Saturday 29 February 2020

Basic Beanies - Free crochet pattern, part of the 2020 Charity Stash Bash CAL

Hello everyone, it's time for our second installment of our Charity Stash Bash CAL.  If you are knew to my blog then you might like to check out the link below, which will give you all the details.

This month we will be making beanies.  Hats are always a sought after item in the shoe boxes every year and are another quick and easy make, great for stash busting.  I have designed this pattern to be a base for your own creativity.

The hats are very basic giving you plenty of scope to adapt and embellish the pattern to make it unique.  You can easily add stripes, pom poms, tassels or stitch on a cute flower or applique.

The pdf for this pattern is available free for Crochet for a Cause for 1 week only, from 15th June 2020

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If you would like to take part and prefer knit over crochet, I have linked some other pattern choices along with more crochet hats for you to make.  Just click the Stash Bash link above for more patterns and information. 

Basic Beanies


Aran / worsted yarn (less than 100g for each size)
5mm & 4.5mm hooks
Darning needle


Newborn [3 months, 6 months, 12 months, toddler, child, teen, adult, adult large]


Beginner / intermediate

Abbreviations US Terms (UK conversion)

sc - single crochet (double crochet)
dc – double crochet (treble crochet)
ch – chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
bl – back loop


15 sts to 10cm (4 inches) and 7 rows


Inches (cm)
3 months
6 months
12 months
Adult large

12 (31)
14 (36)
15 (38)
16 (41)
18 (46)
19 (49)
20 (51)
21 (54)
22 (56)
Crown to bottom of ear
5 (13)
5 ½ (14)
6 (15)
6 ½ (17)
7 ½ (19)
8 (20)
9 (23)
10 (25)
11 (28)

Other notes:  Hat is worked in rounds starting from the crown.  Ribbing may be added and is worked sideways, joining onto the main body of hat as you go.  Beginners may wish to forego the ribbing to make the pattern beginner friendly.  

This hat pattern is designed to give you a blank canvas to work from, enabling you to and adapt and embellish as you wish.  Change colours to add stripes or add flowers and appliques to make a truly unique hat.

Increasing:  Increases are made by working 2 stitches into the same stitch.  An easy way to remember how to increase evenly around is as follows –

Round 2, make 1 increase in every st.  Round 3, inc in the 1st of every 2 sts.  Round 4, inc in the 1st of every 3 sts.  Round 5, inc in the 1st of every 4 sts and so on for as many increases as your required size states.  

Hat crown shaping

With 5mm hook chain 3 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 Ch3 (counts as dc), 9dc into ring, join with sl st to top ch3.  (10dc)

Round 2 Ch3, dc in same st, 2dc in every st around, join with sl st to top ch3.  (20dc)

Round 3 Ch3, dc in same st, [dc in next st, 2dc in next st] repeat around, dc in last st, join with sl st to top ch3.  (30dc)

Continue in the same way increasing 10 sts evenly each round for 0 [1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4] more rounds.

Newborn, 6 months, toddler, teen, large sizes only

Continue in the same way for 1 more round, increasing 5sts evenly.  You will need to increase in the 1st of every 6 [_, 8, _, 10, _, 12, _, 14] sts.

You should now have – 35 [40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75] sts

Hat body

Round 1 Ch3, dc in each st around, join with sl st to top ch3.

Repeat round 1 a further 2[3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10] times.

If you are a beginner or would like a more basic hat and don’t want to add the ribbing, add more rounds of dc here until you reach required length.


With 4.5mm hook, join new yarn with sl st and Ch5 [5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8]

Row 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, sl st into next 2sts on brim of hat, turn.

Row 2 Working in bl only, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 3 Ch1, in bl only, sc in each st, sl st into next 2 sts on brim of hat, turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have worked around the entire brim of hat.  Turn hat inside out and sl st a seam to join ribbing.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

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I hope you enjoy the pattern, there are so many charities out there that need hats, I am sure you will find one that is dear to your heart.  If you are joining in with the CAL, don't forget to share your photos with the Facebook group or use #lullabylodge.

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See you all again soon...



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