It’s always been fun for me to design crochet beanies. Emily’s Beanie was no different because I loved using the Be So Brave Yarn combined with the stitch pattern. I bought the yarn a few years ago and decided to use it for this project. When I looked at the website, I didn’t see any in stock but found an equivalent that I think you would love. It’s the Be So Cozy. This design is the first project of the 2020 “Make it for Me” event, so I wanted something small where you could finish in just a few hours if you wanted.
#1 Key Ingredient – When I created my band, I crocheted 72 rows which made 20” for me (because the yarn may stretch). After joining my band on round 1, I made 72 sc around the band. If you need more or less rows to achieve your desired width, that’s okay. Just remember in order for the stitching to come out right, your initial sc round must end on an even number. For example, if it took you 63 rows to achieve 20”, you would need to make sure you had 64 sc around for your first round. Another example would be if it took you 68 rows to achieve 20”, crochet 68 sc around for your first round.
Hint: If this is your first experience working with a hat from the bottom up, don’t close the page! You can do this, I promise. It’s much easier than you think and in the end, you might even like it better! Just remember, when you start working the hat, the body may look “too big”. No worries. Once you close the top, it will fit nice and snug just as if you’ve worked it from the top down.
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- Be So Cozy, or any worsted weight #4 yarn, (The Be So Brave was 100% Merino) 2 hanks,
- Hook Size – I, 5.5mm
- Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.
Band – 1 sc row (width) and 2 rows of sc (length) = 1”
The instructions for this hat, as given, will fit an adult measuring approximately 22”. The hat can easily be adjusted to meet other sizes. When I completed the band, the 72 rows measured approximately 20” and fit perfectly on my model measuring 22”. There is a great guide on head measurements provided by Cre8tion Crochet. It will give you the average size of head measurements (including length) from child to adult. I use this reference quite a lot as Lorene does a great job of thoroughly explaining the specifics required to successfully making a hat that fits.
blo – back loop only
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
3 dc cl – 3 dc cluster (See my Tutorial)
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
3dc cl (3 double crochet cluster): YO, insert hook in specified stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, (YO, insert hook into same st, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops) 2 times, YO pull through remaining 4 loops on the hook. Here is a video tutorial.
Beg 3dc cl (3 double crochet cluster): YO, insert hook in specified stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, insert hook into same st, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through remaining 3 loops on the hook.
Sc2tog (single crochet two together): Insert hook, YO, pull up a loop, insert hook into next st, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through all 3 loops
Leave a long tail (4”) before making your beginning ch. This will be used to join the band of the hat.
Row 1: Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, turn. (8 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc and each sc across, turn (8 sc)
Row 3 – 72: Repeat row 2
Body of Hat
Round 1: Join band with sl st, ch 1, sc in first sp, sc in each sp around, join by sl st to first sc. (72 sc)
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in first blo, sc in next blo and each rem st around, join by sl st to first sc. (72 sc)
Round 3: Repeat Round 2
Round 4: Beg 3dc cl (See Special Stitches), ch 1, skip next st, 3dc cl (See Special Stitches), in next st, ch 1, repeat from * around, join by sl st to first st.
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next ch-1 sp, *sc in next st, sc in next ch-1 sp, repeat from * acround, join by sl st to first st.
Repeat Rounds 2-5 until you have reached your desired height. I had 4 complete rounds in my hat.
Round 1: Ch 1, *sc in first st, sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog, repeat from * around, join by sl st to first st.
Round 2: Ch 1, *sc in first st, sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog, repeat from *around, join by sl st to first st.
Round 3: Ch 1, *sc in first st, sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog, repeat from *around, join by sl st to first st.
Round 4: Ch 1, *sc in first st, sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog, repeat from *around, join by sl st to first st.
Do not fasten off. Measure out enough yarn to weave through every other sc. I’m an overachiever and probably cut around 20” of material. You can watch my video of “How to Close the Top of a Beanie” for more information.
Optional Round: Holding the hat upside down, insert hook into bottom row and form a sl st, ch 1 and sc in same st, sc in each sp around, join with sl st to first sc. (72 st)
At the end of row 72 do not cut the yarn. Take you tapestry needle and join the ends of your rows using the whipstitch method. Fasten off. Weave in the ends.
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