So you’re new to crocheting beanies and want to know how? Well, then this post is for you! Here’s a brief overview of the basics.
Here is How:
Select Yarn & Hook:
The first step is, of course, picking up some yarn and a crochet hook. A standard knitting needle will also do just fine if that’s all you have around. The size of your hook will depend on the yarn you’ve chosen, but I tend to go one size down from what I’d use for a knitted garment.
Some people like to use these fancy-looking crochet hooks called ‘tapestry needles’ but personally I just stick with my good old trusty wooden ones. Oh, and if you’re worried about your hand hurting, don’t be! It gets easier with practice.
Make a Slip Knot:
The second step is to make a slip knot. This sounds complicated but it’s actually super easy (don’t worry I’ll be writing another blog post on how to make a slip knot if you don’t quite get how to do it just yet). To make the slip knot, hold your yarn with your right hand and make a loop with your yarn with your left hand. Squeeze gently and pull through the loop. That’s it!
Now you have a loop in your right (working) hand but no yarn in your left (holding). This is the start of a proper crochet stitch! Repeat this by holding your yarn with your right hand and making a loop with your left hand and pulling it through that loop. Now you have two loops in your left hand but no yarn in the right. This is the start of the first stitch.
Continue the Stitching:
Repeat this until you have a nice long row of stitches. This first row will be your foundation row as it forms the shape of your beanie. The second row is more about making a stitch in each loop to make it look like there are more stitches on your hook and to prevent it looking too neat and tight, so I would try not to pick up too many loops at once.
Now you’ve got a nice long row of stitches ready to be crocheted. It’s time to learn how to work in the round. To work in the round means to simply keep on starting new rounds without the need to count them or worry about where you left off! Simply imagine a rotating ring of stitches that you’re working around and go around it. This method is great as it allows your work to build beautifully without a lot of extra movement or stress on your hook and yarn.
Now all you need to do is work your stitches in the same way as you did before but this time they’re going clockwise around the ring of stitches. When you get to the end of your stitch, just pull up a loop as usual. This is called the ‘turning chain’ and it will form the bottom of your beanie.
You can do this round right up until you get to where you want the top of your beanie to be.
Finish the Beanie:
The last step to crocheting a beanie is to put the final touches on! All you have to do is decrease the stitches by moving your hook through 2 loops instead of one. This will create a little hole in the top of your beanie.
Continue decreasing until you’ve got only one stitch remaining, and then fasten off by making a slip knot around the tail and pulling it through that last stitch.
How long would it take a beginner to crochet a simple beanie?
Around 5 days.
How difficult is it to learn to crochet if I taught myself?
You may love crocheting because it is a fun and creative hobby. It is also easy to learn, as long as you have the supplies that you need for this simple craft. If you have never even held a crochet hook before but would like to learn how you will find great tutorials on YouTube and other sites online to help you get started quickly.
Where can I get a free pattern for a simple beanie?
There is no difference between double and single crochet stitch. It’s just the name of stitch based on number of loops that are active at one time.
What yarn size would I need for making a crochet beanie?
The length will depend on the size you want but a ball should be around 70cm (27inches) for a small-sized beanie and between 110cm (43inches) and 120cm (47inches) for a larger sized beanie.
Now you’ve successfully made a crochet beanie! If you’re not sure about anything I’ve written above, don’t be afraid to ask any questions! If you want more crocheting tips then here are some of my other posts you might like.