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Monday, June 13, 2016

Crochet a Beret Without Counting Stitches

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       I posted this crocheted beret a while ago on Instagram. What you may not know, is that I made it using a technique with which you don't need to count stitches!

       Crocheting a circle without counting stitches!? That's ridiculous, right? Want to see how I did it? Read on, and crochet along! 
       I started with a ball of thinner-than-average yarn, and my trusty four-size crochet multi-tool. For the top of the hat I used the smallest size.

       Beginning with the middle, I started the circle by chaining two, then crocheting into the first stitch several times until the yarn went all the way around in a flat circle. Then, I switched to a thermal stitch, which is really just a fancy way of saying "alternate single crochet and chain one for each stitch". When doing the thermal stitch, you're supposed to push your needle into the single-crochet part, and skip the chain part. The thermal stitch is supposed to begin and end with a chain if you're doing a rectangular panel, but since I was crocheting in a spiral the whole time, without changing directions, I didn't need to worry about that.

       To use the thermal stitch as a method of increasing, I crocheted into every single crochet stitch. At first, this resulted in some ruffling, which is what I wanted. I continued the thermal stitch without increasing until the ruffling was gone.

       At that point, I switched back to the single crochet. Instead of skipping the chain part of the thermal crochet, I pushed my needle under the chain, and did a normal single crochet on top of it. This created a small amount of ruffling, and increased the circle again. Again, I continued to crochet without increasing until the ruffling was gone.

       The result of this technique is seen above in the banded pattern of the circle. It does take a lot of eyeballing, but it's still a relatively easy way to make a pretty circle. I recommend it for casual crocheters who don't like to count every single stitch.

       When your circle has reached its desired size, it's time to start decreasing. To decrease this hat, I started by crocheting into every other stitch in the single crochet row that was being built on. After doing a few rows of thermal stitch, I then switched to the single crochet and decreased by skipping every chain on the thermal stitch. I continued the single crochet for a few rows until the desired height was reached.

       For the band, I switched to the larger needle, and did three rows of a stitch I don't know the name of. Basically, I double-crocheted, chained three, and repeated every three stitches. For the ribbon, I just made a really long chain, then did a single crochet row into the chain all the way to the end, and then all the way back to the beginning. After threading the ribbon through the middle row of the hatband, I was able to tie it for a snug fit.

Thank you for reading! If you enjoyed this article, you may also like to check out some of my other posts. Here's what I recommend now:
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