Granny Spiked My Beanie is a cute and fun crochet beanie design that is perfect for the whole family and great for stash-busting.

The basic beanie bottom-up design instructions are available on my blog.

For the pdf version of the pattern with bonus top-down option, additional brim option and Granny Spike St images  from Ravelry.

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. This pattern may not be used in a classroom/workshop setting without my permission. Please note: If you have downloaded this pattern from an unofficial site (other than RavelryLove Crafts, Etsy, or my personal blog), this will be an unauthorised version and may not be the most current version. Please visit one of these sites to download an official, version-controlled copy.

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Pattern Details

  • Size: Size to preference. Refer Appendix B for Sizing Table and sizing tips to be used in conjunction with pattern written instructions.
  • Skill Level: Advanced (adventurous) beginner.
  • Stitch Terminology: US – refer also to Abbreviations and Special Stitches.
  • Recommended Yarn: Yarn of either DK or Worsted weight, and any fibre that is easy wash and non-pilling/low pilling. Refer to Appendix A for example projects.
  • Hook: Use yarn label as a guide to select hook. Swatch to determine most suitable hook size for individual tension
  • Gauge: No specific gauge required. Use Appendix B Sizing Table to size beanie with chosen yarn/hook.
  • Pattern Synopsis: Beanie is constructed bottom up (to peak), using granny spike stitch and multiple colours to create a colour pattern of choice. Beanie is cinched to close peak and a brim is added separately (multiple options provided). Refer to Appendix C for sample colour patterns.
  • Social Media Share: Remember to spam me #GrannySpikedMyBeanie @TheCrochetFix on social media with your finished projects.

Abbreviations

  • Beg = Beginning.
  • Ch = Chain.
  • DC = Double Crochet.
  • DC2Tog = Double Crochet two stitches together (single st reduction). Refer to Special Stitch Instructions.
  • DCStndSt = Double Crochet Standing Stitch. Refer to Special Stitch Instructions. This st can be substituted with Ch 1, SC in first st, Ch 2, or any other chainless DC, or Ch 3.
  • Fin = Finishing.
  • FLO = Front Loop Only.
  • FpHDC = Front Post Half Double Crochet. HDC is worked around the front of the stitch post. Used for one brim option only.
  • FSC = (Chainless) Foundation Single Crochet.
  • HDC = Half Double Crochet. Used for one brim option only.
  • Rep = Repeat.
  • RS = Right Side.
  • SC = Single Crochet.
  • Sk = Skip.
  • Sl St = Slip Stitch.
  • Spn St = Spin Stitch. Refer to Special Stitch Instructions. Used for one brim option only.
  • St = Stitch.
  • WS = Wrong Side.
  • Yo = Yarn over (hook).

Special Stitch Instructions

  • DCStndSt: Ch 1, SC in st, Ch 1, SC in FLO of first SC (i.e. stacking second SC on top of first made SC).
  • DC2Tog (used for optional final round variation only): Note: This st is worked over two consecutive st from prev rnd and results in a single st reduction (i.e. two st are replaced by one st). Yo, insert hook through first of two st, yo, pull through a loop (3 loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through first two loops on hook (2 loops on hook), yo, insert hook through next st, yo, pull through a loop (4 loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through first two loops on hook (3 loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through remaining three loops on hook.
  • Spn St (used for brim optional only): Note: Refer to https://youtu.be/MeCPSMxB0eM for visualisation. Insert hook in stitch, yo, pull through a loop (2 loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through first loop on hook only (2 loops on hook), spin hook 360O clockwise (a full rotation) on the horizontal plane, yo, pull yarn through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Invisible Join (optional substitution for fin Sl St in SC brim): Remove loop from hook, insert hook from back to front through both loops of st join is to be made in, put removed loop back on hook, pull loop through st (from front to back), gently pull yarn end to tighten join.

