Beginners Luck ~ Puff Stitch Slouchy Beanie Pattern

For ages I've had so much trouble learning how to make beanies! But finally yesterday I found a great pattern and figured it out! Thus making my first ever slouchy beanie! It turned out really well, and I've already worn it!... I guess that's what you'd call' Beginners Luck'
Now I'm sure there are a lot of you out there going through the same dilemma as I did. So I've decided to share how I made my amazing beanie! :) ... why yes, I am super proud of my handiwork haha


What You'll Need:
4.50 Crochet Needle
Wool/Tapestry Needle
Scissors
8ply Yarn Of Your Choice


Instructions:
Band:
Start by making a Slip Knot. Crochet 11 Chain Stitches. Then push your crochet hook back through the ninth stitch and make a Single Crochet.


Continue to make single crochets till you get to the end of the row, then make 2 chain stitches and go back into the second last crochet stitch you did. When crocheting into the stitches, go through the front loop only, this will create a sort of ribbed band.


Continue making single crochets, row after row. And so, once the strip measures about 22” (56 cm), I Sewed the short ends together to form a band. I have a small-average sized head, but if you have a larger head you can make this band a bit longer by crocheting a few more rows of single crochets.


Make a slip knot and push your crochet hook through the first single crochet exactly where you have sewn together the band.
Chain up one, then crochet single crochets all around the band. Join with a slip stitch to the chain one. Chain 2 up., Then you can start having some fun crocheting Puff Stitches! Note: I made my puff stitches with seven strands on the crochet hook before pulling through it with my hook. The more strands you wrap around your hook, the thicker the puff stitch.
Crochet a puff stitch, chain two, skip one stitch, then crochet into the following space between the previous stitches. Keep repeating this in the following rows.


After making 20 rows it's time to Seam It Up. You can make as many rows as you want, the more you make, the longer the beanie!


So that's how I made my first ever slouchy beanie!

I hope you all enjoyed it, and that it will help each and everyone of you on your journey to making absolutely amazing beanies!... They make great gifts, and are so much fun to make!

All credit for this photo above goes to Vickie Howell
I also adapted this beanie from one of her patterns.

I hope you all enjoyed that tutorial, if you have any questions, comment away!
If you did crochet this beanie, please post a photo of your creation onto my Facebook Page,
I'd love to see it! Please Subscribe to my blog, it would really make my day!
Have a great day crocheting!



135 comments:

  1. I'm VERY new to crocheting, do you think I can make this?

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    1. I used to crochet years ago, but only got back into it the last 2-3 months, and honestly this is not that hard to make! If you are having any trouble with making it, feel free to ask :) I attached a few videos along the way in the blog so hopefully that'll help you in making the perfect beanie! Xx

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    2. It might be a little hard ,, you may need a pattern with a little more details ,, the pictures show a lot ... so maybe if your a visual learner you might catch on.... Good luck with whatever you choose :)

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    3. Love the hat!I had this page bookmarked for a while, but i never had the right amount of yarn. Now I do, so to crocheting I go!! Will update you when the project is completed!

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  2. Great hat. I love Vickie Howell's Urban Jungle beanie. A link the Vickie Howell pattern might help out a new crocheter too.

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  3. Eine wunderschöne Mütze. Ich werde mir auch eine häkeln. Habe seit über 30 Jahren nicht mehr gehäkelt, aber das gefällt mir sehr.
    www.marynett.de
    www.serviettenklebershop.de

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  4. Ooooh...Thank youuuuuu!!!!! Seriously. I've been looking for a pattern like this for a while but hadn't found one that I liked. :) Oh, and btw, I started following you! :)

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  5. This is great! I've been looking for a nice slouchy beanie for a long time. Thanks so much! :D I'll follow you!

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  6. The video you put here for the puff stitch does not help me at all and doesn't look like the picture and i don't get how they get put together...

