Winter in the Great Lake State is a beautiful thing. There is nothing quite like the first real snow of the season. The softly falling snow covering the ground. The stark contrast of the wet trees against the white snow and gray sky. The quiet. I like it best when snow falls at night. I wake up to white, clean snow, undisturbed yet by foot traffic and cars. I take a deep breath and let the cold, crisp air fill my lungs. It reminds me of the fresh new day…open wide with possibility and opportunity. And then there’s this hat. She’s ready to get out there in the big bright world and make things happen. Meet the Great Lakes Beanie.
The Great Lakes Beanie is sized for an average size woman. If you want to make it larger or smaller, increase or decrease in increments of 2 and add or subtract rows to get the correct length. This hat is made with Lion Brand Wool-Ease (thank you Lion Brand for providing this amazing yarn). Wool-Ease and Vanna’s Choice are both made by Lion Brand and are both worsted weight yarn.
I find that the Wool-Ease is a little bit thinner and so it works up a little bit smaller. I’ve worked the Great Lakes Beanie in both yarns because I’m pretty much in love with this pattern. If you want to use Wool-Ease or another lighter weight worsted yarn and you are concerned about it being a little tight, you could bump up to an I hook.
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The stitches in this pattern are basic. What gives the Great Lakes Beanie that awesome texture is how it is worked. Pay close attention to whether you are working in the round, joining a round, or joining a round and turning your work to work on the wrong side for a row. I will talk you through it every step of the way!
Are you loving the ribbing on the Great Lakes Beanie? The ribbing is just half double crochet post stitches, alternating between front post half double crochet and back post double crochet. It forms a rib that is just perfect. It stretches yet it is snug.
I finished off the rows of post stitches with a row of single crochet. That row is entirely optional. If you like the look without it, you can just stop after the last round of post stitches. You can also increase the ribbing by adding another row or two of post stitches.
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Great Lakes Beanie Pattern
Here is what you will need:
- US H8/5 mm crochet hook (Did you know you can purchase my go-to hooks on Amazon?)
- 4 oz Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease in gold
- Fur Pom Pom (learn how to make your own fur pom pom)
- tapestry needle and scissors
Fits a medium sized adult. Finished size: About 20″ around by 8.5″ long.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.
Make a magic ring
R1: 6 sc into ring (6 sts). Work in rounds through row 11.
R2: 2 sc in ea st around (12 st)
R3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (18 st)
R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (24 st)
R5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (30 st)
R6: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (36 st)
R7: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (42 st)
R8: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (48 st)
R9: *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (54 st)
R10: *sc in next 8 st, 2 sc in next, repeat from * around (60 st)
R11: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next, repeat from * around (72 st)
Note: in the next section, work rows by starting and stopping each round, joining with a sl st to the start of each round.
R12: Slip stitch to next st. ch1, sc in same st, ch 1, skip next st, *sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st*, repeat * to * around. Sl st to first sc at end of round.
R13: TURN WORK so wrong side of hat is now facing you. *Sl st in next space, hdc in same space*. Repeat * to * around. At the end of the round, sl st to 1st sl st. This will make bumps on the right side. At the end of the row, there should be 36 bumps.
R14: TURN WORK so right side of hat is now facing. Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, ch 1, skip next st, *sc in next st, ch 1 , skip next st* Repeat * to * around.
R15-18: repeat rows 13 & 14 twice
R19: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, *sc in next space, sc in next st*, repeat around working a sc in ea st and space around. (72 st)
R20: On right side of work, ch1, sc in same space as joining. sc around (72 st)
R21-29: Repeat rows 12-20 once
Now continue to work the brim as follows:
R30: ch 2, hdc around (72 st), join.
R31-34: ch 3, *front post hdc in next st, back post hdc in next st* repeat * to * around.
R35: Ch 1, sc around.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Love the Great Lakes Beanie? Be sure to check out the Great Lakes Slouch!
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Written pattern copyright Cheryl Bennett 2017, all rights reserved. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern. If you would like to share this Great Lakes Beanie pattern with others, just link to this page. If you’d like to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit my About page for more information. Thank you to Lion Brand for providing the yarn for this pattern.