Monday, October 1, 2012

Long braided beanie*

Here is a free pattern for a beanie that reminds me of a story about a girl with very long hair in a tower.  Don’t let this project scare you, it is simple to crochet. It does take more time to cut the strands of yarn for the long braids and to crochet the many flowers, but any little girl would love to have it added to their dress up collection. Just in time to be finished for Halloween, also.

Long braided beanie

What I used:  worsted weight yellow yarn, you can use any hair color, stitch markers, I (5.5mm) hook

What I did:  10 dc in a magic ring. Do not join; use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round.
Round1: 2dc in each stitch. (20dc)
Round2: 2dc in first st, dc in next, repeat to end. (30dc)
Round3: 2dc in first st, dc in next two st. (40 dc)
Round4: 2 dc in first st, dc in next three st. (50dc)
Round5: 2dc in first st, dc in the next four st. (60dc)
Rounds6-10: dc in ea st. (60dc)
Round11: sc in first st, skip two st, 5dc ss, skip two st, sc, repeat to end, ending with a slst. Fasten off and weave in ends. (10shells)

Cut around 90 strands of yarn at 70” long. These are for the braids. I used 1/3 baby weight in a lighter yellow and the rest using the same ww yarn as the hat body. I used stitch markers to mark off the front middle four shells with the end shells being halves. This is my front, I do not tassel the yarn strands here, but in every double crochet stitch that is not in the front. I did not tassel the single crochet stitches.  Take three strands of yarn and fold them in half. Pull the middle through a stitch on the hat making a loop. Now, pull the loose ends through the loop. This is similar to how you would add tassels or fringe. Repeat around to the other side, but remember to only tassel in DCs, not the SCs.
After completing that, divide the hair in half and braid each side. I tied off with a rubber band and then a piece of yarn into a bow. I attached the flowers to clippies and barrettes. This way the braids can be undone and redid, or left undone and combed for play.

Sorry, I am not posting the flower patterns. There are already several beautiful, fun flower patterns available online and I am a busy mom of three with the next few weeks being busier than usual (I feel like I am always say that!). I am sorry, but I wanted to have this hat pattern online in enough time so it can be done before Halloween and I am out of my blog time….. for now.

Happy Hooking!

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