‘Off Piste’ is a crochet pattern for a cosy, waffle stitch beanie hat with a slight slouch. Finished with a giant pom pom, the textured fabric will keep you warm whether you’re on or off the slopes this winter.
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This beanie was originally designed for Inside Crochet (issue 131), who have allowed the use of their beautiful images
- Knowledge of basic crochet stitches and terminology
- Working in rows and rounds
- Post stitches (front post double crochet – see special stitches)
- Working in back loops
- Because of the post stitch increases, I would class this as an intermediate level pattern
You will need around 215m of light aran / worsted weight yarn for the adult size.
The yarn you see here is West Yorkshire Spinners, The Croft Aran, Shetland Colours, 100g = 166m 182yds, 100% Shetland Island Wool in Huxter 397
Yarn Substitution Options
Although this is an Aran weight yarn, I found it to be quite a fine aran, so you may be able to meet gauge with a heavy dk or lighter worsted.
You may find this post useful in choosing a substitute yarn.
You can use a pre-mde pom pom or create your own (see pom pom safety notes).
You’ll also need a yarn needle to sew in the ends.
Pom pom safety warning
Pom poms can be a choking hazard, especially if the small pieces of yarn come loose.
I do not recommend adding pom poms to hats or other items intended for use by babies, infants, toddlers or children. Children, toddlers, infants and babies should never be left unattended with pom poms or whilst wearing this crocheted hat. The safety of babies, infants, toddlers and children is paramount. Please be cautious and use your own judgement.
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When making items, especially for babies, infants, toddlers and children, take extra care to ensure pieces are securely sewn together and be mindful of choking hazards and health and safety risks.
Hats are made with negative ease, so the finished hat must be smaller than the head it is made to fit (though they should never be uncomfortable). This is so it can stretch to stay on. For this pattern, the hat should be around 5-8cm smaller than the head it is designed to fit
You can find a full guide to hat sizing here.
The teen / adult size hat has a finished circumference of 50cm and is 24cm tall. The brim measures around 3cm deep and is included in the hat height measurement
You can change the height of the hat by adding or removing a multiple of 2 rounds once the increase section has been completed.
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- Please read all the pattern notes before starting your project
- This pattern uses standard US crochet terms (UK equivalents are given in brackets in the abbreviations list)
- Numbers 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 first stitch of each row / round should be worked into the top of the last stitch from the previous row / round, unless otherwise indicated
- Instructions written after *asterisks should be repeated as indicated
- Instructions written between [square brackets] should be repeated the specific number of times stated
- Instructions in (rounded brackets) should be worked in the same stitch
- The beanie hat is worked from the crown down in rounds
- A ribbed brim is created from the body of the hat
- Add an oversized pom pom to finish
- You can learn all about hat construction in this article
Stitches & Abbreviations: US terms
(UK Equivalent in Brackets)
- BLO = back loop only
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet (UK treble crochet)
- fpdc = front post double crochet (UK Raised Treble Front) – see special stitches
- hdc = half double crochet (UK half treble crochet)
- rep = repeat
- RS = right side
- ss = slip stitch
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- WS = wrong side
- yo = yarn over
Magic Ring (MR)
You can find a photo and video tutorial on how to create a magic ring here. If you are not familiar with the magic ring for working in the round then you can ch4 and join to the first st with a ss and work the sts into this ring to start the pattern.
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)
Yo, insert hook behind the post of the stitch from the row below (from front to back, so the post is in front of the hook), yo, pull up a loop, [yo, pull through two loops] twice to complete the stitch.
The post will pull towards you as you work to create the cable effect.
You can find a post stitch tutorial here.
During the increase part of this pattern you will work post stitches and non post stitches into the same stitch. So for example where you see the instruction (1fpdc, 1dc), you should work 1 fpdc around the post of the stitch and 1 dc into the top of that same stitch. Sometimes you will also work 2 fpdc in the same stitch – here, you work them both around the same post.
This is all described in the pattern, but it’s important you pay close attention to where you are placing your stitches in order to make the increases progress correctly.
The pattern uses a combination of front post stitches and double crochet to create waffle stitch over the main body of the hat.
As you start the hat, the stitch pattern will change each round as you increase from the crown to the widest point.
From the widest point onwards, you will work traditional waffle stitch in the round for the body of the hat until you reach the brim.
You do not need to know waffle stitch before you start as it is explained as you work through the pattern. However, you can find a tutorial for waffle stitch here, which you may find useful for making your gauge swatch.
