Thursday, July 28, 2016

Chunky Raspberry Beanie with Pom Pom



While searching for patterns and different stitches, this one kept popping up. This is the Raspberry Stitch (also known as Trinity Stitch).



This video shows you how to make it in rows which isn't what I wanted because I wanted to make it in rounds. If you watch the video, the knitting and purling is opposite from the pattern below.

When you work in rounds, it almost seems like you're working it opposite, if that makes sense. This video taught me how to do the stitches so I had to do it opposite (from the video).

Honestly, I do not know how to decrease these stitches. I tried different ways and ended up frogging it. I did a quick search online and wasn't able to find anything and not wanting to spend too much time on it, I just decided to decrease 2 rounds with purls. Not perfect, but you can't tell and I'm happy with it.



Supplies: 

Super Chunky Yarn - Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick
Mega Bulky Yarn (for Pom Pom is optional. You may used the same yarn instead).
9mm & 10mm 16" Circular Needles
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Tape Measure

Abbreviations:

co - Cast on
k - Knit
p - Purl
pfb - Purl front & back (increase)
k2tog - Knit 2 together
k3tog - Knit 3 together

Brim

co 44, place stitch marker and join
k1, p1 for 6 rounds or as thick as you want the brim

Main Hat

The Raspberry Stitch is worked in multiple of 4s and in a 4 rounds repeat:

Round 1 - *p9, pfb. Repeat from * all the way around (4 increases). You may increase more if you like just remember to increase so that you have a multiple of 4 stitches. I'm going to try an additional 4 stitches next time!
Round 2 - *p1/k1/p1 All in the same stitch, k3tog. Repeat from * all the way around.
Round 3 - p1 all the way
Round 4 - *k3tog, p1/k1/p1 All in the same stitch. Repeat from * all the way around. The bumps should appear in-between the bumps below. If this isn't the case, it's wrong.

This is the same repeat except there is no more increase rounds so I thought I'd include a new set of instructions:

Round 1 - p1 all the way around
Round 2 - *p1/k1/p1 All in the same stitch, k3tog. Repeat from * all the way around.
Round 3 - p1 all the way
Round 4 - *k3tog, p1/k1/p1 All in the same stitch. Repeat from * all the way around. The bumps should appear in-between the bumps below. If this isn't the case, it's wrong.

Repeat 2 more times or as high as you want your beanie (especially for slouchy hats). Mine was 7.5 inches before decreases.

After a few attempts, I just decided to do this. If you have a better way, let me know! :)

Decrease rounds:
Round 1 - *p9, p2tog. Repeat from * all the way around.
Round 2 - *p4, p2tog. Repeat from * all the way around.

Cut yarn and weave through stitches as if to knit and fasten off.

Using a extra large pom pom maker, make a pom pom using same yarn or contrasting color yarn. I actually used Barnat's mega bulky yarn. Attach pom pom and weave in all ends.

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