Thursday, March 20, 2014

Women's Granny Square Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern

This is the beanie was originally designed to go with my Women's Granny Square Scarf, but I've recently (06.2017) designed the Vintage Granny Square Scarf that would also work perfectly!

Originally, I searched on YouTube for a video on a Granny Square beanie. I found the Granny Square Hat Crochet Tutorial courtesy of Clare from BobWilson123. I followed it as recommended but I had trouble with the stretch. I made my square to the correct size and then began making the sides. I ended up completing the entire hat, an increase round short to fit my head and then even then, it was TOO big to fit comfortably on my head. It is an interesting video though, and Clare has wonderful tutorials on her YouTube channel.

I had set the finished hat aside because I wasn't completely satisfied with it. I ended up sitting down today to redo the hat. I took out ALL of my yarn and started over...::sighs::...but here it is...

06.04.17 Update: Originally when I published this, I started with a J10/6mm hook and this Basic Beanie pattern I found via Pinterest. It is courtesy of Sarah from Family Bugs. Now, I have my own way of making hats, and have since redone this pattern using my stitch counts and preferred I9/5.5mm hook.

Materials:
    - About 130 - 150 Yards of Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Pink Camo and Autumn Stripe, as well as Berroco Vintage in Mushroom
    - Size I9/5.5mm hook
    - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     With one full skein, you should be able to get at least two hats.

Time Spent:
     I had my hat done up in less than an hour.

Measurements:
     Adult Small and Large Sizes Included. I wear an Adult Small, with a head circumference of 21.5".

     This hat will have a crown of about 6.25" (6.75") in diameter, a circumference of nearly 19.75" (21.25") to fit a head size of 20-22" (22-23"), and fall 7.75" - 8.5" in length.

*Stretch depends on your yarn brand selected. The I Love This Yarn and Red Heart's With Love have about two inches worth, while a yarn such as Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft yarn has about an inch to an inch and a half.

Gauge:
With I Love This Yarn and an I9/5.5mm Hook = 4" x 4"
     Chain 16, DC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (14 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviation:
    DC - Double Crochet
    SC - Single Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Join to the first stitch, not the beginning chain (unless otherwise directed).

Beginning chain 2 does not count in the crown, but does in the body. 

To keep a straight seam I worked my hat in a specific way, not entirely noted below. The crown is written as I worked it, but for each of the repeat rounds of the hat (for the body of it), I alternated between working the first DC into the first stitch, and working the first DC into the second stitch. Doing so, forced either the first DC to be in the same stitch as the beginning chain 2, or the last DC to be in the same stitch. This is similar to how you would work the stitches if you were turning at the end of each round. Feel free to work the hat how you feel comfortable - mine is just a suggestion for the technique).

If you choose to work color changes (I didn't) - work them in last part of stitch. For assistance, see my How to Change Colors in Crochet the EyeLoveKnots Way post.

I finished my hat with an invisible join. To see a photo tutorial of this technique, see the Pattern Notes section of my Newborn Twin Chunky Hat post.

Small Size shown, with Large Size in parenthesis.

Pattern:
SMALL: Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 10 DC into the ring. Join. [10 DC]

LARGE: Chain 4, 11 DC into the first chain. Join. [12 DC]

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 9 (11) DC around, DC into the last DC. Join. [20 (24) DC]

R3: Chain 2. DC into the first two DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next DC) 9x (11x). DC into the last DC. Join. [30 (36) DC]

R4: Chain 2. DC into the first three DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next two DCs) 9x (11x). DC into the last DC. Join. [40 (48) DC]

R5: Chain 2. DC into the first four DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next three DCs) 9x (11x). DC into the last DC. Join. [50 (60) DC]

R6: Chain 2. DC into the first five DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next four DCs) 9x (11x). DC into the last DC. Join. [60 (72) DC]

R7: Chain 2 (counts as a DC). DC into the 2nd DC, and each DC around. Join. [60 (72) DC]

R8: Chain 2. Work 2 DC into the same DC, skip 2 DCs, (3 DCs into the next DC, skip the next 2 DCs) around. Join. [20 (24) clusters]

*Cloche-Like: R9 - 15: Slip stitch over into the chain space. Chain 2. Work 2 DC into the same space, skip the next cluster, (3 DCs into next space, skip the next cluster) around. Join. [20 (24) clusters]

R16 - 17: Chain 1. SC into the first DC, and into each DC around. Join. [60 (72) SC]

*Regular Beanie: R9 - 16: Slip stitch over into the chain space. Chain 2. Work 2 DC into the same space, skip the next cluster, (3 DCs into next space, skip the next cluster) around. Join. [20 (24) clusters]


R17 - 18: Chain 1. SC into the first DC, and into each DC around. Join. [60 (72) SC]

Fasten Off, and Weave in Ends.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Granny Square Beanie using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

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