CROCHET PATTERN: Full Stop Beanie – Waistcoat Stitch Beanie with Cuff in Eight Sizes

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The “waistcoat stitch” (aka the center post stitch, crochet knit stitch, center single crochet, crochet stockinette, or split single crochet) yields a dense fabric with no holes, providing good protection from cold winds. This stitch is not as stretchy as other crochet stitches, so if in doubt, choose a larger size. Be sure to choose a soft yarn to counteract the density of the fabric.

This pattern has a gradually sloping crown, instead of an abrupt change from a flat circle to the straight sides.

Skill level. Easy.

Yarn. 1.0 oz / 28 g (51 yds / 47 m) to 4.1 oz / 116 g (210 yds / 192 m) medium (#4) yarn, depending on size. Red Heart Soft Baby Steps in Elephant was used in the model.

Tools. K-10.5 (6.5 mm) hook, scissors, yarn needle, tape measure, and one stitch marker.

Dawn Eckel completed this adorable beanie on 9/2/2020.

a. Test Results for Full Stop Beanie.
b. Gauge: 12 sts and 16 rows in 4” (10 cm)
c. Photo(s) of your finished beanie.
d. Premie size, circumference is 10”(25cm), and depth is 4”
e. Yarn brand is Craftsmart soft weave medium #4 , 50/50 Acrylic/cotton, and colorway used is Heather Grey
f. K-6.5mm
g. Date started 8/29/2020 ended 8/29/2020 time to make 2 hrs , 10 minutes
h. Pattern difficulty (0 to 5) 0-1
i. Notes – I found it delightful to make. It is easy to complete once someone knows how to make the waistcoat stitch. For those who aren’t sure how to, perhaps include a picture of where to insert the needle in the stitch center (heart)

Denise Thomas completed this sweet beanie on 9/6/2020.

a. Test Results for Full Stop Beanie.
b. Gauge: 12 sts and 16 rows in 4” (10 cm)
c. Photo(s) of your finished beanie.
d. Newborn, circ-12 inches, depth-6 inches
e. Caron Simply Soft, 100% acrylic, light country peach
f. Hook size used – 6.5 mm // K
g. Date started and date completed – 29 August
h. Pattern difficulty (0 to 5) – 4 (only because of difficulty in first few rounds). After round three it was easy.
i. Notes – I didn’t see any obvious corrections. One note – I did have trouble finding (seeing) the right part of the V in the first few rounds. Tried to start in the late evening, but just couldn’t make it work. Daylight and fresh eyes definitely helped!

Milagros Rivera Diaz completed this lovely beanie on 9/6/2020.

A. Test results for full stop beanie.
B. Gauge 14sts, 18rows
C. Photo – included have more if needed.
D. 15” circf, 7” depth – 3 to 6 months.
E. Mandala Ombre in Pure
F susan bates k
G. 08.28- 08.31.2020
H. 1
I. Am left handed, so handling the stitch was new, try to keep on the loose end in order to do the stitch. Find the stitch very interesting, some pic would helped.
J. You can use my pics, have more if needed.
Thanks for the opportunity to test for you.

Susie Spriggs completed this cute beanie on 9/8/2020.

a. Test Results for Full Stop Beanie.
b. Gauge: 12 sts and 16 rows in 4” (10 cm)
c. Photo(s) attached
d. Newborn size
e. Yarn brand: Baby Bee Stork Struck, in Pink-a-boo.
f. Hook size H
g. Date started 8/29/2020 ended 8/29/2020 time to make: about four hours.
h. Pattern difficulty (0 to 5) 1 (once I figured out the stitches need to be very loose)
i. Notes – you’ll have to be very sure of your size and gauge, as this is not at all stretchy. Actually, I think it would make a great little (or big) bowl. I do like the stitch, and it looks great on both sides. 
More comments: Cheryl, I tried this stitch after doing a regular single crochet on the first round. I think the key is just to make sure you have a well-defined yarn. I tried with the variegated yarn, which made it much harder to see. I want to make the whole hat with this, since it happens to be a scrubby yarn. But it did make the stitch much easier to see and to work with.

Thank you so much to all my wonderful pattern testers!

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