Sizes: Baby (Toddler, Child) (Teen/Small Adult, Average Adult, Large Adult) to fit a head circumference of 14” (16”, 18”) (19”, 21”, 23”)/35.5 (40.5, 45.5) (48.5, 53.5, 58.5) cm.
Yarn: Any weight you please! Roughly 60 – 120 grams.
For this pattern to block nicely, I recommend using at least 50% animal fiber content yarn. This is an excellent design to use handspun, hand dyed, or luxury fibers, as the yarn is in the spotlight here.
Sample shown in Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Desire (worsted weight) colorway Grape Jelly.
Hook: Any size appropriate for your yarn. Check your yarn label for suggested sizes.
Gauge: Gauge doesn’t matter on this one! Burn all the swatches and bras!
Techniques: Magic loop, crocheting in the round, double crochet 1 in the previous stitch, and wet blocking. This design uses US terminology.
There is one tricky stitch in this design. You are going to be working clusters of double crochets, ended with a double crochet that crosses over the previously worked stitches. Since it’s a fairly unique technique, I’ve made a tutorial so you can see what needs to happen. You can view that here:
This technique will be started on round 2 of the pattern and used throughout.
Notions: A stitch marker (to indicate the beginning of the round, optional) and a dinner plate roughly half the size of the head circumference (10”/25.5 cm for average adult).
Pattern Notes: Here’s the thing. No one likes gauge swatching. I’d be lying if I said I did. So, when my little sister asked me to recreate her favorite hat, I took it as an opportunity to experiment with a design that didn’t require swatching because berets are perfect for that. This design’s a little different than most crocheting patterns; you’ll have to be a little more fluid in your thinking with this one. You will get to a point in the pattern and stitch counts will no longer apply (but also won’t really matter! Is this freedom?? It can be!) and you can just enjoy crocheting instead of obsessing on numbers.