Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cordial Candy Cap - A yarn review and free pattern

Cordial Candy Cadet Cap - Yarn review + a free pattern


I received some yummy Red Heart Cordial Yarn a few months ago.  This is a new line Red Heart has created for easy macrame projects, so being the hooker that I am, I wondered what I could hook up with it that would be cool.  I came up with a fun breathable cap, that converts easily into 4 different options.  A cadet cap, A cadet cap with Ponytail hole, a Pill box style hat, and a pill box style with a ponytail opening.  The pill box version makes me think of the cigarette/candy girls in the 1920's, ergo the "Cordial Candy Cap".  Please find the Toddler size Candy Cap instructions below the review.  You can find the full eBook with all 4 cap options and 6 sizes HERE. You can get the small adult size on the Cre8tion Crochet Blog on May 12th, 2015.

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This is the second new line I have tried by red Heart, where I REALLY like the way the ends are skeined.  It is looped around the center pull end and VERY easy to find.  Another beauty of this yarn is there is absolutely NO separating of the strands.  It's one nice thick piece of cord that doesn't pull apart with the hook end while working.  I also love the way it holds shape.  I think baskets and beach bags could be fabulous in this yarn as well.  For this pattern it worked to keep the "box shaping" I wanted for the hat.  On the visor option it holds well, and shapes easily.  It also creates a breathable space in between the stitches because it is a stiffer yarn.  Though I admit, when I first picked it up I had no idea what you would CROCHET with macrame cord, but I believe this may be my new FAVORITE summer project!
Here are some thoughts from a few of my testers that got to try out the Red Heart Cordial:

"I love the color choices and even though it was a little harder on my hands, the end product was well worth it.  There was no yarn splitting to worry about and I can easily shape my finished products.  I will be buying this again" - Aimee Nickolas of Lou and Marie

Pattern begins below:


Cordial Candy Cap


This pattern is the intellectual property of Kelli Wohlgemuth. SICK 'LIL MONKEYS reserves all rights to the photos and designs with in this document.  Cover photo credits to Cassie Stoeser and Aimee Nickolas.  You may sell all items made from my patterns.  If you post photos of your work please credit SICK 'LIL MONKEYS with the pattern and link back to it.  


Materials:
1 Red Heart Cordial Yarn in color Jazzy
1 - 1" button if ponytail option is chosen
Notions:
Size J - 10/6.0MM Hook such as a SICK LIL MONKEYS Bubble Hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Size H - 8/5.0MM Hook (you will use this to weave in ends under stitches, and work stitches in back ridge rounds) 
Scissors
Measuring Tape
Gauge:
7 rows x 7 SC = 2" x 2"
Abbreviations:
BACK RIDGE = Please familiarize yourself with the back ridge of a single crochet.  This is NOT the front loop, or back loop.  This is a loop created on the wrong side of the stitch, that forms a horizontal bar and can be used as a "3rd available loop"
BLO = Back Loop Only
CH = Chain
FLO = Front Loop Only
HDC  = Half Double Crochet
SC = Single Crochet
SC INC = Single Crochet 2 in the same stitch
SC DEC = Single Crochet 2 stitches together
SL ST = Slip Stitch
WS = Wrong Side
Sizing:
Size doll, toddler, child, teen/small adult, large adult.  If you make this item for a small baby please line the inside to protect the head, as this is a stiff yarn.  This is not designed to be a deep Hat.  Pill box style hats, and cadet hats are more shallow than average hats, reference the cover photos if necessary  PLEASE CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

Hat Top:
Notes for Hat Top:
1) Hat is worked in the round
2) Use a Stitch marker or piece of yarn to mark rounds
3) Stop to measure gauge often

R1: In Magic Circle, CH 1, 6 SC, close circle TIGHTLY, join to 1st SC with the first stitch of R2 (6 ST)
R2: 6 SC INC (12 ST)
R3:  *(SC INC, SC) repeat from * around (18 ST)
R4:  *(SC, SC INC, SC) repeat from * around (24 ST)
R5:  *(SC INC, 3 SC) repeat from * around (30 ST)
R6:  *(2 SC, SC INC, 2 SC) repeat from * around (36 ST) Hat should measure 3.5" across at this point 
R7:  *(SC INC, 5 SC) repeat from * around (42 ST) Hat should measure 4" across at this point
R8:  *(3 SC, SC INC, 3 SC) repeat from * around (48 ST) Hat should measure 4.5" across at this point
R9:  *(SC INC, 7 SC) repeat from * around (54 ST) Hat should measure 5.25" across at this point
R10:  *(4 SC, SC INC, 4 SC) repeat from * around (60 ST) Stop here and finish off.
Hat should measure 6" across at this point


Hat sides
Notes:
1) Beginning CH 1 never counts as a ST
2) Turn before each row

R1:  Using H hook, join yarn to the back ridge of the 1st ST of your last "Hat Top Round".  SC in the back ridge of each stitch around, join to 1st ST with a SL ST (60 ST)
R2:  Switching back to J hook now, CH1, turn, SC INC in each ST around, join to 1st SC with SLST (120 ST)
R3: CH1, turn, SC DEC in each ST around, join to 1st ST with a SL ST (60 ST)
R4: CH1, turn, SC around, join to 1st ST with a SL ST (60 ST)
R5: CH 1, turn, SL ST LOOSELY around in FLO, join to 1st ST with a SL ST (60 ST)
R6: CH1, turn, SC around in BLO from R4, join to 1st ST with a SL ST (60 ST)
R7: Repeat R2 (120 ST)
R8: Repeat R3 (60 ST)
R9: Repeat R4 (60 ST)
R10: CH 1, turn, SL ST LOOSELY around in BLO, join to 1st ST with a SL ST (60 ST)
R11: CH1, turn, SC around in FLO from R9, join to 1st ST with a SL ST (60 ST)
R12 - 13: Repeat R4 (60 ST) Finish off.  





This pattern is the intellectual property of Kelli Wohlgemuth. SICK 'LIL MONKEYS reserves all rights to the photos and designs with in this document.  Cover photo credits to Cassie Stoeser, Leslie Mansfield, and Aimee Nickolas.  You may sell all items made from my patterns.  If you post photos of your work please credit SICK 'LIL MONKEYS with the pattern and link back to it.  

2 comments:

  1. So very cute! I have yet to try the Red Heart Cordial, your great review has peaked my interest, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for giving it a read! :)

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