This pattern came about entirely by accident. I was working on a Jacob’s square for the Jake’s blankie CAL by Jessie at Home, but I wasn’t really paying attention. Without realizing it, I had worked the whole first 5 rows without doing any of the increases. When I went to make the Jacob’s ladders, the “square” started curling in, and I found I had accidentally made something that looked remarkably like a hat. A little ribbing on the bottom and it became a fun, chunky beanie! It was a little small, but was easily sized up. The pattern has instructions for premie to adult sizes!

Accidental Beanie pattern


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Accidental Beanie

4-medium

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Materials:

Difficulty:

Intermediate – Working in the round, Jacob’s ladder technique, front and back post stitches.

Size:

Premie [baby, toddler, child, teen / small, adult / large]. Hat circumference (should be 1 inch smaller than head) 11 [13, 15, 17, 19, 21] inches, height of hat 4.5 [5, 5.25, 5.75, 6.5, 7.5] inches.

Gauge:

12 dc x 7 rows = approximately 4″ square.

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • dc = double crochet
  • fpdc = front post double crochet
  • bpdc = back post double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • sk = skip

Notes:

  • The magic circle technique is recommended for the beginning because it does not leave a hole at the top, but it can be a little fiddly with all the large chain spaces. If you’re having trouble, an alternative method is provided and you can sew the hole shut when weaving in the tail.
  • Do not turn at end of rounds.
  • As you get further into the pattern, you may find it helpful to mark the beginning chain of each round.
  • Get creative with color! These pictures show examples of alternating colors each row and of changing color at the ribbing section:
    variations
  • One of the hats pictured has a little flower on it. That was made by working round 1 of the pattern (it’s the same for all sizes), with 3 fewer chains in each ch loop. So ch 8 instead of ch 11, and ch 5 instead of ch 8.
  • Sizing tips:
    • Choose the size based on circumference – the circumference of the hat should be about 1″ smaller than that of the head, to allow for stretching (of the hat, not the head).
    • If you need to adjust the height, you can do it by adding or subtracting rounds at the top or ribbing sections as desired. Every round in the top section adds about a half inch, and every round in the ribbing section adds about a quarter inch. If you’re adding or subtracting rounds in the top section, be sure to do so at the end, after all the increases are done.
    • If you prefer tighter ribbing, for a snugger fit, try using a hook 2 sizes smaller than your other hook (instead of only 1 size smaller).

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Top  (Premie & Baby Sizes):

Make magic circle OR ch 3, join with sl st to make a circle

Rnd 1: Ch 11 (counts as first dc and ch 8, now and throughout), (2 dc, ch 8) in circle 5 times, dc in circle, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 11 (top of first dc), If magic circle was used, pull it closed. (12 dc, 6 ch loops)

Rnd 2: Ch 11, (sk next ch sp, dc in each of next 2 sts, ch 8) 5 times, sk last ch sp, dc in last st, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 11. (12 dc, 6 ch loops)

Rnd 3: Ch 11, (sk next ch sp, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, ch 8) 5 times, sk last ch sp, 2 dc in last st, dc in same st as start of round, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 12. (24 dc, 6 ch loops)

Baby size only:

Rnd 4: Ch 11, (sk next ch sp, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, ch 8) 5 times, sk last ch sp, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next st, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch. (30 dc, 6 ch loops)

Both sizes:

Next 3 Rnds: Ch 11, (sk next ch sp, dc in each dc across to next ch sp, ch 9) 5 times, sk last ch sp, dc in each dc across, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch. (24 [30] dc, 6 ch loops)

Top  (Toddler through Adult sizes):

Make magic circle OR ch 3, join with sl st to make a circle

Rnd 1: Ch 11 (counts as first dc and ch 8, now and throughout), (2 dc, ch 8) in circle 5 times, dc in circle, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 12 (top of first dc), If magic circle was used, pull it closed. (12 dc, 6 ch loops)

Rnd 2: Ch 11, (sk next ch sp, dc in next st, ch 8, dc in next st, ch 8) 5 times, sk last ch sp, dc in last st, ch 8, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 12. (12 dc, 12 ch loops)

Rnd 3: Ch 11, (sk next ch sp, dc in next st, ch 8) 11 times, sk last ch sp, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 12. (12 dc, 12 ch loops)

Rnd 4: Ch 11, (sk next ch sp, 2 dc in next st, ch 8) 11 times, sk last ch sp, dc in same st as starting, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 12. (24 dc, 12 ch loops)

Child size only:

Rnd 5: Ch 11, *(sk next ch sp, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, ch 8, sk next ch sp), dc in each of next 2 sts, repeat from * 5 times, then repeat between ( ) once more, dc in last st, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch. (30 dc, 12 ch loops)

Teen size only:

Rnd 5: Ch 11, (sk next ch sp, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, ch 8) 11 times, sk last ch sp, 2 dc in next st, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch. (36 dc, 12 ch loops)

Adult size only:

Rnd 5: Ch 11, (sk next ch sp, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, ch 8) 11 times, sk last ch sp, 2 dc in next st, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch. (36 dc, 12 ch loops)

Rnd 6: Ch 11, *(sk next ch sp, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, ch 8, sk next ch sp), dc in next 3 sts, repeat from * 5 times, then repeat between ( ) once more dc in last 2 sts, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 12. (42 dc, 12 ch loops)

All four sizes:

Next 3 [3, 4, 5] Rnds: Ch 11, (sk next ch sp, dc in each dc across to next ch sp, ch 9) 11 times, sk last ch sp, dc in each dc across, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch. (24 [30, 36, 42] dc, 12 ch loops)

Top of adult / large hat before forming the ladders

Top of adult / large hat before forming ladders

Ladders (All sizes):

Secure working loop with stitch marker, or pull it up really tall so your stitches don’t get pulled out while making the ladders.

Take any loop from row 1 and twist it once. Take the loop directly above it from row 2, and pull it through the loop from row 1. Continue to pull each loop through the one below it. Note that only the first loop should be twisted. The final loop in each ladder will be secured in the next round. If desired, you can secure them temporarily with stitch markers or safety pins.  Repeat for each set of loops around hat.

making the ladder

Next Rnd: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) (sl st in next loop, dc in each dc across to next loop) 5 [5, 11, 11, 11, 11] times, sl st in next loop, dc in each remaining dc, join with sl st to top of starting ch. (24 [30, 24, 30, 36, 42] dc)

Next Rnd: Ch 3, (2 dc in next loop, dc in each dc across to next loop) 5[5, 11, 11, 11, 11] times, 2 dc in next loop, dc in each remaining dc, join with sl st to top of starting ch. (36 [42, 48, 54, 60, 66] dc)

Ribbing (All sizes):

Switch to smaller hook. 

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as first bpdc, now and throughout), (fpdc around next st, bpdc around next st) around to last st, fpdc around last st, join with sl st to top of starting ch.

Repeat Rnd 1 once [once, twice, twice, 3 times, 3 times] more, fasten off.

Finishing (All sizes):

  • Sew in all ends.
  • If you used a chain loop at the top of the hat, remember to sew the end around the hole and pull it tight to close it.

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Comments

Free Pattern – Accidental Beanie — 5 Comments

  1. I love this pattern. Quick and easy. I added a ❤ at the top for the premie by chaining 4, slip stitch in first chain, chain 4 and slip stitch again in same chain. Fasten off. Tie/sew to top of beanie.

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