Updated: Apr 6, 2019
Do you have an abundance of red yarn that you have no clue what to do with? Do you ever wish you were a strawberry instead of a human? I sure know I have.
Today I have written a pattern that will EAT. UP. YOUR. YARN, with thanks to the Bobble Stitch!
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The Bobble stitch creates a fantastic texture which will give this beanie it's bumpy, 'strawberry' appearance. If you are unfamiliar with the bobble stitch, I would recommend practicing with a swatch before attempting to make this beanie.
I have provided a tutorial here on how to make the bobble, with thanks to DIY From Home:
sc - single crochet
hdc - half-double crochet
dc - double crochet
tr - treble crochet
dtr - double treble (yarn over 3 times)
trtr - triple treble (yarn over 4 times)
quadtr - quadruple treble (yarn over 5 times)
You will need:
A 6.5mm hook (K)
Two strands of worsted weight yarn in red ( make sure you have a lot!) and also in green (for the stalk and leaves
NOTE ABOUT SIZE: I understand everyone is differently sized. This hat will fit most adult heads (more on the larger size!).
If you'd prefer it to be smaller, then you can adjust how many increasing rows you want at the beginning of the pattern, as we won't be starting the bobble stitches until we reach row 5. The first four are to make sure it is the right size for your head (or someone else's). So if you have a smaller noggin,' or are making one for a child, I would suggest decreasing the number of rows in the beginning (additionally, if you are making a child's size, when making the leaves and stalk, just use one strand of yarn tied to a 5mm crochet hook).
To be honest, quite often crocheting requires a lot of guesswork, or at least it does for me. I would make 3 or 4 rows, hold the project on top of my head and then decide if it's large enough!
Anyhow, that's enough blather and let's get crocheting!
Row 1: Chain 4 (does not count as dc) In fourth chain from hook, 12dc. Slip stitch to the first dc to join (12dc)
Row 2: Chain 3 (does not count as dc) 2dc in the same stitch and each stitch around. Slip stitch to the first dc to join. (24dc)
Row 3: Chain 3 (does not count as dc) 2dc in the same stitch, 1dc in the next stitch. 2dc in the next stitch, 1dc in the next. Repeat around, slip stitch to the first dc to join (36dc)
Row 4: Chain 3 (does not count as dc) 2dc in the same stitch, 1dc in the next 2 stitches. 2dc in the next stitch, 1dc in the next 2 stitches. Repeat around, slip stitch to the first dc to join (48dc)
Row 5: Chain 2. 1 bobble stitch in the same dc, then 1sc in the next stitch, to complete the bobble (this is what will make the bobble POP!) Continue around until you reach the end, slip stitch to join to the first bobble. (24 Bobble stitches)
Row 6 - 12: IMPORTANT - slip stitch into the next stitch (i.e. the sc that follows each bobble) the reason for this is so the bobbles won't sit directly on top of each other, but instead snuggly between the bobbles from the previous row. 1 bobble, 1sc (to complete) in the next stitch. Repeat around (bobble, sc, bobble, sc) until you reach the end. Slip stitch to the first bobble to join. (24 Bobbles)
Row 13: Chain 1, 1sc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to join to the first sc.
Row 14: Chain 1, 1sc in BACK LOOPS ONLY in each stitch around. Slip stitch to join to the first sc. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Using a double strand of green cast onto your hook, chain 2.
Round 1: 6sc in the second chain from your hook
Round 2: 12sc in each stitch
Round 3 : (IN BACK LOOPS ONLY) 1sc in each stitch
Round 4 - 8: 1sc in each stitch. Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew to the beanie
LEAVES (Make 4):
When casting on, leave a long tail as you will need this to attach it to the hat.
Chain 11. Starting at the second chain from the hook, and working back along the chain - sc, hdc, dc, tr, dtr, dtr, trtr, trtr, quadtr, quadtr.
Fasten off, leaving a tail to sew to the hat.
To assemble, start with the stalk. Using your hook (or a yarn needle), sew the stalk onto the centre of the hat. Once that is done, you can add your leaves one by one. If you'd like them to stay in place, I'd recommend sewing the tip of the leaves down so they won't curl.
Aaaaaand you're done! I hope you like this pattern :)
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