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!
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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 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
- Approx. 90-120 yards of #4 worsted weight yarn. I used *Lion Brand Heartland and Red Heart With Love
- H/8 – 5.0mm crochet hook I used *Furls Odyssey Hook
- *Yarn needle
6 sts x 7 rows = 2″ Pattern for gauge: hdc between posts
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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
Best fit for 19″-21″ head circumference.
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.
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!
There you have it! Your very own Spencer Beanie!
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