Making Memories Beanie is a pretty and versatile textured beanie design that is lovely and snuggly to wear.

The basic beanie design and a single brim option is available on my blog.

For the pdf version of the pattern with multiple 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 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

  • Beanie Size: Size to preference. Refer to Appendix B Sizing Table as a guide (for standard Child, Tween, Woman, and Man sizes).
  • Skill Level:  Intermediate.
  • Stitch Terminology: US – refer also to Abbreviations and Special Stitch Instructions.
  • Recommended Yarn: 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). An 8ply/DK/Cat 3. weight yarn can also be used, if preferred. Example project yarns are provided in Appendix A. Also refer to Ravelry for additional yarn inspiration.
  • 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: Not important for this item – ensure beanie circumference and length approximates the Sizing Table.
  • Pattern Synopsis: Constructed working in rounds, from bottom to top using a modified shell stitch, including stitches in 3LO (for texture).
    The brim is added next multiple options are provided.
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Abbreviations

  • 2DCCl = Two Double Crochet Cluster (two DCs worked together in a single stitch from the previous round). Refer to Special Stitch Instructions.
  • 3L = Third Loop. Refer to Appendix C for location/image.
  • 3LO = Third Loop Only. (Omit both FL and BL and use 3L only.)
  • 3L&4L = Third Loop and Fourth Loop together. (Omit both FL and BL and use 3L and 4L together, inserting hook from front to back through 3L first and then through 4L).
  • 4L = Fourth Loop. Refer to Appendix C for location/image.
  • Beg = Beginning.
  • BL = Back Loop.
  • Ch = Chain.
  • DC = Double Crochet.
  • FSC = (Chainless) Foundation Single Crochet. Refer to YouTube tutorial.
  • Fin = Finishing.
  • FL = Front Loop.
  • FpHDC = Front Post Half Double Crochet.
  • FpSC = Front Post Single Crochet.
  • HDC = Half Double Crochet.
  • Invis Join = Invisible Join. Refer to Special Stitch Instructions.
  • Puff = Puff Stitch. Refer to Special Stitch Instructions.
  • Rep = Repeat.
  • RS = Right Side.
  • Sl St = Slip Stitch.
  • SC = Single Crochet.
  • Sp = Space.
  • St = Stitch.
  • WS = Wrong Side.
  • Yo = Yarn over (hook).

Special Stitch Instructions

2DCCl: Yo, insert hook through st, yo, pull through a loop (three loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through first two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yo insert hook through same st as previous, yo, pull through a loop (four loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through first two loops on hook (three loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through remaining three loops on hook.

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.

Puff: Note: Instructions are for a modified Puff. A standard Puff can be substituted if preferred, however the FpSC around the Puff will be easier to make if using the modified version. Yo, insert hook through st, yo, pull through a loop (three loops on hook), {yo, insert hook back through same st as before, pull through a loop (additional two loops on hook)} two times in total (seven loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through six loops on hook (two loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through remaining two loops on hook.

Pattern Instructions

Note:

  • Refer to Appendix B: Sizing Guide for basic child/tween/adult sizing for FSC Foundation Round st count and Rounds 5+ instructions.
  • Sl St and Ch 1 to beg round are not included in the stitch count.
  • Sl St and Invis Join to fin round are not included in the stitch count.
  • HDC can be substituted for DC in the second round of each shell repeat as per the round note. This substitution should be consistently applied for all rounds that include the optional substitution note. For an example, refer to Appendix A example beanie 3.
  • If your tension is loose, to avoid a noticeable hole in the crochet fabric, optionally work each shell in 3L&4L of st instead of 3LO of st.
  • If preferred, Sl St can be substituted throughout for Invis Join.
  • If making a smaller sized child beanie than the Appendix B table measurements, the Shape Peak Rounds 3 and 4 can be optionally skipped.
  • { } contain a st sequence that is repeated multiple times within a round.
  • St count follows each round instructions in ( ). n = FSC count from FSC Foundation Round.

Beanie

FSC Foundation Round: Leaving a yarn tail of sufficient length to sew in, FSCƚ a multiple of six (ensuring the last FSC is joined at the base to the first FSC), Sl St into first FSC. (n FSC)

ƚAlternatively, work a foundation Ch round and subsequent SC round, as follows:

  1. Ch a multiple of 6, Sl St into first Ch (to form a closed circle).
  2. Ch 1, SC in first and each subsequent Ch around, Sl St into first SC.

