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Ice Crystals Chunky Beanie – Wool-Ease Free Crochet Pattern

Welcome fellow makers! I’m so excited to share this free crochet pattern with with you today!

You can probably tell, I’ve fallen in love with graphing beanies. I’ve created quite a few by now, and it’s becoming a bit of an obsession. I want to make *all* the beanies with *all* the patterns 😃.

This one is inspired by winter of course, and Lion Brand (my favorite yarn – but I’m not affiliated with Lion brand – It’s just been my favorite since I was a child – tried and true ya know?) Wool-Ease is the perfect chunky yarn for the snowflake design. I normally don’t like the feel of wool. It’s just plain scratchy, but here is one of those tips someone should tell you now – so let that someone be me – block it, wash it, lay it flat to dry and it’s as soft as cotton. ❤. You’re welcome ❤.

Keep an eye out for the Country Hearts Beanie, out next week 🙂

Let’s get to making!

Join me on January 16th & 17th for a quickie CAL! The CAL takes place in our crochet-a-long with us! group on Facebook here. The giveaway is a free PDF of any pattern in my Ravelry store. Details on entering are in the group :). So come crochet along with me too.

Printable PDF available on Ravelry & Etsy

Hook it, and show some ❤ on Ravelry here:

Ice Crystals Beanie in Medium/Large – My head measures 22.5″

+ Gauge:

Top of Beanie = 8 ks  x 10 rows (in the round)  = 4 x 4” or (10 x 10 cm)

Brim of hat = 5 rows = approximately 4″ (10 cm)

+ Materials:

  • Suggested Yarn:

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman & Glacier click here to see (idealy), however, I had trouble finding Glacier, so I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in colorway Stone.

  • Suggested Yarn Details:

80% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 106 yards (170g) per skein.

  • Yardage Needed:

Adult; Medium / Large:

104-6 yards (95 m – 96 m) of each color (approximately 1 skein of each)

Toddler/ Child/ Small:

1 skein of each color

  • Hook Size: M-13 (9 mm)
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle
  • Pom Pom (optional)

+ Size(s):

When complete and lying flat (approximately)

 (Measurements below are with negative ease and meant to stretch slightly)

Toddler:

Height = 7.5” (19.05 cm), Width = 8” (20.32 cm)

Circumference of brim = 15.5” (39.37 cm)

Child:

Height = 7.5” (19.05 cm), Width = 8” (20.32 cm)

Circumference of brim = 16.5” (39.37 cm)

Small:

Height = 9.5” (24.13 cm), Width = 8.5” (21.59 cm)

Circumference of brim = 20.5 (52.07 cm)

Medium / Large:

Height = 10” (26.67 cm), Width = 9” (22.86 cm)

Height = 10.5” (23.5 cm), Width = 9.5” (24.13 cm)

Making adjustments to sizing happens in the brim of the beanie and the number of pattern repeats for top of beanie.

Measure your head (or child’s) head first.  The sizes listed within the pattern are fashioned after the yarn council standard sizing, and are as follows: 16” for toddler, 18” for child, 20” for small, and 21-22” for medium/large.  The pattern is worked in multiples of 10, so you can create a brim size to your liking, then make increases to match a multiple of 10, i.e., 30, 40, 50, etc.  The larger you go, the more of a slouchy beanie it becomes. My tester said her child size didn’t fit her toddler because her toddlers head is 18” with thick hair, so best to measure first 😉.

+ Stitch guide:

hdc – half double crochet

ks – knit stitch

the knit stitch is a single crochet stitch that works into the center V of the st from the previous round, instead of the top two loops.

fhdc – foundation half double crochet

Changing colors using the Knit / Waistcoat Stitch Tutorial

+ Abbreviations:

fhdc foundation half double crochet
ks knit stitch
hdchalf double crochet
RS right side
WS wrong side
sl st slip stitch
BLO back loop only
ch chain
MC main color
CC contrasting color
rnd round
ch chain
st(s) stitches

+ Pattern Notes – Please Read

  • Joins are made by sl st into the ch 1 at end of rnd, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Remember to count your stitches 😉.
  • Knit Stitch:  Work a little loose – they tend to get very tight.
  • Each square of graph represents 1 knit stitch.
  • Sizing is listed within in the pattern
  • Stitches at end of row listed as follows: Adult S/M/L, T, C
  • Foundation row included in row count for brim

+ Pattern:

MC – Fisherman

CC – Glacier or similar weight light blue/sky blue yarn (I had some trouble finding Glacier, so I used a similar yarn I found at Michael’s from Loops & Threads called Cozy Wool in same weight, colorway Stone.

