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#IKnitForEddie: Make Some Noise for Knitting and Crochet!

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poster What’s your dream? We all have one – whether it’s something as big as climbing a mountain or something small like finishing the book you’re reading. For Michael “Eddie” Edwards, that dream was going to the Olympics even though he didn’t have the funding or resources that his fellow skiers did. That didn’t stop Eddie from pursuing his dream, however, and soon you’ll be able to see his story on the big screen in the movie Eddie the Eagle, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman.

In the spirit of chasing your dreams, Jimmy Beans Wool has started a movement [3] to show Hollywood (and the world) the power of the knitting and crochet community! Using the free patterns below, start by either knitting or crocheting your very own “E” hat. The E stands for Eddie, but it also stands for Everybody – as in, everybody has a dream to go after. With every stitch, think about your dream and how you can achieve it. Post your creations all over social media using the hashtags #IKnitforEddie or #ICrochetforEddie and flood the Internet with your pictures. Wear your E hats to go see the movie, and look for others wearing theirs to know who’s a fellow yarnie!

Jimmy Beans Wool [3] has a big part to play in this movement, too. While you’re working up your hats, they’ll be yarnbombing the Sundance Film Festival, handing out “E” hats, and snapping some pictures of Hugh and Taron. They’ll be working with the producers to include a feature on the Eddie the Eagle DVD that teaches people how to knit or crochet an E hat of their very own. Plus, they’ll be hosting screenings of the film across the country – bring your knitting or crochet to get in!

eddiesMomThe goal of this movement? For starters, to show Hollywood how loud the voice of the knitting and crochet community can be. If they know what a huge portion of the population is crazy about yarn, the hope is that they’ll include us even more in the future, whether it be in costume design or character inspiration. More importantly, though, is to show the world that knitting and crochet are an incredible way to demonstrate your love and support for another person. After all, nothing says “I love you” like spending hours and hours on a hand-knit sweater, like Eddie’s mum’s sweater in the film!

For more information, you can check out the official “I Knit for Eddie” website here [4]. For the patterns, keep on scrolling!

Eddie’s Dream Hat: Knitting Pattern

MATERIALS
• 100-200yds of worsted weight yarn (100g/209yds, 100% Superwash Woolknit e
The hats in the photo were knit using: Red Heart w/Love – Eggshell & Berry (Jimmy’s) & Rowan Pure Wool Worsted – #101 Ivory & 136 Cardinal (Huck’s)
• US Size 6 & 7- 16” Circular needles (not needed for 2 smallest sizes.)
• US Size 7 Double Point Needles
• US Size 6 Double Point Needles (for 2 smallest sizes only.)
• Stitch markers (to mark rows and decreases)
• Darning needle for weaving ends and duplicate stitch

GAUGE (STEAM BLOCKED)
20 sts and 28 rows to 4” in Stockinette Stitch on US 6 needles.
*Note on Gauge: Take the time to save time–check your gauge!

ABBREVIATIONS
CO-Cast on K-knit Sts-Stitches Rnd-Round
MC–Main Color CC–Contrasting Color
Pm–Place marker Sl m – slip marker
K2tog- knit 2 sts together (decrease)

FINISHED BRIM MEASUREMENTS (Unstretched)
12” – Newborn (0-3 mos)
14” – Baby (3-12 mos)
16” – Toddler (1-2 yrs)
18” – Kids/XS Adult
20” – Sm. Adult
21” – Med. Adult
22” – Lg. Adult
23” – XL Adult

TO FIT SIZES (Circumference/Height)
Newborn (0-3 mos)- 13-15” x 4.5”
Baby (3-12 mos)- 15-17” x 5”
Toddler (1-2 yrs)- 17-19” x 5.5”-6”
Kids/XS Adult- 19-20” x 6.5”
Sm. Adult- 20-21” x 7”
Med. Adult- 21-22” x 8”
Lg. Adult- 22-23” x 8.5”
XL Adult- 23-24” x 9”

DIRECTIONS
*Written for smallest size with additional sizes in ( ) parenthesis.

With US size 6 needle and MC, CO 60 (64, 80, 84, 88, 96, 100, 104) sts

Place marker and join for working in the round.