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    1. I'll try my best to explain :) In the video the woman makes her puff stitches in a circle, well what I did was when I had finished the band and sewed it up together, I made a slip knot and pushed my crochet needle into the first single crochet on the last row of the band. Then I had to make 2 chain stitches to get to the same height as the puff stitches. Then I made the puff stitch. (Note. the more times you wrap the wool around your crochet hook and push it into that first opening the larger the puff stitch, I made mine with seven strands of wool on the crochet needle at the end) After pulling through all the strands, make a chain stitch. Then wrap the wool around your crochet hook, count 2 stitches and push it into the second stitch, make another puff stitch. I hope this helped, if you have any other questions please ask away :) When I write down the instructions I sometimes forget a few details haha Hope you enjoy making the beanie :)

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  7. That helped a lot!! :) thank you so much!

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  8. So how exactly do you sew it in. I always see beautiful hats like this but mines never closes up right !! Can u explain a little more ??

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    1. Is sewing the band together the difficulty, or is it finishing up the hat? If it's sewing the band together this video might help you http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtxVuyc4U2I but if it's finishing/seaming up the hat that's the problem this video might help :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLkVgeOR6RU ... hope this helps in some way!

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  9. How do i close the hat when im done

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    1. Hi! This youtube video should help you :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLkVgeOR6RU

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    2. That video is helpful! Thank you much! (I'm about half way done with this hat now, I'll have to finish it up tomorrow.)

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    3. Close Top of Hat: Last round worked is top of hat. Hook is currently at top, back center of hat. Keeping loop on hook, insert hook into top, center front of hat, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (sc complete). Pinch side edges to the same center point and sc the edges together (by inserting hook through both thicknesses and completing an sc). The top of the hat will now be in a star formation. Continue to pinch opposite edges and sc them together until top of hat is completely closed. Fasten off.

      Read more at http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Hats-Scarves-Gloves/Grey-Slouchie-Beanie/ct/1#g1I7Mub1xl2fR8I7.99

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  10. what a gorgeous beanie, so gonna make it!!

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  11. I can't wait to make this. I have been searching online for just this!!! Thank you

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  12. how many rows of puff stitches did you do to get yours that length?

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    1. ok thx :) just seen it on the pattern now actually :)

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  13. mine has a seam thing at the place where i join each round. is that natural and is there any way to fix it?

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    1. With all the ones I've made before there's always been a small seam, for example the puff stitches I joined to will be slightly to the bent to the side instead of upright. So if that's what you're busy having then yeah, that's natural :)

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  14. ok thanks so much :) by the way, i think you're great ;)

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  15. How many centimetres did it measure from the top of the band to the top of the beanie? Approximately

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  16. never mind, just finished mine!!! so excited, its looks great! :)

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    1. haha ok, and glad you like it!! :)

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  17. Hi Olivia, Thanks for this pattern can't wait to get started on this. Looks simply and very effective

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    1. you're welcome :) hope you have heaps of fun making it! Xx

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    2. it was complicated

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  18. The puff stitch video was good, but I'm confused on how to start it on the band with your pattern.

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  19. also, i did see your comment helping another person, and i sort of get that, but i don't understand where you insert the hook to make the first row of puff stitches. Sorry for all the questions :)

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    1. Hey there!.. you start making puff stitches where you sewed the band together :) Hope this helps!

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    2. Ok I just re-read the explaination, and it completely makes sense now! I don't know why it didn't before! thanks anyway though!

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    3. Haha that's ok :) Stuff like that happens to me all the time, hope you have a great day! xx

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    4. Thanks, you too! I'm in the middle of making one for an unborn cousin of mine :) The band is purple and the rest is white, then I'm going to add a purple flower to it. Its coming together well! I just did about 40 chains, then a row of double crochet, and then i started the puff stitches. I love it! thank you!

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    5. oh it sounds adorable!! I'm so glad you like the pattern :)
      I also have one or two crocheted flower tutorials on my blog if you want to check them out :) Xx

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    6. Oh cool thanks! I'll be sure to check them out :)

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    7. And the only downside to the beanie, is some of the stitches are crooked :( but that's my fault, and it's my first time, so oh well :D

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  20. I was wondering if you were able to make a video unto making this? Im extremely new at this and i want to learn but i dont understand how to connect everything. maybe its a visual thing? or could you link me to one? I looked and i didnt like how they were made, i love yours though.

