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The Birch Leaf Beanie

Updated: 5 days ago



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PART III

We're finally at the last of my crochet leaf stitch patterns! WHAT?! This pattern is serisouly my favorite! When I started blogging and offering patterns, my first 2 were knitted washcloths with a crochet border and ever since I've had this interest and love of merging the 2 techniques together.

So many people are either #teamknit or #teamcrochet. I'm over here singing "Why can't we be friends? Why can't we be friends?" (in case you didn't know, this is the Song Why Can't We Be Friends By WAR).


So in the spirit of fiber friendship and comradery I present... my first (of several) knit brim, crochet body hats! But don't worry... if you're nervous about doing the knit part, I gotchu! First, have a video for you on how to move from knit to crochet without casting off and sewing it on. Second, I have an option to crochet the brim if you absolutely are not comfortable (or refuse) to knit it.


Either way.... I KNOW you're going to love this hat! It works up so fast and you'll be wearing it out in no time!


Oh! and FYI, you should be able to use one skein of the Red Heart With Love to make both this AND the Birch Leaf Ear Warmer. You Might even have enough to make the Cup Sleeve too!


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This pattern is written using standard U.S. terms. Basic stitch knowledge is assumed.


Finished Measurements (all are approximate)

  • Length (When folded in half and at the widest point): 10 inches (25.4 centimeters)

  • Circumference (at the widest point): 20 inches (50.8 centimeters)

  • Height (not counting Pom): 8.5 inches (21.59 centimeters)




Yarn


Crochet hooks

Knitting Needles





Notions



Gauge 7 dc 4 rounds approximately 2”X2” square using medium yarn and J10 (6.00mm) crochet hook. (adjust hook or yarn as needed to get the gauge size correct)

Notes

  • To adjust length, increase or decrease the foundation double crochets by 5 stitches.

  • Every Round Ends with a slip stitch; unless otherwise noted.

  • Every Round Starts with a ch2 (this ch2 does not count as a stitch, instead the very first BPdc will be done around the very first BPdc from the previous round); unless otherwise noted.




Terms to Know

CO: Cast on [If Knitting Brim]

PM: PM [If Knitting Brim]

K2P2: Knit two stitches then Purl two Stitches [If Knitting Brim]

SC: Single Crochet

Ch(s): chain(s)

BPdc: Back Post Double Crochet

BPdc2tog: Back Post Double Crochet Together

FPdc: Front Post Double Crochet

FPdc2tog: Front Post Double Crochet Together

DC: Double Crochet

St(s): stitch(es)


* * = Repeat instructions between * and * the number of times indicated





Stitches

  • Foundation Double Crochet (FDC): Chain two, yarn over (YO), insert hook into very first chain made, pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over (YO), pull through one loop (three loops on hook), yarn over (YO), pull through two loops, yarn over (YO), pull through remaining two loops on hook. First complete. Continue this by: Yarn over (YO), insert hook into both sides of the BOTTOM of the previous stitch, pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over (YO), pull through one loop (three loops on hook), yarn over (YO), pull through two loops, yarn over (YO), pull through remaining two loops on hook. Continue until desired length (or amount of Double Crochets) are acquired.


  • Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc): Yarn over (YO), insert the hook from back to front to back around the post of the previous round stitch, yarn over (YO), pull a loop, yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops (two left on hook), yarn over (YO), pull through last 2 loops


  • Back Post Double Crochet Together (BPdc2tog): Yarn over (YO), insert the hook from back to front to back around the post of the previous round stitch, yarn over (YO), pull up a loop, yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops (two left on hook), yarn over (YO), insert the hook from back to front to back around the next post of the previous round stitch, yarn over (YO), and pull through two loops (three left on hook), yarn over (YO), pull through last 3 loops



  • Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc): Yarn over (YO), insert the hook from front to back to front around the post of the previous round stitch, yarn over (YO), pull up a loop, yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops (two left on hook), yarn over (YO), pull through last 2 loops


  • Front Post Double Crochet Together (FPdc2tog): Yarn over (YO), insert the hook from front to back to front around the post of the previous round stitch, yarn over (YO), pull up a loop, yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops (two left on hook), yarn over (YO), insert the hook from front to back to front around the next post of the previous round stitch, yarn over (YO), and pull through two loops (three left on hook), yarn over (YO), pull through last 3 loops


  • Double Crochet (DC): yarn over (YO), insert your hook, pull up a loop, yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops (two left on hook), yarn over (YO), pull through last 2 loops.





Directions:


If You're Knitting the Brim...

For you crocheters are a little nervous about starting with knitting. It's not bad, I promise, and I think you'd really like the way the brim stretches and will make your hat super unique from other crochet hats. I'll add videos soon on how to cast on.


