Well I guess it would be more correct to say the new and improved Madison Beanie Pattern just hit the shop. This pattern has been given a whole new look and design. All new photos with more step by step explanations. Plus a separate Tips & Tricks file that's so long I literally added a Table of Contents for easier navigation.
I love to treat patterns like a big puzzle that needs solved. I try to think of any and every question you could ever possibly have and include it right in the files.
When you purchase a Madison Beanie Pattern, you'll find four separate files:
1. Condensed version of the pattern with all the steps written clearly in crochet terms and available all on one page so you can easily make a Madison Beanie from beginning to end without having to scroll or flip through a million pages. This file is for advanced makers or for those familiar with this pattern and just needing a quick reference for the steps.
2. A 20 page long pattern tutorial that has step by step photos taking you through the entire making process, from beginning to end, on exactly how I make my Madison Beanies the way I do. There's nothing worse than buying a pattern and not knowing exactly what the designer intended so I try to go above and beyond to include as many photos and instructions as possible. This file is written in casual language, almost as if I were sitting next to you, explaining each step along the way.
3. The Tips & Tricks file. My favorite. This file is where I share all my secrets on how to customize this pattern to fit any size or style, which exact yarn I love to use and comparable options, which exact hook I use and why, where to find perfect fluffy faux fur pom poms, the best places to buy customizable logo tags, and more.
4. And finally, an adorable little toddler sized version of this pattern that I designed specially for my baby girl.
The Madison Beanie is such a lovely, easy, and quick make. She looks complex and fancy, but this pattern is perfect for beginners.
This pattern holds an incredibly special place in my heart. It is the very first piece I designed five years ago when I first opened my Etsy shop. I remember feeling so proud and excited, like holy cow look what I have created!!
I even had fun designing two different two tone options with step by step photos for those of you who'd like to get creative with this pattern and experiment with different color combos.
I know I probably say this a lot, but just in case you're new here, my goal as a pattern designer is to give you all the tools you need to create and adapt my pattern into anything you'd like. I want to to give you the confidence to design pieces of your own. I believe in making time to work with your hands and create beautiful things. There is nothing more special or precious than handmade.
Oh my gosh my baby is such a freaking cutie!! After she woke up from nap time that day, I hurried and put a beanie on her, scooped her up in my arms, and handed her the camera remote. These are some of my most favorite pictures of us. Love this little girl with my whole heart.
Like I mentioned earlier, this pattern includes exactly how I made this toddler sized version of the Madison Beanie.
And I always like to include a list of resources for you to get started because I know how overwhelming it is to be a new maker and constantly be wondering things like, "Where did they buy that?? I want tags like that!" I try to take as much guess work out as possible.
And now for my favorite part of these blog posts, sharing all my beautiful testers photos!!
Madison Beanie Pattern Testers
Stephanie from @whattheschmidtknits is so awesome and even hunted down a "Madison Mustard" color of yarn while she was testing this Madison Beanie Pattern! She used Lion Brand's Hometown USA and even made her own yarn pom pom, and I'm just so in love with this beanie!
How darling is her son?? His blue eyes with that blue beanie is just too perfect :)
Sweet Jen from @theknottedandhookedshoppe has been a tester of mine since my original Madison Beanie Pattern release! I feel in love with her Madison Beanies and the yarns she always picks out and just knew that I needed her as a tester :) Love love love how her beanies turned out and the yarn she chose! And oh my gosh! Those faux fur pom poms are gorgeous!
Allie from @hookednhappy has become such a dear friend through pattern testing, and I always die over the dreamy photos her boyfriend captures of her! Pretty sure it's still been less than a year since she first started crocheting, and her pieces always turn out so perfect!
Annie from @knittedhome has been such an amazing friend on Instagram for years now, and I was so ecstatic to have her as a Madison Beanie tester for the toddler size version of my pattern. Isn't her baby girl just the cutest?? My heart is just melting into a puddle over the fact that she's holding her mama's hand in each photo.