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    1. I'd love to help you! What are you busy having problems with?.. I'll try my best to explain :)

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  21. Hehe, I'm halfway through my puff stitches (which I've never done before), but my beanie is HUGE! Yours seems to extend straight up from the band, but mine is expanding exponentially width ways.. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? I want to make one so badly! But this is more of a beret than anything else at the moment!! HELP!!

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    1. Hey Sarah! It usually does tend to look a bit big before you seam it up. But if it's huge then maybe you're making the puff stitches to loose?

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  22. i started making one of these beanies with my leftover yarn just to mess around with it since ive never tried the puff stitch and i got it! (: ... but now im gonna go buy some softer yarn because mine was kind of scratchy and i was wondering how much yarn it actually takes to make the whole hat because i had almost a full roll when i started making the test beanie and i ran out and only got 5 puff stitches high lol

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    1. I usually use about two balls of 8ply 100gram yarn. Hope this helps :)

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    2. thanks you so much! (:

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  23. Do you know what changes I'd need to make this for a 22 month old? I'm still new to the crocheting world and am not sure about sizes. Thanks so much, this hat is awesome.

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    1. I've only once done this pattern in a smaller size, but i'll try my best to help you :) Instead of chaining 11 at the start, chain 7. Also here is a link to a site full of measurements for all different head sizes for different ages. When making the puff stitches make it with 5 strands on the crochet hook before pulling through it. Really hope this helps!! Xx

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    1. whoopsy, forgot to attach the size guide chart haha here you go :) http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/size-chart.html
      So glad I could help! Xx

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  25. Have you considered making a video of yourself actually making one of these? That would be so helpful for us visual learners! Thanks!

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    1. Hey! Well I have been quite busy lately, but I was thinking of making some video tutorials in the future on some of my popular posts :) When I first started crocheting I mostly just did visual learning on youtube, and I still do when I'm trying to figure out a new stitch or method lol If I do end up making a video I'll comment again to let you know :)

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    2. Hi there! I haven't gotten around to making a video of how to crochet this beanie yet, but I have uploaded a few videos on my youtube account on how to do certain stitches, maybe that can help you a little? :) here's the link if you'd like to check it out! http://www.youtube.com/user/Olivia8633?feature=mhee

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  26. I made the band, but I can't figure out how to add on to it since it finished it off and cut the yarn. Also, I see that you added a row of single crochet before starting the puff stitches. Is that different from the original pattern?

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    1. Hi! You make a slip knot, and push your crochet hook through the first stitch where the band was sewn together. Then you chain up one, and start crocheting single crochet all around the band, join with a slip stitch at the end. Chain up 2, and start crocheting puff stitches. I'm not sure if that is different from the original, since I found it through someone else's blog, and that's how they explained the pattern. :) Hope this helps! If you have any more questions, ask away :)

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  27. hi! so im completely new at crocheting but i really really want to make this...or try to anyhow! im slightly (actually very) confused at how you made the band...is it just a rib stitch?

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    1. Hi! :) No, it's just plain single crochets, but when crocheting into the stitches, go through the front loop only. This will make a sort of fine ribbed band. Hope that makes sense! Xx

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    2. oo ok yes that does! thank you! :)

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  28. Hi I see you don't count your stitches at all so just wondering,after going around the band single crochet chain 2 start on my first puff how many stitches am I skipping until my next puff stitch please?Thanks

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    1. Hi Pamela! You skip one single crochet between every puff stitch. :)

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    2. Thank you! Took me a while to find this question. It was the only thing left out of the pattern (how many skipped stitches between puffs). :)

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  29. Thank you for sharing the pattern. :D

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  30. Just finished making this hat and I can't tell you how much I love it!! Everyone is very impressed and asking for one. Thanks so much for this user friendly and CUTE pattern :-D

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    1. Yay! I am So super dooper glad you like it so much! :) You're very welcome, glad you were able to easily understand it Xx

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  31. Do you know of a way to adapt this hat into a non-slouchy beanie? I want something that is somewhat loose but not to the point of being considered a slouchy hat that barely sits on your head. Any advice would be great cause I love your pattern!!! (I just don't think slouchy hats suit me haha)

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    1. Haha I fully understand!
      Probably the best way to do that would just be to make less rows of the puff stitches :) I've done that before, and posted a photo of it on this post http://myfavouritethingsblog95.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/bouquet-of-flowers.html
      Really hope this helps!
      Xx

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  32. Thank you so much for the free pattern. I have a tough time just affording the yarn, but this is so kind of you to share.

