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How to Crochet a Beanie Hat for Beginners

The beanie -- the perfect solution to a bad hair day.

A crocheted hat is the perfect solution to a bad hair day! Hats are quick to make and can be made in assorted yarns for different seasons, such as wool, acrylic and cotton.

Create a Ring and Work in Rounds

Starting the round.

Make a slip knot and place it on your hook. Chain 4 stitches and make into a ring by slip stitching the last chain to the first chain. Round 1: Chain 2 and work 11 double crochet stitches into the ring for a total of 12 stitches, including first chain 2. Round 2: Chain 2, 1 double crochet in the same place, 2 double crochet in each of the next 12 stitches, slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total count of 24 stitches.

Measuring the crown.

Round 3: Chain 2, * 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch. * Repeat from * to , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 36 stitches. Round 4: Chain 2, * 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in each of next 2 stitches. * Repeat from * to , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 48 stitches.
Round 5: Chain 2, * 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in each of next 3 stitches. * Repeat from * to , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 60 stitches.
Round 6: Chain 2, * 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in each of next 4 stitches. * Repeat from * to
, slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 72 stitches. Round 7: Chain 2, * 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in each of next 5 stitches. * Repeat from * to , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 84 stitches. Round 8: Chain 2, * 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in each of next 6 stitches. * Repeat from * to , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 96 stitches. This should be the crown size for a women's hat. (Crown measures 7 inches in diameter.) Round 9: Chain 2, * 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in each of next 7 stitches. * Repeat from * to *, slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 108 stitches. This should be the crown size for a men's hat. (Crown measures 7.5 inches in diameter.)

Measure hat height from the center of round 1 to the bottom edge.

Round 9 until the end: Chain 2, 1 double crochet in each stitch all the way around. Slip stitch last stitch to the top of chain 2. This begins the development of the hat's height. Continue working in this manner until you have 9 inches (for a women's hat) and 9.5 inches (for a men's hat) from the center of the crown to the bottom edge. Add a few extra rounds to make a fold-over brim.

Tip

Tip #1: Pick a smooth yarn rather than one with texture for your first project. Crocheting with textured yarns is a bit tricky. Tip #2: If making this for a person with cancer (as a chemo cap), use only cotton or a cotton/silk blend. Wool and acrylic are too scratchy to sensitive skin. Tip #3: If making this as a gift, make it from acrylic yarn. Some folks are allergic to wool. There are some great acrylic and cotton blends on the market! Tip #4: Always measure the diameter of your crown after completing a round. Bulky yarn works up faster than worsted or sport. Tip #5: If your circle is curling up on itself into a quasi-bowl form, then go up a hook size. If you are working with an H, switch to an I. Your tension is too tight. Tip #6: Have fun! Make stripes. Add a bow or buttons for embellishment.

About the Author

Lindsay Obermeyer has been sharing her passion for the textile arts since 1988. Her writing has appeared in “Reinventing Textiles,” “Fiberarts,” “Knit.1” and “Craft ‘n Things,” while her art has been featured in museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in textiles.