with Stacey Trock
Learn to crochet in the round with expert guidance from author and pattern designer Stacey Trock! Get started by reviewing the chain and single crochet stitch and learn how to increase in the round as you work a basic beanie. Once you’ve got a handle on keeping consistent tension, experiment with easy colorwork to change up the look. Next, learn how to add earflaps by working in rows — without losing stitches! Add style and functionality to your hat with a trendy cloche brim, or create a slouchy beret with a cute button band detail. Then, personalize your hats with fun embellishments like pompoms and braided tassels, and even discover a simple way to tighten a hat that’s too big — no ripping required! Finally, make simple modifications to these designs and find out how to achieve the right fit for anyone’s head using the chart included with this class.
Meet your instructor, Stacey Trock, who will have you crocheting in the round in no time! Stitch along with her as she shows you a simple way to start fabric in the round and increase it to create the crown of your first hat. Stacey offers advice for checking gauge and simple solutions for when the measurements are off. She’ll also show you the different fabrics you can create in single crochet based on which loop or loops you work.
Now that the shaping of the hat is complete, Stacey offers advice for working the remaining fabric and keeping track of what round you’re on. Discover stranded colorwork as Stacey demonstrates how easy it is to add colorful designs to the body of your hat. She’ll show you how to design your own motif, change colors, and then work through the heart motif included with your class materials. Learn how to carry — or bury — your floats to create vibrant, colorful hats!
Make your basic round beanie into an adorable earflap hat with just one easy change! Stacey shows you how to transition from round to flat work as you create the cozy earflaps. Gather tips for counting stitches and identifying the end of a row.
Now that you’ve completed two hats, the beanie and earflap hat, it’s time to dress them up with fun and dazzling embellishments. Learn two ways to make fluffy pompoms. Then, sew on felt appliqué accents — don’t forget to add the beading! See how quickly you can add some whimsical braided tassels to the earflap hat. Want to add more pompoms? It's easy, and Stacey will show you how!
Add a brim to give your hats structure. Work along with Stacey as you make your next hat, a cloche, and learn to sew a brim back on itself in a neat and tidy manner. Then, discover how this technique can be employed to create wide-brimmed hats as well!
Stacey shows you how to tweak the pattern you’ve been working with to create a fun, slouchy beret! Customize your beret to your style, making it as wide or long as you wish! Stacey offers tips for ensuring a perfect fit and adding a delicate lace texture. Create a button band for a stylish embellishment and see how to block your hat for maximum drape.
Combine everything you’ve learned about making beanies, cloche hats and berets, and discover how a few simple pattern modifications will give you a nearly endless design possibilities! Making a hat for a man or a child? Discover some simple calculations to determine pattern alterations and yarn amounts.
Praise for Stacey Trock's Amigurumi: Woodland Animals:
"Stacey does a fantastic job teaching this class. The tips and techniques are great and she steps you through each of the pattern instructions and gives great advice on counting your stitches, using stitch markers and how to read a crochet pattern too. "
- Jody Herbert