Free Basic Beanie Patterncomments (3) November 6th, 2008
I love making hats—the basic idea is pretty simple, and at this point I can make them without a terrible amount of thinking. They are the project I go to when I am between projects and want to make something creative, but don't want to get stressed out figuring out measurement details. The basic concept to a crocheted beanie is to create a flat circle that's roughly the size of the circumference of your (or the intended recipient's) head, then work an even number of stitches in all subsequent rounds to lengthen the hat. Imagine you're making a cylinder.
The nice folks at the Lion Brand Notebook have written up some free directions for just that kind of beanie right here. They approach it in an intuitive way—you'll start with a gauge swatch, and that way you can use virtually any yarn to make your hat. After you get comfortable with the general idea, you can add stripes, earflaps, pompoms, flowers, puffy stitches, brims, or whatever your heart desires to customize the hat to your style. If you're someone who prefers to have everything spelled out, check out their extensive offering of free hat patterns for both knitters and crocheters—then dare to make them!