A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting some of the wonderful people at Yarnspirations while at the Creativation Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. We had a great chat, and they gave me some really nice yarn to try….hence the new Iron Mountain Beanie. If you’ve never tried the Patons Alpaca Blend, now is your chance. Don’t forget to jump over to Yarnspirations Facebook page and tell them thank you for sponsoring the ELKies!
Who couldn’t use another guy hat right? I finished crocheting this hat this past weekend but didn’t get a chance to do the photography yet. Emory was driving me crazy wanting to wear the hat before we did photos. Once we were finished he said, “Now can I have the hat?”. It was cute as he was walking away with it still on his head.
The Patons Alpaca Blend is a #5 Bulky weight yarn so the project works up rather quickly. The blend of yarns really helps to create a beautiful stitch definition as you can see in the photo. It’s one of those feel good type yarns and if you wanted to know if it’s warm. Emory wore the hat hunting yesterday afternoon and said that was one of the warmest hats I had made for him.
You certainly need to be sure and check out the yarn because I have a surprise for all the ELKies. Since Yarnspirations is sponsoring us, they have me a coupon code, and I just checked…..the yarn is on SALE! So, you’ll get the yarn on sale for $5.99 plus use the code ELK20 for a 20% discount! The code expires February 24, 2018.
Go…..check out all 24 colors, pick out a few and start making the Iron Mountain Beanie today. (By the way, I’ve done a top down version coming out too).
Now let’s get on with the pattern, and I’ve even included a tutorial below to help get you started.
If you love top down versions…..you can get that too by clicking HERE. You’ll want to see the color!
- Patons Alpaca Blend, #5 Bulky Weight, 60% Acrylic, 22% Wool, 10% Nylon, 8% Alpaca, 155 yards/100g, Colorway: Smoke
- Hook Size: J/6.omm
- Tapestry Needle for Weaving in the ends.
blo – back loop only
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
rem – remaining
sc – single crochet
sp(s) – space(s)
Gauge: 14 sc and 14 rows = 4″
Finished Measurement: 20″,22″, 24″
- Ch 1 in the first st is not considered the first sc in the pattern.
- When I created my band, I crocheted 72 rows which made 20”. After joining my band on round 1, I made 72 sc around the band. If you need more or less rows to achieve your desired width, that’s okay. Just remember in order for the stitch count to come out right, your first sc round must be divisible by 2.
- I suggest that you end your rows for the band on an even number of rows.
- The instructions for this hat, as given, will fit an adult measuring approximately 20″,22” and 24″. The hat can easily be adjusted to meet other sizes. When I completed the band (medium size), the 72 rows measured approximately 20” and fit perfectly on my model measuring 22”. I gave a 2″ ease for stretching.
Leave a long tail (4”) before making your beginning ch. You will use the tail later to join the band of the hat.
Row 1: Ch 7, sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn. (6 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st and each rem st across, turn. (6 sc)
Repeat Row 2 until it reaches approx. 18″ (small, 66 rows), 20” (medium, 72 rows), 22″ (large, 78 rows). Don’t worry if you get more of less rows for the measurements. As long as you end on an even row, you’ll be fine. Do not fasten off working yarn. The working yarn and tail should end opposite of each other.
Using 4’ tail and yarn needle, line up the two ends and whip stitch the seam and back loop stitches together to form the band. Insert the hook into the working yarn and begin the body of the hat.
Body of Hat:
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in first sp, sc in next sp and evenly around, join by sl st to first st. (66, 72, 78 sc)
Round 2: Ch 1, *(sc,dc) in first st, skip next st, repeat from * around, join by sl st to sl st in previous round, sl st in first st.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in blo in first st, sc in blo in next st and each st around, join by sl st to first st.
Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 until you have reached 5″ (small), 6″(medium/large)
Decreasing Rounds are in multiples of 6
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, *sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog, repeat from * around, join by sl st to first st. (55,60,65sc)
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, *sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog, repeat from * around, join by sl st to first st. (44,50,55 sc)
Round 3: ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next st, sc2tog, *sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, repeat from *, join by sl st to first st. (33,40,45 sc)
Round 4: ch 1, sc2tog, *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, repeat from * around, join by sl st to first st. (22,30,35) sc)
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc2tog, *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, join by sl st to first st, repeat from * around, join by sl st to first st. (27,40,33 sc)
Leaving a long tail. Close the hole in the top of the beanie. You can follow along my video tutorial by clicking HERE. Fasten off. Weave in the ends.
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