The ‘Had Me at Hike’ Beanie is a fun, warm, squishy, textured, top-down and in-the-round beanie design that is quick to make and perfect for the whole family.

It can be worn ‘right’ side or ‘wrong’ side, for a different look – change up your look by changing up the displayed beanie texture.

Make it fitted (and add a cute pom pom or fom fom) or make it slouchy.

Any DK or Worsted yarn can be used. For an adult sized beanie ~80-100g/2.8-3.5Oz of Worsted yarn will be required.

The free content on this blog includes a single brim option. For the paid pdf version of the pattern with additional three brim options 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 Ravelry, Love 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: to preference. Refer to Appendix B Sizing Table as a guide (for standard Child, Tween, Woman, and Man sizes).
  • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner.
  • Stitch Terminology: US – refer also to Abbreviations and Special Stitch Instructions.
  • Recommended Yarn: Any 8ply/DK/Cat. 3 or 10 ply/Worsted/Cat. 4 weight yarn of any fibre that provides a good stitch definition (i.e., avoid fluffy, feathery, or heavily textured yarns). Example project yarns are provided in Appendix A.
  • Hook: Follow yarn label as a guide or use your preferred hook. Swatch and adjust hook if/as necessary to achieve the preferred density of crochet fabric.
  • Gauge: Gauge not important for this item – ensure beanie circumference and length approximates the Sizing Table.
  • Pattern Synopsis: Reversible beanie constructed in the round, 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 cinched closed. Wear beanie ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ side, according to preference.
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Abbreviations

  • 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.
  • Crab St = Crab Stitch (optional).
  • 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.
  • FpDCStndSt = Front Post Double Crochet Standing Stitch. Refer to Special Stitch Instructions.
  • FSC = (Chainless) Foundation Single Crochet Stitch. Refer to YouTube tutorial.
  • HDC = Half Double Crochet.
  • Incl. = Including.
  • Invis Join = Invisible Join. Refer to Special Stitch Instructions. If preferred Sl St can be used.
  • L = Left.
  • n = Number of stitches.
  • Prev = Previous.
  • R = Right.
  • Rep = Repeat.
  • Rnd = Round.
  • RS = Right Side.
  • Sl St = Slip Stitch.
  • SC = Single Crochet.
  • Spn St = Spin Stitch (optional). Refer to Special Stitch Instructions and YouTube tutorial.
  • St = Stitch.
  • WS = Wrong Side.

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. The following standing stitches are DC height.

  • 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 FpSC (i.e. stacking the second SC on top of the first).

Other Stitches

  • Invis Join: 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.
  • Spn St: Insert hook in st, yo, pull through a loop (2 loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through first loop on hook (2 loops on hook), spin hook 360O clockwise (a full rotation) on the horizontal plane, yo, pull yarn through both loops on hook.

Tip

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. If preferred, Invis Join can be substituted for Sl St throughout beanie construction.

Pattern Instructions

Note:

  • Beg DCStndSt is included in DC st count .
  • Beg FpDCStndSt is included in FpDC st count.
  • Beg Ch 1 and fin Sl St are not included in the st count for the rnd.
  • The textured pattern results from a specific sequence of stitches over two consecutive rounds:
    • First rnd: Rep of (FpDC around two st, DC in two st).
    • Second rnd: Rep of (DC in two st, FpDC around two st).
  • 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 Foundation Rounds

Round 1: Leaving a yarn tail approximately 35 – 40 cm/14 – 18“ in length, FSCƚ a multiple of 4 ensuring the FSC is at the base to the first FSC (to form a circle), Sl St into first SC. (n FSC)

ƚIf preferred, commence instead with a foundation chain round, as follows: Ch a multiple of 5, 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 and each subsequent st around circumference, Sl St into DCStndSt. (DC = n FSC.)

Beanie Pattern Rounds

Round 3: FpDCStndSt around first st, FpDC around next st, *DC in next two st, FpDC around next two st, rep from * around circumference until last two st in the rnd, DC last two st, Sl St into FpDCStndSt. (FpDC = n FSC/2, DC = n FSC/2)

Round 4: DCStndSt in first st, DC in next st, *FpDC around next two st, DC in next two st, rep from * around circumference until last two st, FpDC around last two st, Sl St into DCStndSt. (FpDC = n FSC/2, DC = n FSC/2.)

Round 5+: Rep Rnds 3 and 4 until the beanie length is approximately equal to the required length minus a brim (allowing approximately 2cm/0.8” – 3.5cm/1.4” for the brim). The beanie can be completed after either rnd of a pattern rep.

Beanie Brim Rounds

Note:

  • Simple SC brim instructions are provided below. Additional brim options available in Ravelry pattern pdf.
  • Brim can be worked on RS or WS, depending on which side is to be worn as ‘RS’. If working brim on WS, first reverse the beanie and then work the brim.
  • If preferred, brim can be made as continuous rounds/spiral – omit join and Ch 1 instruction.
  • If preferred, brim can be worked in BLO (as per example projects).

Round 1: Ch 1, SC in first st and each subsequent st around circumference, Invis Join into first SC. (SC = n FSC)

Round 2+: Rep Rnd 1 as many times as preferred. Fasten off yarn leaving a sufficient yarn tail to sew in. Securely sew in yarn tail.

Cinch Top/Peak of Beanie

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 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.

Pattern Support

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Pattern Versioning

Version Date Comments
0.1 09.06.2021 Draft Version
0.2 11.07.2021 Corrections/enhancements from testing.
1.0 11.02.2024 Refresh to include free version on blog.

Acknowledgements

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

Appendix A: Example Projects

Brown (L on RS & R on WS)

 
Yarn: Bernat Super Value Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4 yarn) in Taupe, ~80g/~2.8oz. Hook: 6mm/J-10. FSC: 60. Beanie Pattern Rounds: 18. Brim: SC BLO, 5 rnds. Relaxed circumference: ~52cm/~20.5”, with a couple cm of positive ease. Length (incl. brim): ~25cm/~9.8”. Fits: Older child/tween (slouchy) or average sized woman (slightly slouchy).

Pink (L on RS & R on WS)

 

Yarn: Double-stranded Heirloom Dazzle 8ply (DK/8ply/Cat. 3 yarn) in Pale Rose, ~120g/~4.2oz. Hook: 6mm/J-10. FSC: 60. Beanie Pattern Rounds: 17. Brim: SC BLO, 5 rounds. Relaxed circumference: ~51cm/~20”, with a couple cm of positive ease. Length (incl. brim): ~24cm/~9.5”. Fits: Older child/tween (slouchy) or average sized woman (slightly slouchy).

Appendix B: Basic Sizing

The appropriate beanie size can be determined by using:

A) The Sizing Guide Table below, or

B) The 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.

To size the beanie circumference, first determine the number of relaxed FSC that equate to the table listed Beanie Circumference for the chosen Beanie Size (Child/Tween/Woman/Man), and then adjust the st count to the nearest multiple of six.

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.

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