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    1. Aww you're welcome! I have a few other free crochet patterns on my blog too for different beanies, fingerless gloves and embellishments :)
      Xx

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  33. this is such a cute beanie thank you for sharing!

    i want to make a beanie with two different colors of yarns to make a marbled color effect
    i was wondering a) if it would look good for this type of beanie and b) if using two strings of yarn would make the hat too thick

    thank you so so much!
    i love your blog!

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    1. Aww, thank you Emma!
      I've used mutli coloured yarn to make this beanie before and it turned out very pretty actually! :) I did the band 1 colour, but the puff stitches I did multicolour.
      It should make it too thick, but I'd probably only do 3-5 strands on the crochet hook before pulling through it with your hook. The more strands you wrap around your hook, the thicker the puff stitch, and seeing as you're using 2 strands less is probably better. But it's all up to you :)
      Hope this helps you out!
      Olivia Xx

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    2. thank you for responding and for the advice!!
      I am so excited to try to make this hat, it hopefully turns out ok ;)
      I just coincidentally stumbled across your blog a few days ago, and now I want to try to make like everything from it, you are really amazing!
      thanks again

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    3. Aww you're so sweet! I'm sooo happy you love everything for my blog! It means a LOT to me!
      Xx

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  34. so pretty love it

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  35. Please what does means "8ply Yarn" in grams? Tks

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    1. 8ply is another name for DK (Double Knitting Yarn)
      Hope this helps!

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  36. Hey, thanks for the nice patterns.
    I'm having problems right at the start - the edges of the band dont look so smooth.
    Just to make sure I got it right:
    I make 11 chains, then go into the 9th, then make 9 single crochets, followed by two chains "in the air", then I go into the second last crochet (thus leaving out the two chains and one crochet) and make single crochets until the end of the row and so on.
    Is that right? It sort of doesnt look so good to me...Or maybe my two chain stitches are too tight?
    Thnks for your help!

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    1. Yep! That's exactly right :) They might not look great because when you chain 2 you might twist the chains to much when you turn your project to work back and forth.
      Olivia Xx

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  37. I made this yesterday and I love it ! Thank you !

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  38. Great hat! I'm a beginner at crochet and I started making the puff stitch. I'm on the 6 row and its flaring out. Is that going to effect my hat? What can I do to fix it?

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    1. Thanks!
      It usually flares out a little bit, but not much. :)

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  39. im having trouble connecting the rounds of the puff stitches together neatly: the seam is very crooked. do you have any suggestions on how to fix it? thanks!

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    1. Maybe you're connecting your rows to closely, or to far away? I'm not sure, but if I think of something I'll let you know :)

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  40. What a great tutorial! Thanks a lot! I just tried my first crochetthing! I changed a little bit, but I think it looks nice too ;-)
    If you like to have a look:
    http://taschenplauder.blogspot.ch/

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  41. Haven't crocheted in many years... Stumbled across your blog from Foodgawker.. want to try this beanie. You have a wonderful blog and I sense you're a wonderful gal!!

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  42. Too funny, I just finished the puff stitch slouch hat...actually I just finished my 3rd. I made mine with simply soft yarn. I was attracted to your fingerless gloves because I thought they would go well with my hat. This hat is very easy to make and takes very little time to do. My daughters just love them...ty for sharing your patterns

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  43. P.S. When I make the band I crochet through both loops at the beginning and end and do the other in the front loop as the pattern dictates. This edging is much "firmer" and helps when you have to crochet your first row after the band.

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  44. I thank u like thousand times for this!! :D I found this at ravenly an this was only one what i could make really sense at. Im used to do my crochet from drawn instructions (custom here at finland) so your intructions are simple enough to me to understand! :D I´ll send u a pic when im finnished!

