Thursday, January 17, 2013

Clare Crown Beanie Top Pattern

Alright, that might be a confusing name but let me explain: it was inspired by a crochet pattern from Clare Sullivan of bobwilson123. That's her Cluster V Stitch Crochet hat tutorial, I came across it in a Facebook post, watched the video, made a hat or 3 and decided that I loved it!

I love the lacy, open work that the V stitch provides. One thing I wanted to change however was the crown portion of the hat. I wanted something similar to that lacy feel from the V stitch on the crown and that's when I came up with the pattern I'm posting today. I will add a disclaimer right now: 

The Cluster V stitch Crochet Hat is Clare Sullivan's pattern, not my own.
The Clare Crown is my own pattern. I named it after
her because she is the inspiration.

Row 3 of the Clare Crown

Clare Crown

  • size K crochet hook (or hook needed to obtain size wanted)
  • 4-ply worsted weight yarn, I used Red Heart Soft in Spring Green
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Needle for weaving in the ends 
Stitches used: (notations in parentheses are links to refreshers on stitches) 
  • Chain (ch)
  • Single Crochet (SC)
  • Half Double Crochet (HDC)
  • Double Crochet (DC)
Special Stitches:
2 Double Crochet Cluster (2DC cluster):
YO. Insert hook into stitch indicated. YO. Pull through the first stitch. You now have 3 loops on your hook. YO. Pull through first 2 loops on hook. (You now have 2 loops on the hook). Insert hook into same stitch. YO. Pull through the first stitch. You now have 3 loops on your hook. YO. Pull through all 3 loops. (Basically it's a Double Crochet decrease, click here for an illustrated version)
5 Double Crochet Cluster (5DC cluster): 
*YO, insert the hook into the indicated stitch, YO, pull through the first stitch, YO, draw the yarn through 2 loops*. (You now have 2 loops remaining on the hook.)  Repeat from * to * 5 more times, ending with 6 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 6 loops. (Click here for an illustrated version, bear in mind that this illustrated version is a 4DC cluster)

Begin Pattern.
Row 1: Chain 3, HDC in second chain from hook 8 times, join with a slip stitch.

Row 2: Ch 1. 2HDC in same stitch, and in each stitch around, join. 

Row 3: Ch1. 2HDC, ch 1, 2HDC all in same stitch, *skip next stitch, [2HDC, ch1, 2HDC] in next stitch. Repeat from * around, join.

Row 4: Slip stitch to the chain 1 space: In the ch 1 space; ch3, DC, ch 2, 2DC cluster.
*In next ch 1 space; 2DC cluster, ch 2, 2DC cluster. Repeat from * around, join.

Row 5: Slip stitch to the chain 2 space: ch 1, SC in ch 2 space, ch 3. *SC in space between DC clusters, ch 3, SC in ch 2 space, ch 3. Repeat from * around, join.

Row 6: Slip stitch to chain 3 space; ch 2, 5DC cluster, ch 2. *5DC cluster in next chain 3 space, ch 2. Repeat from * around, join.

Row 7: Begin the Cluster V Stitch hat pattern from bobwilson123. Click here for the link to the video and pick up where she does in the video.

And that's my pattern for the crown portion of a crochet beanie. Use it with any pattern you like and see what kind of wonderful creations you can come up with!

Have a great crochet day!
Oh and in case you didn't notice, which I'm sure you did, I changed the background of the blog again. Good? Bad? What do you think? 


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