Monday, April 18, 2011

The "Phannie" Beret Crochet Pattern

A friend's daughter sent me a link to this page so I could get the pattern and make this hat for her. It's the Phannie beret pattern by Berroco Yarns, but it reminds me more of a tam-style hat than a beret.

Here's the original Phannie to the left. The directions call for both an G and an H sized hook, with the main part of the hat is crocheted with the G. The H is supposed to be used for the very last round of the hat, which is worked from the top down to the brim. I thought this was unnecessary, so I made this hat completely with just the G sized hook.

I didn't bother taking a photo of my finished hat. Mine was made out of Lion Brand Wool Ease in Oxford Grey (#152) and two individual rows of black cotton (probably Red Heart), just to break up the grey.

What I didn't like about this pattern was the following bit of directions:
Rnd 17: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), * FPDC around post of next st, dc dec over next 2 sts (1 st decreased), rep from * around, end FPDC around post of next st, dc dec over next st and top of beg ch-3 — 32 FPDC's with 1 dc between them.

Because Rnd 16 also called for decreases, it made Round 17 extremely tight. I could barely fit this hat on my own head, even with my hair down. Her daughter is almost 16 so we aren't talking about sizing a hat for a child, like I did with that damn Elmo hat! :)

To make this work out and fit a little better around the head, I did not do round 17. I actually repeated Row 15, and then did Round 16 as called. My Rows 17, 18 and 19 were actually the rows of SC, and then I left off Row 21 from the pattern with the larger hook.

I liked this pattern, even though I frogged rows 6 and 7 a couple times (I hadn't done this kind of crocheting before, with the FPDC's, so it was a learning experience with minimal swearing), because the FPDC's turned out so nicely! I wish Berraco had a comments section for their patterns, because I'd like to tell them that. If you don't know FPDC's then this would be an excellent pattern to learn from, if you have plans to move onto something like the Dalek pattern. For some reason, this pattern works up looser and easier on the wrists than the Daleks.