The Zen On Beanie is a fun, warm and squishy, zigzag spiral, textured beanie design, which is unisex in appeal, and perfect for the whole family.

A super quick make, these beanies also have the versality of using any DK or Worsted yarn. 

Please note that the free version of this pattern includes only one design option.

The pattern pdf includes two design options and can be purchased from:

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Pattern Details

  • Size: Size to preference. Refer to Appendix 1 Basic Sizing. Can be made fitting to slouchy, according to preference.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate (assumes knowledge of post stitches).
  • Stitch Terminology: US. Refer to Abbreviations and Special Stitch Instructions.
  • Recommended Yarn: Any 8ply/DK/Cat. 3 or 10 ply/Worsted/Cat. 4 weight yarn. Suited to any fibre type that yields a good stitch definition (i.e., avoid fluffy, feathery, or textured yarns).
  • Hook: Follow yarn label as a guide or use your preferred hook size for the yarn weight. Adjust hook size if/as necessary to ensure beanie fabric has both the desired density and softness.
  • Gauge: Not important for this item. Ensure beanie circumference and length approximates the Appendix 1 Sizing Table. Example beanie gauge is provided for reference only.
  • Pattern Synopsis: Reversible beanie that is constructed working in rounds, from top to bottom, finishing with a simple brim that is designed to be worn unfolded. The spiral zig zag texture results from a repeating pattern of front post and back post stitches. Two textured zig zag repeat options are provided in the pattern pdf: Design 1 and Design 2. Design 2 is available for free on this blog. To finish the beanie peak is cinched and ends stitched in. Wear beanie ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ side, according to preference.
  • Social Media Share: Please tag me @TheCrochetFix and Hash Tag your projects #ZenOnBeanie.

Abbreviations

  • Beg = Beginning
  • BLO = Back Loop Only
  • BpDC = Back Post Double Crochet. DC is worked around the back of the stitch post.
  • BpSC = Back Post Single Crochet. SC is worked around the back of the stitch post.
  • BpDCStndSt = Back Post Double Crochet Standing Stitch. Refer to Special Stitch Instructions.
  • Ch = Chain
  • DC = Double Crochet
  • DCStndSt = Double Crochet Standing Stitch. Refer to Special Stitch Instructions.
  • Fin = Finishing
  • FLO = Front Loop Only
  • FpDC = Front Post Double Crochet. DC is worked around the front of the stitch post.
  • FpSC = Front Post Single Crochet. SC is worked around the front of the stitch post.
  • FpDCStndSt = Front Post Double Crochet Standing Stitch. Refer to Special Stitch Instructions.
  • FSC = (Chainless) Foundation Single Crochet Stitch. Refer to YouTube tutorial.
  • Prev = Previous
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Rnd(s) = Round(s)
  • Sl St = Slip Stitch
  • SC = Single Crochet
  • St = Stitch

Special Stitch Instructions

Standing Stitches

A standing stitch will be made at the start of each round. Instructions are provided for a simple stacked SC method. If preferred, a different method can be used.

DCStndSt: (Without first making a Ch 1), SC in first st from prev rnd, Ch 1, SC in FLO of first SC (i.e. stacking the second SC on top of the first).

FpDCStndSt: Ch 1, FpSC around first st from prev rnd, Ch 1, SC in FLO of first SC (i.e. stacking the second SC on top of the first).

BpDCStndSt: Ch 1, BpSC around first st from prev rnd, Ch 1, SC in FLO of first SC (i.e. stacking the second SC on top of the first).

Tips

  • Swatch a couple of rounds to determine the best hook size and foundation chain count for a beanie of specific circumference.
  • To prevent an obvious seam from forming, ensure the Sl St at the end of each round are made with a tight tension.
  • For best textured pattern result avoid using a yarn that is fluffy, feathery, or otherwise heavily textured, or varying in thickness along its length. Also avoid yarns that are variegated or have short colour changes (where the colour change will fall randomly within a round, rather than at the start of a round).

