Posted in crochet, Crochet Technique

A Hat is Just a Tube

©Anna Murphy

The basic crocheted beanie begins at the crown and works down to the brim. With a few essentials in hand, you can crochet a beanie any size.

You begin with several stitches in the round, make an even number of increases for several rounds, then stop making increases.

Make evenly spaced increases based on the number of starting stitches.

You continue to work even around for the desired size.

Stop making increases and crochet evenly around for desired size.

Starting number of stitches

(depends on the height of the stitch):
* Single crochet = 6
* Half-double crochet = 8
* Double crochet = 12
You increase each round by the number of starting stitches. Example: You start with 8 hdc, so each round you add 8 more stitches.
round 1 = 8 total
round 2 = 16 total (2, 2, 2, etc.)
round 3 = 24 total (2, 1, 2, 1 etc.)
round 4 = 32 total (2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1 etc.)
Can you see the pattern? What would round 5 look like?
round 5 =           total    (        ,         ,          ,         ,        ,        ,        ,        ) *answer below pattern

Basic Adult Beanie Pattern

A basic hdc beanie can be adapted in so many ways. You can adjust the height of the hat to make a rolled brim or one that does not cover the ears. This pattern uses hdc in spiraling rounds. Use a marker on the first stitch of the round, moving the marker with each new round.

Yarn:              approx. 110 yds worsted weight (#4) yarn

Hook:             H-8/5.0mm

Notions:         1 removable stitch marker, measuring tape, yarn needle, scissors

Gauge:             4” = 13 hdc x 12 rows

Hat size          7.5” high x 20.5” around, unstretched (26” stretched.)

Work in continuous spiral rounds, Do not join.

Rd 1     Ch 3, work 7 hdc in first chain made, do not join (8 hdc)

Place marker in first stitch of round. Move marker with each round

Rd 2     2 hdc in each st (16 hdc)

Rd 3     (2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc next st) 8 times (24 hdc)

Rd 4     (2 hdc first st, 1 hdc next 2 st) 8 times (32 hdc)

Rd 5     (2 hdc first st, 1 hdc next 3 st) 8 times (40 hdc)

Rd 6     (2 hdc first st, 1 hdc next 4 st) 8 times (48 hdc)

Rd 7     (2 hdc first st, 1 hdc next 5 st) 8 times (56 hdc)

Rd 8     (2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc next 6 st), 8 times (64 hdc)

Rd 9     Hdc in each st around. (64 sc)

Rd 10-23          Continue to hdc around, moving marker with each round; continue for desired size. Finish off. (64 sc)

Weave in ends.

The colors are just to help you follow the chart and do not indicate color changes. ©Anna Murphy

* Answer to Round 5

40 total (2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1 etc.)

Head Circumference Chart

Courtesy of the Craft Yarn Council

https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/head-circumference-chart

Infant/Child

CircumferencePreemieBabyToddlerChildTween
 (in.)9–1214–1616–1818–2020–22
(cm.)23–30.535.5–40.540.5–4645.5–5151–56

Adult

 CircumferenceWomanMan
 (in.)21–2322–24
(cm.)53–58.556–61

Chart and diagrams are copyrighted by Anna Murphy, 2022.

Do not reproduce the charts and diagrams. You may make one photocopy for personal use. Invite your friends to visit my site for their own copy. Thank you.

Posted in crochet, events

Fiber Fantasy, April 14-16, 2022

The Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council hosts an event every two years known as the Fiber Arts Fiesta. The fiesta is home to the host guilds’ booths, vendors, artist exhibits, educational displays, guild sponsored classes, and a charity booth. The beneficiary of the 2022 fundraiser is the Roadrunner Foodbank.

Each Fiesta has a theme, and Fiesta 2022 is billed as Fiber Fantasy. The participating guilds were tasked with presenting an educational display pertaining to a color or color scheme. The New Mexico Crochet Guild’s presentation was on Complementary Color combinations. As part of the display, the guild created an art piece of freeform crochet called Fantasy Garden and ran a continuous slideshow. The videos were created by Anna Murphy and narrated by Ronni Sparks.

COLOR THEORY: From Newton to Now
A brief explanation of the Complementary Color Scheme
COMPLEMENTARY COLOR THEMES: Choosing Yarn Colors

After the fiesta is over, I’ll be sure to post a gallery of photos. It has been a lot of work to plan this, but it has been fun and exciting to work with such dedicated volunteers. The Fiber Arts Council’s dedication and committment to the fiber arts community is so inspiring to the 19 guilds it supports.

The crochet guild is hosting a series of mini-classes during the event called the Crochet Cafe. Each session runs 15-20 minutes and is designed to give students a taste of crochet’s different techniques. Classes range from making simple stitches to keeping your edges square to simple Tunisian and more. Check out the Crochet Cafe.

The New Mexico Crochet Guild’s classes at the Fiber Arts Fiesta. Click the photo, then scroll down to see the class offerings.

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Craft Retreat

El Porvenir Christian Camp hosted a weekend retreat for crafty women. The 4-day event took place in the Santa Fe National Forest, in the back of beyond, where we were surrounded by towering conifers, ancient aspens, rambling creeks, and massive stone monuments to God’s power of creation. What better source of inspiration can you think of?

Beaver Creek with Hermit’s Peak in the far background
People brought sewing machines, paints, beads, paper, yarn — you name it, it was there.

One of my contributions was to prepare a table for women to make earrings. I packaged over 150 little kits for them to make hot air balloons, ribbon Christmas trees, and tree ornament earrings.

This was my first time at this retreat, but I travelled with women who had attended previously. We had a spacious room with bunk beds, toilet/showers, and heat. The food was excellent, freshly prepared with daily homemade pastries or breads. We had evening devotionals where I led the worship music. My friend Carol donated a queen-sized quiilt for a raffle.

Carol, Anna, and Felecia in front of the quilt Carol donated.

It was all-together a blessed weekend.

Posted in crochet, Finished Objects

April in Paris Capelet pattern release

After much rewriting and testing, the April in Paris capelet pattern is finally available. I’ve listed it on Etsy since I’m not set up to sell on this blog. Many thanks to Melissa for her help in finalizing the pattern. This lovely yarn is hand dyed from The Little Weasel shop in Paris.

This yarn is Malabrigo “Sock”, and it has a lot more stretch to it than the Little Weasel yarn. I had to modify the neckline, but you don’t see that in this photo. I suggest when looking for yarn, choose one that is not very stretchy for best results. The Malabrigo was luscious to work with but didn’t give the same results. I did write in the modifications that I came up with for the neckline. I’m currently working on one in cotton, and I will post the results here. I suspect it will be very stretchy. Might have to go down a hook size.

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