Round 1: Ch 1, HDC first st, sk next st, DC in next st, 5 DC (Shell made) in next st, DC in next st, sk next st, {HDC in next st, sk next st, DC in next st, 5 DC (Shell made) in next st, DC in next st, sk next st} rep around circumference, Sl St into first HDC. (n/6 HDC, n/6 Shells (each consisting of 5 DC), (n/6) x2 DC (DC on both sides of each Shell).)

Round 2: Note: Use 3L&4L (instead of 3LO) if your tension is loose. If preferred, HDC can be substituted for all DCs. Ch 1, FpHDC around first st, DC in 3LO of next seven st (Extended Shell made), {FpHDC around next st, DC in 3LO of next seven st (Extended Shell made)} rep around circumference, Invis Join into first FpDC. (n/6 FpHDC, n/6 Extended Shells (each consisting of 7 DC).)

Round 3: Note: Use 3L&4L (instead of 3LO) if your tension is loose. The last shell in this round will be worked in the 3LO of same st that the Invis Join was made into in the previous round. The shell should be worked in front of, or over the top of, the Sl St that was made to commence this round. Sl St in 3LO across to fourth DC of next Shell, Ch 1, HDC in 3LO of same st, sk next three st, 7 DC (Shell made) in 3LO of next st, sk next three st, {HDC in 3LO of next st, sk next three st, 7 DC (Shell made) in 3LO of next st, sk next three st} rep around circumference, Sl St into first HDC. (n/6 HDC, n/6 Shells (each consisting of 7 DC).)

Round 4: Note: Use 3L&4L (instead of 3LO) if your tension is loose. If preferred, HDC can be substituted for all DCs. Ch 1, FpHDC around first st, DC in 3LO of next seven st (Extended Shell made), {FpHDC around next st, DC in 3LO of next seven st (Extended Shell made)} rep around circumference, Invis Join into first FpHDC. (n/6 FpHDC, n/6 Extended Shells (each consisting of 7 DC).)

Rounds 5+: Note: Refer to Appendix A: Sizing Guide for assistance with sizing the beanie length. Repeat Rounds 3 and 4 until beanie is approximately 2/3 of the total length minus the brim length (allowing approximately 2cm/0.8” to 3.5cm/1.4” for the brim), i.e. 2/3 x (total beanie length) – (brim length)

Example: Women’s Beanie with total length of 22cm (slightly slouchy) and a 2cm brim: 2/3 x (22cm – 2cm) = 2/3 x 20cm = ~13.5cm. Finish repeats when length from base to maximum height of each shell (at its middle) is ~13.5cm.

Next commence the Shape Peak Rounds instructions.

Shape Peak Round 1: Note: Round 3 Note also applies to this round. Sl St in 3LO across to fourth DC of first Shell, Ch 1, HDC in 3LO of same st, sk next three st, 5 DC (shell) in 3LO of next st, sk next three st, {HDC in 3LO of next st, sk next three st, 5 DC (shell) in 3LO of next st, sk next three st} rep around circumference, Sl St into first HDC. (n/6 HDC, n/6 Shells (each consisting of 5 DC).)

Shape Peak Round 2: Note: Round 4 Note also applies to this round. Ch 1, FpHDC around first st, DC in 3LO of next five st (Extended Shell), {FpHDC around next st, DC in 3LO of next five st (Extended Shell)}, rep around circumference, Invis Join into first FpHDC. (n/6 FpHDC, n/6 Extended Shells (each consisting of 5 DC).)

Shape Peak Round 3: Note: Round 3 Note also applies to this round. Sl St in 3LO across to third DC of first Shell, Ch 1, HDC in 3LO of same st, sk next two st, 5 DC (Shell) in 3LO of next st, sk next two st, {HDC in 3LO of next st, sk next two st, 5 DC (Shell) in 3LO of next st, sk next two st} rep around circumference, Sl St into first HDC. (n/6 HDC, n/6 Shells (each consisting of 5 DC).)

Shape Peak Round 4: Note: Round 4 Note also applies to this round. Ch 1, FpHDC around first st, DC in 3LO of next five st (Shell), {FpHDC around next st, DC in 3LO of next five st (Shell)}, rep around circumference, Invis Join into first FpHDC. (n/6 FpHDC, n/6 Extended Shells (each consisting of 5 DC).)

