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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Newborn Galaxy Beanie | My Hobby is Crochet

This baby beanie is the first pattern in the Galaxy Baby Set designed for my baby on the way.
Beside the beanie, you can find the Galaxy Baby Booties and the Galaxy Baby Mittens. They would make a pretty baby shower gift. I hope you enjoy!

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The Galaxy Beanie is featuring a star stitch variation pattern with 2 rows repeat: one row of star stitch and one row of half double crochet.
Using the colors of your choice, you can work this hat for both baby girls and boys.



Finished Size: 12.7 cm length and 35 - 37 cm circumference
The easiest way to make larger sizes is to work with a larger hook and heavier yarn weight as in the pattern indicated.
Other way is to make more rows for the cuff, being careful to have an even number of rows, to be able to work the star st in the round.

Materials used:
- Premier Yarns Cotton Fair White (color A) and Cotton Fair Multi, Valentine (color B); yarn weight fine 2 (sport 5ply). Use this handy Yarn Weight Guide from Ravelry.
- 3.5 mm crochet hook
- 4 mm crochet hook
- tapestry needle to sew in the ends
- scissors.

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Stitches, Terms (US) and abbreviations used:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
st: stitch
blo: back loop only
yo: yarn over
beg: beginning
standing sc: standing single crochet
ch 1 sp: chain 1 space

Special stitch: the Star stitch

The Star Stitch worked in the round it's a multiple of 2, that means: for each star you will need 2 stitches.

Follow these steps to make the star stitches:
a) The first star stitch:
- ch 3, insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, pull up a loop;
- insert hook into 3rd ch from hook, pull up a loop;
- insert hook into first st, pull up a loop;
- insert hook into 2nd st, pull up a loop;
- insert hook into 3rd st, pull up a loop;
- having 6 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 6 loops on hook;
- ch 1 to close the star stitch.

b) Making the second star stitch:

- insert hook into ch 1 on top of the start stitch just made, pull up a loop;
- insert hook under the 2 vertical bars of last spike of the star just made, pull up a loop;
- insert hook into same st where last loop of previous star was made, pull up a loop;
- insert hook into next st, pull up a loop,
- insert hook into next st, pull up a loop;
- having 6 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 6 loops on hook;
- ch 1 to close the star stitch.

For the next star sts of the round repeat all the steps from b).

Before making the last star you will have one stitch left. At the last star of the row, to make the last bar of the star st, you will insert the hook under ch 3 at beginning of the row. Ch1 to close the last star, than join with sl st to both top loops of first star at beg of round.

For a visual of the star stitch, you can watch below the Video Tutorial by Teresa from Crochet Geek. Note that in the video tutorial the star stitch is worked in rows, being a multiple of 2 +3. (In the Galaxy Beanie worked in rounds, the star st is a multiple of 2.)





Galaxy Beanie Pattern:


The beanie is worked bottom up, starting with the cuff worked in rows of sc blo back and fort. Folding the piece in half on the length, you will slip stitch the short sides together to form a tube. After this, you'll start working in rounds, from the edge of the ribbed cuff.

1) The cuff, worked in rows:
With a 3.5 mm hook and yarn color A, ch 7.

Row 1: 1sc into back loop of the 2nd ch from hook and 1sc blo in each chain across. Chain 1, turn. (6 sts)
Row 2-64: 1sc blo in each st across. Chain 1, turn. (6 st)
Fold the piece in half to form a tube. Working through both loops of the stitches of the short sides, slip stitch across. (6 sts) Cut yarn. Fasten off.
Turn the cuff inside out and continue working. (The joining will look better on this side).

2) Working in rounds around the edge of the cuff:
Round 1: Change to hook size 4 mm. Join yarn color B with a stranding sc, ch1, work 64 sc evenly spaced around the edge of ribbed cuff; that means 1st in each ridge and 1st in each back ridge of the cuff. Join with sl st to top of standing sc. (64 sc total)

Round 2: work 32 star sts, join with sl st to both top loops of first star at beg of round. (32 stars)

Round 3: sl st to ch1 on top of first star, ch 1, 2 hdc in same ch1 sp, 2 hdc into ch 1 on top of each star st around; sl st to top of first hdc. (64 hdc)

Rounds 4 -10: Repeat as rounds 2 - 3, alternating one round of star st with one one round of hdc.

Round 11: Decrease hdc round: sl st to ch1 on top of first star, ch 1, 1 hdc in same ch 1 space, *2 hdc in ch 1 on top of next star st, 1 hdc in ch1 on top of next star st*, repeat around from * to *, ending with 2 hdc in ch 1 of last star st; sl st to top of first hdc. (48 hdc)

Round 12: work 24 star sts, join with sl st to both top loops of first star at beg of round.  (24 stars)

Round 13: Decrease hdc round: sl st to ch1 on top of first star, ch 1, 1 hdc in same ch1 space, 1 hdc into ch 1 on top of each star st around; sl st to top of first hdc. (24 hdc)

Round 14: Work 12 star sts, join with sl st to both top loops of first star at beg of round. (12 stars)

Round 15: sl st to ch1 on top of first star, ch 1, 1 sc in same ch 1 space and 1 sc in ch 1 on top of each star st around; sl st to top of first sc. (12 sc)
Cut yarn, leaving some tail to close the hole on top of the hat.
Turn the hat inside out, thread a tapestry needle with the yarn tail and stitch around the hole on top of the hat. Pull yarn tail tight to close the hole. To secure, weave the yarn through a few times. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Here’s a Video Tutorial by ELK Studio showing you how to close the hole on top of a hat.

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