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    1. Aw thats wonderful! I'm so glad you could understand my pattern! :) I can't wait to see the photo!!
      Olivia Xx

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  45. Thank you for the pattern, I made a hat for my daughter, I did put a link and photo on my blog, WWW.Willemijnscreaties.blogspot.com

    gr Willemijn

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    1. I went and took a look, your beanie is absolutely beautiful! :)
      Olivia xx

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  46. How many inches long was the puff stitch part of your hat? I used a bigger hook to make the stitches bigger but i want it to be the same length...

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    1. It was also 10 inches long :) Since when you seam it up it gets smaller.

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  47. What a gorgeous pattern. I have had some wool i loved in my bag for ages. This is the perfect project for it

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  48. This looks like the perfect pattern! I want to do a beanie in two colors (orange and black for SF Giants) and if I change colors every couple of rows this would work great.

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    1. That sounds like a great idea! Here's a photo of what a striped version of this beanie looks like,
      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=354324344675838&set=pb.291850714256535.-2207520000.1364949545&type=3&theater
      Olivia Xx

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  49. Hi Olivia, I'm enjoying making this, it's fun learning new stitches. My question is, do you work with the wrong side facing you? Another site mentioned that the puff stitch looks "puffier" on the other side and I think that's true but I'm working with the right side facing me and as I'm 5 rows in I don't want to start over. If I do another one though I would be aware of this and work on the wrong side. Just wondered if anyone else had noticed this. Thanks for the pattern!

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    1. Hi!
      I worked with the right side facing me :) It seemed to look the best, but if you prefer to work it the other way then I think it would look great too!
      Xx

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    2. Thanks Olivia, it turned out great, either side is fine. I recently made a bag using bobble stitch, which has to worked on the wrong side, so that's probably why I was wondering. The only thing to be aware of is which side you seam up the top on. The weather is getting cool in Sydney now so I think I'll be making a few of these!
      Elisa (fellow craft-addict)

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    3. YAY! I'm super dooper glad that it turned out great :)
      I only live 2 hours away from Sydney! This is super exciting for me because I don't get to meet many of my Australian readers :)
      Hope you had an amazing day!
      Xx

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  50. Ok. So I have gotten halfway through this twice now.. the picture of your hat laying flat...it is straight on the sides. but mine looks like a bowl...should i be dropping stitches with each round?

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    1. As long as there is only one puff stitch in every hole/space of the previous row it should be fine :)

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    2. how many puff stitches are around one row? i seem to have too many which is why i think it starts to get too wide (mine also looks like a bowl lying flat), it may be from putting too many single crochets around the band, i think i did two per ridge if that makes sense, how many should it be?

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  51. How do you know what the "ply" of a yarn is?

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    1. It usually says on the packaging, if yours doesn't then I'll try to explain.
      Ply is just another word for strand. The number of strands that are twisted together to form the yarn is equal to the number of plys.

      If you untwist the end of most yarn, you will be able to count the plys.

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  52. What is Double Knitting Yarn?

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    1. It's also known as "Light" or "3" yarn.

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  53. I am an experienced crocheter helping a young friend with this pattern. She was making a stitch in the puff stitch AND in the space and her hat was getting huge (doubling number of stitches in each row)! Perhaps that is what some of these folks are doing. Also, at first she was doing more of a shell stitch (which fans out) rather than a puff stitch (which pulls the stitches all together at the top). Hope this helps.

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  54. Hi, Olivia! I absolutely love your patterns! Are your instructions written in UK or US terms? Thanks so much!

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  55. Is there any reason you do 2 chain stitches and then go back into the second last crochet stitch instead of doing 1 chain stitch and go into the last crochet stitch?

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  56. How do you seam up the end of the cap? It is just straight across or do you bring it together some way? Thanks.

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    1. Here is a video explaining how to seam it up,
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLkVgeOR6RU

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  57. How many sc around band before you start puff stitches. Thanks.

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    1. There is not an exact amount of single crochets. If you crochet one or 2 to many it won't make a difference to the pattern.