Now, starting with your circular knitting needles, CO 80 st, PM; join in the round (Careful not to twist. Then K2P2 around until the brim is 2”. Next, Grab your 6mm Crochet Hook and SC all 80 stitches off the needles ( to SC the stitches off the needle, remove the Marker, with your crochet hook, remove the 1st stitch on your left hand needle with your hook. YO, pull the loop through, ch1, then sc into the original loop. Then, *remove another loop off your left hand side with the hook keeping your hook in the loop, YO, pull loop through. Now you have 2 loops on the hook, YO and pull through both loops on hook.* continue repeating ** until you reach the 1st sc, sl st). Below is a video how to.




Rather Crochet the Brim? No problem!

Start with a Ch 10, sc in second ch from hook, sc to end, turn (9 sc)

Next, Ch 1, *sc in back loops to end, turn, ch1* repeat ** until your edging has reached 20 inches (or your desired size). Match up your two ends (careful not to twist) and slst together, do not fasten off!


Now, switch to your 6mm Crochet Hook and SC a total of 80 SC into the side of your brim (80)





AND NOW... The Hat (this is the same weather you knitted or crocheted the brim)!


Round 2: DC around (80)


Round 3:  *BPdc in first 9 dc, FPdc* repeat **around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (80)


Watch the following video to see how to BPdc and FPdc



Round 4:  *BPdc in first 9 dc, FPdc* repeat **around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (80)


Round 5: *BPdc in first 9 dc, FPdc* repeat **around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (80)





Round 6: *BPdc2tog in the next 2 st BPdc from previous round, BPdc in the next 5, BPdc2tog in the next BPdc; [FPdc, ch 1, FPdc] all on the previous FPdc* repeat **around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (80)

The Finished FPdc, ch1, FPdc around a DC



Round 7: *BPdc2tog in the next 2 st from previous round, BPdc in the next 3, BPdc2tog in the last 2 BPdc from previous round; FPdc on FPdc from previous round, [DC, ch 1, DC] all on the ch from previous round; FPdc on FPdc from previous round* repeat **around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (80)

See the next 2 images on details with FPdc and BPdc2tog

Finished DC, CH1, DC all in the CH1 Space form previous round


Pictures on how to do the Back Post Double Crochet Together




Round 8: *BPdc2tog in the next 2 st from previous round, BPdc in the next st, BPdc2tog in the last 2 BPdc from previous round; FPdc on FPdc from previous round, FPdc on DC from previous round, [DC, ch 1, DC] all on the ch from previous round; FPdc on DC from previous round, FPdc on FPdc from previous round* repeat **around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (80)


Round 9: *BPdc in each of the 3 st from previous round; FPdc on the next 2 FPdc from previous round, FPdc on DC from previous round, [DC, ch 1, DC] all on the ch from previous round; FPdc on DC from previous round, FPdc on the next 2 FPdc from previous round,* repeat **around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (96)


Round 10: *BPdc in each of the 3 st from previous round; FPdc on each of the next 3 FPdc from previous round, FPdc on DC from previous round, [2 DC] all on the ch from previous round; FPdc on DC from previous round, FPdc on each of the next 3 FPdc from previous round,* repeat **around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (104)



This is the start of the decrease of the hat and finishing the leaf.


Round 11: *BPdc in each of the 3 st from previous round; FPdc2tog on the next two FPdc from previous round; FPdc on each of the next 2 FPdc from previous round, FPdc on DC from previous round, FPdc on DC from previous round, FPdc on each of the next 2 FPdc from previous round, FPdc2tog on the next two FPdc from previous round*; repeat **around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (88)


Round 12: *BPdc in each of the 3 st from previous round; FPdc2tog on the next two FPdc from previous round; FPdc on each of the next 4 FPdc from previous round, FPdc2tog on the next two FPdc from previous round*; repeat **around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (72)


Round 13: *BPdc in each of the 3 st from previous round; FPdc2tog on the next two FPdc from previous round; FPdc on each of the next 2 FPdc from previous round, FPdc2tog on the next two FPdc from previous round*; repeat **around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (56)





Round 14: *BPdc in each of the 3 st from previous round; FPdc2tog the next two FPdc from previous round, FPdc2tog on the next two FPdc from previous round*; repeat **around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (40)


Round 15: *BPdc in each of the 3 st from previous round, FPdc2tog on the last two FPdc from previous round*; repeat **around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (32)


Round 16: *BPdc in each of the 3 st from previous round, FPdc*; repeat ** around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (32)


Round 17: *BPdc2tog in the next 2 st from previous round, BPdc in the next st, FPdc*; repeat ** around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (24)


Round 18: *BPdc2tog in the next 2 st from previous round, FPdc*; repeat ** around 7 times, or a total of 8 times. (16)




Almost done...

Now, cut a long tail and weave into each stitch, then pull tightly to bring the top of the hat together. Pull through the inside of the hat. Tie off and weave in the ends. Add a pom pom of your choice and your tag!





That's it! Enjoy!


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