Pattern Instructions

Note:

  • Colour Patterns are provided in Appendix C – change colours accordingly.
  • DCStndSt are included in the DC st count.
  • Sl St to start and complete each round are not included in the st count.
  • Beg Ch 1 is not included in the st count.
  • [ ] represents a st sequence within a round that is to be repeated as per pattern instructions.
  • St count follows each round in ( ) and n = number of st.
  • Refer to https://youtu.be/zuuoQy-Xl1U for visualisation of CFSC.
  • Refer to https://youtu.be/zuuoQy-Xl1U?t=300 for visualisation of joining last CFSC to first CFSC.
  • Refer to Ravelry Pattern PDF for Granny Spike Stitch images (applicable to Round 2 onwards), alternate Top-Down construction instructions, and alternate final reduction round for Bottom-Up construction.
  • Yarn colours can either be carried upwards on the WS/inside of beanie, or these can cut/fastened and re-joined.
  • If preferred, the second Sl St of each set of three Sl St from previous round can be worked into in Round 3 onwards (instead of the DC loops that sit behind these).

Beanie

Chainless SC Foundation (FSC) Round: Note: To size beanie either use a custom, individually measured beanie circumference, or look up the beanie circumference for a standard beanie size as listed in Appendix B Beanie Sizing Table. Leaving a yarn tail of sufficient length to later sew in securely, FSCƚ a multiple of four st that (in a relaxed state) approximates the required beanie circumference, ensuring that the last FSC is joined at the base to the first FSC to form a circle, Sl St into first FSC. (n FSC (joined to form a circle))

ƚIf preferred, the following ch method can be substituted for the FSC foundation round:

  • Foundation Round 1: Ch a length that measures the required circumference (in a relaxed state), Sl St into first Ch (n Ch circle).
  • Foundation Round 2: Ch 1, SC in each Ch around the circumference, Sl St into first SC (n SC).

Round 1  – DC & Ch 1 Sp: DCStndSt in first St, DC in next two st, Ch 1, sk next st, [DC in next three st, Ch 1, sk next st] rep around entire circumference, Sl St into DCStndSt. (DC = (FSC count/4) x 3, Ch 1 Sp = FSC count/4)

Round 2 – Granny Spike St: Either Sl St across to or join yarn in first Ch 1 Sp, DCStndSt in first Ch 1 Sp, DC in corresponding skipped FSC st (in front of Ch 1 Sp), DC in first Ch 1 Sp (Granny Spike St made), Ch 1, sk next three st [DC in next Ch 1 Sp, DC in corresponding skipped FSC st (in front of Ch 1 Sp), DC in same Ch 1 Sp (Granny Spike St made), Ch 1, sk next three st] rep around entire circumference, Sl St into beg DCStndSt. (DC = (FSC count/4) x 3, Ch 1 Sp = FSC count/4)

Round 3 – Granny Spike St: Either Sl St across to or join yarn in first Ch 1 Sp, DCStndSt in first Ch 1 Sp, DC in middle st of three skipped st from two rounds prior (in front of Ch 1 Sp), DC in first Ch 1 Sp (Granny Spike St made), Ch 1, sk next three st [DC in next Ch 1 Sp, DC in middle st of three skipped st from two rounds prior (in front of Ch 1 Sp), DC in same Ch 1 Sp (Granny Spike St made), Ch 1, sk next three st] rep around entire circumference, Sl St into beg DCStndSt.(DC = (FSC count/4) x 3, Ch 1 Sp = FSC count/4)

Rounds 4+: Repeat Round 3 (incorporating colour changes as per chosen Appendix C colour pattern or using a colour pattern of your own design) until beanie is approximately the required length minus preferred length of brim (using either a custom/individualised measure, or Appendix B Beanie Sizing Table beanie length).

Final Round: Note: If less cinching is preferred, work the pdf alternate Appendix D reduction round. DCStndSt in first st, DC in next two st, DC in middle st of three skipped st from two rounds prior (in front of Ch 1 Sp), [DC in next three st, DC in middle st of three skipped st from two rounds prior (in front of Ch 1 Sp)] rep around entire circumference, Sl St into beg DCStndSt. Fasten off yarn leaving a long yarn tail of ~15cm/6” (which will later be used to cinch the top of the beanie). (DC = FSC)

Brim (in FSC)

Work one of the simple brim designs below, or an intermediate level ribbed brim as per Ravelry PDF, or a brim of your own design.