Shape Peak Round 5: Note: Round 3 Note also applies to this round. Sl St in 3LO across to third DC of first Shell, Ch 1, HDC in 3LO of same st, sk next two st, 3 DC (Shell) in 3LO of next st, sk next two st, {HDC in 3LO of next st, sk next two st, 3 DC (Shell) in 3LO of next st, sk next two st} rep around circumference, Sl St into first HDC. (n/6 HDC, n/6 Shells (each consisting of 3 DC).)

Shape Peak Round 6: Note: Round 4 Note also applies to this round. Ch 1, FpHDC around first St, DC in 3LO of next three st (Extended Shell), {FpHDC around next st, DC in 3LO of next three st (Extended Shell)}, rep around circumference, Invis Join into first FpHDC. (n/6 FpHDC, n/6 Extended Shells (each consisting of 3 DC).)

Shape Peak Round 7: Note: Round 3 Note also applies to this round. The last 2DCCl in this round will be worked in the 3LO of same st that the Invis Join was made into in the previous round. The 2DCCl should be worked in front of, or over the top of, the Sl St that was made to commence this round. Sl St in 3LO across to second HDC of next shell, Ch 1, HDC in 3LO of same st, sk next st, 2DCCl in 3LO of next st, sk next st, {HDC in 3LO of next st, sk next st, 2DCCl in 3LO of next st, sk next st} rep around circumference, Sl St into first HDC. (n/6 HDC, n/6 2DCCl.)

Shape Peak Round 8: Ch 1, FpHDC around first st, sk next st, {FpHDC around next st, sk next st}, rep around circumference, Invis Join into first FpHDC. (n/6 FpHDC).

Shape Peak Round 9: Note: If there is an odd st count after Shape Peak Round 8 this round will finish at #. It does not matter which st the round finishes with. Ch 1, SC in 3LO of first st, sk next st, {SC in 3LO of next st#, sk next st}, rep around circumference, Sl St into first SC. (If odd st count after Decrease Round 8: (Shape Peak Round 8 st count + 1)/2.) (If even st count after Decrease Round 8: Decrease Round 8 st count/2.)

Cinch Top of Beanie: Fasten off yarn leaving sufficient tail length for cinching the peak of the beanie. Using either a darning needle or crochet hook, weave tail in and out through the stitches in the last round. If preferred, repeat the weaving around the circumference once more, to make the peak extra secure. Gently pull the yarn tail to cinch the beanie. Ensuring the top opening is fully closed, sew in the yarn tail securely in WS.

Brim

Whilst keeping beanie RS facing, rotate beanie so beanie it is positioned with the opening upmost and peak downmost. Join yarn in first FSC. Follow instructions for one of the brim options or use a brim of your own design. For brims made with the instructions below the number of stitches per round will be the same as the number of FSC that the beanie was commenced with.

Option 1 – SC

Note: If preferred, instead of using an Invis Join, the rounds can be worked as a continuous spiral – omit join for all rounds and Ch 1 from the second round onwards.

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

Rounds 2+: Repeat Round 1 as many times as required to achieve brim of desired length. Fasten off yarn and sew in yarn tail securely on WS.

Surface Stitching (optional): Join yarn in gap between FSC and base of first Round 1 st, surface Sl St into each subsequent FSC/Round 1 st gap around (ensuring Sl St are made with same tension as foundation round), Sl St into beg location. Fasten off yarn and sew in yarn tail securely on WS. (n Surface Sl St)

Options 2 (3LO HDC), 3 (Textured Puff), 4 (Simple HDC Rib) and 5 (Intermediate HDC Rib) – available in pdf

Pattern Support

Pattern support is available via thecrochetfix Facebook page.

Pattern Versioning

Version Last Updated Comments
0.1-0.3 10.04.2024 Draft Version
0.4 01.05.2024 Enhancements from testing.

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to the following testers for testing this beanie design:

  • Tania Barry – @shewgirl1 on IG, shewgirl on Ravelry.
  • Jenny Hinton – @wrencraft on IG, Wrencraft1 on Ravelry.
  • Margaret Richards – @snazzycuddles on IG, Belle9657 on Ravelry.
  • Laurie VanOstrand – @lvanostrand on IG, mnlaurie on Ravelry.
  • Holly Pentecost – @hollyshobbyofficial on IG, Itshollyshobby on Ravelry.
  • Richelle Cricks – @richellecricks on IG, richelle362 on Ravelry.

Appendix A: Example Projects

A sample of example projects is provided below. Please refer to Ravelry projects for additional inspiration.

