The Braided Ashland Beanie

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I am sure you have all seen the beautiful knitted beanies with those fabulous big braids (I even have totally bought a pattern for one of these beanies- but have yet to knit it or even look at it! Time escapes me as a Mom - plus, I love crochet!) and like me, have drooled over them thinking "How do I make this in crochet?" 

Thus, I came up with the Braided Ashland Beanie! It has the PERFECT snug fit, and yet is stretchy with a little give! This is definitely one of the most comfortable hats I have ever made.

You can grab an AD FREE PDF for this beautiful beanie (it includes all of the pictures on here) in my Etsy shop HERE or you can pick one up HERE on this website. 

Eventually, I will be posting this beanie in a Toddler and Child size, as well as a video (for those of you who do better with a video tutorial!) Stay tuned for those! 

This pattern is an intermediate level crochet pattern - you will need to know basic stitch techniques. If you have never worked with cables before, I do provide a link to a fantastic tutorial so you can learn ALL about them! 

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THE PATTERN

This pattern is written in US Standard terms.

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Level: Intermediate

Yarn: DK Weight – yarn used in example: Henry’s Attic in Natural Merino/Silk blend, and Elann Pure Intonation in Wine and Coral. Knit Picks has AMAZING DK Weight yarn for a good price - click the banner on the right! You will need about 100 grams. 

Hook size: 4.25 mm - for a fantastic crochet hook that every crocheter should have - check out the Amazon link for a Furls Crochet Hook below! It's amazing and you won't want to use another hook again!:)

Gauge: 10 HDC by 10 HDC = 1.5 inch square

Materials:

-Stitch Marker

-Tapestry Needle

-Faux Fur Pom Pom (or you can make your own pom pom!)

Stitch Abbreviations:

-HDC – Half Double Crochet

-FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet

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-SC – Single Crochet

-FPTC – Front Post Treble Crochet

-BLO – Back Loop Only

Special Stitches/Techniques:

 -HDC in the 3rd loop

 -Cable Stitch

-FPDC Decrease

-HDC Decrease

Size: Adult – (fits most at a 21 to 22” circumference)

The Brim of your Beanie:

Chain 11.

Row 1: SC all the way across. Chain 1 and turn.

Rows 2 – 100: SC in the 2nd stitch from your hook. In the BLO, SC all the way across. Chain 1 and turn.

Use a slip stitch to join the edges of the brim together. This will complete your brim! Do not fasten off.

The Body of the Beanie:

Note: This beanie is worked in a continuous round, providing a seamless look to your work. I recommend using a stitch marker at the beginning of your first round, as this will help you when you are working the decreasing rounds, and also help making sure your stitch counts are on point.

Once we start decreasing the beanie, you will notice the braid veer slightly towards the left. That is perfectly normal – and good! Once you are wearing it, it will look perfect. 

This beanie is also worked from the bottom up, so we will be working around the brim for the body.

Round 1: HDC evenly all the way around your brim for 100 HDC. At this point, your work should look like the photo below:

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This is where we start the special technique of HDC in the 3rd loop. A helpful video tutorial from Moogly Blog can be found here: http://www.mooglyblog.com/third-loop-half-double-crochet/.

Written tutorial: First, locate the front and back loop of the stitch. The third loop is the loop beneath the back loop. HDC in this loop - this will push the front and back loop to the front to create a “knitted” or “ribbed” look.

This is also where we will begin our Cable work using the FPTC (this is what we will be using for our foundation cable – the rest of the pattern will use FPDC). If you have never done cables before, a helpful video tutorial from Sewrella is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKDZxLJFle4.

Round 2: HDC in the 3rd loop 10 times – your work should look like this:

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Skip 6 HDC, and then make 6 FPTC. Your work should look like this:

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Hold these stitches in front and go behind your work to work 6 FPTC into the originally skipped stitches. At this point your work should look like this (I pulled the front stitches down a bit so you can see what the back stitches should look like):

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Make 6 FPTC in the next 6 HDC. At this point, your work should look like this:

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HDC in the 3rd loop for the rest of the round for a total of 82 HDC and 18 FPTC.

Round 3: Continue working in the round by making HDC in the 3rd loop 10 times.

There is no cabling in this round, so just work across. Make 18 FPDC (remember, we only used the treble crochet as our foundation stitch – from now on we will be using double crochet).

