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Spencer Beanie – Free Pattern

I am so excited to be part of Desert Blossom Crafts Crochet For Charity 2020; Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Challenge! When Rachel asked for some guest designers I jumped right on board to bring an new, quick and easy boys beanie pattern; the Spencer Beanie, perfect for all the little guys!

The Spencer Beanie Free Crochet Boys Hat Pattern

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Operation Crochet Shoebox

This pattern was designed for Operation Crochet Shoeboxes! A crochet-along that is running from September to November on the Desert Blossom Crafts blog. Participants are making items for shoebox donations via Operation Christmas Child. Each week, a new pattern is released that you can put in your shoebox! To learn more and join the crochet-along, click here.

One For The Boys

Since I have 5 sons, I thought it was about time I have something designed with the boys in mind! Although with colours this pattern is just as cute for girls!

I got expert advice and direction from my sons and husband while designing this, making sure it was something they would all actually wear!

Yes!! Success! The final design was approved but all 5 sons, ages 5-13 and my husband!

I currently don’t have this in larger sizes, but I will add some in the near future!

The Spencer Beanie Free Crochet Boys Hat Pattern

The Spencer Beanie pattern is designed to work up quickly, making it great for Charity projects and quick gifts. It can be easily made with stripes or solids. The colour possibilities are endless!

The Tester Pictures

My Testers loved having a male-focused patter to try out! Their hats turned out fantastic!

Spencer Beanie Pattern

Materials

Difficulty

Easy

Gauge

6 sts x 7 rows = 2″ Pattern for gauge: hdc between posts

Size

Child: Best fit for 19″-21″ head circumference. Band before joining 18″-19″ (slight stretch). Height before closing 8-8.5″ (no stretch). Note: This size fit 4 of my sons between the ages of 4-12.

Stitch Abbreviations

  • ch – Chain
  • hdc – Half Double Crochet
  • hdcblo – Half Double Crochet Back Loop Only
  • hdc2tog- Half Double Crochet 2 Together
  • st(s) – Stitch(es)
  • slst – Slip Stitch

Special Stitches

Half Double Crochet Between Posts: yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch below the top three loops, between the posts of the sts of the previous round, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all oops on hook.

Half Double Crochet 2 Together: Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook in next st, yarn over pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.

Pattern Notes

  • US Terminology
  • All beginning ch1 do not count as a stitch
  • Hat is worked from the bottom up
  • To adjust size, make brim length to desired length for head circumference. Be sure to adjust stitch counts in body section evenly around
  • Make note of the rounds where the hdc is made between the posts.
The Spencer Beanie Free Crochet Boys Hat Pattern

Spencer Beanie

The Pattern

Child

Best fit for 19″-21″ head circumference.

Band

Ch 13

Row 1: hdc in the second ch from the hook and each ch across, ch1, turn (12 hdc).

Row 2: hdcblo in each stitch across, ch1, turn (12 hdc).

Row 3- 39: hdcblo in each stitch across, ch1, turn (12 hdc).

Row 40: hdcblo in each st across, ch1 (12 hdc). * To reach my desired band length of 18″ it took 40 rows, you can adjust if necessary to the desired length.

Once rows are complete, bring ends together and slip stitch closed, being careful not to twist the brim. Turn/flip so seam is on the inside, ch1 to begin body of the hat.

Hat Body

Rnd 1: hdc evenly around the brim, sl-st to the top of the ch1 to join, ch1 (40 hdc).

Rnd 2:  hdc in each st around, sl-st to the top of the ch1 to join, ch1 (40 hdc).

From here on all hdc should be made in between the posts of the previous rnd.

Rnd 3-9: hdc in each st around, slst to the top of the ch1 to join, ch1 (40 hdc).

Note: Be sure to continue to hdc between posts for the hdc2tog rounds.

Rnd 10:  *hdc next 6 sts, hdc2tog* repeat from * to * around, slst to the top of the ch1 to join, ch1 (35 hdc).

Rnd 11:  hdc in each st around, slst to the top of the ch1 to join, ch1 (35 hdc). Be careful not to stitch between the sts that were 2tog!

Rnd 12: *hdc next 5 sts, hdc2tog* repeat from * to * around, slst to the top of the ch1 to join, ch1 (30 hdc).

Rnd 13: *hdc next st, hdc2tog* repeat from * to * around, slst to the top of the ch1 to join, ch1 (20 hdc).

Rnd 14: hdc in each st around, slst to the top of the ch1 to join, tie off (20 hdc).

With long tail and yarn needle weave through final round and pull tight to close top of hat.

Weave in all ends and you’re done!

The Spencer Beanie Free Crochet Boys Hat Pattern

All Set!!!

There you have it! Your very own Spencer Beanie!

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I hope you love your Spencer Beanie!! I would love to see how yours turn out!

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Xo,

Ashley

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