Let’s have some fun! Let’s crochet some beanies.
Yesterday while working on my husband’s jacket, I suddenly thought of a matching beanie. And as always, I HAVE TO MAKE IT NOW! It can’t wait. It will drive me insane if I don’t make it. So make it with me!
And while we are at it, I will share some inside information with you to make your life easier.
Now I have to warn you; I did not name this The Serious Slouch for no reason. It is a SERIOUS slouch! If you don’t like such a massive slouch, make the bottom part of the hat shorter than the pattern specifies.
Here is a table I have drawn up. This is a guideline only, but will save you loads of time in future. Measure the head circumference of the person who will wear the beanie; measure just above the ears and over the forehead. This measurement will give you a good indication of the size you need to make. Head circumference is a much better starting point than age, as people differ greatly.
- The beanie is crocheted top down. Due the construction though, there will be a partial seam.
- Yarn that has some elasticity is a better choice than yarn with no elasticity. Merino is thus a better choice than cotton. Acrylic is normally elastic, but acrylic does not breathe and will cause itching. In my opinion, acrylic is a bad choice for a beanie, especially if the recipient doesn’t have a lot of hair. Acrylic is the worst choice for cancer beanies by the way.
- Yarn suitable for a beanie. You can use any yarn weight. I used 200g African Expressions Harmony (87m / 50g).
- Crochet hook suitable for the yarn you are going to use. I used a 4.5mm hook.
- Stitch marker
Abbreviations (US terms)
- ch – chain
- hdc – half double crochet
- m – marker
- nxt – next
- pm – place marker in st last made
- rnd – round
- sc – single crochet
- ss – slip-stitch
- st – stitch
Start with a double magic loop and crochet round 1 into the loop before closing it.
sc1, hdc8, do not close the round; we are now going to work in a spiral.
hdc2 in the sc from rnd 1, pm in the 1st hdc made to indicate start and end of each rnd, *hdc2 in 3rd loop of next st, rep from * to end of rnd.
From here on:
No instructions will be given for your marker. When you reach it, remove it, crochet the new stitch and place the marker in the new stitch.
Work in the 3rd loop continuously until the crown is done.
*hdc1 in 3rd loop of next st, hdc2 in 3rd loop of next st, rep from * to end of rnd.
*(hdc1 in 3rd loop of next st) twice, hdc2 in 3rd loop of next st, rep from * to end of rnd.
*(hdc1 in 3rd loop of next st) x3 times, hdc2 in 3rd loop of next st, rep from * to end of rnd.
*(hdc1 in 3rd loop of next st) x4 times, hdc2 in 3rd loop of next st, rep from * to end of rnd.
*(hdc1 in 3rd loop of next st) x5 times, hdc2 in 3rd loop of next st, rep from * to end of rnd.
*(hdc1 in 3rd loop of next st) x6 times, hdc2 in 3rd loop of next st, rep from * to end of rnd.
Carry on in this fashion, increasing the bit between brackets with each round, until your crown = the required crown measurement in the table above.
Crochet one round with hdc1 in the 3rd loop of each st until 3 sts of the round remain, sc1 in each of the last 3 sts, then, (ss to the next st) x3 times.
Change to a bigger hook just for the chain. Fold the crown double and chain until the length from the start to the end of te chain is one and a half times the hat height specified in the table. I am making the Adult Large with hat height of 20cm. My measurement from the start of the crown to the end of the chain is 30cm (20×1.5). Switch back to the smaller hook.
Decide how broad you want the ribbing to be. For an adult I recommend about 3-4 cm. Measure your chain to see how many stitches that would be.
Start in the second chain from the hook and crochet 1 sc in each chain until you have the desired length of the ribbing, Place a marker in the last sc.
Continue up the chain with 1 hdc in each st until you reach the top. ss to the next st on the crown twice, turn.
Skip both slip-stitches, 1 hdc in each st up to m, rm, sc-bl1, pm, sc-bl1 in each st until 1 st remains, sc1 in the last st (both loops), turn.
ch1 (does not count as st), sc1 in the 1st st (both loops), sc-bl1 in each st up to an including st with m, pm, 1hdc-bl in each st up to top, ss to the next st on the crown twice, turn.
Repeat rows 1-2 around the crown of the hat. Keep an eye on the number of stitches left towards the end. If you do an upward row and there are 2 sts left, ss in both and go back down. End off at the edge. If you do an upward row and there is only 1 st left, ss in that last st and end off. Sew the seam on the inside. You can also use the loop join method in the very last row to avoid the seam.
I hope you enjoy this pattern! Remember to show off your hats in the Ilona Slow Life Creations Group on Facebook. If you share your hat on social media, please include #theseriousslouch.
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