Reflective Cody Beanie | Free Crochet Pattern and Yarn Review

Reflective Cody Beanie | Free Crochet Pattern and Yarn Review

 

The Reflective Cody Beanie is a really easy pattern, that works up quickly and uses only one skein of Red Heart’s Reflective yarn!

 

This yarn has been around for a few years now, and I have wanted to do something with it ever since I saw it. I immediately thought how good it would be for handmade things for guys because it’s so practical. Anybody who spends time outside, especially in the dark, will find projects made from this yarn useful.

 

Reflective Cody Beanie | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger-Peachy.com

 

Red Heart Reflective Yarn Review

 

I have yet to sufficiently test the reflective quality of this yarn but I can say from my experience crocheting with it that it does pick up light. My family walks nearly every day, summer and winter, and we could use some reflective material when the days grow dark quicker. I’m hoping this yarn will show up well for passing cars. We’ll see.

 

However on the flip side, there are a few let downs in other areas I found that I want to share with you.

 

Cons to Using Red Hearts Reflective Yarn

 

  1. Numerous knots — The first skein I worked with while I was in the process of designing this hat had a good handful of knots. I’ve worked with knots in my yarn before, I understand it happens. And yet when you get more than two per skein — a skein that only contains 88 yards of fiber — I consider this inferior quality. Often if the knot isn’t too bulky I will just work it in, especially if it appears on the back/inside of the piece. I was shocked to find them coming loose in my work and from then on I intentionally cut out the knots and rejoined the yarn. Which infuriated me since I despise working in ends.
  2. Occasionally comes unwound — There were a few times where the yarn was not well wound and the plies would separate from the reflective thread. Again, I understand this happens at times but when the plies are also shredded and the reflective thread cut because of it, I am not pleased, to say the least.
  3. Not all skeins are as long — Since yarn is sold by weight it is true that you may get more out of  one skein than you would another type of the same weight. And yet when differing length occurs in the same kind of yarn with only a difference being the color, it presents a problem. I designed the beanie so that you only need one skein of Red Heart Reflective yarn, leaving enough left over to account for differing gauge and maybe a few mistakes. Out of four skeins, one was shorter than the others by far, causing my beanie to be two rows less. Thankfully, the hat looks just as good, and I doubt the difference is even noticeable. But on top of all the rest, this was the last straw.

 

I do respect Red Heart yarn, having used the brand since I started crocheting many years ago, and I plan to continue using it. What’s more, because of the reflective quality of this specific yarn, I will most likely use it again. But I just wanted everyone to know what might to expect when choosing to work with Red Heart’s Reflective yarn.

 

If you happen to have a skein that is not as long as the others, go ahead and work one or two fewer rows. The Reflective Cody Beanie works out just as well that way.

 

Reflective Cody Beanies in Four colors | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger-Peachy.com

 

Back to the Beanie

I wanted a classic beanie with a ribbed band and a few lines of lateral ribbing. At first I worked more lines of lateral ribbing, and made them deeper, but found that I ran out of yarn too soon. So I designed it with two lines of lateral ribbing and easy half double crochets.

 

Just so you know how fun and easy it is to make, I crocheted three beanies in a few hours while playing Clue with my siblings and then watching Christmas in Connecticut. These make great last minute gifts for Christmas!

 

(You can purchase a digital copy of the Reflective Cody Beanie in my shops at Raverly and Etsy soon!)

 

Reflective Cody Beanie | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger-Peachy.com

 

Reflective Cody Beanie

 

Skill Level Easy

 

Finished Size
Fits head circumference of 20” – 22”, with notes for adjusting size

 

Materials
Bulky weight yarn – 1 skein (88 yards) of Red Heart Reflective yarn
Crochet hook I/5.50mm and K/6.50mm

 


 

Gauge
With K hook,
6 hdc + 4 rows = 2” square

 

Notes for adjusting size: For a smaller fit, work fewer rows in band. Continue to follow the pattern as directed. Depending on how fewer rows you have made, decrease rounds (Rounds 8 – 14) will change in stitch count, but the pattern should work just as well.

 

Stitches and Abbreviations
Ch (chain)
Sc (single crochet)
Hdc (half double crochet)
Fphdc (front post half double crochet)
Fphdc2tog (front post half double crochet 2 together)
Sl st (slip stitch)
St (stitch)
Sts (stitches)

 

Don’t let the long abbreviation – fphdc2tog – scare you! It’s a common decrease – hdc2tog –  worked in the front post, like all the other front post hdc. Thus, fphdc2tog!

 

Reflective Cody Beanie | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger-Peachy.com

 

BEANIE
Band
Row 1: with I hook, ch 7, sc in each ch across: 6 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in blo across: 6 sc
Row 3 – 52: repeat Round 2
Sc band together. Do not finish off.
Body
Round 1: with K hook, ch 1, turn, sc along band rows, sl st in first sc: 52 sc
Round 2 – 4: ch 2, hdc in each sc around, sl st in first hdc: 52 hdc
Round 5: ch 2, turn, fphdc in each hdc around, sl st in first hdc: 52 hdc
Round 6: ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc around, sl st in first hdc: 52 hdc
Round 7: ch 2, hdc in each hdc around, sl st in first hdc: 52 hdc
Round 8: ch 2, * hdc2tog, hdc in next 7 hdc, repeat from * around, hdc in last 5 hdc, sl st in first hdc: 46 hdc
Round 9: ch 2, turn, * fphdc2tog, fphdc in next 6 hdc, repeat from * around, hdc in last 4 hdc, sl st in first hdc: 40 hdc
Round 10: ch 2, turn, * hdc2tog, hdc in next 5 hdc, repeat from * around, hdc in last 3 hdc, sl st in first hdc: 34 hdc
Round 11: ch 2, * hdc2tog, hdc in next 4 hdc, repeat from * around, hdc in last 2 hdc, sl st in first hdc: 28 hdc
Round 12: ch 2, * hdc2tog, hdc in next 3 hdc, repeat from * around, hdc in last hdc, sl st in first hdc: 22 hdc
Round 13: ch 2, * hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 hdc, repeat from * around, sl st in first hdc: 16 hdc
Round 14: ch 2, * hdc2tog, hdc in next hdc, repeat from * around, sl st in first hdc: 10 hdc
Finish off.

 

Reflective Cody Beanie | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger-Peachy.com

 

Close Beanie

Turn hat inside out and sew a loose running stitch around top round. Tighten to gather and sew to secure. Flip hat right side out.

 

Have you used this yarn before? What was your experience? What do you think of my Reflective Cody Beanie? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Merry Christmas, everyone!

 

Reflective Cody Beanies in Four colors | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger-Peachy.com

 

(You can purchase a digital copy of the Reflective Cody Beanie in my shops at Raverly and Etsy soon!)

 

Find more Beanie patterns for free here in Patterns under Wearables!

 

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This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.

 

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