Last year I made my brother a beanie hat for his birthday. He actually wore it all winter – which is about the highest praise I’ll ever get! I wrote up the pattern and added it free to my pattern library as well as to my Love Crochet, Ravelry or Etsy stores to download for a small fee as a PDF add free printable.
I have loved seeing this pattern made over and again but, because it is not a traditional construction method, I have had a few queries from people who needed a little help along the way!
Because of this, I have put together a photo tutorial to accompany the original pattern.
This is an abbreviated version with photos to aid the construction.
Just as a little bit of background, when designing this hat, I wanted something a little different. There are hundreds of hat patterns which involve crocheting a rectangle, joining it along the short side then gathering the top to create the crown of the head.
This is a great, simple way to make a hat, but, for me personally, I’m not a fan of the extra fabric which you get at the crown. That’s what was driving me when I designed this pattern, and the reason the construction is a little different!
So with that in mind, let’s get on with the tutorial!
My Brother’s Beanie – Photo Tutorial
Note – for this tutorial I have used a 5mm hook and about 60g of Aran Falkland Yarn which I hand dyed myself using Nettles. If you want to learn more about hand dyeing then read this blog about how you can dye your own yarn using materials from your kitchen cupboards and garden!
You will start by creating the crown with a magic ring (MR) or chain 4 and join to first ch with a ss to make a loop.
Round 1: Ch2 (does not count as a st here or throughout), work 8hdc into the MR, turn (8)
Round 2: Ch2, *1hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st,* 4 times, turn (12)
Now we will move to work rows at right angles around the crown
Row 1 (WS): Ch40, 1hdc in 3rd ch from hook and next 31 sts, 4sc, 2ss, ss into first st on Round 2 of crown, turn (38)
Row 1 Cont: 1hdc in 3rd ch from hook and next 31 sts, 4sc, 2ss
Row 1 Cont: ss into first st on Round 2 of crown, turn (38)
Row 2 (RS): Sk 1 ss, 2ss in BLO, 6sc in BLO, 29hdc in BLO, 1hdc through both loops, turn
Just for clarification here, this is what working through the back loop only looks like. You can see a full tutorial for creating ribbing by working in the back loop by clicking here
Row 3: Ch2, 32hdc in BLO, 4sc in BLO, 2ss in BLO, ss into the same st in Round 2 of the crown, turn
Row 4: Rep Row 2
Row 5: Ch2, 32hdc in BLO, 4sc in BLO, 2ss in BLO, ss into the NEXT st on Round 2 of the crown, turn
Row 6: Rep Row 2
Rows 7-48: Repeat rows 3-6, working around the crown until the two sides of the beanie meet.
Joining and finishing
To join, ss through the back loop of each stitch in the row you just worked and the front loop of the starting ch, matching stitch for stitch.
For a photo tutorial showing how to join ribbed fabric worked in the back loop, have a look at my ribbed ear warmer tutorial.
Fasten off, sew in ends
Add Pom Pom if desired
Note you can see instructions for altering size and length on the original pattern page.