“Divine” Beret!

So, some of you might be familiar with the “divine hat“, and let me tell you: it is positively brilliant! It also gave me the chance to learn front post stitch/ back post stitch, which is one that you will definitely be seeing used here again. I started following the pattern, but after the first round or two, I kinda just did my own thing.

Divine Beret! See the swirls?
The Divine Beret!

Anyway, I had been wanting to make a beret type hat for a while now, and I thought “why not combine the divine hat pattern with a beret?” After all, the only real difference between your typical hat shape and a beret is that the circle at the top is bigger and the decreasing more drastic.

So, this is more a “recipe”, because it’s a stylistic adaptation of someone else’s pattern:

It uses a J hook and then an H hook, and Caron Simply Soft. (Nearly a full skein of the stuff, if you have the average size.)

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Dc=Double Crochet

Fps=Front Post Stitch (if you are unfamiliar with this stitch, like I was, just look here for a nice tutorial on it as well as the back post. It makes a lovely end product, and it’s really easy.)

Bps=Back Post Stitch

Sc=Single Crochet

Sl=Slip Stitch

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    1. Make a “magic circle” (Which you make thusly: You take the yarn, and make a square knot, only you don’t pull it tight. It keeps the center of circular pieces nice and closed, because you can tighten it after the stitches have been made in it, unlike just chain stitching a loop.)
    2. Dc 15 around the magic circle (using J hook)
    3. Fps around the circle in every stitch
    4. fps in every fps stitch, dc in between the fps
    5. make sure that your fps are lining up, in order to make that spiffy swirl pattern
    6. increase 1 dc in each space between the fps every other row- as the circle expands, you’ll still have the same amount of fps lines
    7. continue until your circle is roughly 4 to 6 inches bigger than your head in diameter (all on one side)
    8. make a new fps in the middle of every space between the fps rows already present
    9. switch to your H hook! go around 2 or 3 rounds, then decrease 1 dc in every segment of dc’s in between the fps (do NOT decrease out any fps) every other row for 3 or 4 rows, then every row until it is the right size opening for your head
    10. do 2or 3 rows where every other stitch is fps, and the ones between are bps, sc 1, sl 1, tie off and weave in ends. Tighten the magic circle by pulling on the original loose end, and tie a knot in it, then weave it in.

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My beautiful beret!
"Divine" Beret, top view. See the nifty swirl pattern? Front Post Stitch. So cool! <3

    So there you have it! One “divine” beret. 😀

Buttonhole Neckwarmer

Well, I’ve written another pattern! It’s a lot like my buttonhole scarflet, but I tried to make it more of a polished pattern this time. That and it’s a neckwarmer instead of a scarflet. One of my favorite parts is the heart-shaped button I made for it! I just took one of the wooden branch buttons I made and sanded it until it was heart-shaped. It’s so cute! Anyway, here’s the pattern.

This pattern uses a H hook, Caron simply soft, and a 1″ diameter button.

(Even though the button I used was a heart shape, I compared it to a round button and it’s the equivalent of a 1″ diameter button.)

Buttonhole Neckwarmer
Buttonhole Neckwarmer with Heart Button!

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Ch = Chain

Dc = double crochet

Inc = increase by making 2 of the specified st in 1 st

Sc = single crochet

Sl = slip stitch

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Foundation Row:To begin, ch 86. Sl in 17th chain from hook to form buttonhole. Dc in same st and each across until 1 ch remains. Make 6 dc in last ch and begin working on other side of  the starting chain. (75 dc)

Rnd 1: Skip the other side of the ch with 6 dc in it. Dc in next ch and each across until you reach the buttonhole. Make 25 dc around (not into the stitches of) the chain loop, dc in each st across until you reach the dc-6 from the previous row. [Dc inc] in each of the next 6 sts. (175 dc)

Rnd 2: Dc in each of the next 78 sts. [Dc inc] in each of the next 3 sts, dc in next st, [dc inc] in the next 3 sts. Dc in each of the next 78 sts. [Dc inc in next st, dc in next st] 6 times. (187 dc)

Rnd 3: Dc in each of the next 80 sts. [Dc inc in next st, dc in next st] 4 times, [dc inc] in next st. Dc in each of the next 84 sts. [Dc inc in next st, dc in next st] 5 times. (197 dc)

Rnd 4: Dc in each of the next 85 sts. [Dc inc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts] 4 times. Dc in each of the next 86 sts. [Dc inc in next st, dc in next 2 sts] 2 times, dc in next st. [Dc inc in next st, dc in next 2 sts] 2 times. (205 dc)

Rnd 5: Dc in each of the next 86 dc; [dc inc] in next st. [Dc in each of the next 6 sts, dc inc in next st] 2 times. Dc in each of the next 87 sts. [Dc inc] next st. [Dc in each of the next 7 sts, dc inc in next st] 2 times. (211 dc)

Rnd 6: Dc in each of the next 91 sts. [Dc inc] in next st, dc in each of next 6 sts, [dc inc] in next st. Dc in each of the next 97 sts. [Dc inc] in next st, dc in each of the next 8 sts, [dc inc] in next st. Dc in each of the next 5 sts. (215 dc) Sc in next st, sl in next st. Finish off, weave in ends.

