Kahula Crochet Beanie

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One evening after a really long day I made myself a cup of tea and took some time to myself. I may have treated myself to a drop of Kahlua 😉
We all feel burnt out at times between the to-do lists, cooking, cleaning, and laundry. It’s important to take time for ourselves. Which is how the Kahlua Crochet Beanie came about. I decided it was time for me to make something for myself. I had made so many Christmas gifts for others and I enjoyed doing so, however I also learned this craft for myself. Not only is crochet good for the soul, but for feeling accomplished and to wear something that was created by your own hands.
The Kahlua Beanie is an experienced pattern with split stitches (aka the mattress stitch) and a series of front post stitches to create a cable that can be worn down the front or on the side of the head, whichever you prefer.

Kahula Crochet Beanie

Supplies:
6.0 mm J Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Faux fur Fabric for Pompom
Sewing Needle & Thread
Yarn:

Yardage: 150 yards
Cascade Yarns 128 Superwash
As long as gauge is met, similar yarns can be substituted. Suggestions:
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky
Malenlinetosh Tosh Chunky or Home
Plymouth Yarn Select Chunky Merino Superwash
Big Twist Chunky
lion Brand Scarfie or Unique
Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky
Heathers Yarn
Abbreviations / Stitches:
sc- Single Crochet
fpsc-front post single crochet
bpsc- back post single crochet
sl st- Slip Stitch
Split Stitch- defined below
ch- Chain
fpdc- front post double crochet
fptr- front post triple crochet
Gauge: 15 rows x 12 split stitch sc =
4-inch x 4-inch in split stitch. Adjust hook size to obtain gauge if needed.
Measurement: One Size Adult
Laid Flat: 7 ¾ inches tall by 9 ½ inches wide
Skill Level:

*Ch 1 at beginning of round does not count as stitch
*This pattern works up best with a soft/non-stiff yarn
Split Stitch (aka mattress stitch):
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6-U9StELKA
Spit stitch is worked as a single crochet with one difference. Instead of inserting your hook under the top two loops like a normal sc stitch, you will insert your hook between the “v” of the stitch (as shown in the photo to the right) This gives the Split Stitch that ‘knit look’.

Tips:
-Join to the center of split stitch for each round until brim.
-Do not pull Magic Circle (Ring) closed tight until first two rounds are complete.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L86j-OAzt3w
-Keep stitches loose and go up a hook size on the first few rounds if needed. The first few rounds will be the most challenging due to increasing. It gets easier as it goes. If you crochet tight, go up a hook size.
Faux Fur Pompom Instructions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQKY_POKzdk