Pattern Instructions – Beanie Design 2

Note:

  • DCStndSt is included in the DC st count .
  • FpDCStndSt is included in the FpDC st count.
  • BpDCStndSt is included in the BpDC st count.
  • Beg Ch 1 and fin Sl St are not included in the st count for the rnd.
  • The post st sequence is always 3 FpDC followed by 3 BpDC, with the st sequence moving a single st each rnd.
  • If needed, refer to Appendix 1 Basic Sizing for sizing the circumference and length of the beanie.
  • St count follows each rnd instructions in ( ).

Beanie

Round 1: Leaving a yarn tail of approximately 35 – 40 cm/14 – 18“, FSCƚ a multiple of 6 ensuring the last FSC is joined at the base to the first FSC (to form a circle), Sl St into first SC.

ƚIf preferred, commence instead with a foundation chain round, as follows: Ch a multiple of 6, Sl St into first Ch (to form a circle, Ch 1, SC in first and each subsequent  Ch st around, Sl St into first SC.

Round 2: DCStndSt in first st, DC in each subsequent st around, Sl St into DCStndSt. (DC = Rnd 1 st count)

Round 3: FpDCStndSt around first st, FpDC around next two st, BpDC around next three st, *FpDC around next three st, BpDC around next three st, rep from * around circumference, Sl St into FpDCStndSt. (FpDC = Rnd 1 st count/2, BpDC = Rnd 1 st count/2)

Round 4: BpDCStndSt around first st, FpDC around next three st, BpDC around next three st, *FpDC around next three st, BpDC around next three st, rep from * around circumference until the last five st, FpDC around next three st, BpDC around last two st, Sl St into BpDCStndSt. (FpDC = Rnd 1 st count/2, BpDC = Rnd 1 st count/2)

Round 5: BpDCStndSt around first st, BpDC around next st, *FpDC around next three st, BpDC around next three st, rep from * around circumference until the last four st, FpDC around next three st, BpDC around last st, Sl St into BpDCStndSt. (FpDC = Rnd 1 st count/2, BpDC = Rnd 1 st count/2)

Round 6: BpDCStndSt around first st, BpDC around next two st, FpDC around next three st, *BpDC around next three st, FpDC around next three st, rep from * around circumference, Sl St into BpDCStndSt. (FpDC = Rnd 1 st count/2, BpDC = Rnd 1 st count/2)

Round 7: FpDCStndSt around first st, BpDC around next three st, *FpDC around next three st, BpDC around next three st, rep from * around circumference until the last two st, FpDC around last two st, Sl St into FpDCStndSt. (FpDC = Rnd 1 st count/2, BpDC = Rnd 1 st count/2)

Round 8: FpDCStndSt around first st, FpDC around next next st, *BpDC around next three st, FpDC around next three st, rep from * around circumference until the last four st, BpDC around next three st, FpDC around last st, Sl St into FpDCStndSt. (FpDC = Rnd 1 st count/2, BpDC = Rnd 1 st count/2)

Rounds 9+: Note: The beanie can be finished after any rnd of a pattern rep. Rep Rnds 3 to 8 until the beanie length is approximately equal to the required length minus a brim (allowing approximately 2cm/0.8” – 3.5cm/1.4” in length for the brim).

Brim

Round 1: Ch 1, SC in first st and each subsequent st around circumference, Sl St into first SC. (SC = Rnd 1 st count)

Round 2: Ch 1, SC in BLO of first st and each subsequent st around circumference, Sl St into first SC. (SC = Rnd 1 st count)

Rounds 3+: Rep Rnd 2 as many times as preferred, fasten off yarn leaving sufficient length to sew in.

Finishing

Use a darning needle or crochet hook, weave the beg yarn tail in and out of the entire foundation round circumference, skipping two to three stitches each time. If the yarn is particularly soft and not overly strong (and therefore more prone to breaking), repeat the weaving process a second time. Gently pull the yarn tail to cinch the beanie peak closed. Ensuring the top opening is fully closed, sew in the remaining length of the yarn tail securely on whichever side will be chosen as the reverse side. Sew in the second yarn tail securely on reverse side.

