Layla Beanie 2.0 (Crochet- Worsted Weight)






Ya’ll. I had so much fun writing about something in my life on that last post that I decided to do it again! You can skip straight to the pattern if these little intros aren’t your cup of tea. I won’t blame you! If you’re going to stick around, today I’m going to talk about pet adoption.

The three-year anniversary of when we adopted our boxer, Bonnie, is right around the corner and we just love her so much! It’s just my husband and me, so she’s basically our child. In fact, my sister-in-law actually refers to her as “Niece.”

She came into our possession as the seasons were changing. I wasn’t working at the time, so I borrowed my husband’s debit card to go shopping for winter clothes and I came home with a dog instead! When I first saw Bonnie at the animal shelter, I knew immediately I had to take her home. When she came out of her cage for a “meet and greet,” I fell in love with her on the spot. This dog was so squiggly and so adorable. My heart just couldn’t take it!

The animal shelter had informed me she was rescued from her previous home with another boxer named Clyde (I honestly would have adopted him, too, if he hadn’t already found his forever home). Bonnie had put on some weight, but her ribs still stuck out some by the time I found her. They didn’t provide me with too much detail other than that, but when we took her to her first vet appointment, he told us he could tell she had had LOTS of puppies – more than a dog her age should have. We could only conclude that her previous owner bred Bonnie and Clyde, but didn’t care enough to treat them properly. These sweet dogs were basically just dollar signs in their eyes.

Since then, she has moved 5 times with us (my husband was in the Army) and each new place always feels like home because she completes our family. Bonnie’s got a personality like you wouldn’t believe. We swear she speaks English because every time we say something she responds like she understands, whether it be a bark or a howl. She made herself at home right away with us and has slept in our bed since the first night we had her. We’ve taught her so many tricks, and she learns them almost on the spot. She can sit, lay down, shake both hands, roll over, give high fives, howl, and play dead. Since she was already about three years old when we adopted her, we didn’t even have to potty train her either! And, I’m not even kidding when I tell you she has a stuffed animal that she sleeps with every night. Even more, she makes the perfect snuggle buddy on those weeks (sometimes months) that my husband and I have to be apart because of his job.  To be perfectly honest, I’ll probably never adopt a puppy ever again because Bonnie was such a breeze!

I guess the point I’m trying to make is that there are so many loving dogs out there in animal shelters that need homes. Even if you’d prefer a purebred, you can search for breed rescues in your area! Not a day goes by that I don’t count my blessings that we came to have such a sweet gal to call our own. Before you buy a puppy from a store, think about all those precious doggies out there in shelters just waiting to love you!  



Anyways, you’ll find the pattern for the Layla Beanie 2.0 just below! I hope ya’ll have as much fun making this hat as I have. Don’t forget you can tag me on Instagram (@i_can_knot_even) and subscribe to this blog at the top of the page to receive each new post (and pattern) straight to your inbox! Thanks for stopping by today! Happy hooking!
XOXO,

-Katie 

Layla Beanie 2.0 (Crochet-Worsted Weight)

Materials:
·         5mm crochet hook
·         Worsted Weight yarn ( I used one skein of Caron Simply Soft)
·         Scissors
·         Yarn needle to weave in ends
·         Fur pom pom ( or you can make your own with yarn)

Abbreviations:
·         CH- Chain
·         SLST- Slip stitch
·         DC – Double crochet
·         FPDC- Front post double crochet
·         BPDC - Back post double crochet
·         FPTC – Front post treble crochet (Yarn over twice before working around the stitch. Then, pull through 2 loops 3 times)
·         FPQC- Front post quadruple crochet (Yarn over three times before working around the stitch. Then, pull through 2 loops 4 times).
·         2tog – Crochet 2 together (Specifically, in this pattern, this will mean grabbing two stitches on your hook and wrapping either a FPDC or BPDC around the pair to turn them into one stitch.)

Notes:
  • ·         CH 1 at the beginning of rounds never counts as a stitch
  •        This hat is worked from the bottom up


Pattern:
CH 72. SLST into the first CH to create a loop.

Round 1: CH1. In the same stitch, DC. Then, DC in every stitch around. SLST into the top of the first DC to close the round. (72)

Round 2-5. CH 1.  ** 2 FPDC. Then, 2 BPDC.** Repeat from ** until the end of the round. You should end on a BPDC. SLST into the top of the first FPDC to close the round. (72)

Round 6-9: CH 1. 27 BPDC. 8 FPDC. 37 BPDC. SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round. (72)

Round 10 (Cable Round) : CH 1. 27 BPDC. Skip 4 stitches.  2 FPTC. 2 FPQC. Return to the skipped stitches. FPQC around the first two skipped stitches. Then, FPTC around the next two skipped stitches. 37 BPDC. SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round. (72)

Round 11-14: Repeat rounds 6-9. IMPORTANT NOTE: The round immediately after the cabling round is the trickiest. When you reach your FPDCs, you will need to peel back the “twist” and crochet around the 4 stitches that are hidden beneath the others. It is important to crochet these ones first because it will properly lengthen the cable and give the look that the stitches are twisting around themselves. (72)

Round 15 (Cable Round): Repeat round 10. (72)

Round 16-19: Repeat rounds 6-9. Remember to crochet the hidden FPDCs in the round immediately after the cabling round first. (72)

Round 20 (Cable Round): Repeat round 10. (72)

Round 21-24: Repeat rounds 6-9. Remember to crochet the hidden FPDCs in the round immediately after the cabling round first. (72)

Round 25: CH 1. BPDC 27. FPDC 2tog. 4 FPDC. FPDC 2tog. 37 BPDC. SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round. (70)

Round 26: CH 1. 27 BPDC. FPDC 2tog. 2 FPDC. FPDC 2tog. 37 BPDC. SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round. (68)

Round 27: CH 1. 27 BPDC. FPDC 2tog. FPDC 2tog. 37 BPDC. SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round. (66)

Round 28: CH 1. 27 BPDC. FPDC 2tog. 37 BPDC. SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round. (65)

Round 29: CH 1. 27 BPDC. 1 FPDC. 37 BPDC. SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round. (65)

Round 30: CH 1. **3 BPDC . BPDC 2tog. Repeat from ** until the end of the round. SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round (52).

Round 31: CH 1. BPDC around each stitch until the end of the round. SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round. Tie of your work. (52)

To finish the hat: Turn the hat inside out. Using a scrap piece of yarn and a yarn needle, weave the scrap yarn in and out of every other stitch at the top of the hat. Then, pull it closed like a drawstring. I try to manipulate the top of the hat to have 5 folds before I tie the scrap yarn to finish. Weave in your ends. Lastly, turn your hat right side out and attach a fur pom pom to the top! You’re all finished! 





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