Colorwork
Teal cable-knit hat lying flat on a white background
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From graphic stripes to more complicated double knitting, hats are the perfect canvas to practice and learn new skills. They're pretty small, so you aren't committing to a lifetime of knitting a technique you may not love, and except for some crown shaping, they're basically just knitting a tube — by keeping the structure simple, you're free to focus on your new skill. So when you're in the market to try something new, check out one of these skill-building hats.
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Crocheted hexagon green and brown flower in the center and blue edging
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Good news: crocheted flowers and hexie motifs are a perfect match. We love these worked up in a rainbow of colors — just join them together for an afghan full of gorgeous blooms. If joining's not your thing, these motifs stand on their own as placemats, too. Add a few extra rounds with your final color until you have the size you need.
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Black, white and purple crocheted granny square with circular motif in center.
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Starting your square with a circle may sound like a recipe for disaster, but trust us: circle-center granny squares deserve some love.
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Multi-colored crocheted granny squares fanned out on a white background
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You gotta love the granny! Even if you don't crochet, you can probably pick out a classic granny square afghan from a lineup.
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Move aside, groovy chevron blankets from the 1970s (but don't go far, we still love you!). Crochet chevrons are making a comeback, and we're here for it. Check out some of our favorite ways to make waves.
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Close of crochet fabric with pointy chevron pattern in dark gray and tan yarn
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If you want to crochet chevrons that are on point, look no further than this sharp chevron stitch. (Say THAT ten times fast!) The points are dramatic, thanks to strategically placed ch-1 stitches at the peaks and valleys. The subtle shell stitch brings balance with its somewhat delicate effect.
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Pink ombre crochet hat with confetti and yarn on white background
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Beanie and cloche and beret — oh, my! We've got all the hats for you to crochet. And even the ones the look a little complicated (oh hey there, Fair Isle Hat), use only basic stitches. So you can make all of 'em — promise!
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Swatch of Solid Linen Stitch
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The linen stitch (sometimes called the fabric stitch), is one of those clever stitch patterns that transforms with a simple color change. But color isn't everything here: slipped stitches create a woven texture and a firm fabric that does not curl. I repeat: this fabric does NOT curl. What's not to love?!
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Writing Your Pattern
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Writing your own cowl pattern is easier than you think. Use Kyle's Cowl Recipe Worksheet to turn your colorwork motif into a finished cowl pattern. Take your time and fill in each section to get a great result.
Crochet Provisional Cast-On
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You don't have to be crochet expert to master this helpful technique. Use the crochet provisional cast-on when you want to knit matching edgings on your cowl.
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