Monday, December 2, 2019

Big Fan Beanie Free Crochet Pattern


Hello! Winter is coming and it's already really cold here in the mornings. I love being able to grab one of my crochet hats, one of my scarves and a jacket and head out the door, cozy in my crochet pieces. Plus, I have a new pattern that is chunky, warm and perfect for winter! Big Fan Beanie is my newest design and it's a free crochet pattern! Scroll down for the free pattern or click here to download the pattern pdf for FREE on Mary Maxim, for a limited time only!






The Big Fan Beanie was inspired by those amazing, knit pieces that have the beautiful long stitches. The body of the this hat is worked with the waistcoast stitch which gives this beanie a knit look.



I have always loved the crocheted spike stitch and I thought that it would work perfectly to mimic this knitting technique in crochet form. As soon as I thought of this idea and sketched it out, I contacted my friends over at Mary Maxim, because I didn’t have a lot of experience with chunky yarn and I thought that they could suggest something for this design idea. They quickly got back to me and suggested Mary Maxim Marvelous Chunky yarn and I quickly looked it up. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love and knew it would be perfect for this design. 




Mary Maxim Marvelous Chunky yarn is made from 100% acrylic and it is super soft. I thought that a yarn like this would be very heavy, but it’s light and buoyant and it makes a wonderful beanie! Each strand of yarn is twisted with different colors, which creates a beautiful mosaic of colors as you crochet. I had so much fun designing this pattern with this marvelous yarn, it really is marvelous!


The Big Fan Beanie is a cute, cozy hat with a large, fan stitch that is simple yet delicate, which adds the  perfect amount of whimsy. It has a ribbed border and the crochet stitches used, makes this hat look knit, plus with Marvelous Chunky yarn, it is incredibly squishy soft!  This hat looks intricate and complicated but it’s really a simple and fun crochet pattern to make, and with the chunky yarn and larger crochet hook, it works up relatively fast!




The neatest part about this hat is the fact that is created from the simple spike stitch. 5 spike stitches make up the fan on this beanie and with this chunky yarn, it really pops. The fan can be worn in the middle of the hat or you can twist the hat a little to make the fan go to one side of the hat, which is how I like to wear mine. I’ve also added a large faux fur, sky blue pom pom to mine and I think it is the perfect addition!




I got this beautiful faux fur fabric from Maria's Blue Crayon and I made the faux fur pom pom! She sales her poms ready made or in pre cut fabric packs with a helpful video tutorial on how to make a pom out of the pre cut fabric. I love her ready made poms but I was excited to give pom making a try. This was my first ever and I think it turned out pretty good!







US Terminology

Difficulty


Advanced Easy


Size


Adult Small (20.5-23 inches)


Gauge


4 sts (wst) and 5 rows = 2 inches


Materials


-Size P (10 mm) crochet hook
-Bulky 5 or 6 yarn: Marvelous Chunky by Mary Maxim (about 90g) See notes for yarn substitutes.
-2 stitch markers or yarn scraps
-Scissors
-Darning needle
-Measuring tape
-Optional: Faux fur or yarn pom pom


Abbreviations


ch: chain
ea: each
st(s): stitch(es)
sl st: slip stitch
sp: space
sk: skip
sc: single crochet
wst: waistcoat stitch
ws2tog: waistcoat stitch decrease


Notes, Tips, And Tutorials



Diagram of the Fan


Each spike stitch is worked into the same chain space.



How To work into the back humps of the chains:


Row 1 says to work into the back humps of each chain. Look at your chain and tilt it toward you and look at the back of the chain. There are humps along the back of each chain. Insert your hook into the back hump.



The Brim How To:


After Row 1, fold in half with the right side out and line up the first stitch and the last stitch made.
Working in a continuous spiral, without joining, (This does not take away the slant from the stitches but it does help.)
R2: put a wst into the 1st sc of the last round by inserting the hook into the 1st sc of the last round, yarn over and finish the wst (mark this st with a st marker). Don’t worry about the gap at the bottom of the stitches. This will be fixed later.  


Continue with R2 and the pattern.

Video Tutorials:


Yarn Substitutes
Bernat Softee Chunky
Loops & Threads Charisma


Tips on making a wst: 

Keep the loop on the hook as tight and small as possible. Insert the hook into the next stitch, pull up a loop (make this loop larger than normal) yo and pull through all loops on the hook. Click here for the waistcoat stitch video tutorial.





The Pattern
Please read all of the notes before beginning this pattern.


