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Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

For those of you who would like to learn how to crochet, for the  charities or you actually know a baby who would like a beanie the step-by-step is right after the jump.

What you'll need

    crochet hook - I used a 4mm hook (G hook)   
    wool/ yarn - medium weight  
    scissors
    hair pin

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

 What to do

Tying the knot

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

    Drape the yarn over your left index finger
    Loop the yarn behind the first loop
    Turn your finger to face you
    Pull the second loop under and through the first loop

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

    You should now have a knot (of sorts)
    Put the loop of the knot onto your crochet hook - pull the long end of the yarn to tighten it, then pull the short end to ensure the knotted part of the yarn is under the hook.

How to hold the yarn
- gave my hand some cramps by doing this weirdly - as you do  

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

 Pull a length of yarn loose from the ball
    Grab the crochet hook in your right hand and loop it around your 4th and 5th fingers than loop it over your index finger
    To hold the yarn you need to clasp your 3rd, 4th and 5th fingers to your palm, and straighten your index finger.

Chaining  
- click on the picture to enlarge it; I thought I was being clever by showing them all in a row

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

 Use your thumb to hold the loose end of the yarn from the knot against your 3rd finger
        fold in your 4th and 5th fingers to your palm to hold the yarn taunt
        straighten your index finger

    Loop your yarn over your hook (2nd pic)
    Pull the loop of yarn through the looped knot already on the hook. (3rd pic)
    You should now have 1 loop on your hook. This is the first stitch you count on your chain. 

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

  Chain 5 loops onto your hook.
  The arrow is pointing between the stitch where you need to insert your hook for the next step.

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

  Insert the hook into the 5th chain from the hook (where the arrow was pointing)- top left pic
    Loop the yarn over the hook - top right pic
    Pull through both loops on your hook - bottom left pic
    You should now have one loop left on your hook - bottom right pic
        That was a slip stitch - pulling through all the loops on your hook so your left with one

Double Crocheting in the Loop 

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

Pull the circle down so you have something to grip as you maneuver the hook
Loop the yarn over the hook (2 loops on the hook now) - 1st pic
Pop the hook inside the hole in the circle (the loop - where my thumb is pointing to) - this will make '3 loops' on the hook; now loop the yarn over the hook again = 4 loops on the hook - 2nd pic
Pull the yarn through two stitches on the hook (through the circle and the stitch before it) = 2 loops on the hook

    It can be hard to maneuver the loops so you have enough space - it gets easier as you move outwards, for now use your nails to pull it through

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

Now loop the yarn over again = 3 loops on the hook    
Pull through 2 of the loops on the hook = 1 loop  
You have just completed your first double stitch 

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

 Complete 10 double stitches in the loop  - it will look like a spiral

Double stitching in the Round  

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

The needle is looped under the stitch - when it says to dc (double crochet) you need to go under the stitch as the hole to go through - same for when you sc (single crochet)
        I got rather confused and went between - it worked but probably not how it was meant to

    When I count the stitches of a double crochet I like to think of it as:
        Start with 1 loop
        Loop yarn over = 2 loops
        Put through hole = 3 loops
        Loop yarn over = 4 loops
        Pull through 2 loops = 2 loops
        Loop yarn over = 3 loops
        Pull through 2 loops = 1 loop left!
            BASICALLY - you need to pull through 2 loops always 

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

 Now you need to double crochet 3 times in the same stitch (at the end you should have made 30 stitches)
        The blue arrow is pointing at the stitch you need to go through - if you pull your crochet hook upwards you should see the place to go through

Placing a marker

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

 The idea of a marker is so you know where the start of each row is so you can keep count
        I found a hairpin with the rubber tips works well - it's easy to remove and move out of the way

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

This is the 30 stitches from Round 2, now back at the marker you start counting from one again.

A few notes on the pattern

    So I got very very wary of whether or not my beanie would turn out anything like what it was meant to, but once you get to round 10 it starts to curve down and look like beanie; before that it looks like a flat spiral
        17 stitches should measure 3 inches as a rough guide 

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

UPDATE - it does curve up naturally once you start doing 1 dc in each dc 

Crochet Pattern: Beanie
Round 1: ch 5, sl st in 5th ch from hook, 10 dc in loop, place marker
Round 2: 3 dc in each dc around = 30 stitches
Round 3: (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) around = 45 stitches (12,3,45,6,78,9...)
Round 4: (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc) around = 60 stitches (12,3,4,56,7,8,9...)
Round 5: (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc) around = 75 stitches (12,3,4,5,67....)
Round 6: (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc) around = 90 stitches (12,3,4,5,6,78...)
Round 7 – 15: dc in each dc around
Finish off. 

Finishing off

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

 Once you get back to your marker after the 15 rows, pull it out
    You should have 1 loop on your hook
    Pop the hook into the next stitch (2 loop)
    Loop the yarn over the hook (3 loops)
    Pull through 1 loop (2 loops)
    Loop yarn over (3 loops)
    Pull through 2 loops (1 loop)
        This is a single crochet
    Repeat this in the next stitch

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

    Now perform a slip stitch
    You should have 1 loop on your hook
    Pop the hook into the stitch (2 loops)
    Loop yarn over (3 loops)
    Pull through 2 loops (1 loop)

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

Cut the yarn leaving a 10 cm tail
Loop the yarn over hook and pull the tail through

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

 Thread the tail onto a yarn needle
 To avoid a massive jump down in the stitches as you have made a spiral, thread the needle through the next few stitches in the last row of the beanie
 Thread the needle towards the centre leaving 1 - 2 cm of the tail free and take off the needle
 Stretch the beanie so the tail can stretch out, cut off the reminder.

 It turns out fine I promise

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

So when the first few rounds are folded in half it looks bits suss but once you commit yourself and keep going it turns out fine
I promise you the one on right turn into a fully fledged beanie 

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

The 3D beanie

The mistake

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

 You know how I said I popped the hook  into the wrong part of the stitch, well the beanie on the bottom was the result. It does look like a beanie so I didn't realise anything was off for a while, and by then I had 3 beanies, anyways I like that crochet is forgiving.

Happy crafting!

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial

Double Crochet Beanie Tutorial


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