Pattern Support

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Pattern Versioning

Version Date Comments
0.1 19.05.2021 Draft Version
0.2 06.06.2021 Corrections and enhancements from testing.
0.3 12.06.2021 Refactor to simplify instructions.
1.0 31.01.2024 Pattern refresh for collaboration event.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to the following testers for your efforts to test this beanie design:

Appendix 1: Basic Sizing

The approximate required beanie size can be determined by using:

A) Sizing Guide Table below, or

B) Approximate Personalised Sizing Method.

A) Sizing Guide Table

The table below is based on The American Craft Yarn Council (ACYC) standard head circumference sizes and standard (fitted) beanie length for baby through to adult sizes.

1) For beanie FSC count, determine the number of relaxed FSC that equate to the table listed circumference for the required beanie size. If necessary, increase the st count to the next factor of five (Design 1) or six (Design 2).

2) For beanie length, refer to the table listed length for the required beanie size. If a slightly slouchy beanie is preferred, then add at least a few cm or an inch to the listed length.

Beanie Size Beanie Circumference Beanie Length (incl. brim)
Inches Cm Inches Cm
Baby 14 – 16 35.5 – 40.5 5.0 – 6.5 12.5 – 16.5
Toddler 16 – 18 40.5 –46.0 7.0 – 7.5 18.0 – 19.0
Child 18 – 20 45.5 – 51.0 7.5 – 8.0 19.0 – 20.5
Tween 20 – 22 51.0 – 56.0 8.0 – 8.5 20.5 – 21.5
Woman 21 – 23 53.0 – 58.5 8.0 – 9.0 20.5 – 23.0
Man 22 – 24 56.0 – 61.0 8.5 – 9.5 21.5 – 24.0

B) Approximate Personalised Sizing Method

Circumference measure: Determine the number of relaxed FSC that fit around the person’s head. Or ask the person to measure their head circumference using a tape measure and then determine the number of relaxed FSC that are equivalent to this tape measure circumference. If necessary, increase the st count to the next factor of five (Design 1) or six (Design 2).

Length measure: Use a tape measure, or ask the person to use a tape measure, to measure the length from just above the person’s brow to their crown. If a slightly slouchy beanie is preferred, then add a few cm or an inch or so to the measured length.

Appendix 2: Project Examples

Below are example projects made with Worsted yarn. Other weights of yarn can also be used. Refer to the Ravelry listing for this pattern, to view additional projects.

TOPAZ BEANIE – on reverse side:

  • Yarn: Bernat Super Value Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Topaz colour, ~100g/~3.5oz.
  • Hook: 6mm/ J-10.
  • Design: 1.
  • FSC count: 60.
  • Gauge: 5 post stitches: ~4.2cm/~1.65” in width.
  • Beanie rounds: 20.
  • Brim rounds: 5.
  • Relaxed circumference: ~51cm/~20”, with a couple cm of positive ease.
  • Length (incl. brim): ~24cm/~9.5”.
  • Fits: Child (slouchy) to average sized woman (slightly slouchy) or small man (fitted).

GREEN BEANIE – on reverse side:

  • Yarn: Redheart Super Saver Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4 in Frosty Green colour, ~100g/~3.5oz.
  • Hook: 6mm/ J-10.
  • Design: 1.
  • FSC count: 60.
  • Gauge: 5 post stitches: ~4.2cm/~1.65” in width.
  • Beanie rounds: 20.
  • Brim rounds: 5.
  • Relaxed circumference: ~51cm/20”, with a couple cm of positive ease.
  • Length (incl. brim): ~24cm/~9.5”.
  • Fits: Child (slouchy) to average sized woman (slightly slouchy) or small man (fitted).

BUFF BEANIE

  • Yarn: Redheart Super Saver Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Buff colour, ~120g/~4.2oz.
  • Hook: 6mm/ J-10.
  • Design: 2.
  • FSC count: 66.
  • Gauge: 6 post stitches: ~5cm/~2” in width.
  • Beanie rounds: 22.
  • Brim rounds: 5.
  • Relaxed circumference: ~55cm/21.7”, with a couple cm of positive ease.
  • Length (incl. brim): ~26cm/~10.2”.
  • Fits: Woman (slouchy) to large man (fitted).