Winter Warmer Beanie Crochet Pattern For Beginners

This Winter Warmer Beanie is the perfect all rounder beanie that suits everyone.

What Could Go Wrong Deviating From A Crochet Pattern?

I've been working on a new crochet afghan. Of course I had to do my own thing and not exactly follow the crochet pattern because I just can't help myself.

You might even be familiar with this particular pattern, it's called 'Drop in the Pond'.  The pattern is for a lapghan (smaller then an afghan) and there is a video tutorial too, which is step-by-step and has some handy hints.

This crochet project started out really well. I realised the pattern was going to cover a much smaller area then what I wanted and it wasn't long before I deviated from the original pattern.

Crochet Pattern Deviation 1 

The first deviation was actually in how I made the granny square and that's just because I'm so used to doing them one way that I had the first square finished before I realised my mistake, I decided to just go with it.

The pattern calls for 3dc, ch1, 3dc and in the corners ch2 between the corner shells.

Instead I skipped the ch1 in between shells (3dc=1 shell) and for the corners I ch3 instead of just the 2.

How the first deviation effects the pattern.

The top corners of each shell get a little covered by the base of the shell of the next row making a less visually pleasing finish, but a tighter finish (or less holey finish) which makes for a warmer afghan. Neither has an effect on how well the pattern works.

Additional Droplet Sections - Crochet Pattern Deviation 2 

The second deviation was that I made five sets of the granny squares (droplets) and chevrons (ripples).

I worked them with more and less chevrons on each side; I'm not sure how to explain this in words so I'll show you how I worked them using 'O' for the granny square and '>' & '<' as the chevrons.


I planned to join all the droplet sections up into one big centre section with the granny squares forming a nice diagonal row as shown.

Joining The Droplet Crochet Sections - Crochet Pattern Deviation 3

When it came to joining the droplet sections things started to get interesting.

First I tried the 'join as you go' method which would provide a nice clear separation between the section colours.

Edging the droplet sections

When it became clear this joining method wasn't going to work I realised I would need to edge each section to provide that separation between the sections. I edged all five sections in the dark blue using the first row of the side row patterns from the drop in the pond pattern.

Selecting the right crochet joining method

Then I trialled both the zipper join and my plaited join.

Both joins refused to behave nicely even when trying to compensate with adding extra stitches (plait) or picking up extra stitches (zipper).

I finally settled on the the braid join which gave the flattest finish. I joined all of the sections

Can you see the raised bit that won't sit flat?

It was at this stage that I realised that the afghan was not going to sit flat after all. The wobbly finish was annoying me but I continued on anyway because I'm supposed to be practising embracing imperfection.

How about here? Can you see it now? Every point refuses to play nice and lay flat. 

The Cause Of The Wobbles

I knew what was causing the wobbly problem and I knew how to fix it too. Every point - or convex corner - had 3 extra stitches to it's corresponding ditch - or concave corner - and extra stitches were causing the wobbles because there was just no room for them in the join. They would all bunch up and create those lumpy wobbles.

Fixing The Wobbles

To fix the wobbles I would have to undo all of the joins and all of the edging rows in blue and redo those edges without those 3 extra stitches at the points.

How the second and third deviation effects the pattern.

My change to the construction of the afghan also resulted in these extra shells at the ends of the rows.

Do you see the extra shells?
See those 3 pesky shells? 

I realised that the only way to successfully over come both issues, the wobbly non-flatness and the extra shells, required the same solution, redoing the joins and the edging rows.

I pondered figuring out some sort of solution that didn't require undoing all of that work, but in the end I decided I just couldn't live with both problems. Fixing the wobbles would also allow me to use the zipper join I so wanted to try (at least in theory).

So I frogged the joins and the edging rows,

How to stop these extra shells from happening 

Don't start the edging row at the spot between the chevron point and it's corner like the pattern says, instead begin the row in the corner.

To finish the edging row it should be stopped at the spot in-between corner and point as per the pattern. Do this on every edge working from right to left and it works out perfectly.

This was not the end of the grief this particular afghan gave me. Stay tuned for part 2.


  1. I admire your tenacity and the colors are awesome!

    1. It's not the first time I've been called tenacious ;) but really I'm just stubborn. I really love the colour combo too, there's a bit of a story there.

  2. looks pretty, love the colors! I do the same all the time - find a pattern and then change it up - sometimes it works, sometimes not but always a learning experience. Good luck, can't wait to see what else didn't work out right and how you fix it!

    1. Well I better go and get writing so you can find out!

  3. Oh no, sorry about the fits it gave you. What does frogged mean? I can do single crochet, and double, but don't have the patience to tackle even a lapghan. Love that name, btw!! I did make 2 potholders! And s "scarf" that was about a mile long, and an inch wide!! Haha, better to call it a wrap 2x around belt!

    1. 'Frogged' means to undo it all. I started off with making a scarf too. If you can do single crochet and double crochet that's pretty much all there is to learn. From there it's little things that make the difference like which loop you pick up to stitch through. I love working with this thick chunky yarn (12 ply) it works up really fast.

  4. Pretty colors and design. I hate it when you get so far into a project and realize it is not working the way you want - hope it works out for you. Stopping by from Sinckerdoodle Sunday link up

  5. As for learning to embrace imperfection: I think you can do that, and fix your mistakes, too. It's just learning when to fudge and when to frog. If something is so imperfect that you won't be happy with it, then you'll never get any satisfaction from it.
    You deserve congratulations for your work! Many others would have given up.

    1. Thanks Jenny :o) It is certainly finding that right balance between being satisfied and knowing when done is better then perfect.

  6. This is such a fun blanket! Especially being a granny - I have quite a soft spot for the granny pattern. It looks like it has caused you quite a bit of frustration though. I admire your ability to persevere through it - I might have just frogged it. Thank you for sharing at the Yarn Fanatic Party :)
    Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots

    1. There was bound to be a few hiccups to sort out when I decided to do my own thing with such a unique pattern.

  7. I am loving your variations on this afghan! Like you, I sometimes just can't help myself, and have to go in a slightly different direction than what a pattern calls for. lol
    Thank you for sharing with #FiberTuesdays!

    1. I've got most of it figured out now. I just can't get my hands on the last ball of yarn in the right colour to finish it how I want to.

  8. Great post! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for stopping by and partying with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can pin and tweet your masterpieces! Lou Lou Girls

  9. I thoroughly enjoyed following along with your thought process on this one. Embracing imperfection only goes so far, and then you have to rip. Off to see what happens in part 2 now.

    1. Exactly! I just tend to err on the side of rip, often unnecessarily. I'm really glad I made the changes with this one though.


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