My brother is a nightmare to buy gifts for. He’s one of those people who buys everything he wants for himself. So the past couple of years I have made birthday presents for him.
Last year I made him the Studio Stripe Scarf (only in grey and without the stripe) and when I saw him last weekend to give him this year’s present he was wearing it. He teases me that it’s out of politeness but I think he actually wears it when I’m not watching too!! 😉
Anyway, this year I decided to make him a beanie as he has some follicular challenges now we are not so young!
I wanted something classic and unfussy so that, like the scarf, he would actually wear it! So I decided to have a go at the classic ribbed beanie and “My Brother’s Beanie” was my take on it.
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I wanted to keep the one I made him so much that I made myself one… with a pom pom… and one for his girlfriend… and one for my sister… they are that addictive and are perfect one skein projects so ideal for last minute gifts.
I’ve shared some pics of the various versions I’ve made, all using aran / worsted weight yarns and a 5mm hook.
This is a simple pattern which assumes basic crochet knowledge
The hat starts by working into a magic ring (modification given) then working in rows into the back loop only
Note that I have now created a picture tutorial to accompany this pattern which you can find here
Approximately 170m of aran or worsted weight yarn. Pretty much any yarn which meets the gauge will work with this pattern – it’s pretty forgiving!
For the petrol blue and mustard beanies I used 1 x 100g ball Leader of the Pac yarn from Hobbycraft (aff) which was also sufficient to make the Pom Pom for the petrol blue version!. The grey beanie you see uses Rowan Pure Wool Worsted(aff) which is a little less chunky but super warm!
This pattern makes an adult size beanie with a circumference of approximately 50cm / 20in and a length of 30cm / 12in (unfolded). There is a lot of stretch in the stitch pattern so this will fit most adults.
I have added guidance directly after the pattern on how to modify the size if you want to make a shorter or smaller version.
15 sts x 9 rows in 10cm (4in) x 10cm (4in) of half double crochet (UK half treble) worked in the back loop only using a 5mm hook or size needed to meet gauge.
- This pattern uses US crochet terms
- Numbers in brackets at the end of a row / round indicate the number of stitches in that row / round and are only given at the start of a section or where there is a change
- Turning chains do not count as stitches
- Unless otherwise indicated stitches should be worked in consecutive stitches
- The hat is worked from the top down, starting by working a small crown in rounds then working at right angles around the crown in rows until the two sides of the beanie meet.
Stitches and Abreviations (US Terms)
(UK Equivalent in Brackets)
BLO = back loop only
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet (UK half treble)
MR = magic ring – see special stitches for instructions & modification
rep = repeat
RS = Right Side
sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)
sk = skip (UK miss)
ss = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side
The magic ring is a technique used to start projects worked in the round, whereby you work stitches into a loop and pull the tail to close the centre. You can see a video tutorial here.
If you do not wish to use the magic ring, modify by chaining 4 and join to the first stitch with a slip stitch to create a loop. You will then work the required number of stitches into that loop.
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, ss to top of first st to join, turn (8)
Round 2: Ch2, *1hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st,* 4 times, ss to top of first st, 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 2 (RS): Sk 1 ss, 2ss in BLO, 6sc in BLO, 29hdc in BLO, 1hdc through both loops, turn
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.
Fasten off, sew in ends
Add Pom Pom if desired
If you want to make a shorter beanie (this one leaves space to fold over or wear slouchy), you can do so by changing the number of stitches in Row 1. Note that you should keep the single crochet and slip stitch sections as written as this creates the crown shaping. Adjustments should only be made to the number of half double crochets worked.
If you want to make a smaller beanie, you can work fewer rows around the crown.
As the pattern is written, you slip stitch into each crown stitch twice which equates to 4 rows for each crown stitch (4 x 12 = 48 rows). There are two ways to reduce the number of rows to make a smaller beanie:
1) You can work fewer stitches into Round 1 and 2 of the crown, for example if you only had 10 stitches in Round 2 of the crown and worked the pattern as above (4 rows for each crown stitch), you would only have 40 rows.
2) You could alter the number of times you slip stitch into each of the crown stitches. For example, instead of slip stitching twice into each crown stitch, you could slip stitch into the first crown stitch only once, the second twice, the third one once and so on, so you would end up with 36 rows.
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