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  58. Hi Olivia,

    Great looking pattern and hat, thanks for your help with that!

    Can you pls tell me how wide is the hat and how long from band to opposite end?
    just so I can picture it clearly.

    thanks so much, you are a sweetheart!

    Varda

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  59. I'm a novice at crochet but last night my daughter asked me to crochet her a hat. Panic! Tehn I saw this and I'm going to do it! Thanks for the pattern and description!!
    Siny in the Netherlands

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  60. Hi Olivia
    You are just fabulous.I have seen all your work,following your patterns and instructions.
    I have made puff stitch hat,puff stitch fingerless gloves.They are all turned very good.
    Thank you soooooo much for sharing theses patterns.
    Rightnow I'm working on this beanie,Hope for the best.
    Regards and love :) :)

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    1. Awww, thank you so much! You just made my day 100x better!

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  61. hi
    I love the hat and made it already , but have one problem my hat decreased when I joined them together . what did I do wrong .

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  62. hi
    I loved this hat and just finished making it , But I had one problem my hat decreased when I joined it . what did I do wrong .

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  63. I love the hat, but maybe you could look up some commonly used crochet terms when writing your next pattern, your instructions are a little confusing.

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    1. Hello,
      Yep, I'm sure this pattern is confusing as it was the first pattern I ever wrote haha
      I've created dozens of other patterns though, which I think I did better at explaining the stitches :)

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  64. Hey,love your blog and thanks for sharing this pattern with us.I am making the band of the hat currently,am wondering when I finish crocheting the first row of the puff stitch pattern do I use a stitch marker to tell that am done with the row?And do I chain 2 to at the beginning of each row??

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    1. I didn't use a stitch marker, as it easy easy for me to see the start and end of a row. However, yo can use one if it works well for you :)
      Yes, I chained 2.

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  65. This is a very cute beanie pattern. Your tutorial for puff stitches does not show chaining 2 after stitch. I am using an acrylic 4 ply, which is apparently much stiffer than the 8 ply you used in this pattern. It looks like a basket 5 rows into the puff stitches when I tried it on ;) . My sides are flaring out instead of staying straight up and down like your photos. I have undone the puff stitches twice, and redid the single crochet around the band hoping this helps. Also, the chain 2 at the end and going back into the second crochet has created a more "scalloped" edge, which isn't bad looking but does not work well with the single crochet edging. I'm only about 5 rows into the puff stitches and am stopping for now. I do have a softer yarn that I will try and see if turns out any better. I really like the beanie (making it for my neice) but want to get it right.

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    1. I noticed my rows seemed to be flaring after 5 or 6 rows and decided to do a decrease per row then every other row just before I joined to where my previous row began (so at least if the decreases stand out from the overall pattern they are at the back), which of course brought the rows inward gradually. I'm hoping that makes sense, and I'm sure someone more experienced could tell you where to place decreases better than me.
      Also, I worked my puff stitches directly above each other, so more like a puffy grid than scalloped effect, and I'm very happy with the way it looks.

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  66. Hello! I am very new to crocheting (I started 5 days ago) and my friend showed me this! I am now on my second row of puff stitches, this hat is easy and looks great! Thanks heaps, I hope to have it finished in a couple of days, it will be a gift for a dear friend of mine.

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  67. I have now made several beanies using your pattern. It's amazingly easy and looks GREAT when done. I have tried other patterns, but always come back to this one. Thank you!

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  68. Dear Olivia,
    I found this pattern the other day while looking for the perfect one to make for one of my friends who absolutely loves beanies. I love this pattern I made a few alterations to it. The first being I used double crochet instead of single because I don't like single crochet all that much and the second was instead of all flo on the band I alternated between flo and blo so there would be more ridges.

    Carrie

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  69. How many stitches should be between each puff stitch? I started with two, but it seems too much.

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  70. inished making this hat and I can't tell you how much I love it! ... afloppyblackhat.blogspot.com

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  71. I just finished making my hat and the links were very helpful! I love it and my little girl is begging me to make one for her. Thanks for a great tutorial! I haven't done the puff stitch before this and found it fun and fulfilling to see all of my little puffs turn out.

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