Take note: this guide is for crocheters who already know crocheting terms like "chain" and "round" and know how to do the slip stitch and the double crochet stitch. These are the two stitches you will use to make your beanie. If you want reminding on how to do a double crochet stitch, I recommend visiting this website:
The crochet whiz who doesn't need a breakdown of each step but just wants the pattern can skip to step 9 to see it. Happy crocheting!
Step 1: Gathering materials
--a pair of scissors
--an F crochet hook (which you can find at any crafts store like Hobby Lobby)
--the yarn of your choice, but I recommend medium-weight yarn because it's the easiest to work with. The weight is marked on the yarn when you buy it.
Step 2: Understanding the overall process
--Start crocheting at the top of the beanie. The stitches you make will form a circle (steps 4-7)
--Keep stitching around the circle (step 8)
--When the beanie is as wide as you want it, crochet to increase the height without also increasing the width (step 9)
The picture I've included here shows what the beanie will look like at about the beginning of step 9. At that step, feel free to refer to this picture.
Step 3: Figuring out the height of the beanie
1 year of age :
Head circumference = 16-19 inches
Hat height = 7.5 inches
2-3 years of age:
Head circumference = 18-20 inches
Hat height = 8 inches
3-10 years of age:
Head circumference = 19-20.5 inches
Hat height = 8.5 inches
11-19 years of age:
Head circumference = 20.5-22 inches
Hat height = 9-10 inches
Head circumference = 21.5-22.5 inches
Hat height = 11 inches
Head circumference = 23-24 inches
Hat height = 11-11.5 inches
Figuring out the head circumference of the person who will wear your beanie helps you know how high to make it and how many rounds it will take. But don't worry too much about getting it wrong -- beanies stretch.
The beanie shown in the pictures of this Instructable is for a 1-year-old.
Step 4: Getting started with a loop
This loop starts the crocheting process.
Step 5: Creating the first 5 chains
The second picture shows what the first 4 chains will look like.
Step 6: Making a slip stitch
To make a slip stitch:
--insert the hook through the first chain
--wrap the yarn around the hook
--pull the yarn into the loop that the hook is currently in.
The first picture shows the yarn being wrapped around the hook. The second picture shows the yarn being pulled into the loop.
Step 7: Finishing the first round, beginning the second
For the second round, stitch 3 d.c.'s in each d.c. around. The picture shows what the beanie looks like with these 3 d.c.'s.
Quick tip: To keep track of when a round ends and another begins, I recommend using some kind of marker. When I was first learning to crochet beanies, the friend who taught me told me to insert a small piece of yarn into the loop on my hook. Whenever I reach the end of a round, I move my marker and place it into the new loop on my hook. The marker is not the same color as the yarn making the beanie (if it is, it's not very effective).
Step 8: Making 2 double crochet rounds
The picture is an example of what the beanie looks like with these 2 d.c.'s.
Step 9: Making 1 d.c. rounds and finishing
When you have reached your desired length, cut off the remaining yarn with a pair of scissors.
Now try it on for size. If it's too small, you can keep on crocheting. If it it's too big, you can (carefully) undo some of the stitching. But hopefully it fits -- you now have your very own crocheted beanie!
The picture shows what my beanie (which was for a 1-year-old) ended up looking like.
Step 10: The pattern
Round 1: chain 5, slip stitch in 5th from hook, 10 d.c. in loop, place marker
Round 2: 3 d.c. in each d.c. around
Round 3: 2 d.c. in next d.c., d.c. in next d.c. around
Round 4: 2 d.c. in next d.c., d.c. in next 2 d.c. around
Round 5: 2 d.c. in next d.c., d.c. in next 3 d.c. around
Round 6: 2 d.c. in next d.c., d.c. in next 4 d.c. around
Round 7 – 15: d.c. in each d.c. around
I found this pattern from the Crochet Spot website, which I found extremely helpful when I was first learning to crochet. The website is still very helpful.