This is a pattern for a very cute beanie Christmas hat design which I made for my twins. I have used red and white (for Christmas) yarn but you can make it in any colours you like. I have used worsted yarn with 4.5 mm crochet hook. You can also try 5mm or 5.5m, if you need looser knots. Before making the band, do measure the child’s head circumference for a proper fit.
For the headband:
- Starting with the red yarn, make a slipknot. Chain 11.
- Row 1: Skip the first chain and make 1 single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Continue making 1 single crochet stitch in each of the next 9 chains across. By the end of the row, you will have made a total of 10 single crochet stitches. Chain 1 and turn your work.
- Row 2: Skip the first chain and make 1 single crochet in the back loop of each stitch across. On the last stitch, add the white yarn. Carry the red yarn along the side. You will have 10 single crochet stitches on this row. Chain 1 with the white yarn and turn your work.
- Row 3: Skip the first chain and make 1 single crochet in the back loop of each stitch across. Chain 1 and turn your work.
- Row 4: Skip the first chain and make 1 single crochet in the back loop of each stitch across. On the last stitch, add the red yarn. Carry the white yarn along the side. Chain 1 with the red yarn and turn your work. Continue in this pattern of 2 rows of red followed by 2 rows of white for a total of 56 rows. Join the first and last row together to form a ring (this is the cuff/band of the hat).
- Cut white yarn, but use red yarn for next section.
- Note: not everyone’s head size is the same. You can alter this pattern to make it larger or smaller if needed by increasing or decreasing the number of rows for the band. For example, instead of 56 rows, you can make the band/hat larger by making 60 rows, or smaller by making 50 rows. Try it on your recipient and measure before proceeding.
Crown of Hat:
- Round 1: Turn the band/cuff so the stripes are vertical. You will be working along the edge of this band. With the already-attached red yarn, chain 1 and make a single crochet in the same space. Mark this first stitch.
- Make 1 single crochet along the edge of each of the rows, for a total of 56 single crochet stitches on this round.
- If you altered the pattern to make more/less rows on the band/cuff (e.g. 60 rows instead of 56 rows), you will need to alter this round (and further rounds) accordingly with (e.g. 60 single crochets instead of 56 single crochet stitches).
- Rounds 2-5: Working in spirals now. Make single crochet stitches around (under both loops as opposed to back loops only). Always mark first stitch. You will have 56 single crochets on each round, unless you altered the pattern as previously mentioned.
- Alterations: You can add a few more rounds of single crochet stitches if your head is larger. Or subtract a few if your head is smaller. This will not adversely affect the pattern.
- Round 6: This is a decrease round. Begin with a sc2tog (single-crochet-2-together). Mark stitch. Then do 1 single crochet in the next 3 stitches. Then do an sc2tog. Then 1 single crochet in the next 3 stitches. Continue this pattern of an sc2tog followed by 1 single crochet in the next 3 stitches around. Please note, some decrease rounds might not end up perfectly with this pattern near the end of the round. Adjust accordingly by adding or skipping a single crochet stitch or two at the end of this and other decrease rounds.
- Rounds 7-11: Single crochet all the way around. Keep marking that first stitch! Alterations: any rounds that say “single crochet around” – feel free to add a few more “single crochet around” rounds if your head is larger. Or subtract rounds for a smaller head. This will not adversely affect the pattern.
- Round 12: Decrease round. Same pattern as above: sc2tog, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1sc, sc2tog, 1 sc, 1sc, 1sc, etc. all the way around.
- Rounds 13-17: Single crochet around. Alterations: feel free to add a few more “single crochet around” rounds or subtract as needed.
- Round 18: Decrease round.
- Rounds 19-23: Single crochet around. Alterations: feel free to add a few more “single crochet around” rounds or subtract as needed.
- Weave along the top edge with a double-strand of yarn, pull the ends tight, and knot it. Add pom-pom.
- I have made the pom pom using a pom pom maker.
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