Attach button at the end of the original chain opposite the buttonhole.

One finished Buttonhole Neckwarmer unbuttoned 😀

 

Buttonhole Neckwarmer
And the finished product closed. 🙂

Buttonhole Scarflet in Red <3

Buttonhole Scarflet in Red
Buttonhole Scarflet in Red

Everybody, get exctited, because I have finished my first crochet pattern! I’m calling it my Red Buttonhole Scarflet. For clarification purposes, a “scarflet” is essentially a short scarf, and therefore, less likely to drag around and catch on things. Once I found out that people actually do that, I was so excited! I may never make a full-length scarf for myself again, they always feel too long and bulky for my taste.

Red Buttoned Scarflet
I made that button! 😀

 

This pattern is more of what people call a ‘recipe’ than counted-out directions. That means that you can make it with whatever yarn and hook combination you have handy. Mine is made with Caron Simply Soft and a G hook. Also: I totally made that button. Without further ado, I give you:

Buttonhole Scarflet
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Abbreviations:
Dc=Double Crochet
Ch=Chain Stitch
Sl=Slip Stitch
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  1. To begin, make a slipknot and chain enough to wrap loosely around your neck, plus about a hand-length (from the tip of your middle finger to your wrist).
  2. Ch 2 more inches onto this length of chain, to make your buttonhole. If you have a specific button in mind, this may vary, so to be sure, keep the button on hand, to test the chain’s length for your buttonhole. (All you have to do is fold the chain over, and see if the length you’ve made for a buttonhole is sufficient, try to put the button through it, like you would when it’s a completed buttonhole.)
  3. Sl the end of your chain to a point where the loop created is a suitable size for your button; Dc 1 in each ch until the end of the chain. Ch 1, turn.
  4. Dc in each dc across. Then dc around the buttonhole, not into any of the loops of the chain, but stitching around the chain as a whole, to make a smooth buttonhole. Dc until the entire loop is covered, and there are no gaps in the loops around the chain, like in the picture below.
Buttonhole
Remember this?

5. Dc in each st (the other side of the original chain), using all remaining loops to end. Ch 1, turn.

 

6. *[ Dc in each stitch until you get to the buttonhole. Dc in each st around buttonhole, then dc in each st of other side across to end. Ch 1, turn.]  Repeat from * 2 or 3 times, until stitches around the button arch begin to tighten and threaten to curl.

 

7. *[On next row, dc in each st until buttonhole; continue with 1 dc in each st up button arch until you reach the curve. Dc around curve, evenly spacing 3 increases throughout. Dc in each stitch down the side and across to end. Ch 1, turn.] Repeat from * 2 more times.

 

8. On next row, dc in each st until buttonhole; continue with 1 dc in each st up button arch until you reach the curve. Dc around curve, evenly spacing 4 increases throughout. Dc in each stitch down the side and across to end. Ch 1, turn.

 

9. On next row, dc in each st until buttonhole; continue with 1 dc in each st up button arch until you reach the curve. Dc around curve, evenly spacing 5 increases throughout. Dc in each stitch down the side and across to end. Ch 1, turn.

 

10. On next row, dc in each st until buttonhole; continue with 1 dc in each st up button arch until you reach the curve. Dc around curve, evenly spacing 4 increases throughout. Dc in each stitch down the side and across to end. Ch 1, turn.

 

11. On next row, dc in each st until buttonhole; continue with 1 dc in each st up button arch until you reach the curve. Dc around curve, evenly spacing 2 increases across. Dc in each stitch down the side and across until 1 stitch remains. Make 3 dc in last st to turn corner, and begin working across the end of your rows.

 

12. Make 2 dc in each row across. Finish off, weave in ends.

 

13. Wrap the scarflet around your neck as you would when you’ll wear it, placing the buttonhole where you want the button to close the scarflet. Attatch the button where the buttonhole would lay when wrapped around your neck, and weave in any loose ends from the button.

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And that’s it! Hope you enjoy. 🙂