Knit in k2, p2 ribbing for 1/2” (3/4”, 1”, 1”, 1 ¼”, 1 ½”, 1 ½”, 1 ¾”)

Switch to larger needles and knit in Stockinette stitch (knit every round) until hat measures 3”(3.5”, 4”, 4.5”, 5”, 6”, 6.5”, 7”) from the cast-on edge.

Begin decreases as follows:

Rnd 1: *K 10 (8, 10, 14, 11, 12, 10, 13), pm; repeat from * to end of round.knit chart

Rnds 2 & 3: *Knit to 2 sts before the next marker, k2tog, sl m; repeat from * to end of round.

Rnd 4: Knit.

Repeat Rnds 2-4 until you have just two stitches between markers. Then k2tog around, removing markers as you go.

Finishing

Cut your yarn leaving about 6-10” of tail and thread it onto a large darning needle. Run the needle through the remaining stitches and down through the center top of the hat. Pull tight, knot a couple of times and weave in your end. Weave in any remaining ends and block to desired measurements.

Use chart to duplicate stitch “E” Chart onto the hat using the CC yarn.

Eddie’s Dream Hat: Crochet Pattern

MATERIALS
• 100-200yds of worsted weight yarn (100g/209yds, 100% Superwash Woolcrochet e
The hats in the photo were knit using: Red Heart w/Love – Eggshell & Berry (Jimmy’s) & Rowan Pure Wool Worsted – #101 Ivory & 136 Cardinal (Huck’s)
• US Size G
• Locking stitch marker
• Darning needle for weaving ends and duplicate stitch

GAUGE
• 17 sts and 20 rnds= 4” in Single Crochet
*Note on Gauge: Take the time to save time–check your gauge!

ABBREVIATIONS
CH-chain stitch-yarn over and pull it through the loop on the hook.
SC-single crochet-go in through the top stitch in the row below, yo pull through stitch, yo, pull through both loops on hook
SL ST-slip stitch RND(S)-round(s) STS-stitches YO-yarn over

FINISHED SIZES FOR BASIC BEANIE
(Circumference/Height):
Newborn (0-3 mos)- 13-15” x 4.5”
Baby (3-12 mos)- 15-17” x 5”
Toddler (1-3 yrs)- 17-19” x 5.5”-6”
Kids/XS Adult- 19-20” x 6.5”
Sm. Adult- 20-21” x 7”
Med. Adult- 21-22” x 8”
Lg. Adult- 22-23” x 8.5”
XL Adult- 23-24” x 9”

DIRECTIONS
*Hat is crocheted from the Top-down.
Magic Adjustable Loop:
Make a loop with your yarn, with the short tail crossing over the top. Insert the needle into the middle from the bottom-up, yarn over, and pull the loop through.
Ch 1 using that first loop.
Sc 6 times into the loop.
Pull the short tail until the middle of the loop closes and your 7 sc’s are around the outside.

BEGIN CROCHETING HAT
Rnd 1- – Sl st the first stitch to join both ends of the loop together. Sc twice into each of the 6 sts around your loop. The Sl stitch in the first stitch counts as one. You should now have 12 sts. Use a locking stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Rnd 2- sl st, ch 1, *sc into the first stitch, sc twice into the 2nd stitch. Repeat from * to end of round. (18 sts)

Rnd 3- Sl 1st st, ch 1, *sc into the first 2 sts, sc twice into the 3rd stitch. Repeat from * to end of round. (24 sts)

*Notice the pattern forming here. Each increase rnd (the even rnds) you add 1 more sc between increases. The increases are happening when you single crochet twice into one stitch. Continue increasing by working increase rounds until you have 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) sts between increases. At this point you will have 48 (54, 60, 66, 72, 78, 84, 90) sts you are working with in each round. Once you have the desired number of sts around, continue sc in every stitch around until your hat measures 4.5 (5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 9)” tall (or whatever height you desire.)

knit chartFINISHING
When your hat measures the desired height, cut your yarn leaving a 6-8” tail and pull it through the final stitch to tie it off. Weave in ends and block hat over a bowl.

CROSS STITCH “E”
Use provided chart to cross stitch the “E” for Eddie
onto your hat with red (CC) yarn. Each Crocheted
stitch = 1 square on the chart.

What’s your dream?