Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Crochet a beanie with ear flaps

1. A pattern to crochet an ear-flap beanie with stripes
Learn how to crochet a striped beanie with Peruvian inspired ear flaps. The traditional chullo is knitted by men and boys who live in the Andes Mountains, South America. Stripes have the added attraction of using up your stash of wool or acrylic yarns.

Downloadable pattern available at Bandana Heads on Etsy.

The e-pattern includes two crochet hat designs:
1. Crochet beanie with South American style ear flaps
2. Surf-style crochet beanie with rolled edge

Crochet instructions for an ear flap hat
Intrepid travelers will enjoy wearing an original crocheted hat in their favorite colors. Make one for yourself, a friend, a brother or sister.

Crochet beanie, surf-style

The e-pattern provides crochet instructions in an easy-to-follow worksheet format with a check column to catch mistakes before moving on. You will need a 5.5 mm crochet hook and aran, chunky or equivalent weight yarn.

2. A pattern to crochet an ear-flap hat with a Blue Llama motif

This e-pattern is designed to help you use up your stash of worsted weight or 8 ply wool. Though a little more difficult than the striped pattern above, clear instructions will guide you through the color changes. This is the perfect hat for visiting cities of the world. Make one for your traveling friend or family member. Downloadable pattern available at Bandana Heads on Etsy.

If you want to keep it simple, change the motif into a hounds tooth design and forget the ear-flaps.

Ear-flap beanie, easy knit e-pattern

Knit an ear-flap hat in your favorite colors. Random striping gives an urban twist to the traditional South American chullo worn by men and boys in the Andes. Knitted on circular needles, the ear-flap hat is a quick and easy project for new and experienced knitters. The knit e-pattern comes in an easy-to-follow worksheet format with a check column to catch mistakes before moving on.

Ear-flap hat, easy knit e-pattern<br />
Ear-flap beanies in random stripes make unique, practical gifts for travelers. Buy the downloadable e-pattern from Bandana Heads on Etsy and start making your ear-flap travel hat today.

Urban ear-flap hat features random stripes

Yarn suggestions: Aran, 12 ply or chunky weight natural yarns - wool, cotton or bamboo.

How to knit a slouchy beanie hat

Friday, January 4, 2008

Crochet bucket hat pattern for children

This crochet e-pattern for children is available now at Bandana Heads on Etsy. Cotton crochet bucket-style hats with brims are ideal for children.

Crochet a stylish hat that you will be proud to offer as a gift for a boy or girl. Easy to follow instructions in a worksheet format let you do-it-yourself. You will learn how to do your color changes in a neat vertical line.

Try a combination of woodland colors, mountain colors, island colors, or your own combination that best suits the recipient. You will need light sport weight or 5 ply cotton yarn such as On line Linie 163, Bingo and a 3.5 mm (size E).

The childrens' pattern is an adaption of the “Valentina” style hat below worked in 4 ply fingering yarn in the colors of Colombia. Coffee brown contrasts with vibrant red with accents of orange and lime.