This clever little unisex beanie looks like it has been knitted but it is crocheted! The trick is to work in the back loop only using a half double crochet (half treble crochet in UK terms) stitch. The beanie is warm and stretchy (depending on the yarn you use of course) and is one size fits most. Though, if your head is larger or smaller than ‘most’, you can easily customise the pattern to fit your needs.
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Pattern (USA terms)
Yarn: Malabrigo Anniversario (Worsted Weight – Merino)
5mm Hook (or size to suit your chosen yarn)
blo = back loop only
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet
sk = skip
slst = slip stitch
sp = space
st = stitch
For information on how to do fpdc or bpdc, view my video tutorial HERE.
The hat is made in a spiral, working in the back loop only of all stitches. I highly recommend using a stitch marker to mark the start of each round, moving it up each time. It is very easy to lose your place when working in a spiral.
Beginning: Make a magic circle.
R1: 8 hdc in circle, do not join, pull circle closed.
R2: 2 hdc (blo) in each st of round (16)
R3: *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, repeat from * to end of round (24)
R4: *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st, repeat from * to end of round. (32)
R5: *hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, repeat from * to end of round. (40)
R6: *hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, repeat from * to end of round. (48)
R7: *hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st, repeat from * to end of round. (56)
R8: *hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts, repeat from * to end of round. (64)
[for a wider fit, continue to increase rounds until desired width is achieved. Then go to R9 below.]
R9: hdc in each st to end of round.
Repeat R9 until hat measures 18cm from crown to brim [or desired length to fit your needs.]
R1: ch 2, dc in each st around, slst to first dc of round.
R2: ch 1, *fpdc around each of next 2 sts, bpdc around each of next 2 sts, repeat from * to end of round, slst to first fpdc of round.
R3-5: repeat R2.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Make pom-pom and secure to the top of beanie.
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