The waffle stitch pattern uses a stitch multiple of 3 and a row multiple of 2 –learn about stitch and row multiples here
Gauge / Tension
18 sts and 12 rows in 10cm of waffle stitch using a 5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
The Off Piste Waffle Stitch Beanie Hat Pattern
Make a MR;
Round 1 (RS): Ch2 (does not count as st throughout), 9dc in ring, ss to top of first st, turn. 9 sts
Round 2: Ch2, 2dc in each st around, ss to top of first st, turn. 18 sts
Round 3: Ch2, [(1fpdc, 1dc), 1dc] nine times, ss to top of first st, turn. 27 sts
Round 4: Ch2, [(1fpdc, 1dc), 1fpdc, 1dc] nine times, ss to top of first st, turn. 36 sts
Round 5: Ch2, [(1fpdc, 1dc), 1dc, 1fpdc, 1dc] nine times, ss to top of first st, turn. 45 sts
Round 6: Ch2, [2fpdc in next st, 1dc, 1fpdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc] nine times, ss to top of first st, turn. 54 sts
Round 7: Ch2, *(1fpdc, 1dc), (1dc, 1fpdc), 2dc in next st, [1fpdc, 1dc in each of next 2 sts] eight times; rep from * once more, ss to top of first st, turn. 60 sts
Round 8: Ch2, [1fpdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc] four times, 2fpdc in next st, (1dc, 1fpdc), (1fpdc, 1dc), [1fpdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc] nine times, 2fpdc in next st, (1dc, 1fpdc), (1fpdc, 1dc), [1fpdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc] five times, ss to top of first st, turn. 66 sts
Round 9: Ch2, *(1fpdc, 1dc), (1dc, 1fpdc), 2dc in next st, [1fpdc, 1dc in each of next 2 sts] ten times; rep from * once more, ss to top of first st, turn. 72 sts
Round 10: Ch2, [1fpdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc] five times, 2fpdc in next st, (1dc, 1fpdc), (1fpdc, 1dc), [1fpdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc] 11 times, 2fpdc in next st, (1dc, 1fpdc), (1fpdc, 1dc), [1fpdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc] six times, ss to top of first st, turn. 78 sts
Round 11: Ch2, *(1fpdc, 1dc), (1dc, 1fpdc), 2dc in next st, [1fpdc, 1dc in each of next 2 sts] 12 times; rep from * once more, ss to top of first st, turn. 84 sts
Round 12: [1fpdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc] six times, 2fpdc in next st, (1dc, 1fpdc), (1fpdc, 1dc), [1fpdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc] 13 times, 2fpdc in next st, (1dc, 1fpdc), (1fpdc, 1dc), [1fpdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc] seven times, ss to top of first st, turn. 90 sts
Round 13: Ch2, [1fpdc, 1dc in each of next 2 sts] around, ss to top of first st, turn
Round 14: Ch2, [1fpdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc] around, ss to top of first st, turn
Rounds 15 – 28: Rep Rounds 13 and 14, ending with a WS (Round 14) rep
Do not fasten off, continue to brim
Continue at right angles to the last round of hat, and work the brim in rows;
Row 1 (RS): Ch8, 1hdc in second ch from hook and each of next 6 ch, ss in each of next 3 sts on last round of hat, turn. 7 hdc, 3 ss
Row 2: Without chaining, miss 3 ss, 1hdc in BLO of next 6 sts, 1hdc through both loops of last st, turn. 7 hdc
Row 3: Ch1, 1hdc BLO in each of next 7 sts, ss in each of next 3 sts on last round of hat, turn. 7 hdc, 3 ss
Rep Rows 2 & 3 around the base of hat.
To join the sides of the brim, ss through the BLO of last row worked and corresponding starting chain used to begin the brim, matching st to st.
Fasten off and sew in ends
Sew pom-pom to top of hat if desired / appropriate. Please ensure you heed the warning about the potential choking hazards posed by pom poms and never leave a baby, infant, toddler or child unattended with a pom pom.
The hat should not require blocking, but you can of course block it if desired.
Sharing your finished makes
I love seeing your finished makes – it gives me all the happy feels!
Here’s how you can share them on social media, if that’s your cup of tea!
- On Instagram, you can use the hashtag #HookMeHappy or #OffPisteCrochetBeanie or just tag me @doradexplored
- You can tweet me your pictures, or add them to my Facebook page
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