This is a crochet pattern review of the Lonesome Highway Beanie designed by Wild Sapling. Review done by Kami Jones for Cre8tion Crochet.
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Do you ever buy patterns and then wait forever to use them? I do, all the time! Not by choice though there are just so many crochet things I want to make but so little time. I bought this Lonesome Highway Beanie pattern about a year ago from Wild Sapling.
This pattern is named after a highway that I rode on a few times in my youth, so I just had to make one. Although I don’t think that Danielle was driving the same stretch of the highway that I have been on. Based on where she lives and where she was traveling to, it just wouldn’t make sense. I follow her because she lives (part of the year) in an area that I am very familiar with from my younger years and posts pictures of areas in Southern Utah that I haven’t spent much time in for about 20 years; just a few times driving through.
I also loved the knit look of the beanie with the long foldable brim, it was reminiscent of a beanie that my brother had when I was little. I think we even have some pictures of me when I was around three years old wearing said beanie with a very fancy dress!
What Materials Do You Need to Crochet a Beanie that Looks Knit:
- 180 Yards Loops and Threads Impeccable in Dark Charcoal
- I/9 5.5mm hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Measuring Tape
- Lonesome Highway Beanie, Paid Crochet Pattern from Wild Sapling on Etsy
The designer recommends Lion Brand Heartland or WeCrochet Swish Worsted, I used Loops and Threads Impeccable for mine. You should be able to substitute most worsted weight yarns with good results, just make sure to do a gauge (tension) swatch before starting.
I think that this beanie is best suited for solid color yarn as it would detract from the textured stitching if you use a busy variegated yarn, self striping yarns wouldn’t be the best either since it’s worked lengthwise.
Gauge is definitely recommended as the number of rows is very important here so just make sure to take it with whichever yarn you choice. If you’re having a difficult time getting row gauge you can search the Internet for the golden loop method. This will explain how to adjust your loop to help get the row gauge.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Beanie that Looks Knit:
It took me around 2 hours to make the adult size, I did have to pull out and redo about 8 rows because I went into the stitch instead of the third loop for about half a row and didn’t realize until I had finished my rectangle and was laying it out to take a picture.
I made the adult size beanie and my finished measurements were 12″ long x 8.5″ wide laid flat.
My personal gauge for this pattern ended up 15 stitches x 12 rows = 4″. Sometimes even though I gauge my finished project does differ slightly.
Gauge is definitely recommended, the number of rows is very important here. If you’re having a difficult time getting row gauge you can search the Internet for the golden loop method. This will explain how to adjust your loop to help get the row gauge.
This pattern is a more difficult pattern and I would not recommend it for beginners, it requires good stitch anatomy identification to work into the third loop and to make the short rows for shaping. This beanie is worked in a rectangle in one piece using short row shaping to help the top of the hat not be as bulky. The seaming is done in a way that the seam is pretty much invisible.
This beanie is written for three sizes but is very stretchy so it can fit a lot of head sizes. Height would be very easy to customize since there is no stitch multiple and it includes foundation stitch counts for a brimless version. Width becomes a little more difficult but would be easiest to do by changing hook size or tension because of the short rows you do need a certain number of rows to make everything line up properly, again though because this pattern is so stretchy there is a bit of wiggle room.
This beanie is designed to be used without a pom, but if you really wanted to you could add one. This is a really great unisex beanie that would be perfect for winter markets or as a gift.
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