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Switch It Up Beanie Free Crochet Pattern

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Switch It Up Beanie Free Crochet Pattern
(Basic Beanie)

Today I want to share another pattern with you! It’s that time of year again! Time to fill up a couple of bags with lots of lots of handmade hats for the local clothing drives! Previously I shared with you all the hats that I donated to the homeless clothing drive last year. I got really creative last year and tried out all sorts of different patterns. It was a lot of fun working on those! I used the Slouchy Side Saddle Hat Pattern, The Crochet Beret for a few, and I made lots of hats using the Criss Cross Hat Pattern. That Criss Cross stitch helps add a layer of warmth!

But I’ve got to come clean…this year, I’m running out of time to be creative! I’ve got sooo many Christmas presents to finish, and a couple of orders to complete, too. Never fear though! I can always find a way to make the simplest thing the most fun thing if I try hard enough. I am still determined to make a bunch of hats, but this year I’m sticking to ONE hat pattern. I’m just going to change up the types of yarn and the kinds of striping to keep it interesting for me!

This crochet hat pattern works up really quickly. Once I got it down I pretty much have it memorized which makes it an awesome “go to” pattern if you are looking to make something fast! These hats make great Christmas presents if you are looking for something easy to make for friends and family this year!

I have decided to call this the Switch It Up Beanie since you can truly explore your creativity with color once you learn this simple pattern! For the one pictured above I used Caron Jumbo yarn in Peacock and Caron Simply Soft in Plum Perfect.

 


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For this hat I used an I/9 (5.5mm) hook. It is sized for an adult man. For women’s size, skip R7. For child’s size, skip R6 and R7.

 

The Switch It Up Beanie (basic crochet beanie pattern)

R1: ch 3; 10 dc in the 3rd chain from the hook; sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R3: ch 2, (2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in the next st) 10 x, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R4: ch 2, (2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts) 10 x, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R5: ch 2, (2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts) 10 x, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R6: ch 2, (2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 4 sts) 10 x, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R7: ch 2, (2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 5 sts) 3 x, 1 dc in each remaining st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R8: ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R9-R14: repeat R8
R15: 1 sl st (loosely as this is a decorative edge) in each st around, finish off and weave in ends

Voila! Now you have a sweet new hat you can show off! I hope you have enjoyed this pattern!


For the hat above I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Camouflage. These are really popular with people where I live. Lots of folks are into outdoor activities and these hats really come in handy! They also have Pink Camo, and Desert Camo if you want to stick with that theme! You could donate those to members of the military and their families! I think that would be a pretty cool gift! Right now Red Heart has free shipping on all orders over $25!!


For the hat above I used Caron Cakes yarn in the Faerie Cake colorway. The main pattern for this hat is sized for an adult male. By starting at one end of the cake, I found I could get approximately 3 full hats out of one cake. If you have never worked with Caron Cakes before check out my Yarn Review. You’ll find another hat pattern there, as well as a scarf pattern.


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If you’re looking for a BIG (but super fun) project to take on, check out the Hip to be Square Crochet Along or the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along. Both of these were my 2017 Crochet Along patterns. We are now finished with these projects so both patterns are completely available! You can work on them at your leisure! Please feel free to share any version of these completed patterns with me on Instagram, or join the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group and share with all of us there!

 


Three Color Baby Blanket Pattern

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Oh my gosh you guys, I am so excited! I just found out one of my oldest friends is expecting her second baby! She already has a gorgeous little girl that I love so much! This time she is having a boy! When she had her daughter I made a blanket for her crib, so I knew I wanted to do the same thing for her son!

Her husband is in the military, so I wanted to choose colors that tied into that. I thought tan, navy, and green would look very nice together. I chose to use Soft Taupe, Soft Navy, and Forest.

This pattern looks way more complicated than it actually is! Once you know the stitch sequence, it works up really quickly! I think the end result looks really lovely. If you use three colors like I did, you don’t even have to cut the yarn at each end when you turn your work! I carried my yarn up each side as I went, since I knew I would be adding a border at the end which would cover up those lines. shows you how to change colors for each row by finishing the last stitch of the previous row with the new color. This is the best video tutorial I have found for how to do this.

The finished blanket is approximately 36″ square with border. I used an I/9 (5.5 mm) hook, and the yarn I chose is standard worsted-weight yarn.