Taupe:

Woman Size – ~53cm/20.5in relaxed circumference and ~22cm/8.5in in length – using:

  • ~105g/3.7oz 4 Seasons Half and Half USA Style Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Dark Natural
  • 5mm/H hook
  • Standard pattern using DCs.
  • 66 FSC and 22 beanie rounds (with decrease rounds beg at Round 14).
  • Brim Option 1 – 6 rounds.

Chestnut Brown:

Woman Size – ~53cm/20.5in relaxed circumference and ~21cm/8.25in in length – using:

  • ~100g/3.5oz 4 Seasons Soft & Hazy Yarn Atmosphere (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Cashew
  • 5mm/I hook
  • HDCs substituted for DCs as per pattern extended shell round notes.
  • 60 FSC and 24 beanie rounds (with decrease rounds beg at Round 16).
  • Brim Option 2 – 2 rounds.

Purple:

Woman Size – ~53cm/20.5in relaxed circumference and ~23cm/9in in length – using:

  • ~100g/3.5oz 4 Seasons Soft & Hazy Yarn Atmosphere (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Marsala
  • 5mm/I hook
  • Standard pattern using DCs.
  • 60 FSC and 22 beanie rounds (with decrease rounds beg at Round 14).
  • Brim Option 3.

Fawn Brown:

Woman Size – ~54cm/21.25in relaxed circumference and ~23cm/9in in length – using:

  • ~77g/2.7oz Bernat Super Value Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Topaz
  • 5mm/I hook
  • Standard pattern using DCs.
  • 60 FSC and 20 beanie rounds (with decrease rounds beginning at Round 14). Shape Peak rounds 3 and 4 skipped.
  • Brim Option 2 – 2 rounds.

Pumpkin + Variegated Autumn Mix:

Woman Size – ~53cm/20.5in relaxed circumference and ~21.5cm/8.5in in length – using:

  • ~50g/1.8oz 4 Seasons Printed Spot Saver Acrylic Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Autumn Mix (including yarn for pom pom).
  • ~45g/1.6oz 4 Seasons Spot Saver Medium Weight Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Pumpkin.
  • 5mm/I hook.
  • Standard pattern using DCs.
  • 54 FSC and 22 beanie rounds (with decrease rounds beg at Round 14).
  • Foundation round and first three repeats in solid colour, then first round of repeat in variegated and second round of repeat in solid colour.
  • Brim Option 1 – 1 round.

Natural + Variegated Blue Mix:

Woman Size – ~53cm/20.5in relaxed circumference and ~24cm/9.5in in length – using:

  • ~75g/2.6oz 4 Seasons Printed Spot Saver Acrylic Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Water Blues Mix.
  • ~45g/1.6oz 4 Seasons Spot Saver Medium Weight Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Natural.
  • 5mm/H hook.
  • Standard pattern using DCs.
  • 60 FSC and 26 beanie rounds (with decrease rounds beg at Round 16).
  • Foundation round in solid, then first round of repeat in solid and second round of repeat in variegated.
  • Brim Option 5 – beg Ch 4 instead of pattern Ch 7, plus one round of surface stitching in solid colour.

Natural + Variegated Green Mix:

Woman Size – ~54cm/21.25in relaxed circumference and ~24cm/9.5in in length – using:

  • ~50g/1.8oz 4 Seasons Printed Spot Saver Acrylic Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Green Mix.
  • ~60g/2.1oz 4 Seasons Spot Saver Medium Weight Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Natural.
  • 5mm/I hook.
  • Standard pattern using DCs.
  • 60 FSC and 24 beanie rounds (with decrease rounds beginning at Round 16).
  • Foundation round and first two repeats in solid colour, then first round of repeat in variegated and second round of repeat in solid colour.
  • Brim Option 1 – 1 round, plus one round of surface stitching in variegated colour.

Green:

Woman Size – ~54cm/21.25in relaxed circumference and ~24cm/9.5in in length – using:

  • ~100g/3.5oz Lion Brand Color Theory Yarn (Worsted/10ply/Cat. 4) in Tourmaline. Note: this is a thinner Worsted than most.
  • 5mm/I hook.
  • Standard pattern using DCs.
  • 66 FSC and 24 beanie rounds (with decrease rounds beginning at Round 14). One additional repeat of 5 DC shell shape peak round made (three in total).
  • Brim Option 4 – 4 rounds, plus one round of FpSC, and one round of surface stitching in FSC.

Appendix B: Basic Sizing

The appropriate beanie size can be determined by using:

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

1. 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, 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

2. 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.

Appendix C: 3L and 4L Location

Refer to Ravelry pdf for images.