Honey Creek Beanie: Free Crochet Hat Pattern

It’s officially beanie season, which means it’s time to break out your worsted weight yarn and start crocheting some hats! I love this time of year, and how this is truly the time to crochet! If you’re looking for your next free crochet beanie pattern, then you’ve come to the right place. The Honey Creek Beanie is a cute, beginner friendly free crochet hat pattern, and can be customized to fit your whole family!

I’m so excited to welcome Joanna of High Desert Yarn as my latest guest blogger, who is sharing her pattern, the Honey Creek Beanie today. I am a huge fan of bobbles, and when I saw them on this hat I fell in love! It’s super quick to make, can be customized to fit any size, and is a great easy first time crochet hat pattern. I’ll hand things over to Joanna, and she can share her pattern!

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A Little About High Desert Yarn

Hi! I’m Joanna Robinson, the creator of High Desert Yarn. I became interested in yarn crafts as a teenager, and would knit or crochet with my mom during winter holiday school breaks. In 2013 my love for crochet blossomed into a full hobby as I created baby blankets for family and friends. Since then, I’ve launched a business in 2017 by creating modern crochet patterns for the handmade wardrobe. My patterns are fun for adventurous mamas to make, and functional for their wild babies to wear. You will never be bored crocheting one of my patterns!

I currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband, two kids, and three dogs. On any weekend you will find me exploring the outdoors, gardening, or playing soccer with her kids. I love a long run as much as I love eating an obscene amount of chocolate cake, and coffee is always queen in my house.

About the Honey Creek Beanie

The Honey Creek Beanie is a fun and textured hat to greet a chilly day. This pattern is ideal for a comfortable intermediate crocheter, or an ambitious advanced beginner. It comes in four sizes—toddler, child, adult small, and adult large. These would make a lovely Mama & Me set, or a set for the whole family.

The Yarn

This beanie uses a worsted (category 4) weight yarn to make a lightweight cold weather hat that’s perfect for fall mornings and evenings. This pattern uses one Caron Cake, a self-striping yarn, but there’s a twist. There are three different ways to use the Caron Cake, and these instructions are in the Notes section. You can easily substitute the Caron Cake for another worsted weight yarn. Making this pattern a perfect stash diving project!

Construction

The base stitches of the Honey Creek Beanie are the Half Double Crochet, and Bobble Stitches. You will be practicing placing stitches in the Front Loop, Back Loop, and 3rd Loop. A link to a tutorial video is linked below. The hat is crocheted in one rectangle, and seamed together along the short sides and around the top of the hat. Add a pom pom on top, or leave it bare, and you have a beautiful handmade hat to welcome the changing seasons!

Supplies List

  • Yarn – Caron Cakes, worsted/category 4, (200g/7.1oz, 350m/383yds)
    • You will need 2 colors total.
    • Yardage for each color as follows : MC = 135yds, CC = 44yds
    • If using Caron Cakes, please see the Notes section.
    • Substitutes : Any other worsted (category 4) yarn will work. If changing the yarn, be sure to check gauge.
  • Crochet Hook – H/8 (5.00mm) or correct hook to meet gauge
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Measuring Tape

Stitches Used

American (US) terms used throughout.

  • CH(S) – chain(s)
  • SC – single crochet
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • FLO – front loop only
  • BLO – back loop only
  • BOBBLE – bobble stich
  • YO – yarn over
  • ST(S) – stitch(es)
  • MC – main color
  • CC – contrasting color 

Gauge

15 STS x 10 Rows = 4″ x 4″ square

Create gauge using the HDC.

Gauge is measured BEFORE blocking.

 

Sizing & Finished Size

Size Chart

Size

Head

Circumference

Beanie

Circumference

Beanie

Height

Rows

Starting

Chains

Toddler

16”

15”

8-8.5”

44

8 CC, 21 MC

Child

18”

16”

8-8.5”

47

8 CC, 21 MC

Adult Small

20”

19”

8.5-9”

55

8 CC, 26 MC

Adult Large

22”

21”

9-10”

61

8 CC, 36 MC

 

How to Adjust the Size

  • Width (of rectangle)/ Height (of beanie)
    • Add or subtract in multiples of 5+1 from the MC chain to change the size.
    • For a slouchy fit : add 1 multiple of 5 to the MC chain.
    • For a double/folded over band : double the amount of CC chains.
  • Length (of rectangle)/ Circumference (of beanie)
    • Any length/circumference can be created with this pattern. If you want a custom fit beanie, measure around the widest part of the head. With this measurement, continue to crochet the Repeat (Rows 3-8), stopping after any row, until you reach your desired length/circumference. You do not have to finish the last Repeat.
  • Starting Chain
    • Regardless of which size you are making, begin the chain with the CC, and chain 8. Join the MC yarn, and continue to chain until you reach your desired width.

