Written by Sequoia Abbott-Saulteaux
Welcome back to my weekly #LearningProject blog posts!! For my fifth week, I decided to try something slightly new and started my first ever wearable with Yarnspirations Caron Cakes Slouchy Crochet Beanie pattern. For some reason, I found myself much more intimidated with crocheting wearable projects rather than just a blanket or similar blocky items. The part that I was most anxious for was getting my stitches right, I didn’t want to mess up somewhere and end up with something that I couldn’t even use. Thankfully, although it is not perfect and slightly wonky, I completed my first hat in just over a week with approximately 10 hours total! I did end up learning a lot on this particular journey and I plan to take what I learned to hopefully make some more great hats!
Part of the reason why I wanted to try making a hat for the first time, was the AMAZING colour selection from Caron Yarn. I dived into their “Caron Cakes” line which has multiple colour gradients that look so good and are quite well known among crocheting groups such as Redit’s /Crochet and Facebook’s WE LOVE CROCHET!. For my hat I used the colour, Strawberry Trifle (bought from Michaels for $9.99 per skein) and grabbed a Red Velvet to make another hat eventually. This yarn is a worsted (#4) level yarn that is soft, vibrant, and colourful.
Starting the hat was actually easier than I thought it would be, mostly because I tend to struggle with making making circles. With this pattern there was no magic circle (so while I’ll have to practice it for some other pattern, it was nice to use something a little easier to get a hang of). After reading up on the pattern, watching YouTube videos and reading comments on blogs, I noticed that there was some similar complaints among users. A common issue for those that used the pattern was the hat was turning out too small. To counter this issue, I attempted to add some more increase stitches near the middle of the pattern. Looking back, this addition may have been what caused the hat to be slightly lopsided, but overall I’m glad the hat fits.
One thing that I really liked about this pattern was how basic it was. This was a great beginner pattern for people who have novice experience, so there are only a few different types of stitches. Majority of the hat is completed with half double crochet stitches, which thankfully I got some practice with when building my cat blanket. I tried to spend an hour or two every day or so, since I found that too much crocheting can cause slight hand cramps.
Overall, I found the pattern pretty easy to use but I was confused in one or two places. When I started to get lost I found Youtube very helpful with channels like The Crochet Crowd and Yarnspirations (which has a lot of their websites patterns but not all of them). I have heard through comments that this pattern is a really good base pattern use if you wanted to add pom-poms and rims, so I feel like I will probably continue trying to tweak this pattern with a couple more hats (or several). For my hat I did try to make the hat longer than the pattern so that I can roll it up but alas, I ended up increasing too much at the end. The back of the hat goes slightly into a triangle like shape so I attempted to fix that by folding up the hat and then sewing just the back end down.
In the end, while my first ever hat is not perfect, I still love it anyways. It was such a cool process to get to pick out the colour scheme and see the pattern come to life while making it. I also really liked how in comparison to huge blankets, this was a relatively quick pattern to make. I’m probably going to save the pattern aside for later birthdays and holidays!