R1: With Color A, ch 122. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 3, dc in same ch as previous st, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch. Repeat from * to end, turn. (40 ch-3 loops)
R2: With Color B, ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 loop, *ch 3, dc in the same ch-3 loop, sc in the next ch-3 loop. Repeat from * to end, finishing last repeat with a ch 2, dc in the last sc, turn. (39 ch-3 loops, 1 ch-2 loop)
R3: With Color C, ch 1, sc in first st, ch 3, dc in ch-2 loop, *[sc, ch 3, dc] in next loop. Repeat from * to end, finishing last repeat with a sc in the top of the turning ch, turn. (40 ch-3 loops)
R4-55: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, alternating through Colors A, B, and C. I ended with Color A to blend in with the border. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Border: With Color of choice (A shown), join to 1st st of last round with a sl st. Ch 1, sc in 1st st, sc 3 in each loop across. Ch 2, sc evenly down side, being sure to cover floats. Ch 2, sc across foundation chain, ch 2, sc evenly up other side, sc 2. Join to first sc with a sl st and fasten off.

This cute little blanket is even ALF approved! I sure do hope that little boy loves this blanket as much as we are gonna love him! If you want to try a different baby blanket, check out this free pattern.

I know it will look amazing in whichever colors you choose! If you want to share your finished blanket, tag me on Instagram (@couchsurfercrochet). Or you can join the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group and share there!

Happy Crocheting!

This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download. Click here to download now.

 


Crochet Quick – Keychains

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Happy Monday to you all! I hope May is starting off beautifully for all of you!

If you are participating in the Crochet Along, Week 3 will be available next Monday, May 8th!


Today I wanted to share a couple of quick projects you can do: crochet keychains! Every year, a friend of mine does a backpack drive for the kids in our area. He is so selfless in his love for the children in this community, and for helping them get the necessary supplies they will need for the upcoming year. Not every family can afford the huge list of school supplies that are required, and this really goes a long way to help them!

I always like to help out however I can. This year I was inspired to make cute little crochet keychains to add to the backpacks. I figured that way each kid could “personalize” their bag a little bit, and it gave me a chance to try out a couple of new patterns.

I used Lily Sugar n’Cream cotton yarn in Hot Pink for these particular key chains (but any cotton yarn will work), and a 5mm (H) hook.

I wanted to make sure to choose a few designs that could work for girls and boys! I decided to do a granny square, a flower, and a star.


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The best granny square tutorial I have found is HERE. It has written instruction with pictures included. Once I had completed two rounds of the granny square pattern, I fastened off my ends and then threaded the key chain loop through one of the ch 3 corners. My square measured approximately 3″ x 3″ when finished. You can find a pack of 100 of these key chain loops on Amazon for just $6.99!

I found the flower tutorial HERE. The first one I made matched my bag so perfectly that I decided to keep it for myself! Don’t worry, I’ll make another one to donate! I found the star tutorial HERE. Each one of these is such a fun quick project. I think I was able to finish each one in about 5 minutes!

We’re hoping to provide backpacks for around 200 children this year, so I definitely have quite a few of these to make! Lily Sugar n’Cream comes has an awesome variety of yarn, so I can make them in lots of different colors! I am still on the lookout for maybe one or two more options. If any of you have any cute keychain patterns, I’d love for you to share them!

If you haven’t heard about the Mixed Stitch Crochet Along, check it out HERE! Week 3 will be live next Monday, May 8th!

 

 


Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Crochet Quick – Baby Blanket

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Hope you are all enjoying the Crochet Along! The 2nd round will be posted on Monday April 24th at 8:00 am EST.

Today I want to share with you a quick and fluffy baby blanket pattern. For Christmas last year I was given 4 balls of Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn. I had never worked with it before, but it was just so soft and squishy I couldn’t wait to make a baby blanket out of it!

This yarn is SUPER bulky! Using an L/11 (8.00mm) hook, this should only take a couple of hours to complete!


The colors I was given were Baby Lilac, Baby Teal and White. Knowing I had a limited amount to work with I wanted to find the perfect pattern to show off the gorgeous colors.

 


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I decided to go with the “From the Middle Baby Blanket.” The written pattern was right there on the yarn wrapper, but your wrapper may be different. The written pattern can be found HERE. It also helped me to follow the VIDEO tutorial from The Crochet Crowd. The tutorial is in two parts, but YouTube will link you straight to the second part once you finish the first!

I had leftover yarn when I finished the main body of the blanket, so I went one step further and added a row of single crochet (sc) in each of the three colors to give it a more “finished” look!


Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn comes in a variety of colors, so you can make one of these in any variation you choose! You could do variable pinks for a baby girl, blues for a boy, or yellows and greens for a gender neutral blanket!

I’m going to try to do a “Crochet Quick” post at least once a month. I find that the small “quickie” projects keep me motivated in between the “big” items!


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