Option 1: Single Round SC/Crab St/Spn St

Round 1: Join yarn in first FSC, Ch 1, SC or Crab St or Spn St in first st and each subsequent st around entire circumference, Sl St into first st (sk Ch 1). (SC/Crab St/Spn St = FSC count)

OR Option 2: Multiple Rounds SC

Round 1: Join yarn in first FSC, Ch 1, SC in first st and each subsequent st around entire circumference, Sl St (or invisible join if preferred) into first st (sk Ch 1). (SC = FSC count)

Round 2: Ch 1, SC in first st and each subsequent st around entire circumference, Sl St (or invisible join if preferred) into first st (sk Ch 1). (SC = FSC count)

Rounds 3+: Repeat Round 2 until brim is desired length then fasten off leaving yarn tail of sufficient length to sew in securely.

Finishing

Using a darning needle weave long yarn tail in and out through the top circumference of the beanie, then pull yarn end gently to cinch the top of the beanie. Sew in all yarn ends securely on WS.

Pattern Support

Pattern support is most readily available via TheCrochetFix Facebook Page.

Pattern Versioning

Version Date Comments
0.1 28/07/2022 Draft Version
0.2 31/08/2022 Corrections and enhancements from testing.
0.3 26/08/2023 Add Appendix G – bonus top-down option.
0.4 22/05/2024 Minor terminology updates – no change to design.

Acknowledgements

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

  • Margaret Richards – @snazzycuddles on IG, Belle9657 on Ravelry.
  • Tania Barry – @shewgirl1 on IG, shewgirl on Ravelry.
  • Laurie VanOstrand – mnlaurie on Ravelry.
  • Helen Maud – @helen.nanna.made on IG.
  • Richelle Cricks – @richellecricks on IG, richelle362 on Ravelry.
  • Heidi Hirnich – @handmadeheavenau on IG, handmadeheavenaus on Etsy.
  • Jo Fowkes – @fibreandthreads on IG, FB, and Etsy.
  • Kathy Plumbo – @kmplumbo on IG and met1023 on Ravelry
  • Vimala Vignesh – @vimalavignesh on IG, FB, and Ravelry
  • Heidi English – @madhen17 on IG and madhen17 on Ravelry
  • Skye – @skyebomonkey on IG and Skyebo on Ravelry
  • Jennifer Sneddon – @keelawee on Ravelry
  • Carly Wynn – @curlywurlin224 on IG
  • Isolath – @isolathcreations on IG and isolath on Ravelry
  • Tara Mutze
  • Katherine Wallace – Wheelie Made It Crochet on YouTube, @wheeliemadeitcrochet on IG & Wheeliemadeit on Ravelry

Appendix A: Example Projects

  • Charcoal Beanie: Yarn: Spotlight Value Ball Gradients tube yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in blues, ~70g/~2.5oz in total per beanie. Hook: 5mm. FSC: 64. Rounds: 22 (in addition to FSC). Brim: 6 rounds of SC. Circumference: ~52cm/20.5”. Length: ~23cm/9”.
  • Blue Beanies: Yarn: Spotlight Value Ball Gradients tube yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in blues, ~70g/~2.5oz in total per beanie. Hook: 5mm. FSC: 64. Rounds: 22 (in addition to FSC). Brim: Either 1 round Spn St or 3-4 rounds of SC. Circumference: ~52cm/20.5”. Length: ~22cm/8.75”.
  • Purple/Purple Mix Beanies: Yarn: Caron Cakes yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Funfetti, ~70g/~2.5oz in total per beanie. Hook: 5mm. FSC: 64. Rounds: 22 (in addition to FSC). Brim: Either 1 round Spn St or Rib. Circumference: ~52cm/20.5”. Length: ~22cm/8.75”.

Appendix B: Beanie Sizing

The appropriate beanie size can be determined by using:

  1. A) The Sizing Guide Table below, or
  2. B) The Approximate Personalised Sizing Method.

A) Sizing Guide Table

The Sizing Guide Table (below) has been formulated with consideration of The American Craft Yarn Council (ACYC) standard head circumference sizes and standard (fitted) beanie length.

Beanie Size Beanie Circumference Beanie Length (incl. brim)
Inches Cm Inches Cm
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

To size the beanie length, look up the table listed Beanie Length for the chosen Beanie Size. For a slouchy beanie, add at least an inch or 3-4 cm to the table beanie length.

B) 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 for this circumference.

If needed, adjust the FSC count to the nearest multiple of six.

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. For a slouchy beanie add at least an inch or 3-4 cm to the measured length.

