1

Husband’s beanie

This little slouchy beanie works up fairly quickly and is fun to crochet. I’ll explain how I did this one with some tips on adjusting it to fit various heads. Incidentally, my husband has a large head, so the beanie was pretty big. What I like about this design is that the color changes can be whatever you want, you can make it as slouchy or fitting as you want, and it doesn’t have a feminine stitch pattern. I used Big Twist Value worsted weight yarn, found exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric, with a 5mm H hook. The colors here are Black, Royal Blue, and Medium Grey.

I basically used parts of two different patterns to make this slouchy beanie. First up: the band!

For the band, I did the same pattern as the band in this “Urban Jungle Crocheted Slouchy Beanie” pattern found on Ravelry. You can also find the pattern here. It’s a simple band of back loop single crochet. Instead of taking measurements, I would just wrap it around his head every few rows until it seemed about right. Tip: working in the back loop only will give a nice ribbed effect, but will also allow for some stretch, so making it a little tighter at first isn’t a bad idea.

Moving along to the body of the beanie:

Once I whip stitched the ends together to form the band, I did a round of SC on top for a total of 68 stitches. Like I said, he’s got a big head. But I probably should have made it a little smaller to account for the stretching over time. The important thing with this is to make sure you have an even number of stitches around. Then I started this pattern from Moogly. I watched the video and then just did it. I didn’t reference her pattern where she actually used this in the round on a lovely bag. Because of that, I think I may have started each row slightly differently until I got the hang of it and did what worked for me. But check out her video that walks you through the process! It’s a super easy pattern once you get the hang of it.

I ended up changing colors every two rows (a row of SC and then a row of DC and TC post stitches). He wanted a SUPER slouchy hat to shove all of his dreads in, so I made his 19 color changes (38 rows) long. Before it loosened up, it could be worn in a Marge Simpson fashion.

He doesn't have dreads.

It hides his dreads so well.

Because he doesn't have dreads.

Because he doesn’t have dreads.

To finish the beanie, I basically stitched it up like the Urban Jungle pattern, except I just used slip stitches instead of single crochet. I feel like it made a tighter finish, and isn’t that what life is all about?

I finished this up on Christmas Eve and just in time for some actual cold weather to come into Virginia.

And here’s a bonus photo of the beanie with Marty:

mitchbeanie3

I swear he loved it, despite what his face is saying.