Saturday, 23 June 2018

BEEHIVE BEANIE Free Crochet Pattern

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Resurrecting Old Crochet Hats

In the mid-1980's I remember my Polish mother-in-law, Henryka, showing me how to crochet in a spiral and how to add contrast surface-crochet. [Originally the surface-crochet was made using a slip stitch, however, over the years I have changed that to (slip stitch, ch1) instead, which I think is way better].

Nearly twenty (20) years later in early 2004, I began making and selling these spiralling crochet hats along with my other crochet and knit accessories in a local shop in the Northern Rivers of NSW.

Seven (7) years later, Beehive Beanie was released in 2011 as a free crochet pattern on Ravelry and today (June 2018) I have revamped the written pattern by adding step-by-step photos, updated the format and added guidelines for sizing. Please note - the updated pdf pattern is available from my online shop with RavelryCraftsy

Adaptable Pattern

I love the fact you can use the suggested yarn and hook in this pattern, or you can follow the pattern instructions and use any other yarn and hook, by simply adapting the stitch count and number of rounds to match the head circumference you wish to make.

You can simply make beanies to suit all ages and all head sizes and you can be as creative as you want by using different colours and yarns. The result will be a spiral beanie with contrast surface-crochet resulting in a beehive-look hat which is simply perfect for spring or autumn. To make it warmer for winter I tend to add a crocheted cotton lining.

Favourite Yarns

You can use your favourite yarns to make the Beehive Beanie, simply adapt the pattern to the yarn and hook you will be using.

In this photo-tutorial, the beanie has been crocheted using yarns from my stash of Hayfield Bonus Aran with Wool and Wendy Aran with Wool - both come in 400g balls, as I still have loads left even after I had knit a Crazy Stripe Jumper and a Crazy Stripe Hat.

If you want to crochet a similar hat size using same or similar yarn, please remember to check the YARNSUB website, to get the best match.



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PATTERN DETAILS:

DIFFICULTY: Easy

SIZES: One (1) size - Adult L-XLarge

MEASUREMENTS: Circumference 22in (56cm); Length 8.25in (21cm).
To fit 23-24in (58-61cm) head

YARN USED: Hayfield Bonus Aran with Wool ● 80% Acrylic ● 20% Superwash Wool ● 400g ● 920yd (841m) ● MC Maze (692); CC Grasshopper (693) ● 1 ball of each

YARDAGE: Total 67g = 154yd (141m) ● MC - 41.5g = 95yd (87m); CC - 25.5g = 59yd (54m)

SUBSTITUTE YARN: Any similar Aran yarn. Always check with YARNSUB website to get the best match.

TENSION: 12sts to 4in (10cm) in dc stitch

NOTIONS: 5mm hook, Yarn needle

PATTERN NOTES: Hat is worked in a spiral, top down. Instructions in this pattern are for a two (2) colour hat. Photographs accompany the written instructions of this pattern.

Before you begin:
• read through the pattern to the end;
• check your head size;
• decide whether you want a snug fit or loose fit hat;
• select yarn and hook size;
• crochet a swatch 5in (12.7cm) by 5in (12.7cm) in double crochet;
• count the number of stitches, over 4in (10cm) in the middle of the swatch;
• now you can calculate how many stitches you will need to fit the head circumference.

BEEHIVE BEANIE Crochet Pattern is written in USA American Crochet Terms.



USA - American Crochet Terms
UK - British Crochet Terms
[ ] = work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( ) = work instructions within parenthesis as directed,
different sizes, total stitches
* = repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
** = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
Ch = chain
ch-sp/s = chain space/s
sc = single crochet
dc =double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
dtr = double treble
ttr = triple treble
rev sc = reverse single crochet (crab stitch)
rev dc = reverse double crochet (crab stitch)

sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/es
cont = continue
rep = repeat
rnd = round
beg = begin/beginning
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn round hook
FDC = foundationless double crochet
FTR = foundationless treble crochet
Esc = extended single crochet
Edc = extended double crochet
BL = back loop
blo = back loop only
FL = front loop
flo = front loop only
BPdc = back post double crochet
rtrb = raised treble back
FPdc = front post double crochet
rtrf = raised treble front
Abbreviations List ©2015  Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.  All rights reserved.


PATTERN STARTS:

CROWN OF HAT

With MC

Rnd 1: Magic loop, sc, hdc, 10dc in loop, do not join. Place a marker. (12sts)

Continue working around in back loop (BL) of each st.

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Rnd 2: 2dc in BL of beginning sc, 2dc in BL of each st around to marker (24sts)

Move the marker each time you finish a round.


