I am very happy to declare that I WON!!!
Making this beanie, was no lesser than winning a trophy. I feel triumphant. Before making any item that I plan, I just browse for scattered images online. A random search of designs or color combinations, usage etc helps me visualize the item. Following the same strategy, I started searching for images of beanies, hats, caps etc for men for a customer who needed a new beanie for himself. Knowing his choices, style, and preferences, I found this Hazelnut Beanie to be the best fit. Thanks to Aleksandra who created this beautiful pattern in #MONK Wolle & Beanies. The link contains written and detailed videos to guide properly. This is a great winter wear for any adult man. A voguish male accessory giving style and protection.
Unfortunately, the wool I had bought was completely different than the one mentioned in the link. This made the hat-making a very painful experience at first. Even if I anyhow completed the beanie following the exact steps provided, it would not fit anyone. After re-opening the third time, I knew how to solve this issue.
Lessons to keep in mind:
The height of the hat depends on the initial chain count. The hat is divided into 4 parts. Each part contains 2 sets. 1st set is decreasing the count up to a certain point. 2nd set is increasing the count to the initial point. Thus, 1 part completes an arch design.
- Initial chain count – I made 41 chains using 6.5 mm hook as I needed the beanie to be 9″ in length.
- 1st set of rows – 1st set of rows as per the pattern is 5. But I increased to 8.
- 1st part of the hat – In order to make the hat circumference suitable for an adult man (i.e. 22″-24″ ), each part should be at least near to 5″, as the hat stretches up to 2 -3 inches based on the wool.
- The height of 1st part – After completing the 1st part, rechecking the height of the hat will save time and avoid rework.
Since this pattern is so elegant and beautiful, I am naming (as it is defined by Aleksandra) Blue Grey Hazelnut Bosnian Beanie.
Remember to achieve more stretchiness the recommended crochet hook might not be the correct choice. Choose a larger hook than the suggested one.
One more point – your strength and style do matter. I tend to make a tighter stitch most of the time, thus I prefer a larger hook. If the crochet stitches you make is looser than you can go for recommended hook or the hook suggested in the patterns.
- Height of the hat: 9.5″
- Circumference: 24″
The sizes could be alter based on the count of the stitches for the rows.
- For edging, you can use fur, Crab Stitch, Herringbone Half Double Crochet (HHDC) or Slip Stitch of same or contrast colors.
- One line of contrast color edging – White, Creme, Maroon, lighter shades of blue, lime, yellow.
- You can increase the base diameter to give a more slouchy feel. Also, increase the height of the beanie.
- You can increase the Brim by more than 1 row to define a brim.
Remember: do not over accessorize it. This hides the beauty of the pattern itself. Believe in elegance simplicity!!
In case, you have stuck anywhere or have any queries, kindly contact me.
Blue Grey Hazelnut Bosnian Beanie
- Select the yarn color matching with you winter wear. Try out the Hat-Scarf combo, Hat-Gloves combo of the same pattern.
- Choose the contrast colors matching with your jacket.
- Choose the wool color based on the palette in the wardrobe. Experiment and enjoy the beautiful colors.
- Yarn: Jo-Ann Big Twist – Dark Denim, Jo-Ann Big Twist – Soft Gray
- Note: you can play around with different branded yarns as far as they give the synchronous flow of the pattern using a constant crochet hook.
- You can either go for the yarns with the same recommended crochet hook OR decide the yarn and change the crochet hooks along with the tightness on the crochet stitches as you proceed with the pattern.
- You can change the pattern to get the continuous flow.
- Crochet Hook: 6mm
- Measuring Tape
- Stitch Markers: My stitch markers are the mini safety pins we get from clothing tags. You can buy from Michaels- Stitch Marker, Amazon – Stitch Marker, Jo-Ann – Stitch Marker. Use offers for better deals.
Quality Promise: If washed with care then the neat stitch guarantees perfection up to multiple washes. The wool quality might stretch upon multiple uses.
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