Ever since I saw this pattern pop up on my Instagram feed, I knew that I would have to try making it. The little “heart” shapes are so cute, and I was so curious about how to crochet those stitches given the knit appearance. It turns out that simplicity can be beautiful as this pattern was so easy to follow, but had such adorable results!
- 1./4 skein of Red Heart Soft – a medium weight (4) yarn (above colour A: Deep Sea)
- 1/2 skein of Red Heart Soft – a medium weight (4) yarn (above colour B: Charcoal)
- Size I (5.5 mm hook)
I loved the way that this toque turned out! The only thing that I changed was the top of the hat. Unless you’re going for the messy-bun toque look, I felt that leaving the last round with 24 stitches was a bit too large. I ended up repeating the decreases for the last two rounds, so I made one round of 12 stitches and one round of 6 stitches before tying off. I feel like I’m a terrible at closing off circles, so that’s why I tend to gravitate towards top-down patterns for hats. However, as I’ve learned, pom-poms can cover a multitude of mistakes! I just haven’t been able to decide on a colour yet.
I think that I should have carried the “heart” yarn colour (Colour A) under the other stitches so that the underside of the toques is a bit prettier, but since this was my first time doing colour-work in this style, I’m still happy with the way that it turned out! I found it important to consider tension, as pulling Colour A too tightly made the “heart” less visible. I was also concerned that some of the “heart” stitches looked more like parallel lines at first than “hearts”, but I found that loosening the tension helped with this as well.
Whistle and Ivy has so many other gorgeous patterns and I can’t wait to try some of the others! There are matching mittens, lumberjack-style checkered toques and scarves, and so many more cute winter accessories! I definitely recommend checking out her page! Until next time, happy crafting!