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Crocheted slouchy beret (or “toque” for us Canadians)


While lamenting last night that I was unable to knit the Jane hat (I discovered that my foray into circular knitting was hampered because my shortest cable for my circular needles was too long for the project! Le sigh!), I decided I had two options. One, I could venture over to the local knitting store and purchase a shorter cable. Or two, I could somehow make do with the needles and yarn I had on hand and find another way to make a toque!  And so my lazy and cheap side won out, and I decided it was time to learn to crochet!  With the help of several YouTube tutorials (namely,  this one and this series), I figured it out and got going.

So I crocheted up this slouchy beret/toque style hat.  I did the hat entirely with the double crochet stitch, which was surprisingly easy once the piece was beyond the tiny circle stage.

It didn’t end up looking anything like what I envisioned, but I still like it!  I still think I’ll attempt the Jane hat when I get some shorter cable for my needles, but for now I’m satisfied that I have a sense of what crocheting is all about, and I’m the proud owner of a brand new slouch hat! Hooray!

8 thoughts on “Crocheted slouchy beret (or “toque” for us Canadians)

  1. Omg woman! You have become one of those girls we crafting mortals talk wistfully about. Learning new skills and finishing projects left, right and centre 🙂 happy for you!!

  2. The colours look sooo pretty with your hair! Great job 🙂

  3. Can I ask a silly question? What is the difference between knitting and crocheting?

    • Not a silly question! Knitting is done with two or more (generally straight) needles, and crochet is done with one hook-ended needle. Since the tools are different, the way you stitch is totally different, and you end up with different results in terms of the look of the “fabric” you get. For example, this is knitted, and this is crocheted.

      • oh…you are so smart. Crocheting looks like you would create a more durable product. It looks like a tighter ‘stitch’ or whatevs you call it.

  4. insiders’ tip for ya:
    the magic loop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtBSmxGomPk
    now you can be a too lazy-to-go-to-the-store-knitter-with-only-one-length-of-circular-needles forever… (and still make those projects you want)

    • Ah, yes the magic loop! I considered doing this, but felt like it would be too daunting to learn it while following a pattern. Plus my pattern called for me to CO 85 sts and all the instructions I could find for ML said to split the # of stitches equally. One day I’m sure it’ll come in handy, though!

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