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Rnd 3: *2dc in BL of first st, 1dc in BL of next st, rep from * around. (36sts)


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Rnd 4: *2dc in BL of first st, 1dc in BL of next 2sts, rep from * around. (48sts)

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Rnd 5: *2dc in BL of first st, 1dc in BL of next 3sts; rep from * around. (60sts)

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Rnd 6: *2dc in BL of first st, 1dc in BL of next 4sts; rep from * around. (72sts).


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BODY OF HAT

Rnd 7 – 16: 1dc in BL of each st around. 

Move the marker each time you finish a round.
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BRIM OF HAT


Rnd 17: 1dc in BL of each st to last 4sts before marker, hdc in BL of next 2sts, sc in BL of next 2sts, invisible join in both loops of last st.

Leave marker in last st.

Fasten off and hide ends.

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Below are the measurements of Adult XLarge before the contrast surface-crochet has been added.

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CONTRAST SURFACE-CROCHET OF HAT

Join CC starting at top of Crown in Round 1. 

Insert the tail of your CC yarn through the middle of the magic loop and tie a single knot with the MC yarn tail, later when you have finished the contrast surface-crochet you can hide the yarn ends with yarn needle.


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START Contrast Surface-Crochet


Work in front loop (FL) of each st.

(Sl st, ch1) in FL of each st around, to last st before marker.

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CONTRAST BRIM OF HAT

Sc in both loops of stitch with marker, sc in each st around, invisible join.

Fasten off and hide ends.

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ADJUSTING THE SIZE

This pattern uses multiples of 12 stitches, therefore to adjust the number of stitches in increments of less than 12 stitches in the Crown of the Hat please check out the chart below.



Adjusting the Size
ALL SIZES
Rnd 1: Magic loop, sc, hdc, 10dc in loop, do not join.  Place a marker. (12sts)
Crown of Hat - Adult L-XLarge
Rnd
*2dc in BL of first
1dc in BL of next
Total sts
2
12sts
N/A
24
3
st
st
36
4
st
2sts
48
5
st
3sts
60
6
st
4sts
72

rep from * around
Move the marker each time you finish a round.
Crown of Hat - Adult Medium
Rnd
*2dc in BL of first
1dc in BL of next
Total sts
2
12sts
N/A
24
3
st
st
36
4
st
2sts
48
5
st
3sts
60
6
st
9sts
66

rep from * around
Move the marker each time you finish a round.
Crown of Hat - Adult Small
Rnd
*2dc in BL of first
1dc in BL of next
Total sts
2
12sts
N/A
24
3
st
st
36
4
st
2sts
48
5
st
3sts
60
6
st
19sts
63

rep from * around
Move the marker each time you finish a round.
Crown of Hat - Adult XSmall
Rnd
*2dc in BL of first
1dc in BL of next
Total sts
2
12sts
N/A
24
3
st
st
36
4
st
2sts
48
5
st
3sts
60

rep from * around
Move the marker each time you finish a round.


After you have crocheted the Crown of the Hat continue with the Body of the Hat adjusting the number of rounds accordingly. You can use the Child and Adult Hat Sizes Charts below as a guide.

Remember everything depends on your tension, hook size, type of yarn, crochet stitches and the individual's head shape, sometimes you may need a shorter/longer length or smaller/larger circumference. Nothing is set in concrete!


A SIMPLE GUIDE TO CHILD HAT SIZES
Head Circumference
Crown Diameter
Hat Circumference
Hat Length
14in (36cm)
4-4.5in (10-11cm)
12-13in (30-33cm)
4.5- 5in (10-11cm)
16in (40.5cm)
4.5-5in (11-12.5cm)
14-15in (35.5-38cm)
5.5-6in (12.5-15cm)
18in (46cm)
5-5.5in (12.5-14cm)
16-17in (40.5-43cm)
6.5-7in (16.5-18cm)
Child Hat Sizes Chart © 2015   Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.    All rights reserved


A SIMPLE GUIDE TO ADULT HAT SIZES
Head Circumference
Crown Diameter
Hat Circumference
Hat Length
20in (51cm)
5.5-6in (12.5-15cm)
18-19in (46-48cm)
7-7.5in (18-19cm)
22in (56cm)
6-6.5in (15-16.5cm)
20-21in (51-53cm)
7.5-8in (19-20cm)
24in (61cm)
6.5-7in (16.5-18cm)
22-23in (56-58cm)
8-8.5in (20-21.5cm)
Adult Hat Sizes Chart © 2015   Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.    All rights reserved



Hope you all enjoy making your Beehive Beanie!

Have a play and have some fun with different yarn colours and different yarn weights. Also if you tend to crochet looser you can always use a smaller hook size.

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Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com

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