Brim:

Here is a video on how to work the brim, and the first round of the top of beanie, written pattern is below:

Note: The arrows in the photos don’t indicate which stitch to work into – they are only there to indicate how to identify the loops.

Using M hook and MC, try to match brim gauge because this is where the sizing is important.

Adult Small, Medium, Large

R1:  fhdc 5. (5 sts)

Toddler / Child

R1: fhdc 3 to 4 – your preference (3, 4 sts)

All sizes

R2:  ch 2, turnhdc 1 (working into camel hump in front) in each of next 4 (2, 3) sts

then work 1 hdc (working through both front camel hump and next loop) in last st. (5 sts)

R3:   ch 2, turn, hdc 1 (BLO) in each of next 4 (2, 3) sts.

then, hdc 1 (in back loop, and through another back loop of the hdc below) of last st. (5, 4, 3 sts)

Toddler:

R4 – 24: Repeat R2 & R3 (should measure around 15.5”)

Child:

R4 – 26:  Repeat R2 & R3 (should measure around 16.5”)

Small:

R4 – 28:  Repeat R2 & R3 (should measure around 17.5”)

Medium / Large:

R4 – 30:  Repeat R2 & R3 (should measure around 19.5”)

(will curl a little, you can block before or after if you choose to, but I like the little curl 😊 ). 

finished with brim.

+ Joining Brim

Bring RS’s together.  Join in back loop (where tail is) with a sl st – Turn

sl st in front bar of front piece (pictured below, arrows indicate front bar of front piece), and back loop of back piece, for 5 (4, 3) sts total.

The V’s should be facing like this…. 😉. 

Pattern graph works in multiples of 10, there is a large graph of the 10 column repeat below.

Reminder: Joins are made by slip stitch into the ch 1 at the end of each round, unless otherwise indicated.

+ Top of Beanie:

Work graph from right to left and from the bottom to the top.

(please refer to graphs at bottom of post for all sizes)

Rnd 1 (toddler):  ch 1, loosely ks into the center of the V at the top of each row, inc by 1 in every 4th row, join (6 increases made).  (30 sts)

Rnd 1 (child): ch 1, loosely ks into the center of the V at the top of each row, inc by 1 in every 6th row, join (4 increases made).  (30 sts)

Rnd 1 (small):  ch 1, loosely ks into the center of the V at the top of each row, inc by 1 in 1st row, ks 1 in next row, inc by 1 in next row, then inc by 1 in every third row to end, ks 1 in last row, join. (12 increases made).  (40 sts)

Rnd 1 (medium/large):  ch 1, loosely ks into the center of the V at the top of each row, inc by 1 in every 3rd row, join. (10 increases made). (40 sts)

Begin working graphs for round 2 – (16, 12, 14).

The toddler size can be adjusted to 14 rows if you’d like. My tester said she used 14 for her child, but also mentioned that her child has a lot of hair, and a size 18″ circumference ;).

Rnd 2 – 12 (toddler):  ch 1, then begin working graphs using the knit stitch (ks), join.  (30 sts)

Rnd 2 – 14 (child):  ch 1, then begin working graphs using the knit stitch (ks), join. (30 sts)

Rnd 2 – 16 (small):  ch 1, then begin working graphs using the knit stitch (ks), join. (40 sts)

Rnd 2 – 16 (med/large):  ch 1, then begin working graphs using the knit stitch (ks), join. (40 sts)

Leave an extra-long tail (at least 18”) for weaving hat together and sewing on a pom pom.

Reminder that this graph is a 10 column repeat – meaning you can work columns 1 – 10 as many times as you’d like and the pattern will remain consistent.

Toddler | Child Graph

Toddler/Child Graph

Adult Small | Medium | Large Graph

Adult Small/Medium/Large Graph

Here is a close-up of the pattern repeat – work 16 rows for adult S/M/L and 14 rows for Toddler/Child.

+ Assembly for Top of Beanie:

With seam facing you and WS out, position the beanie like this, top side up:

Sew together both pieces as pictured below, working through top loops of the stitches.

Start at one side, working toward the center.

Sew through center…

Exit the other side, drawing both sides in when you pull the yarn tight.

Draw in and sew the other two corners to the center – to create an X with four corners.

continue pulling in and sewing corners to the center, until all the corners are sewn in.  Leave a long tail for attaching pom.  It kind of looks like a mish mash, but just keep sewing up all the little holes.

Turn RS out.

Pom Pom is optional!  I went ahead and bought some online at Amazon that have a little loop at the bottom, so I can safety pin it when I feel like a pom pom and just take it off when I don’t want one 😉.

Congratulations! You’re finished!

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