A fun, warm, squishy, textured beanie design that is unisex in appeal, and looks fabulous worn by both kids and adults. It can be worn ‘right’ side or ‘wrong’ side, for a different look – change up your look by changing up the displayed beanie texture.
These beanies are a quick make, and can be made in any DK or Worsted yarn.
Finished beanies are perfect for selling, gifting, or charitable donation.
This is an original pattern by Farrah Jane Tate. You are welcome to sell products you have made using my patterns; however, I ask that you refer to the exact name of my pattern somewhere in the text of your listing. You may not copy, re-publish, sell, distribute, translate without permission, or claim my photos or patterns as your own in any way. Please note: If you have downloaded this pattern from a site other than Ravelry, Love Crochet, or my personal blog, you may not have the most current version. Please visit one of the aforementioned sites to download an official, version-controlled copy.
- Size: Size to preference. Refer to Sizing Table as a guide. Can be made fitted or slouchy beanie by adjusting the length.
- Skill Level: Advanced Beginner.
- Stitch Terminology: US – refer also to Abbreviations.
- 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. Make a swatch(es) and adjust hook if/ as necessary to achieve the preferred density of crochet fabric.
- Gauge: No set gauge required – ensure beanie circumference and length approximates the Sizing Table, for the chosen yarn, hook, and tension. Gauge for the example beanies is provided for reference only.
- Pattern Synopsis: Reversible beanie that is constructed working in rounds, from top to bottom, to form a cylinder of crochet fabric that is finished with a simple brim. The texture results from a repeating pattern of front post DC and regular DC stitches. The top opening of the beanie cylinder is then cinched together by weave stitching the long beginning yarn tail with a needle all around the circumference of the foundation round, and then pulling taut. Wear beanie ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ side, according to preference.
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Below are a few example beanies. Please note that these were all made with Worsted equivalent yarn as thick and warm charity beanies; however other weights of yarn can also be used. Please also refer to the Ravelry listing for this pattern, to view additional projects.
Above left (shown ‘right’ side) and Above right (Shown ‘Wrong’ side):
Yarn: Spotlight 4 Seasons Marvel 12 Ply Yarn (works up as Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4 yarn) in Olive colour, ~85g/~3oz. Hook: 6mm/ J-10. Foundation stitch count: 60. Gauge: 2 FpDC + 2DC are ~3.5cm/~1.4” in width. Beanie pattern rounds: 18. Brim rounds: 5 of Option 1. Relaxed circumference: ~52cm/~20.5”, with a couple cm of positive ease. Length (incl. brim): ~25cm/~9.8”. Fits: child (slouchy), average sized woman (slightly slouchy) or small to medium man (fitted).
Above (shown ‘Right’ Side):
Yarn: Bernat Super Value Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Taupe colour, ~90g/~3.2oz. Hook: 6mm/ J-10. Foundation stitch count: 64. Gauge: 2 FpDC + 2DC are ~3.5cm/~1.4” in width. Beanie pattern rounds: 18. Brim rounds: 5 of Option 2. Relaxed circumference: ~56cm/22.4”, with a couple cm of positive ease. Length (incl. brim): ~26cm/~10.2”. Fits: average sized woman (slouchy) to average sized man (fitted).
- 3LO = Third Loop Only. (Omit both FL and BL and use 3L only. The 3L is the loop that can be found at the back of the previous round stitch, on the reverse side, lying beneath the BL. To access this loop, fold the round forwards slightly so that the reverse side is exposed.)
- Beg = Beginning
- BLO = Back Loop Only
- Ch = Chain
- DC = Double Crochet
- DCStndSt = Double Crochet Standing Stitch. Refer to Special Stitch Instructions.
- FLO = Front Loop Only
- FpDC = Front Post Double Crochet. DC is worked around the front of the stitch post.
- FpDCStndSt = Front Post Double Crochet Standing Stitch. Refer to Special Stitch Instructions.
- HDC = Half Double Crochet
- Sl St = Slip Stitch
- SC = Single Crochet
- St = Stitch
Special Stitch Instructions
Standing Stitches are worked at the start of a new round. The method described below is the beginner worthy stacked SC method. If you already have a preferred method, then please substitute your preferred method wherever a standing stitch is mentioned in the pattern instructions.
