A step-by-step guide to crocheting the Beginner Beanie
Keep that cute head cosy with the perfect beginner beanie. You'll be ready for winter, and ready to wow the pants off your friends and family with your marvellous woolly creation.
Whether you're a complete beginner or have some experience, this guide will help you crochet a bangin' beginner beanie and the best part? You only need to know one type of stitch!
Even if you've never crocheted before, we'll take you from zero to hero in no time 🦸♀️
When it comes to crochet, practice makes perfect
Before we start the pattern, we suggest you spend some time learning the basic stitches you’ll need to complete your beanie.
The Beginner Beanie is made in half double crochet stitch. You'll want to be confident with this stitch before you start 🧶 You'll also want to get a hang of tying a slip knot and chaining.
You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice with. Once you've got these mastered you'll find the pattern a cinch!
Total beginner? 👩🏫
For a more comprehensive lesson on the basics of crochet visit our Learn to Crochet page.
💪 Remember learning a new skill can be a little challenging at first, and you’re bound to find yourself making some mistakes along the way. But as with learning anything, your brain and your hands slowly start to get the hang of it, muscle memory is created, and soon the thing you found tricky/daunting/scary is like second nature!
Time to switch off. Stitch on. And whip up your cosy crochet beanie.
⚡️What you'll need
Your kit comes with everything you'll need to make your masterpiece. In your kit you'll find;
- 10mm hook
- 1 ball of Cardigang Chunky Merino Wool
- A darning needle
- A Pom Pom maker
- Made by me tag
You also want to have a pair of scissors handy.
Chain on your foundation chain of 20 stitches.
💭 Try to make your chain stitches as evenly sized as possible. Don't pull the loops too tight because you'll struggle to work into these loops in your first row. On the other hand, if you make your loops too loose, your project will look a little messy.
Once you've chained, you'll move onto the first row of half double crochet stitch.
HALF DOUBLE CROCHET
In this first row you're working into the chain so you'll insert your hook into one of the bars of your chain stitch.
To start insert your hook into the 3rd chain. Skipping the first 2 chains gives you the height you need. Then do a half double crochet into the 3rd chain. Repeat into every chain until the end. You'll end up with 18 stitches.
Chain 2 to make your turning chain and then turn your work.
For row 2 and all future rows, you'll need to make sure that you're putting your hook into the back loop of your stitches. Insert your hook under the back bar of your first stitch and do a half double crochet. Continue for all stitches in this row.
Repeat until you've done 27 rows.
Well done! You’ve done most of the hard work. It’s time to seam your beanie together. Start by chaining 1 and then turn your work.
Next, fold your work in half so that the first row is laying on top of your last row.
We’re going to join our two seams by slip stitching the two ends together. To do this, insert your hook into the starting chain on your top piece, and then into the back loop of the next stitch on the bottom piece. Yarn over and slip stitch by pulling the yarn through both loops.
Continue to slip stitch both ends together along the row, making sure to work the slip stitches loosely and not too tight so that the hat remains stretchy. This will now become the inside of your beanie.
At the end of the row, cut your yarn, leaving a long tail for cinching the top and then fasten off.
Now that that you’ve made a tube it’s time to cinch in the top to make the beanie shape. Thread your darning needle with the tail of yarn you’ve left from the previous step and thread a running stitch around the edges of the tube to gather the top. Pull your yarn tight to close the loop and tie a knot to secure it.
There'll still be a small hole at the top, so continue to close up the hole with your darning needle. When done, knot the yarn again and then weave in all the ends. Turn your hat inside out.
SHAKE YOUR POM POM
Time to add the cherry on top of your beanie. Use your Pom Pom maker to create a nice big, fluffy Pom Pom.
Use your darning needle to secure the Pom Pom to the top of your hat and secure it with a knot on the inside. Weave in any loose ends and you're finished.
D.O.N.E! You've finished your beanie, well done! Epic work 🤩 If this was your first-ever crochet project or one of many, we hope you had a blast making your bangin' beanie💥❤️