team colors?)
- Use any type of yarn, thick or thin.
Watch the video below to learn how to crochet with a double strand!
Want to make the beanies featured in the video? Check out the patterns...
Have you ever tried to crochet a perfect circle? The most common technique for crocheting round shapes is called crocheting in the round. When you crochet in the round you create a spiral going out as you increase. But you never get to the point of finishing a circle or closing it to make it nice and neat.
So, it's time to learn how to crochet in joined rounds! (Abbreviated as JOIN in my patterns)
Like stripes? Even better, do you like perfect stripes? Crocheting a beanie or toy in joined rounds creates a project that is about as close to perfect as you can get in crochet.
Observe… the Perfect Stripe Beanie!
When I first learned, I found this a little bit harder than simply crocheting in the round, but I got the hang of it with a little practice.
When you crochet in the round, you simply crochet around and around in a circle going out like a spiral. In joined rounds, Each round begins and ends rather than going on continuously.
In a single crochet project, you make joined rounds by starting each round with a chain and ending each round with a slip stitch. In my patterns, I use an abbreviation for this procedure, JOIN.
Check out the video below for a step-by-step demo.
Crocheting in joined rounds is the best way to crochet perfect stripes in a beanie! Practice your JOIN with the One Hour Triple Stripe Crochet Beanie Pattern.
Hi Happy Hookers!
It's time to fasten off and weave in the ends! Guess what!? If you've made it to this step, then you're almost done with your beanie! Hooray!
In case you missed them, click the links below for the previous videos and steps to making your beanie:
Magic circle/ring - mc/r
Single crochet - sc
Increase - inc
In this video, you will see my favorite tips and tricks for fastening off the beanie to make the edge nice and smooth. I know, everybody hates the part where you have to weave in the ends, but here I'll show you 2 different techniques to make weaving quick, easy and as painless as possible.
Did you like this video? If so, please comment below and share it with your crochet friends!
If you'd like to make the striped beanie that's featured in the video, please visit my pattern store here.
Today you're going to learn one of the most important steps in crocheting a beanie, the increase. An increase does just what the name implies, it makes the beanie bigger. You use increases to make the top of the beanie about as big as the crown of your head (or the head of the lucky recipient of your handmade awesomeness). Then, once you've reached the desired size, you stop increasing, turn on your favorite TV show and tweedle away until your beanie is finished perfection.
So, check out the video below and learn how to do this important step and you're on your way to crochet greatness.
When you master the increase, you can use it in all of my crochet beanie patterns:
Click here for beanie patterns
With this video I'm drinking red clover blossom tea, and I mentioned that I had a funny story about this tea.
I bought the tea when I was doing a health cleanse, because it's supposed to help clear out your system. I ordered it online because I couldn't find it in the store and I wanted to buy the loose leaf variety. Little did I know that when you buy a pound of loose leaf tea it comes in a huge bag! Check out the picture below. I've been drinking this tea for 4 months and I've barely put a dent in this huge bag of tea leaves. So, if anyone wants to try some red clover blossom tea, I've got plenty!
Welcome to Step 2 of crocheting a beanie, the single crochet. In crochet patterns, single crochet is abbreviated as sc.
I love to make beanies with single crochet. The stitches look smooth, tight and beautiful. (Hmmm, that sounds a little dirty, but I'm talking about crochet here! ;) Anyway, single crochet is a basic, easy stitch and it creates awesome results. I use it in most of my patterns so once you nail this stitch, you'll be on your way to making tons of fun projects.
To start your single crochet beanie, you first need to make a magic circle. Now you're ready to do some single crochets into the circle to start the very top of your beanie. See the video below for step-by-step details.
For some people. the magic circle and the first single crochet stitches are the hardest part of the entire beanie. So, take your time and don't get frustrated. Watch the video a few times and follow exactly what I do. Rest assured that your effort is worth it because your beanie is going to look awesome! And, once you've got this part down, the rest of the hat will be easy peasy.
How did it go? Were you able to successfully execute a single crochet stitch? Tell me about it in the comments below! ;)
How do you start to crochet a beanie? Never fear, your question is answered here. I'd wager this is the hardest step of the whole process, so be a bit patient with yourself if this seems difficult at first.
Even though this might take some practice to learn, it will be worth it and you'll see why in my video. Using the magic circle makes your beanies look awesome!
In my patterns, I write this step with the abbreviation mc/r. In some patterns, you'll also see MAL, which stands for Magic Adjustable Loop. These two techniques are the same, so this tutorial can help with whichever pattern you're working with.
The magic circle/magic ring technique will result in a beanie with no hole at the top! It really is magic. Use this to start all of your beanies for a clean, neat appearance with no odd hole in the top.
How did it go? Were you able to start your beanie with the magic circle? Let me know in the comments below!
Want to try your hand at using the magic circle to crochet a beanie? Grab my FREE Mens One Hour Beanie Crochet Pattern here.