Note: This stitch is DC height and counts as a DC stitch for stitch count purposes.
(Without first making a Ch 1), SC in the first stitch from the previous round. Ch 1 and then SC in FLO of the SC that was just made.
Note: This stitch is DC height and counts as a FpDC stitch for stitch count purposes.
Ch 1 and then SC around the front of the stitch post of the first stitch from the previous round. Ch 1 and then SC in the FLO of the SC that was just made.
- Work a swatch of a couple of rounds to determine the best hook size and foundation chain for a beanie of a specific desired circumference.
- When making a Sl St to complete each round, ensure this Sl St is made with a tight tension to ensure the seam is not obvious.
- Avoid using a yarn that is fluffy, feathery, or otherwise textured, as the textured pattern will be lost. For the same reason, avoid using variegated or short colour change yarns (where the colour change will fall randomly within a round, rather than at the start of a round).
- Beg DCStndSt to commence round is included in DC stitch count .
- Beg FpDCStndSt to commence round is included in FpDC stitch count.
- Ch 1 to commence round and Sl St to complete round are not included in the stitch count for this round.
- The textured pattern results from a specific sequence of stitches that is repeated in the round, over every four rounds: 2 FpDC followed by 2 DC, repeated over every four stitches, for two rounds; and then 2 DC followed by 2 FpDC, repeated over every four stitches, for two rounds.
- If you need assistance with sizing your beanie, refer to Appendix 1: Beanie Sizing Guide.
Beanie Foundation Rounds
Note: Refer to Steps 1 and 2 in the Appendix 1: Beanie Sizing Guide if you need assistance with sizing the circumference of your beanie.
Round 1: Leaving a long yarn tail of approximately 35 – 40 cm/ 14 – 18“, make a chainless SC foundation roundƚ that is a multiple of 4 (ensuring the last chainless foundation SC is joined at the base to the beg chainless foundation SC, and a Sl St is made into the top of the beg SC to form a closed circle).
ƚIf your preference is to first work a foundation Ch round, then construct the following rounds instead:
- Make a foundation chain of the required length, and then Sl St into first Ch (to make a closed circle of Ch stitches).
- Ch 1 and SC in first Ch, and then SC in each subsequent Ch around. Sl St into beg SC.
Round 2: DCStndSt in first St from previous round. DC in each subsequent St around, and then Sl St into DCStndSt. (Stitch Count: DC = SC foundation stitch count.)
Beanie Pattern Rounds
Round 3: FpDCStndSt around first St, then FpDC around next St. *DC in each of next two St, then FpDC around each of next two St.* Repeat Stitches between * * around until reaching the last two St. DC in each of the last two St. Sl St into beg FpDCStndSt. (Stitch Count: FpDC = number of foundation chain stitches/2. DC = number of foundation chain stitches/2.)
Round 4: Repeat Round 3. (Stitch Count: FpDC = number of foundation chain stitches/2. DC = number of foundation chain stitches/2.)
Round 5: DCStndSt in first St, then DC in next St. *FpDC around each of next two St, then DC in each of next two St.* Repeat Stitches between * * around until reaching the last two St. FpDC around each of the last two St. Sl St into beg DCStndSt. (Stitch Count: DC = number of foundation chain stitches/2. FpDC = number of foundation chain stitches/2.)
Round 6: Repeat Round 5. (Stitch Count: DC = number of foundation chain stitches/2. FpDC = number of foundation chain stitches/2.)
Refer to Step 5 in the Appendix 1: Beanie Sizing Guide if you need assistance with sizing the length of your beanie. Repeat Rounds 3 to 6 until the beanie is equal to the desired length of the beanie, minus a brim (allowing approximately 2cm/0.8” – 3.5cm/1.4” in length for this). The beanie can be finished after any given round of a pattern repeat.
Beanie Brim Rounds
Work one of the following brim options only. ‘Right’ side brim can be worked on ‘right’ side beanie. Alternatively, after first reversing beanie, ‘right’ side brim can be worked on ‘wrong’ side beanie.
