Things have been rather busy here of late. We’ve had heaps of different things on, plus B and I have both had colds which has been no fun at all! Thankfully the next few weeks are looking a little quieter, I hope, and I can get back to finishing and blogging about some of the projects I have been working on.
Today I have something new, with a pseudo-pattern, the Little Love Chin Strap Beanie. Baby B has always had quite good head control, even from birth, but in the last couple of weeks she has really strengthened her neck. The result of this is one of her favourite things to do is turn her head back and forward really fast, which results in any beanie or hat I put on her being promptly worked up and off. The full force of winter is still very much being felt here and I am getting rather tired of stopping every 500m of pull her hat back down when we take our afternoon walks. To remedy this I decided that she needed a beanie with a chin strap.
This is a very simple crochet beanie using only single and double crochet, no fancy stitches. If you use a chunky yarn and largeish hook (6.5-7mm) you can have it whipped up in a couple hours. I say this is a pseudo-pattern as it doesn’t give you the exact number of stitches for each size, rather more of a process to follow.
The first step is finding out how big the crown of your beanie will need to be. This chart by Anne Granger gives a decent guide, however if you have access to the intended recipient I strongly suggest you measure their head, particularly for infants as there can be quite a wide variation, for example, B is two months, but her head is 15.5″ around almost putting her in the 6 month size according to the chart.
Diving your head circumference by Pi (3.14) will give an approximate crown size. Normally when making adult hats, you would make your crown a little smaller than this number (by 3cm/1″ or so), to ensure a snug fit, however I don’t necessarily recommend his for hats for children under 2 if about you want them to fit for more than a couple weeks. Making them to head circumference gives a hat that fits well enough, with room to grow.
When you have your desired crown size, start off making a basic crochet beanie starting with a magic loop.
Rnd 1: ch 3, dc 12 in magic loop, join round with slip stitch (12)
Rnd 2: ch 3, 2 dc in each stitch around, join (24)
Rnd 3: ch 3, [2 dc in next stitch, dc] around, join (36)
Rnd 4: ch 3, [2 dc in next stitch, dc in next 2 stitches] around, join (48)
By this time my crown was big enough, if yours is not continue with graduated increase (next round would be 2dc in next stitch, then dc in next 3 stitches) until desired crown size is reached. If your size is just a little off, you can increase slower in your last increasing round, for example only performing the increase (2dc in one stitch) in every second repeat.
Once your required crown size is reached, work rounds as follows:
Ch 3, dc in each stitch around, join
Until desired length is reached.
The next round creates places to add the chin strap.
Next rnd: sc in front loop only of next 4 stitches, sc in each stitch until halfway around round. For example with 48 stitches – 48/2 = 24, so sc 4 stitches front loop only, en sc in next 20 stitches. Repeat for second half of stitches.
Next rnd: Half dc in each stitch around.
To finish the beanie, add your desired edging. I used a simple scallop.
Skip first stitch, [6 dc in next stitch, skip next stitch, sc, skip next stitch] repeat around.
Sc into the first 4 back loops in the sc round. Turn.
Then sc in each of the 4 stitches and turn until the point where you want to add the button hole.
Instead of adding a traditional button hole, I just did a 3 few rows of dc (if you are working with a smaller yarn weight you could use tc) to allow a button to be slipped in between the stitches and allow for multiple strap lengths.
Repeat on other side, but make this strap shorter, around an inch or so, to attatch a button to. Make sure you attatch button firmly so it cannot come off and become a choki hazard.
I am hoping this beanie will last B for a while. With the beanie bordering on too big, the stretchiness of the crochet and additional length options in the strap it can be considered a multi-size beanie. Plus the scalloped edge can be folded down for extra length.