At this point your work should look like this:

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HDC in the 3rd loop for the rest of the round for a total of 82 HDC and 18 FPDC.

Round 4: Repeat Round 3. Your work should look like this after you are done with the FPDC:

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Round 5: This is the next round where we use our cabling technique. (Helpful note: We will only be using a cabling technique every 3 rounds). This one is a little different than the first set of cables we used!

Make 10 HDC in the 3rd loop, and make 6 FPDC in the next stitches. Skip 6 FPDC, and make 6 FPDC in the next stitches. Hold these stitches you just made to the back, and in front of these stitches make 6 FPDC in the originally skipped stitches.

At this point your work should look like this:

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Round 6: Repeat Round 3. After the FPDC your work should look like this:

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Round 7: Repeat Round 3. Your work should look like this after the FPDC:

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Round 8: HDC in the 3rd loop 10 times. Skip 6 FPDC and make 6 FPDC. Hold these stitches in front and go behind your work to work 6 FPDC in the skipped stitches. (Note: This is exactly the same process as Round 2 – we are just using FPDC instead of the foundation FPTC). After the FPDC, your work should look like this (its starting to look like a braid!):

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Round 9:  Repeat Round 3. Your work should look like this after the FPDC:

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Round 10: Repeat Round 3. Your work should look like this after the FPDC:

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Round 11: Repeat Round 5. Your work should look like this after the FPDC:

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Round 12: Repeat Round 3. Your work should look like this after the FPDC:

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Round 13: Repeat Round 3. Your work should look like this after the FPDC:

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Round 14: This is the row where we start decreasing. *HDC in the 3rd loop 3 times, then make 1 HDC decrease in the 3rd loops*. Repeat from * one more time.

Skip 6 FPDC, and make 6 FPDC in the next stitches. Holding these stitches in front, go behind your work and make 6 FPDC in the skipped stitches. Make 6 FPDC in the next stitches.

At this point after the FPDC, your work should look like this: 

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Continue to decrease by working in the 3rd loop as follows: HDC 4, HDC Decrease- for a total of 12 times. You will have 14 total HDC Decreases.

Round 15: Working in the 3rd loop, HDC 2 times, HDC Decrease, and HDC 2 more times.

During this round, you will be working in the 3rd loop of the HDC Decrease. It is there – it is just to the left a bit as seen below (this is after I had already pulled my yarn through the loop):

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Make 18 FPDC.

Your work should look like this after the FPDC:

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Continue to decrease by working in the 3rd loop around as follows: HDC 2, HDC Decrease for a total of 17 times. You will have a total of 18 HDC decreases, including the one at the beginning of the round.

Round 16: Make 2 HDC in the 3rd loop, and HDC decrease in the 3rd loop. Make 18 FPDC. Your work should look like this after the FPDC:

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Continue to decrease by working in the 3rd loop: 2 HDC, HDC Decrease. Do this a total of 11 times – and make 2 HDC in the last 2 remaining stitches. There will be a total of 12 HDC decreases from the beginning of the round to the end.

Round 17:: Make 1 HDC in the 3rd loop, and HDC Decrease in the 3rd loop.

Make 6 FPDC, and skip 6. Make 6 FPDC, and holding these stitches to the back, go in front of your work and make 6 FPDC in the skipped stitches. At this point your work should look like this:

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Continue to decrease by working in the 3rd loop as follows: 1 HDC, 1 HDC Decrease. Do this for a total of 11 times. HDC in the last 2 remaining stitches.

Round 18: HDC Decrease in the 3rd loop.

We will start decreasing our cables now by using a FPDC Decrease all the way across the cable (Note: this is the same technique as a Double Crochet Decrease – we are just working in the post instead!) At this point your work should look like this:

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Continue to decrease in the 3rd loop as follows: HDC Decrease for a total of 12 times. There will be a total of 13 decreases from beginning to end. 

Round 19: HDC in the 3rd loop 1 time. FPDC Decrease for a total of 8 times, make 1 FPDC. HDC Decrease all the way around a total of 6 times.

Fasten off your hat, leaving a 12 inch tail.

At this point, you will cinch up your hat to close and complete it. Using a tapestry needle and the 12 inch tail, weave the tail in and out of the remaining stitches as shown below. Pull the tail tight and sew over the opening to secure.

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Add a Pom Pom to your hat if desired, and voila! Your beautiful hat is complete😊 And that was quite a feat - job well done!

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