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Solstice Crochet Beanie

December 30th, 2021

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What better way to say goodbye to 2021 and welcome the new year with open arms than a new crochet project? This pretty crochet beanie by guest designer Shelley Aitchison isn’t just a fun and fast project, it’s also the perfect way to beat off the January chill.

You can Crochet with Bella Coco

Hats are always a GREAT project to work on. They’re usually quick and simple makes and often only use one skein or ball of yarn. So, they’re great stashbusters too. Let’s take a look at some of Bella Coco’s past hat hits…

From left, clockwise: Einkorn Beanie, Alpine Crochet Beanie and Mittens, Crochet Hat and Scarf Set, Alaskan Delights Hat

Winter Warmers

Why not hook up some accessories to match your new crochet beanie? You can browse my whole collection here: Crochet Accessories

From left, clockwise: Honey Mustard Scarf, Linen Stitch Scarf and Ear Warmer, Crochet Wristwarmers, Houndstooth Cowl

Let’s hear from Shelley

Hello, Im Shelley and I’m the crocheter behind Crochet at the Croft. If you come across my instagram it will become quite clear that I love making beanies! 80% of my makes tend to be beanies unless I’m straying away from my usual style to have a go at the latest crochet society patterns. I’m a full time working mum of 2 that needs crochet for my sanity!

I have been a crocheter for 3 years. After being gifted a beautiful crochet blanket for my baby girl I just had to give it a go and I stumbled across the Bella coco youtube channel. My love of making beanies started when my sister became ill and she needed an extensive hat collection to keep her head cosy. Every time I make a new beanie style I know she would approve.

I love going into my little local yarn shops and wondering what new colourways I will find to inspire my next beanie. I have always been a little frustrated that there are so many amazing double knit variegated yarns that I find don’t give me the chunkyness I want for a beanie. The Solstice beanie tackles that problem for me!

For 2022 I would really love to be able to share more patterns with the crochet community and give something back to a community that has supported and inspired me.

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The Solstice Beanie

This beanie has been inspired by all the fantastic colourways available in double knit. I highly recommend using a variegated colour changing yarn to make the most out of this pattern. If you have not tried double stranding yarn before then this will be a game changer for you.

Materials

125g of double knit yarn (2 separate skeins are recommended)

7mm crochet hook

Darning needle

Scissors

Pom pom (optional)

Pattern notes

If you do opt for variegated double knit yarn I would recommend caking them up and matching up colours so you have an even colour change. I have used King Cole Bramble in Loganberry.

This pattern is worked in the round and you do not turn your work when you come to the next round. The chain 1 at the beginning of the round does not count as a stitch. If you would like a tighter or looser width then please work in multiples of 3. This might knock round 15 off for you but so long as your stitch count is the same as the previous round you can just have it as a half double crochet round.

For the decrease rounds please keep a close eye on your stitch placement. In round 15 you will be doing 1 half double crochet between the spike stitch and sometimes 2 half double crochet. I just judged how best the stitches matched up with the spike stitches below. So im sorry in advance because its a bit of a doozy! You can swap that round out for just half double crochets if its a bit much and the pattern will still look great.

Pattern skill level is advanced beginner.

Terms and abbreviations

Pattern written in US terms

Foundation Half Double Crochet – FHDC

Single Crochet – SC

Spike Stitch – SPK

Half Double Crochet – HDC

Single Crochet 2 Together – SC2T

Chain – CH

Slip Stitch – SS

Special stitches

Spike stitch – You are going to Start your stitch underneath the SC of the round before. Your first spike stitch will be worked into the middle of the FHDC. Start your stitch by yarning over and inserting to the space left of the spike stitch from the previous spike stitch round and underneath the previous round of SC. once inserted yarn over again and pull up a long loop so that you are the same height as your HDC. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

Foundation Half Double Crochet- This stitch can be tricky but you can find a tutorial video on the Bella Coco Youtube channel To start your cFHDC- chain 2, yarn over and insert your hook into the first chain. Yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through the first loop only (3 loops on the hook, your next FHDC will be worked into the chain space you have just made). Yarn over and pull through the remaining 3 loops. This is your first FHDC completed. To start your second FHDC yarn over and insert your hook into the chain space created in the first stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook) pull through the first loop only (3 loops on the hook) yarn over and pull through the remaining 3 loops. This completes your second FHDC.

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As this is a guest post, Bella Coco Crochet is unable to answer any queries. If you have a question, please contact the designer directly and they will be happy to help you.

Solstice Crochet Beanie Pattern

Round 1 Using your 2 strands of Double knit together. FHDC 51 times, measuring 19 inches. SS into the first stitch and CH1. (DO NOT TURN YOUR WORK)

Round 2 SC around (51 stitches) SS into the first stitch and CH1.

Round 3 SPK into the middle of the first FHDC, HDC in the next 2 stitches. Making sure your are working into the correct space *SPK into the FHDC below, HDC in the next 2 stitches* repeat from *around and SS into the first stitch, CH1.

Round 4 Repeat round 2.

Round 5. *SPK to the left of the SPK below, HDC in the next 2 stitches*, repeat from *around and SS into the top of the first SPK and CH1.

Repeat rounds 4 and 5 for rounds 6-13 and then we will start our decrease.

Round 14 *SC for 2 stitches, SC2T* Repeat * around finishing with 39 stitches. CH1.

Round 15 (Keep a close eye on stitch placement, don’t let those 2HDC catch you out) SPK, HDC, SPK, 2HDC, SPK, HDC, SPK, HDC, SPK, 2HDC, SPK, HDC, SPK, HDC, SPK, 2HDC, SPK, HDC, SPK, HDC, SPK, 2HDC, SPK, HDC, SPK, HDC, SPK, HDC, SPK, HDC, SPK, 2HDC, SPK, HDC. SS CH1.

Round 16 *1SC, 2SC2T* Repeat around (26 stitches) SS and CH1.

Round 17 *SPK, HDC* repeat around, SS and CH1.

Round 18 SC2T around. SS and CH1.(13 stitches) Round 19 *SPK, HDC* repeat around (13 stitches) SS, CH1.

Round 20 SC2T for 6 stitches and SC in the last stitch. SS into the first stitch, cut and tie off yarn. Turning your beanie inside out and using your darning needle, sew the opening together. Sew your beginning yarn tail to the bottom of your last FHDC/ Now add your pom pom if you are using 1.

Thank you for sticking with it after round 15! Please if you get stuck or have any questions you can find me on instagram as crochet_at_the_croft and also on facebook! Just give me a shout, I am more than happy to help and I would love to see your Solstice Beanies!

 
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1 Comment

  • Michele
    January 10, 2022 at 5:07 am

    Have you very thought of doing a full tutorial of the hats and scarfs you do? I have a hard time reading patterns, i Lear better from seeing and hearing then I do trying to figure out the written patterns, I really enjoy the short tutorials on the stitches, it would so helpful to see a pattern from start or finish and follow along with you.

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