The Brim


(right side)
R1: ch 41. (leave the tail end long enough to finish off the brim, approximately 12 inches long.) Working into the back humps of the chs: put a sc (make ea single crochet loose to be able to work wst into them) into the 2nd ch from the hook, hdc into the next ch, *sc into the next ch, hdc into the next ch. Repeat from the * across. =40
Should measure approximately 17.5" long.


R2: Fold in half with the right side facing out and line up the first and last st, put a wst into the 1st sc of the last round and mark this st with a st marker (see notes section), hdc 3rd loop into the next st, *wst into the next st, hdc 3rd loop into the next st. Repeat from the * around. =40


R3: wst into the 1st st of the last round, sc 3rd loop into the next st, *wst into the next st, sc 3rd loop into the next st. Repeat from the * around. =40


Body of the Hat


R4: wst into the 1st st of the last round and into the next 28 sts, ch 1 (Mark the ch 1 sp with a 2nd stitch marker or yarn scrap. This is the sp that you will work all spike sts into later) and sk 1, wst into the next 10 sts. =40


R5: wst into the 1st st of the last round and into the next 28 sts, sc into the ch 1 sp (do not remove this stitch marker), wst into the next 10 sts. =40


R6: wst into the 1st st of the last round and into ea st around. =40


R7-R10: Repeat R6


R11: wst into the 1st st of the last round, and into the next 22 sts, spike st into the ch sp from row 4, that is marked with a stitch marker, sk the st that the spike st covers, wst into the next 7 sts, spike st into the marked ch sp from row 4, sk the st that the spike st covers, wst into the next 8 sts. =40


R12: wst into the 1st st of the round and into the next 22 sts, sc into the spike st, wst into the next 7 sts, sc into the spike st, wst into the next 8 sts. =40


R13: wst into the 1st st of the last round and into the next 24 sts, spike st into the marked ch sp from row 4, sk the st that the spike st covers, wst into the next 3 sts, spike st into the marked ch sp from row 4, sk the st that the spike st covers, wst into the next 10 sts. =40


R14: wst into the 1st st of the last round and into the next 24 sts, sc into the spike st, wst into the next 3 sts, sc into the spike st, wst into the next 10 sts. =40


R15: wst into the 1st st of the last round and into the next 26 sts, spike st into the marked ch sp from row 4, sk the st that the spike st covers, wst into the next 12 sts. =40


R16: wst into the 1st st of the last round and into the next 26 sts, sc into the spike st, wst into the next 12 sts. =40


R17: wst into the 1st st of the last round and into the next 5 sts, wst2tog, *wst into the next 6 sts, wst2tog. Repeat from the * around. =35


R18: wst into the 1st st of the last round and into the next 4 sts, wst2tog, *wst into the next 5 sts, wst2tog. Repeat from the * around. =30


R19: wst into the 1st st of the last round and into the next 3 sts, wst2tog, *wst into the next 4 sts, wst2tog. Repeat from the * around. =25


R20: wst into the 1st st of the last round and into the next 2 sts, wst2tog, *wst into the next 3 sts, wst2tog. Repeat from the * around. =20


R21: wst into the 1st st of the last round and into the next st, wst2tog, *wst into the next 2 sts, wst2tog. Repeat from the * around. =15


R22: wst into the 1st st of the last round, wst2tog, *wst into the next st, wst2tog. Repeat from the * around. =10


R23: wst into the 1st st of the last round, *wst2tog. Repeat from the * until 1 st remains. wst into the last st. =6


Cut the yarn leaving the tail end long enough to close the top of the hat, pull through the last stitch. Thread through a darning needle and whip st around the top of the hat to close the hole. Pull tight, knot off and weave in the end.


Weaving In the Tail end and closing the gap in the brim:


Thread the tail end through a darning needle and thread through both loops of the 1 st of the round from R1, from back to front. (image 1 & 2)  Thread the darning needle through the last stitch of the round, from front to back. (image 3) and pull through but not too tightly. (image 4)




This creates an even finish. Now you can knot and weave in the ends. Add a pom pom if you would like!

The End!

Copyright ©2019 Alexandra Halsey
You may sell any finished items, but I do request that you put a link back to my pattern and credit Alexandra Halsey for the original design under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license. Do not copy, share, download or publicly display this pattern without permission, and no video tutorials may be made using this pattern.



Disclaimer: Mary Maxim did send me this yarn in collaboration for this pattern.
These are my honest opinions.

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