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Recently I had the chance to teach some preteens how to crochet and it reminded me of how much I love the craft. I took the hat I taught them to make and altered it a little to create my own design. It consists of three basic stitches, which I will provide tutorials for. Continue reading for the free pattern as well as some tips along the way.
Yarn: Red Heart Soft; color Teal (I used less than one skein, or ball of yarn)
Crochet hook: 8.0mm (you could even use a 6.0mm for tighter stitches)
For additional help, watch my video at the end of this post where I walk you through each of these stitches.
Chain Stitch (ch)
Yarn over (yo) always from back to front and pull the yarn through the loop on the crochet hook.
Single Crochet (sc)
Put the crochet hook through the back of the stitch; yo; pull the yarn through the stitch; yo; pull through both stitches.
Double Crochet (dc)
yo; put the crochet hook through the back of the stitch; pull the yarn through the stitch; yo; pull through only two stitches; yo; pull through remaining two stitches.
To start, chain however many stitches you will need so that it fits snuggly around your head. For me, that was 48 stitches and it fits comfortably. The mistake I made with the first hat I crocheted was that it was too big and it kept sliding off my head.
At the end of your chain stitches, chain one more stitch. That will become the side between that row and the first row of single crochets.
Row 1-5: Start in the second chain from your crochet hook; sc until the end of the row; turn your work; ch 1 (at the end of row 5, ch 2)
Row 6: Start in the third chain from your crochet hook; dc until the end of the row; turn your work; ch 1
*Repeat row 1-6 until desired length is reached. I repeated the pattern four and a half times. I probably could have gotten away with just repeating the pattern four times and it would have been just as good. Again, it’s however long you would like it to be depending on how much you want it to hang in the back. I like that mine has enough room for the messy mom bun that usually graces my head.
Finishing it off
To finish and tie it off, cut the yarn between the hat and the skein and pull the yarn all the way through the final stitch until it forms a knot.
Once you have reached the desired length, you will need to close up all the gaps.
First, fold your hat in half with the side you want people to see on the inside. I did a combination of a chain stitch and a single crochet to sew the sides together by inserting my crochet hook into a stitch from each side; yo; and pulled the yarn through all of the stitches. If you have another way you prefer to use to close up the side, go for it. Essentially what you are aiming for is to line it up row by row and have no gaps when the yarn is stretched over your head.
To close up the top, I weaved some yarn through each stitch in the top row then pulled the two ends tight until the top looked kind of like a star. I then tied off the ends so that the top wouldn’t come loose.
Take any extra yarn at all the spots where you tied it off and weave them back into the hat so that they are not noticeable. You may have to cut them a bit if they are really long.
Turn it right side out and there you have it, your very own handmade beanie! I would love to see what you all created so please share your creations on Instagram and tag me @alittlefaith_momblog!