Round Description Stitch Count
  HAT BODY
1 Sc 8 inside magic circle, join 8
2 Ch 1, working in split stitches only, 2sc in each stitch around, join 16
3 Ch 1, working in split stitches only, *2sc in first, sc in next; repeat * around, join 24
4 Ch 1, split stitch 6, fpsc next 6, split stitch 12, join 24
5 Ch 1, work split stitches as split stitches and single crochet the fpsc stitches, *2sc in first, sc in next 2; repeat * around, join 32
6 *ALL fpdc stitches will be worked around front post stitches from row 4*
Tip: When working front post stitches from rows below don’t forget to skip the same amount of stitches on current row (pic 3).
Ch 1, split stitch 9, fpdc around first sc post stitch on row 4, split stitch in next, fpdc around next 4 sc post stitches on row 4, split stitch 1, fpdc around last sc post stitch on row 4, split stitch in remaining 15, join
32
7 Ch 1, work split stitches as split stitches and front post stitches as single crochet, *2sc in first, sc in next 3; repeat * around, join 40
8 *ALL fpdc & fptr stitches will be worked around front post stitches from row 6*
Ch 1, split stitch 10, fptr, split stitch 1, fpdc next, split stitch 2, fpdc next 2, split stitch 2, fpdc next, split stitch 1, fptr next, split stitch in last 18, join
40
9 Ch 1, work split stitches as split stitches and front post stitches as single crochet, *2sc in first, sc in next 4; repeat * around, join 48
10 *ALL fpdc and fptr stitches will be worked around front post stitches from row 8*
Ch 1, split stitch 12, [fpdc, split stitch 1] twice, fptr next, split stitch 5, fptr next, [split stitch 1, fpdc] twice, split stitch in remaining 21, join
48
11 Ch 1, work split stitches as split stitches and front post stitches as single crochet, *2sc in first, sc in next 5; repeat * around, join 56
12 *ALL fpdc and fptr stitches will be worked around front post stitches from row 10*
Ch 1, split stitch 17, fpdc next, split stitch 1, fpdc next, split stitch 3, fptr next 2, split stitch 3, fpdc next, split stitch 1, fpdc, split stitch next, split stitch in last 25, join
56
13 Ch 1, work split stitches as split stitches and front post stitches as single crochet, *2sc in first, sc in next 6; repeat * around, join 64
14 *ALL fpdc and fptr stitches will be worked around front post stitches from row 12*
Ch 1, split stitch 21, [fpdc next, split stitch 1] twice, skip next fptr and fptr around the next, split stitch next 3, go back and fptr around skipped post sttich, [split stitch 1, fpdc next] twice, split stitch in the last 30, join
64
15 Ch 1, work split stitches as split stitches and front post stitches as single crochet, sc in each stitch around, join 64
16 *ALL fpdc and fptr stitches will be worked around front post stitches from row 14*
Ch 1, split stitch 23, fpdc next, split stitch next, skip next post stitch and fpdc around next post stitch, fptr around skipped post stitch, split stitch next, skip next post stitch and fptr around next post stitch, working under fptr just made go back and fpdc around skipped post stitch, split stitch in next, fpdc next, split stitch in last 32, join
64
17 Repeat round 15 64
18 *ALL fpdc and fptr stitches will be worked around front post stitches from row 16*
Ch 1, split stitch 23, skip next post stitch and fptr around next post stitch, split stitch next, working under fptr just made go back and fptr around skipped post stitch, split stitch in next, skip next post stitch and fpdc around next post stitch, fpdc around skipped fpdc, split stitch in next, skip next post stitch and fptr around next post stitch, split stitch next, fptr around skipped post stitch, split stitch in last 32, join
64
19 Repeat round 15 64
20 *ALL fpdc and fptr stitches will be worked around front post stitches from row 18*
Ch 1, split stitch 23, fpdc next, split stitch next, skip next post stitch and fptr around next post stitch, split stitch next, fptr around skipped post stitch, split stitch next, skip next post stitch and fptr around next post stitch, split stitch next, working under fptr just made go back and fptr around skipped post stitch, split stitch in next, fpdc next, split stitch in last 30, join
64
21 Repeat round 15 64
22 *ALL fpdc and fptr stitches will be worked around front post stitches from row 20*
Ch 1, split stitch 23, [fpdc next, split stitch 1] twice, skip next post stitch and fptr around next post stitch, split stitch next 2, working under fptr just made go back and fptr around skipped post stitch, [split stitch 1, fpdc next] twice, split stitch in last 30, join
64
23 Ch 1, work split stitches as split stitches and front post stitches as single crochet, *2 split stitch sc in next, sc 31, repeat * one more time, join 66
24 *ALL fpdc and fptr stitches will be worked around front post stitches from row 22*
Ch 1, split stitch 23, [fpdc next, split stitch 1] twice, fpdc in next, split stitch 3, fpdc in next, [split stitch 1, fpdc next] twice, split stitch in last 30, join
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25 Repeat round 15 66
26 *ALL fpdc and fptr stitches will be worked around front post stitches from row 25*
Ch 1, [bpsc, fpsc] twelve times, [bpsc, fpdc around front post from previous round] three times, bpsc next, fpsc next, [bpsc, fpdc around front post from previous round] three times, bpsc, fpsc
66
27-31 Ch 1, *bpsc, fpsc; repeat * around, join
After round 30, fasten off and weave in ends.
66

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