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Have you ever been gifted a gorgeous skein of hand dyed yarn and had absolutly no idea what to make with it? No worries friends I have found the perfect project for you, a basic half double crochet beanie, or as I like to call it, the Nola Beanie!
You don't need to know any kind of insane crochet skills either, if you can chain, half double crochet and single crochet you can easily make this beanie in one night.
To make this hat all you really need is a little under one skein of light weight (3) yarn. I was gifted a skein of beautiful and might I add squishy yarn in Flashy Fuchsia from SugarBush while at Our Maker Life. This yarn has a unique texture, when working with it you'll find that some sections are extremely thin while others become chunky.
I really believe that using a fur pom (or yarn pom if you prefer) can finish off any beanie, whether it be simple or complex. I received this GORGEOUS fur pom from Cozee Creations while I was at Our Maker Life. I have to share this pom with you guy's because I honestly am in Aw with how well made and care was put into this pom.
In Half Double Crochet using a 4.25mm Crochet Hook
20 Sts = 4"
16 Rows = 4"
Ch - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
Sl St - Slip Stitch
Note - We will begin by increasing a flat circle to create the diameter of the beanie.
Begin with magic circle
Using 4.25mm Crochet Hook
R1 - 8 HDC into magic circle, Sl St to beginning (8)
R2 - Ch1, 2HDC into each stitch around, Sl St to beginning (16)
R3 - Ch1, *2HDC, HDC into next stitch, Sl St to beginning (24)
R4 - Ch1, *2HDC, HDC into next 2 stitches, Sl St to beginning (32)
R5 - Ch1, *2HDC, HDC into next 3 stitches, Sl St to beginning (40)
R6 - Ch1, *2HDC, HDC into next 4 stitches, Sl St to beginning (48)
R7 - Ch1, *2HDC, HDC into next 5 stitches, Sl St to beginning (56)
R8 - Ch1, *2HDC, HDC into next 6 stitches, Sl St to beginning (64)
R9 - Ch1, *2HDC, HDC into next 7 stitches, Sl St to beginning (72)
R10 - Ch1, *2HDC, HDC into next 8 stitches, Sl St to beginning (80)
R11 - Ch1, *2HDC, HDC into next 9 stitches, Sl St to beginning (88)
***At this point your circle should measure approx. 6.5" in diameter***
Body of Beanie:
R12- Ch1, HDC into each stitch around, Sl St to beginning (88)
Repeat round 12 until your work measures approx. 7"(for a fitted beanie) or 9"(for a slouchy beanie) from top to bottom. DO NOT fasten off.
Using 3.75mm Crochet Hook
R1 - SC into 2nd Ch from hook and across, Sl St into next 2 Sts (6)
R2 - Turn, SC BLO into single crochet stitches (6)
R3 - Ch1, Turn, SC BLO across, SL St into next 2 Sts (6)
Repeat rows 2 & 3 all the way around beanie. Slip Stitch last row to the first row.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
I like to flip my beanies inside out when working this method because the half double crochet creates a beautiful lined texture on the inside.