Experience Level = Intermediate

Pattern Notes

  • You will need to have an understanding of the Half Double Crochet, the Bobble Stitch, and crocheting into the Front Loop, Back Loop, and 3rd Loop, before you begin. If you need help with these stitches, there is a photo tutorial for the Bobble Stitch, a link to a photo tutorial for stitching into the 3rd Loop, and a video tutorial on how to crochet into Both Loops, Front Loop, Back Loop, and 3rd Loop.
  • Check your gauge! This is important if you want your hat to fit correctly.
  • Count your beginning chain before starting Row 1. The MC must have a multiple of 5+1 to create the Bobble Stitch repeat in Row 6.
  • Place a Stitch Marker where the band and body meet. This will help you with placing stitches in the right spot, and not losing count. When in doubt, count your stitches again.
  • CH 1 at the end of a row DOES NOT count as a stitch.
  • Caron Cakes. This pattern is designed with a self striping yarn. However, you do not need a self striping yarn to create this pattern. If you choose to use Caron Cakes, or another self striping yarn, here are three options to create this beanie. You can find a step by step tutorial for how to do this here on Claire’s Blog at: How to separate self striping yarn.
    • 1. Use the yarn as it is in one single strand, without creating the band in a different color.
    • 2. Section off, and cut each individual color. Roll each color into a ball, or wind into a mini cake. Then, pick two colors. One color for the band, and the other for the body. Create as many individual balls to create the hat in two colors. This is the option I chose for making this hat.
    • 3. Section off one color for the band, and roll into a ball. Crochet the body with the self striping yarn. Make sure to cut out the band color in the striping pattern, so you don’t use it in the body of the hat.

Honey Creek Beanie Pattern

These instructions will be written for an Adult Small. If you are making a different size, be sure to change your starting chain count, and the number of rows. See the sizing chart on for a guide. Odd numbered rows are worked on the Right Side of the fabric, and the even numbered rows are worked on the Wrong Side of the fabric. The Bobble Stitches are stitched on the Wrong Side, but pushed away from you to bobble on the Right Side.

 

CH 8 in CC, join MC and CH 26.

Row 1 : HDC in the 2nd CH from hook, and in next 24 CHS. Join CC, HDC in next 8 CHS. CH 1. Turn. (33 STS)

Row 2 : With CC, HDC BLO in next 8 STS. Join MC, HDC in next 25 STS. CH 1. Turn. (33 STS)

Row 3 : With MC, HDC in 1st ST, HDC 3rd Loop in next 24 STS. Join CC, HDC BLO in next 8 STS. CH 1. Turn. (33 STS)

Row 4 : With CC, HDC BLO in next 8 STS. Join MC, HDC FLO in next 25 STS. CH 1. Turn. (33 STS)

Row 5 : With MC, HDC in next 25 STS. Join CC, HDC BLO in next 8 STS. CH 1. Turn. (33 STS)

Row 6 : With CC, HDC BLO in next 8 STS. Join MC, [SC in next 2 STS, BOBBLE in next ST, SC in next 2 STS.] Repeat […] until end of row. CH 1. Turn. (33 STS)

Row 7 : With MC, HDC in next 25 STS. Join CC, HDC BLO in next 8 STS. CH 1. Turn. (33 STS)

Row 8 : With CC, HDC BLO in next 8 STS. Join MC, HDC FLO in next 25 STS. CH 1. Turn. (33 STS)

Repeat Rows 3 – 8 until desired length.

 

Seaming

Leave a long tail in both colors for seaming, and cut yarn. The MC tail needs to be longer than the CC. The tail needs to be long because it will seam up the body of the hat, and around the top of the hat.

Use the Mattress Stitch to create an invisible seam. Follow along for step by step instructions.

1. Lay the rectangle Right Side up.
2. Fold over so that the Right Sides are touching. The Wrong Side will be facing you. Align the short edges together so the MC edges match each other and the CC edges match each other.
 
3. Thread the tapestry needle with the CC yarn tail at the end of the band.
4. Line up the sides of the hat so that the stitches align, and hold them together so that the edges are facing upward (towards your face).
 
5. On the lower piece of fabric, insert the needle through the first stitch from top to bottom through one stitch.
6. Next, on the upper piece of fabric, insert the needle through the first stitch from bottom to top through one stitch.
7. Continue seaming in Steps 5 & 6 until you have seamed the CC last stitches together. Fasten yarn with an overhand knot, and weave in the end. Trim excess yarn.
 
8. Thread the tapestry needle with the MC yarn tail.
9. Follow Steps 5 & 6 to seam the MC yarn section of the hat.Fasten yarn with an overhand knot, but do not fasten off.Turn Right Side out. Now, you should have a rectangular tube ready to seam the top of the hat closed.

 

Sewing the Top

Weave in and out of the top edge of the hat about every other stitch. Pull tight to close (the tope of the hat will start to look like a folded accordion). Fasten with an overhand knot. Weave back and forth across the top of the hat to secure the closure. Fasten off, and weave in all remaining ends.

Top with a pom pom, or leave bare. Regardless, wear your beautiful Honey Creek Beanie with pride!

 

The Honey Creek Beanie is the right amount of whimsy for children and adults. It’s not over the top for an adult’s classic wardrobe, and it’s not too subdued for a child. Create this bobbly beanie today for an instant focal piece for your wardrobe. Thank you for checking out my pattern today!

Happy Stitching,

Joanna

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