Crocheting a Beanie and a Scarf

In October 2015, I crocheted a beanie and a scarf, which used colors that might be similar to the color scheme employed by the Cleveland Browns. It could all be a total coincidence, since it's possible that the NFL has a secret military force that's used to track down copyright violators.

My finished hat and scarf. The items look like something Charlie Brown might enjoy wearing.

finished hat and scarf

The items were not lucky, since the Browns won 3 games and lost 13 in 2015.

Beanie

Completed on Sat, Oct 3, 2015

Yarn

On Oct 3, 2015, I bought inexpensive yarn at JoAnn's in colors of dark brown (coffee), orange, white, and medium grey.

The Browns do not use grey in their uniforms. The Browns released new uniforms and colors in the spring of 2015, and fans thought that the Browns would incorporate some medium grey. I like the touch of medium grey along the bottom border of the beanie.

I'll use this yarn for practicing crochet stitches and to create multiple types of beanies with these colors. And I'll make a scarf that's decorative only for game day.

The new "orange" color for the Browns is actually a reddish-orange. The orange yarn that I bought is not that red. Close enough. No other pro team uses orange, brown, and white.

Yarn details:

I think that a skein costs about $3.50.

Pattern

For the Oct 3, 2015 beanie, I based my crocheting on the following pattern:

I did not follow the pattern identically. Plus, I added colors.

The author starts the blog post by saying that she used Half Double Crochet stitches, but the pattern uses Double Crochet.

I used DC with a mix of SC at times.

Also, the pattern at the above blog post said to "turn" at the end of each round. I did not do this. I did not realize that this was done for beanies when using the chain and slip-stitch method. I'll look into turning at another time.

My version:

I started with the following hook: US H8 / 5.00 mm

Start with the dark brown yarn.

To start hat: Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch in the first chain, a ring is formed.

Rnd 1: Chain 2, do 13 DC in the ring, join with a slip stitch in the first DC (13 stitches)

Rnd 2: Chain 2, 2 DC in each stitch, join with a slip stitch in the first DC (26 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc in first st, *2dc in next st, dc in next st, repeat from * around ending with 2dc in last st, join with a sl st in first dc. 39 sts.

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *dc in first two sts, 2dc in next st, repeat from * around, join with a sl st in first dc. 52 sts.

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *dc in first three sts, 2dc in next st, repeat from * around, join with a sl st in first dc. 65 sts.

That produced a disk of 7.00 to 7.25 inches in diamater. Good for me. Although with this stiff yarn, I think 6.50 to 6.75 inches in diameter would be fine.

Change to orange yarn.

Rnd 6: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join with a sl st in first dc. 65 sts.

Change to dark brown.

Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with a sl st in first sc. 65 sts.

Change to white.

Rnd 8: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join with a sl st in first dc. 65 sts.

Change to dark brown.

Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with a sl st in first sc. 65 sts.

Change to orange.

Rnd 10: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join with a sl st in first dc. 65 sts.

Change to brown.

Rnd 11: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join with a sl st in first dc. 65 sts.

Switched to a smaller hook for the rest of the way: US G6 / 4.00 mm.

Stayed with dark brown for this row too.

Rnd 12: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join with a sl st in first dc. 65 sts.

Switched to medium grey.

Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with a sl st in first sc. 65 sts.

Rnd 14: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with a sl st in first sc. 65 sts.

Fasten off. Weave in a lot of yarn ends.

Scarf

On Sat, Oct 17, 2015 while watching college football late in the afternoon and evening, I crocheted a small scarf that includes the colors brown, orange, white, and grey. I suppose someone could infer that the colors represent the Cleveland Browns.

I used the same yarn that I used with the alleged Browns beanie above.

For the scarf:

The small, stripy scarf is more decorative than useful.

Maybe I'll make another that is slightly longer, and I'll use a double crochet stitch, which will make it a little wider. But too wide may look odd with this stripy pattern.