Beanie hats are quick and easy to make and tend to be popular as gifts. Once you have learnt how to crochet the basic hat, you can play around with colours and stitches to create an endless variety of hats. But to start off with, nothing can beat just a basic beanie.
The finished item!
60 - 100g Yarn - I prefer 10ply (Aran weight) for hats as it works up quickly and is very cosy. Exactly how much you will need will depend on the size you make and if you want to have a turn over brim.
Crochet hook - choose the right size for your yarn and also your tension. I tend to crochet quite tightly, so use a slightly larger hook to even that out - in this case a 6mm rather than a 5.5mm.
Stitches used (In UK/Australian terms)
Ch Chain stitch
Slst Slip stitch
DC Double crochet
Make a loop round two fingers, leaving a tail of about two inches, and draw up the yarn from inside.
How to make your starting loop
Ch 2 (this doesn't count as a stitch) then make 12 Tr into the starting loop, making sure you crochet over the tail of yarn.
Join the last stitch to the top of the first Tr with a Slst (NOTE not the starting Ch2!) and pull the yarn tail hard to close the loop. (12 stitches)
Joining your stitches at the end of Round 1
Ch2 then make 2 Tr in each stitch all the way round. Join with a Slst to the top of the first stitch. (24 stitches)
If you want to change colour, then join in the new colour when you draw up the last loop of the last stitch and use this to make the Slst at the end.
End of Round 2 - ready to join in a new colour
If you change colour, leave your first colour attached and just carry it up the back of the seam. Work over the tail of the new colour as you start the round.
Crochet over the yarn end to hide it
Ch2, 1 Tr in next stitch then 2 Tr in the second stitch. Repeat to the end of the round. Join with Slst. (36 stitches)
Ch2, 1 Tr in next two stitches then 2 Tr in third stitch. Repeat to the end of the round. Join with Slst. (48 stitches)
Ch2, 1 Tr in next three stitches then 2 Tr in fourth stitch. Repeat to the end of the round. Join with Slst. (60 stitches)
Your circle should now measure 6 inches (approximately 15.3cm) across. This is the right size for a standard adult hat. If you want to make one for a child, then 5 inches should be enough, or do an extra round for an extra large head!
If you do need to do more rounds, the maths for the increase is simple - Round 6 has 4 Tr followed by 2 Tr in one stitch, 12 times, giving 72 stitches and so on.
Stop increasing after 6 inches for an adult size hat
Once your circle is the right size, you stop increasing on each round.
Round 7 to 16
Ch2, 1 Tr in each stitch, join with Slst. (60 stitches)
Keep making these rounds until you are happy with the length of your beanie. A slightly longer beanie can be folded up for a brim, or just finished off with a neat edge round the face.
To make a neat edge, I like to do a round of DC in a contrasting colour. This is optional!
Ch1, 1DC in each stitch, join with Slst to top of first DC and finish off.
Use the tapestry needle to weave in the starting and finishing tails of yarn.
Once you have mastered the art of crocheting the basic beanie, it is easy to adapt it with different stitches and textures to create interesting and unique hats. Watch out - it can be mildly addictive!
There are endless variations once you've got the hang of it!