I have graphs on the brain lately. My 8-bit Heart Slouchy was the first of many ideas. In fact, I am working on a c2c graphgan, which will hopefully be ready in a month or so (Stay tuned it’s going to be a fun one!). The idea for this Crochet Rainbow Shamrock Slouchy came as I was designing a terrible mash between rainbows and plaid (it didn’t end well). I decided to go with ONE idea, and it turned out so pretty! It’s themed St. Paddy’s Day, but could be worn all winter/fall long.
CROCHET RAINBOW SHAMROCK SLOUCHY
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-Medium Weight Yarn
(Knit Picks Brava in Dove Heather, Red, Orange, Canary, Alfalfa, Cornflower,
Gauge: See Step 6
Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
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Pattern Note: To switch color, you will work the dc as normal until you have the last 2 loops on the hook. Finish the dc by yarning over with the new color and pulling through 2 remaining loops.
1. Magic Ring. Ch 2. Dc 10 into ring.
2. Ch 2. Dc 2 in each st around. Join with sl st.(20 sts)
3. Ch 2. *Dc. 2 Dc in next st* repeat all around. Join with sl st. (30 st)
4. Ch 2. *Dc. 2 dc in next st* repeat all sound. Join with sl st. (45 sts)
5. Ch 2. *Dc 2. 2 dc in next st* repeat all around. Join with sl st.(60 sts)
6. Ch 2. 2 Dc in same st. Dc 3. 2 dc in next st. *Dc 5. 2 dc in next st* work 8 times. 2 dc in last 2 sts. (72 sts) Join with sl st.
Gague check- Should be approx. 6″ diameter
7. Ch 2. Dc 22 (switch to pink on last st)
From here you will begin the graph. Remember, TWO dc will equal ONE square on the graph.
For instance. The first row of the graph starts with 3 pink squares, so you will work 6 dc with pink.
You will carry the gray thought all the color changes. For ease of use, you can use bobbins (they will come in handy for the pink, purple and red rows, especially). If you decide to not use bobbin, be sure to work over the yarn. For instance. When you finish with the first row of blue, your blue yarn end will be to the left and you need it on the right. Simply pull it over (loosely) and start the blue stitches where they start, and then work over the end the same way you would carry the yarn. You will be working over the carried yarn (the gray) and the yarn end (blue).
Finishing the graph should bring you to row 22.
22. – 23. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with sl st. (72 sts).
If you worked the ends in, you shouldn’t have strings across the pattern on the inside.
So, yes. There are some ends to weave in here. But it will hopefully be worth it!
Oh and more rainbows will be coming your way 🌈❤️
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A little confused on row 5. If you do 2 dc in each stitch around that gives you way more than 60 sts. I also tried it with 1 dc then 2 dc in the next st all the way around and that still gives you more than 60 sts
Am I doing something wrong?
You aren’t working 2 dc in each st. You are working a dc in 2 sts, then work the increase in the following stitch.
Would a half double crochet work with this also? I am thinking that it shouldn’t make it much taller or wider, just thicker. What is your opinion?
Thanks so much!
I think it might, but I can’t say for sure! It would make it a bit shorter, but that will be good if you prefer your hat less slouchy.
I dont understand the gauge check.. what is 6″? Im trying to make a lazy swatch gauge check..
6″ means 6 inches. Is that what you mean?
Just wanted to let you know I love all of your patterns.
Thank you Daisy! I appreciate it!
Just made one and posted it to Ravelry with your link! My daughters are in Irish music lessons and they are playing at the North Texas Irish Festival. If it is cool enough someone will be wearing mine. ☘️
Oh yay! That would be awesome!
This is adorable! Love it!
May I ask what you use to create your graphs?
Thanks! I use stitch fiddle.
Hi Bethany, I love this.
I’m trying to make your 8 bit heart beat but am getting super duper frustrated with it.
How on earth do you get your stitches to stand straight on each other, however I try it my stitches are always slightly off and my heart does not line up properly.
Thanks! I an not sure why they are slanting, that is weird. Do your dc’s normally slant in other patterns?
Thank you so muchm Bethany. This slouchy is extremely cute.
Thanks so much!
Love your hats! On this one do you slip stitch at the end of each round? if so, in the chain or 1st dc? Thanks!
Thanks! Whoops! Yes you join with the a sl st with the first dc.
You rock! I’ve made several of your hats and love them! Thanks for sharing your patterns!
This has such a cool effect! I’m learning graphs right now, but I find that I can still see the carried color through my stitches. So, with this pattern, mine would have the gray showing inside the colored stitches and the colors showing through the gray. It’s so frustrating and messy. How do I stop that from happening?
Yes I understand! It’s hard to explain, but you need to carry the yarn behind the stitches. Not on top. Does that make sense? Lay it behind and out of sight, so when you work it, it is worked right behind the two loops of the stitch you are working into. Maybe I need to do a video. Does this make sense?
Okay, that makes sense. I’ll try that out and see if it helps. Thanks!
I’m still having trouble visualizing this…would love to see a video or series of photos. Thanks!
A couple of questions – is one ball of the dove heather enough for one hat?
And they’re out of rouge on the site!!! Do you have another color/brand suggestion close to that? I really want to try to churn one of these out before St. Paddy’s Day. We have a party to go to for a change!
Yes one ball is enough for one :) OH no! I love Brava so maybe try a different pink? I think Cotton Candy would work well.