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I recently discovered Carrie Chambers on Ravelry when I did the Cat Beanie pattern round up HERE. Carrie did the pink beanie on the bottom, left with the big eye. So cool.
This Puff Stitch Beanie is another fine example of Carrie’s work. I found it because I saw that a lot of you were looking for a puff stitch beanie found on Pinterest that had been pinned from a department store. So, I’ll give you a little tip: this is a HOT gift item this year! Lots of people are sending photos to their crocheting friends of a puff stitch beanie and here’s your chance to surprise them with it!
Now, let’s talk about the puff stitch for just a minute. The way you make this puff stitch is that you’re going to have seven loops on your crochet hook and you have to pull your hook through all of them at once. This can take practice but I promise it really does get easier. First, concentrate when you’re pulling up the stitches. Make sure that you’re pulling them all the way up, up, up to the height of the other loops. Don’t just casually pull them up and let them sit there at the bottom. Next, when you pull through all of them, turn your hook so the hook head faces down. This will help so there is no catching.
Now, about the yarn. Carrie has used about 225 yards of worsted weight yarn. Remember that Carrie is in Ireland. When she says worsted, she means true worsted. This is not the same as what we call worsted in the United States. The worsted we have at craft stores is actually bigger than true worsted. It’s called aran weight. You will be looking for true worsted. Cascade 220 worsted weight would be perfect, if you can use wool. It comes in 116 colors and is an excellent staple workhorse yarn. If you can’t use wool, try Berroco Comfort, Knit Picks Brava Worsted or Lion Brand Pound of Love.
And, my last tip, if your ribbing isn’t tight enough, try using a smaller hook for the post stitches which should tighten them up quite nicely.
If you prefer a smaller size, there is also a toddler size available.
Pick up your free crochet pattern for the ADULT SIZE from Hey Carrie HERE.
Pick up your free crochet pattern for the TODDLER SIZE from Hey Carrie HERE.
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