Option 1 – SC in BLO
Round 1: Ch 1 and SC in first St, and then SC in each St around. Sl St into beg SC. (Stitch Count: SC = number of foundation chain stitches)
Round 2: Ch 1 and SC in BLO of first St, and then SC in BLO of each St around. Sl St into beg SC. (Stitch Count: SC = number of foundation chain stitches)
Rounds 3+: Repeat Round 2 as many times as required to achieve brim of desired length. Fasten off yarn and sew in end.
Option 2 – HDC in 3LO
Note: If you prefer the look of ‘right’ side brim fabric with ‘wrong’ side beanie fabric, then ensure a round of HDC is worked first, before constructing following rounds.
Round 1: Ch 1 and HDC in 3LO of first St, and then HDC in 3LO of each St around. Sl St into beg HDC. (Stitch Count: HDC = number of foundation chain stitches)
Round 2+ To Final Round: Repeat Round 1 as many times as required to achieve brim of desired length. (Stitch Count: HDC = number of foundation chain stitches)
Final Round: Ch 1 and SC in 3LO of first St, and then SC in 3LO of each St around. Sl St into beg SC. Fasten off yarn and sew in end. (Stitch Count: SC = number of foundation chain stitches)
Use a darning needle, weave the beg tail of yarn in and out of the entire foundation round circumference, skipping two to four stitches each time. If your chosen yarn is not particularly strong, repeat the weaving process a second time. Gently pull the yarn to cinch the beanie. Ensuring the top opening is fully closed, sew in the end securely and fasten off.
Pattern support is most readily available via TheCrochetFix Facebook Page.
|0.2||09.07.2021||Corrections and enhancements from testing|
Thanks to the following fabulous testers for your efforts to test this beanie design:
- Tania Barry (@shewgirl1 on IG, and Shewgirl on Ravelry)
- Shannon Maughan (@the.crafty.runner on IG, and TheCraftyRunner on Ravelry)
- Emma-Joy Gilbert (@em_joy87 on IG, and Em-J87 on Ravelry)
- Bec Smith (@bec_reinyarnated on IG, and @Reinyarnated on FB)
- Sandra Malavisi
- Lori Kwiatkowski (@inthelooptbay on IG)
- Jesse St. Clair (@anchored.makers on IG)
Appendix 1: Beanie Sizing Guide (as required)
If you already have a preferred foundation chain length for beanies of a specific size, as made with a particular yarn, hook size, and tension, then please adjust your standard preferred chain length to the nearest factor of 4.
Please note that the post stitch DCs are fractionally tighter than regular DCs, and although the fabric does have some positive ease, it is recommended that the foundation chain count is increased, rather than decreased, to the nearest factor.
Otherwise, your beanie can be approximately sized as follows, using the Sizing Guide Table (below).
- Locate the desired beanie size in Column 1.
- Find the approximate required beanie circumference in Column 2/3 for the beanie size chosen in Step 1. Note: the circumference of the resultant beanie will be a little smaller in relaxed state than the foundation round, but it will have some positive ease. If in doubt, select a circumference value in the upper range of the desired beanie size.
- Determine the foundation stitch number (relaxed state) that corresponds with the Column 2/3 circumference using the chosen yarn and hook size.
- Get the adjusted foundation stitch number by determining the nearest stitch count that is a factor of 4. Example: Beanie for Woman, with Head Circumference of 53cm, with my chosen Worsted yarn, 6mm hook, and my specific tension, is the equivalent of 59 Ch. When rounded to the nearest multiple of 4, this results in an adjusted foundation Ch of 60.
- Find the approximate required beanie length in Column 4/5 for the beanie size chosen in Step 1. Note: If you prefer a slightly slouchy beanie (as per the example beanies) then add a few cm/ an inch or so to the length listed in the table.
Sizing Guide Table
The following Sizing Guide Table has been formulated with consideration of The American Craft Yarn Council standard head circumference sizes.
|Beanie Size||Beanie Circumference||Beanie Length (incl. brim)|
|Preemie||09 – 13||23.0 – 30.5||3.5 – 4.5||09.0 – 11.5|
|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|