Friday, May 16, 2014

Basic HDC Beanie Pattern


Hey Rockers!

I really wanted to add my pattern for a basic half double crochet beanie this past Wednesday.  The pattern was ready to go, but life through my little family a curve ball - and my five year old son had to have a surgical procedure to remove a nickel from his stomach. Yeah, so that happened. It was bizarre and a little stressful. Anytime a doctor needs to put your kid under general anesthetic and stick a camera down their throat warrants mommy stress. The good news is the nickel was retrieved and the little monster (I mean boy) is back in action, no more nickels for him!

Anyway, back to the basic hdc beanie. I wrote the pattern in 10 sizes from Newborn to Adult X-Large, much like the Basic DC Beanie. I use the basic hdc crochet beanie for many theme hats and special orders. I also used a hdc crochet beanie as the base for my Rapunzel Hat and Kids Pirate Beanie.

This version is flexible and can be used for almost any hat base. One of the nice things about the hdc beanie is a much closer or "tighter" fabric, as compared to the dc beanie which tends to work up a little more loosely. You'll just have to decide whether your particular hat needs a tighter fabric or more loose drape.

There are tons of good basic beanie or hat patterns for free on the internet, at Ravelry and on several crochet bloggers' sites that I enjoy. This is my version and I've found it to be fairly true to size and measurements. I hope you find this pattern useful. If you find an error or have a question please leave a comment here or on Facebook and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Feedback rocks!



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Skill Level: Easy

Supplies:
Medium/worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook size I-9 (5.5 mm)
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Abbreviations:
CH = chain
HDC = half double crochet
JOIN = sl st to first dc of round
MR = Magic Ring: tutorial
RND = Round
SL ST = slip stitch

Gauge:
4 hdc = 1" length
3 rows = 1" height

Notes:
Chains do not count as stitches in this pattern.
Join your round to the first hdc, not your chain.
Start your first stitch of each round in the same space as your chain.
Dimensions are based on averages, (Height x Circumference).

Measure the intended noggin for a truer fit.

Pattern

Newborn (5”x12”)
Rnd 1: MR, ch 2, 8 hdc, join.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16 HDC)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 1] around, join. (24 HDC)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 2] around, join. (32 HDC)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 3] around, join. (40 HDC)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, hdc around, join. (40 HDC)
Rnd 7 – 11: Repeat Rnd 6.
Break yarn, weave ends.

3 months (5.5”x14”)
Rnd 1: MR, ch 2, 8 hdc, join.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16 HDC)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 1] around, join. (24 HDC)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 2] around, join. (32 HDC)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 3] around, join. (40 HDC)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 4] around, join. (48 HDC)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, hdc around, join. (48 HDC)
Rnd 8 – 13: Repeat Rnd 7.
Break yarn, weave ends.

6 months (6”x16”)
Rnd 1: MR, ch 2, 8 hdc, join.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16 HDC)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 1] around, join. (24 HDC)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 2] around, join. (32 HDC)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 3] around, join. (40 HDC)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 4] around, join. (48 HDC)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 11] around, join. (52 HDC)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, hdc around, join. (52 HDC)
Rnd 9 – 15: Repeat Rnd 8.
Break yarn, weave ends.

12 months (6.5”x16)
Rnd 1: MR, ch 2, 8 hdc, join.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16 HDC)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 1] around, join. (24 HDC)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 2] around, join. (32 HDC)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 3] around, join. (40 HDC)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 4] around, join. (48 HDC)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 5] around, join. (56 HDC)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, hdc around, join. (56 HDC)
Rnd 9 – 17: Repeat Rnd 8.
Break yarn, weave ends.

Toddler – Preschool (2T – 4T) (7.5”x18”)
Rnd 1: MR, ch 2, 8 hdc, join.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16 HDC)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 1] around, join. (24 HDC)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 2] around, join. (32 HDC)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 3] around, join. (40 HDC)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 4] around, join. (48 HDC)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 5] around, join. (56 HDC)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 13] around, join. (60 HDC)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, hdc around, join. (60 HDC)
Rnd 10 – 19: Repeat Rnd 9.
Break yarn, weave ends.

Child (8”x20”)
Rnd 1: MR, ch 2, 8 hdc, join.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16 HDC)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 1] around, join. (24 HDC)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 2] around, join. (32 HDC)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 3] around, join. (40 HDC)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 4] around, join. (48 HDC)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 5] around, join. (56 HDC)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 6] around, join. (64 HDC)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, hdc around, join. (64 HDC)
Rnd 10 – 20: Repeat Rnd 9.
Break yarn, weave ends.

Teen (Small Adult) (9”x21”)
Rnd 1: MR, ch 2, 8 hdc, join.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16 HDC)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 1] around, join. (24 HDC)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 2] around, join. (32 HDC)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 3] around, join. (40 HDC)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 4] around, join. (48 HDC)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 5] around, join. (56 HDC)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 6] around, join. (64 HDC)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 15] around, join. (68 HDC)
Rnd 10: Ch 2, hdc around, join. (68 HDC)
Rnd 11 – 21: Repeat Rnd 10.
Break yarn, weave ends.

Adult (Medium) (10”x21”)
Rnd 1: MR, ch 2, 8 hdc, join.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16 HDC)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 1] around, join. (24 HDC)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 2] around, join. (32 HDC)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 3] around, join. (40 HDC)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 4] around, join. (48 HDC)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 5] around, join. (56 HDC)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 6] around, join. (64 HDC)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 7] around, join. (72 HDC)
Rnd 10: Ch 2, hdc around, join. (72 HDC)
Rnd 11 – 22: Repeat Rnd 10.
Break yarn, weave ends.

Adult (Large) (11”x22”)
Rnd 1: MR, ch 2, 8 hdc, join.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16 HDC)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 1] around, join. (24 HDC)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 2] around, join. (32 HDC)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 3] around, join. (40 HDC)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 4] around, join. (48 HDC)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 5] around, join. (56 HDC)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 6] around, join. (64 HDC)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 7] around, join. (72 HDC)
Rnd 10: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 17] around, join. (76 HDC)
Rnd 11: Ch 2, hdc around, join. (76 HDC)
Rnd 12 – 23: Repeat Rnd 11.
Break yarn, weave ends.

Adult (X-Large) (11.5”x23”)
Rnd 1: MR, ch 2, 8 hdc, join.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16 HDC)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 1] around, join. (24 HDC)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 2] around, join. (32 HDC)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 3] around, join. (40 HDC)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 4] around, join. (48 HDC)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 5] around, join. (56 HDC)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 6] around, join. (64 HDC)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 7] around, join. (72 HDC)
Rnd 10: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next stitch, hdc 8] around, join. (80 HDC)
Rnd 11: Ch 2, hdc around, join. (80 HDC)
Rnd 12 – 24: Repeat Rnd 11.
Break yarn, weave ends.


If your beanie is too short, add a few extra rows of “hdc around” to add height; too long, subtract 1 – 2 rows of “hdc around” to shorten.

You are all done!

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Tia

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