The last days of summer are here and everyone is getting ready for school and daylight savings time to start. This Back to School Beanie is perfect for kindergartners to college students. It looks great on everyone with some texture and the added safety stripe for visibility at night. I chose the Red Heart Reflective yarn because I love that it glows and reflects the light. This unisex hat will make a perfect Back to School Beanie to wear and be “seen” in, with just enough pop of color.
Back to School Beanie Pattern
This pattern is a spin-off of my Easy HDC Beanie pattern where I’ve added the Red Heart Reflective yarn stripe around the brim. It is made by first making a long rectangular piece of crochet. Next, sew up the crown and then whip stitch down the side to form the hat. The size can be easily changed by increasing or decreasing the beginning number of chains to form the depth of the hat or by changing the number of rows to alter the width of the hat around your head, ending with an even number of rows so the tail and working loop are on opposite ends from each other before you close the crown. Here we go…
Gauge: 6 sts x 4 rows = 2″ in hdc
Size: Fits approximately 22”
Red Heart Reflective yarn – 4 yards. Shown in color Neon Yellow.
Worsted Weight yarn – 150 yards. Shown in Impeccable Loops & Threads, color Navy.
Hook: US J / 6 mm
Abbreviations: sl st – slip stitch; ch – chain; sc – single crochet; hdc – half double crochet
Instructions: Ch 25 (leave a long 3 foot tail to work with later)
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook across. Turn. (24 hdc).
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as st), hdc in each stitch across in back loop only. Turn. (24 hdc).
Rows 3-44: Repeat Row 2.
You can adjust the size by increasing the number of rows here to make it wider or decreasing rows to make it smaller. Do not cut yarn, drop the loop and we’ll pick it up again after you do the next finishing step.
Finishing: Using the long 3 foot tail, weave through the top or end stitches of the hat to form a circle. Pull the stitches together tightly to close the top to make the crown. Make a knot. Use the remaining tail (same yarn) whip stitch the two sides together, going from the top of the hat to the brim, end off. Weave in end.
Pick up the loop from Row 44, ch 1, sc evenly and loosely around the brim, sl st to beginning sc, end off. Weave in ends.
Using Red Heart Reflective yarn, make a sl st and pull it up from the inside of the hat to the outside between any sc stitch and the vertical rows. Place your hook in the loop. (The working yarn should be on the inside of the hat, and your loop and hook on the outside of the hat). Sl st in each stitch around the hat back to beginning sl st. End off, weave in ends.
Embellishments: This would be cute with a coordinating flower applique or a pom-pom added to the top, or both!
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I hope you enjoy this pattern!
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