Recognize the hat on the right? It’s from Day 6. This is Francine Toukou’s Steel Beanie pattern. I’ve had fun doing more crochet the past two weeks and loved the original hat. All I did for the hat on the left was change hook sizes. It gave a child’s size hat that is denser than the adult version. This lovely wool yarn works up easily and I think the colors are stunning. I’m always being asked to make gender-neutral hats for kids and this fits the bill perfectly.
This lovely beanie is crocheted with a wool yarn using a pattern from one of my favorite designers. When I contacted Francine Toukou several years ago to have her patterns available at the farm, she was gracious enough to call me. She told me to call her back when I make my first billion selling her patterns and items made with her patterns. Needless to say, I haven’t spoken to her again, yet.
She is a master of crocheting and her patterns are simple, straightforward and well-written. I especially love this hat. It’s a close-fitting beanie that customers tell me fits well under a motorcycle helmet. It’s easy to scale this hat up or down in size to fit children to XL large adults. What’s not to love about that? It also works with anything from a DK weight yarn with a smaller hook and added increase rows to a bulky with a large hook and fewer rows.
If you are new to crochet and are ready to take on a project, this would be a great advanced beginner piece. If you’re a pro, this is a “mindless” pattern that you can travel with and enjoy.