Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Simple Men's Beanie

As I mentioned in my previous post, the cherry blossom beanie I made for my friend was originally intended for her birthday. Since her and her fiance's birthdays are only 10 days apart, I decided to make him one too. I wanted to give them a couple-something that they can wear together, so I used the same blue yarn I made the cherry blossom beanie with to accent his own beanie.

This pattern is pretty simple and straightforward, and fast too, since I used double crochets all through out. It's also very basic, and can be used as a "foundation beanie" when you want to add decorations like ears or flowers, or bows, etc.

The beanie's size is a bit big, because my friend's fiance is a big guy. I forgot to measure it before giving it to them, but you can make adjustments as you go whenever you think the beanie's becoming too big by skipping an increase row. In my pattern below, I added two versions for large and extra-large.

Although I made this beanie for a guy, because of it's simple design, it can be for any gender. It can even be for kids too. Just adjust the size by adding or removing rows with increases. You can experiment with the pattern because it doesn't require any number of stitch at any point.




Materials
Hook: 5mm crochet hook
Yarns:
Dapper Dreamer Stardust Black
Dapper Dreamer Stardust Powder Blue

Stitches Used
ch (chain)
dc (double crochet)
sl st (slip stitch)
dc2tog (dc together)


Beanie
Note: Counts inside [ ]  are for the large size.

Using the black yarn, make a magic ring.

Row 1: ch 2, 11 dc in ring. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (11 sts)

Row 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (22 sts)

Row 3: ch 2, *2 dc in the first st, dc in the next st* repeat around. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (33 sts)

Row 4: ch 2, *2 dc in the first st, dc in the next 2 sts* repeat around. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (44 sts)

Row 5: ch 2, *2 dc in the first st, dc in the next 3 sts* repeat around. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (55 sts)

Row 6: ch 2, *2 dc in the first st, dc in the next 4 sts* repeat around. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (66 sts)

Row 7: ch 2, *2 dc in the first st, dc in the next 10 sts* repeat around. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (72 sts)

Row 8: ch 2, *2 dc in the first st, dc in the next 11 sts* repeat around. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (78 sts)

Row 9: ch 2, [2 dc on each st around] *2 dc in the first st, dc in the next 12 sts* repeat around. Join with a sl st to the first dc. ([78 sts] 84 sts)

Rows 10 - 13: ch 2, dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the first dc.

Row 14: Switch to blue yarn. Ch 2, dc on each st around. Join with a sl st to the first dc.

Row 15: Switch to black yarn. Ch 2, dc on each st around. Join with a sl st to the first dc.

Row 16: Repeat row 14.

Row 17: Switch to black yarn. Ch 2, *dc2tog in the next st, dc in next [11 sts] 12 sts. Join with a sl st to the first dc. ([72] 78 sts)

Row 18: ch 2, dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the first dc. Fasten off.



This pattern is really basic, and you can make it with many different variations. You can add more stripes, or have no stripes at all. You can also use different colors if you want. You can even use sc or hdc for the striped parts for a thinner stripe effect, or a combination for a varied effect; just remember to adjust the length accordingly.

I would recommend this pattern when you want to whip up something handmade and personal and give it as a gift, but either you are lacking time or you are just starting to learn crochet. The pattern is really simple and not intimidating with many different stitches. The resulting beanie is also simple which makes it good for daily wear.

So that's it! I really like this pattern for its simplicity and I can easily say it's one of my favorites. I hope you guys find this pattern useful too. As always, leave your thoughts on the comments section below, and have a nice day crocheting AF! \m/


This pattern is free and not for sale. Please credit and link back to this site when sharing, using for business, etc. Thanks! :)

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