I’m on a bit of a hat kick at the moment (and can you blame me? It’s been winter for years). I saw a skein of Loops & Threads Copenhagen during a recent Michael’s trip and fell in love. I absolutely adore this soft, squishy, luxuriously thick yarn, especially in this colourway! Pinks and greys forever, please.
It was tough to decide what I wanted to make with it; a cowl would have been equally cozy and beautiful. I might even pick up another skein and make a matching set.
When it came to patterns, I decided to hop over to the wonderful Hopeful Honey blog for one of her wonderful free hat patterns. I went with the Chunky Willow Tree Slouchy Beanie pattern for it’s simplicity. I knew the colours would really shine with this pattern.
I did make some small changes to the pattern; keep reading to find out how I customized my Candlelight Beanie (you can customize it to wear it 8 different ways!)
Stitches and Special Terms (US Terminology):
Ch – Chain
Slst – Slip stitch
Hdc – Half double crochet
The hat is worked sideways and then joined to create a big tube and then the top is closed at the end.
The only changes I made to the original pattern were:
(1) I used a slightly smaller hook, a 11.5mm instead of a 12mm;
(2) Since I used a slightly smaller hook, I chained 24 +2, instead of 23 + 2 (but honestly, I don’t think it made much difference and you can probably stick with the original chain count;
(3) I did hdc sts for the first 18 sts and sc sts in the last 6 sts on every other row (i.e. the non-slst rows). Again, this was a very small alteration from the original pattern and was only necessary because I added a stitch to the original chain count.
As the pattern calls for, I alternated rows 3 and 4 until the piece was approximately 15″ wide, which was about 35 rows for me, so I ended up adding 2 rows more than what the pattern calls for.
When I was about to join the hat, I noticed that the back of the work created a really beautiful and interesting texture and I was suddenly torn on what side I should use as the right-side-out!
I decided to get myself some removable poms (!!! – Did you know these were a thing?? Because I didn’t until about two weeks ago when a fellow Instagrammer let me in on the secret. Life changing!) and now there are so many possibilities for how I can wear this hat!
Here are all the ways (some of which are shown in the photos above):
- Slouchy beanie without a pom with Side A facing out;
- Slouchy beanie without a pom with Side B facing out;
- Slouchy beanie with a pom, Side A facing out;
- Slouchy beanie with a pom, Side B facing out;
- Form-fitting toque without a pom but with a brim, Side A facing out;
- Form-fitting toque without a pom but with a brim, Side B facing out;
- Form-fitting toque with a pom and brim, Side A facing out;
- Form-fitting toque with a pom and brim, Side B facing out!
Phew! And that doesn’t even include the fact that the poms are interchangeable so, while I have attached a pink one in the pics, I could easily swap it out for a white one too! You guys, I may never need another hat again.
Hope over to the Hopeful Honey blog to get the full pattern!
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