Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Perfect Basic Beanie

This is the perfect hat for beginners to crochet. It’s very simple, yet produces a nice finished result that you can actually wear or give as a gift. Play with color and band edging once you get the hang of it, or make more rounds for a slouch hat. This basic style also produces great charity hats as well. Feel free to share.



This pattern produces a nearly invisible seam. When beginning each round, I place one (and only ever one) dc in the same stitch as the join. When increasing rounds, I start out the same (one dc in join) and end the round with 2 dc in the last stitch. It’s a minor thing, but I prefer making simple beanies this way because there are no gaps near the join and the seam is barely noticeable. I think it just makes it a bit more polished. 



I’ve included instructions for Preemie, Baby, Toddler, Child, Adult Female (Sm/Med), and Adult Male (Med/Lg) according to Craft Yarn Council’s Standards and Guidelines for Crochet sizing, as well as a chart for quick reference.

If you have the person available for whom you want to make the hat, you can do a little easy math. As you may remember, the diameter of a circle equals its circumference divided by 3.14 (pi). Measure the circumference of said head and subtract 2.5 to 5 cm (or 1 to 2 inches to account for stretch). Divide the result by pi. This final number will be the diameter of your initial circle (the beginning of the hat, worked in rounds of increases). Once you reach that diameter, stop increasing and crochet the following rounds with no increases until your reach your desired length. Length of the hat will equal the person’s measurement from crown to bottom of ear. Here’s an example of a hat I might make for myself: I have a head circumference of 53.5 cm (21”). Therefore, (53.5-2.5)/3.14=16.2 cm (6.4”) for the diameter of my circle (about 5 rounds). My crown to bottom-of-ear measurement is 20 cm (8”) for the length of my hat. Keep in mind that you have some wiggle room when you crochet. You’re measurements will not necessarily come out to the exact decimal place while you work, and that’s ok. Just round up or down to the nearest measurement.


INSTRUCTIONS
You will need:
Worsted/medium (4) weight yarn (Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn, Red Heart Super Saver, Red Heart With Love, Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, or similar loft yarns work great).
I-9 (5.50 mm) crochet hook
Large-eye blunt needle for weaving ends

Gauge: 10 cm (4 inches) = 13 st and 7.5 rnds

Notes: Sl st in top of first st to join rounds (see pic below), st count will always include beg ch. Work is not turned.
Instead of ‘Ch 3, Rnd 1’ you can make a magic circle if you’re so inclined.
I prefer to 'ch 2' when I dc. I think a 'ch 3' is too long, especially when making joins in the top of the first st. It's personal preference, but I know I'm not the only one who does this. ;)



Preemie – fits 30.5 cm (12”) head circumference
Ch 3
Rnd 1: 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to join. Pull yarn end tight to close circle. 12 st including beg ch.
Rnd 2: ch 2, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in ea st around, sl st to join. 22 st.
Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 32 st.
Rnds 4-8: ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in ea st around, sl st to join. 32 st
Rnd 9: ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in ea st around, sl st to join. 32 st. Fasten off, weave ends.

Baby – fits 35.5 cm (14”) head circumference
Ch 3
Rnd 1: 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to join. Pull yarn end tight to close circle. 12 st including beg ch.
Rnd 2: ch 2, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in ea st around, sl st to join. 22 st.
Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 32 st.
Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 42 st.
Rnds 5-10: ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in ea st around, sl st to join. 42 st.
Rnd 11: ch, 1 sc in same st as join, sc in ea st around, sl st to join. 42 st.   

Toddler – fits 40.5 cm (16”) head circumference
Ch 3
Rnd 1: 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to join. Pull yarn end tight to close circle. 12 st including beg ch.
Rnd 2: ch 2, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in ea st around, sl st to join. 22 st.
Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 32 st.
Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 42 st.
Rnd 5: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next 7 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 47 st.
Rnds 6-11: ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in ea st around, sl st to join. 47 st.
Rnd 12: ch, 1 sc in same st as join, sc in ea st around, sl st to join. 47 st.

Child – fits 46 cm (18”) head circumference
Ch 3
Rnd 1: 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to join. Pull yarn end tight to close circle. 12 st including beg ch.
Rnd 2: ch 2, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in ea st around, sl st to join. 22 st.
Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 32 st.
Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 42 st.
Rnd 5: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 52 st.
Rnds 6-13: ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in ea st around, sl st to join. 52 st.
Rnd 14: ch, 1 sc in same st as join, sc in ea st around, sl st to join. 52 st.

Adult Female (small/medium) – fits 55 cm (21-22”) head circumference
Ch 3
Rnd 1: 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to join. Pull yarn end tight to close circle. 12 st including beg ch.
Rnd 2: ch 2, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in ea st around, sl st to join. 22 st.
Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 32 st.
Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 42 st.
Rnd 5: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 52 st.
Rnd 6: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 62 st.
Rnds 7-15: ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in ea st around, sl st to join. 62 st.
Rnd 16: ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in ea st around, sl st to join. 62 st. Fasten off, weave ends.

Adult Male (medium/large)- fits 58 cm (23”) head circumference
Ch 3
Rnd 1: 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to join. Pull yarn end tight to close circle. 12 st including beg ch.
Rnd 2: ch 2, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in ea st around, sl st to join. 22 st.
Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 32 st.
Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 42 st.
Rnd 5: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 52 st.
Rnd 6: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 62 st.
Rnd 7: ch 2, dc in same st as join, *dc in next 11 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. 67
Rnds 8-17: ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in ea st around, sl st to join. 67 st.
Rnd 18: ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in ea st around, sl st to join. 67 st. Fasten off, weave ends.

Av. Head. Circumf. Hat Circumf. Beg. Circle Circumf. Hat Length
Preemie 30.5 cm (12") 25-30.5 cm (10-12") 9-10 cm (3.5-4") 11.5-12.5 cm (4.5-5")
Baby 0-1 yr 35.5 cm (14") 31-35.5 cm (12-14") 11-12 cm (4.5-5") 14-15 cm (5.5-6")
Toddler 1-3 yrs 40.5 cm (16") 36-40.5 cm (14-16") 13-14 cm (5-5.5") 15-16.5 cm (6-6.5")
Child 4-12 yrs 46 cm (18") 41-46 cm (16-18") 14-15 cm (5.5-6") 18-19 cm(7-7.5")
Female 13+ (S/M 55 cm (22") 50-55 cm (20-22") 17-18 cm (6.5-7") 20-21 cm (8-8.5")
Male 13+ (M/L) 58 cm (23") 53-58 cm (21-23") 17.5-19 cm (7-7.5") 23-24 cm (9-9.5")


This pattern follows the standards and guidelines for crochet and knitting compiled by Craft Yarn Council, which can be found at yarnstandards.com

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