Last Updated on February 3, 2020 by Gwen Bautista
The Christmas Countdown continues with Nicole from the Crocheting Ginger. Make sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook. We have an entire week of incredible designers showing off their handcrafted work.
Hello, I am Nicole and the maker behind Crocheting Ginger. I learned to crochet back in middle school, my mom taught me how to granny square and how to make a rectangular blanket. The only problem was I could never get my ends for match and they ended up wonky! Then back in 2015, I decided I wanted an infinity scarf and somehow taught myself how to read patterns. It’s so funny how it all started. Since 2015 it’s been my little side hustle that is super relaxing for me!
I work full time as an accountant for an alcohol distributor in Ohio. So, my day job is behind a desk and at night I’m usually watching tv shows or movies with my husband and I’m crocheting! I never go without my yarn bag! Very rarely does it stay home anymore! Any chance I can get I will pull out my project and crochet however much I can!
Recently I just finished my master’s in business administration at Franklin University. Since then I have been able to focus on more crochet related activities. While in school I didn’t have much time to do side orders. I only had enough time to crochet hats for Christmas gifts for my own family. This season has been busier for myself with online orders and I love it! I’ve been able to make some extra cash and be able to grow my business with multiple repeat customers, just this year alone!
Free Crochet Chunky Beanie
This is the third pattern that I have created, and I love it! I never thought I would ever design. I’ve always loved pattern testing and learning new stitches, but I was always so amazed by the designer and how they came up with that pattern! So, I had this design playing around in my head for a while and finally decided to make it! I am relaxing with this pattern I crochet looser than most and found out that gauge is very important for patterns! From all my pattern testing I have intertwined different techniques from other designers and new stitches that I have learned or love seeing on a hat!
This pattern is paired with a size 5 chunky yarn and Mary Maxim Marvelous Chunky Yarn is the perfect yarn to make this pattern! As pictured, this yarn worked up rather nicely with this design and the hat looks perfect in variegated yarn and in solids as well! This was my first time using this yarn and I am going to have to order more, to make more hats!
The special stitch in this pattern in the herringbone half double crochet, which I include a YouTube link of how to do this. I just recently learned this stitch and I loved how it turned out. The only difference is you will do it in the 3rd loop of the previous row’s half double crochet. It gives that “pop-out” stitch definition, and a nice little twist on the hat. DOWNLOAD IS EXPIRED.
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