 

 

Appendix C: Sample Colour Patterns

Mottled – any number of colours

After CFSC Round and Round 1, change colour every round, either using a different colour each round or cycling through a given number of colours. My personal favourite is cycling through three colours, i.e.:

  • FSC Round and Round 1: Colour A
  • Round 2: Colour B
  • Round 3: Colour C
  • Round 4: Colour A
  • Round 5: Colour B
  • Round 6: Colour C
  • Etc (keep changing/rotating through colours each round)

Chevron – 2 colours

This pattern is a two-round pattern, with colours to be changed after every two rounds:

  • FSC Round and Rounds 1 and 2: Colour A
  • Rounds 3 and 4: Colour B
  • Rounds 5 and 6: Colour A
  • Rounds 7 and 8: Colour B
  • Etc (keep changing colours after every two rounds)

Chevron – 3 colours

This pattern is a two-round pattern, with colours to be changed after every two rounds:

  • FSC Round and Rounds 1 and 2: Colour A
  • Rounds 3 and 4: Colour B
  • Rounds 5 and 6: Colour C
  • Rounds 7 and 8: Colour A
  • Rounds 9 and 10: Colour B
  • Rounds 11 and 12: Colour C
  • Etc (keep changing/rotating through colours after every two rounds)

Chevron – Rainbow or Gradient (> 3 colours)

This pattern is a two-round pattern, with colours to be changed after every two rounds:

  • FSC Round and Rounds 1 and 2: Colour A
  • Rounds 3 and 4: Colour B
  • Round 5 and 6: Colour C
  • Rounds 7 and 8: Colour D
  • Rounds 9 and 10: Colour E
  • Rounds 11 and 12: Colour F
  • Rounds 13 and 14: Colour G
  • Rounds 15 and 16: Colour H
  • Etc (keep changing colours after every two rounds to a new colour)

Dots – 2 colours – option 1

This pattern is a three-round pattern, with colours to be changed as follows:

  • FSC Round and Round 1: Colour A
  • Round 2: Colour B
  • Rounds 3 and 4: Colour A
  • Round 5: Colour B
  • Rounds 6 and 7: Colour A
  • Round 8: Colour B
  • Etc (keep working two rounds of Colour A and then one round of Colour B)

Dots – 2 colours – option 2

This pattern is a three-round pattern, with colours to be changed as follows:

  • FSC Round and Rounds 1 and 2: Colour A
  • Round 3: Colour B
  • Rounds 4 and 5: Colour A
  • Rounds 6: Colour B
  • Rounds 7 and 8: Colour A
  • Rounds 9: Colour B
  • Etc (keep working two rounds of Colour A and then one round of Colour B)

Dots – 3 colours

This pattern is a six-round pattern, with colours to be changed as follows:

  • FSC Round and Round 1: Colour A
  • Round 2: Colour B
  • Rounds 3 and 4: Colour A
  • Round 5: Colour C
  • Rounds 6 and 7: Colour A
  • Round 8: Colour B
  • Rounds 9 and 10: Colour A
  • Round 11: Colour C
  • Etc (keep working two rounds of Colour A, then one round of Colour B, then two rounds of Colour A, then one round of Colour C)

Mixed Chevron – 3 colours

This pattern is a four-round pattern, with colours to be changed as follows:

  • FSC Round and Rounds 1 and 2: Colour A
  • Round 3: Colour B
  • Round 4: Colour C
  • Rounds 5 and 6: Colour A
  • Round 7: Colour B
  • Round 8: Colour C
  • Etc (keep working two rounds of Colour A, then one round of Colour B, then one round of Colour C)

Cross-hatched – 3 colours

This pattern is a seven-round pattern, with colours to be changed as follows:

  • FSC Round and Rounds 1 and 2: Colour A
  • Round 3: Colour B
  • Round 4: Colour C
  • Round 5: Colour A
  • Round 6: Colour B
  • Round 7: Colour C
  • Rounds 8 and 9: Colour A
  • Round 10: Colour B
  • Round 11: Colour C
  • Round 12: Colour A
  • Round 13: Colour B
  • Round 14: Colour C
  • Etc (keep working two rounds of Colour A, then one round of Colour B/C/A/B/C)

Solid – 1 colour (or use big blocks of colour, changing colour every four to seven rounds)

And there are many more possibilities!!! Be sure to share your creations with me.