The Woodrow Unisex Crochet Beanie | Crochet Pattern for Beginners

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to release this as a FREE pattern! The Woodrow Unisex Crochet Beanie pattern is so easy and looks great on men and women alike (as seen below).

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Design Inspiration

The Woodrow is named after my friend Woodrow (the model πŸ˜‰.)  He loves orange and asked me to crochet a beanie for him, this is what I came up with!

After crocheting it a up a few ways, I realized what a beautiful crochet beanie this is for women too. You can make it a ponytail hat, or add a fur pom for flair!

In this post You will Learn…

  • How to crochet a unisex beanie.
  • Decreasing a crochet stitch.
  • Working in the back loop only (BLO).

It looks great on men and women :).

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Woodrow Crochet Beanie
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Woodrow Unisex Crochet Beanie Pattern

Woodrow Unisex Crochet Beanie Pattern on wood floor with white scarf
Woodrow Unisex Crochet Beanie Pattern

Let’s get started!

The Woodrow Unisex Crochet Beanie Pattern | Easy Beginner Crochet Pattern

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It’s all About the Yarn…

For the sample I used Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand (it’s on sale right now for $3.74!), in the color Rust (Deep Burnt Orange) White sample is Premier yarns, Deborah Norville – Every day in cream. Of course, for this pattern you can use absolutely any yarn you’d like!

But when I was searching around for it, I found some beautiful colors on Love Crafts! These are just amazing Fall Yarn Colors.

Lion Brand Basic Stitch Skein Tones

+ Skill Level

Beginner to Easy

+ Gauge 

15 sc x 14 rows = 4 x 4” or 10 x 10 cm

Directions for gauge:  with 5.5 mm hook, ch 15 + 1, *sc in each ch to end, ch 1, turn.  *sc in each st, ch 1, turn* – *repeat* until you reach 14 rows.

+ Materials

  • 5.5 mm (USA H) or whatever hook you need to obtain gauge.
  • Darning Needle
  • Scissors

Suggested Yarn:

Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand (it’s on sale right now for $3.74!) – OR – any worsted weight yarn to meet gauge. Here are some great Lion Brand Fall Yarns to choose from on Love Crafts too.

+ Sizes/Finished Measurements

This beanie is completely customizable. The pattern will start off with you working the brim to meet your measurements needs. A basic beanie adult size diameter is 18″ – 19″ leaving 2″ of stretch, for a finished size of 22″ (the most common adult size head circumference).

Yardage Needed:

275 – 300 yards (or less)

+ Abbreviations:

scsingle crochet
dcdouble crochet
st(s)stitches
chchain
decdecrease
BLOback loop only
**repeat instructions from *

+ Stitch guide:

Basic Stitches: 

sc – single crochet 

Insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, yo draw through both loops on hook. 

dc – double crochet 

Yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, *yo, draw through 2 loops, repeat from * two times.

dec – decrease

sc dec – insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, draw up a loop, insert hook in next stitch, yo, draw up a loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook – 1 dec.

dc dec – yo, insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through two loops, insert hook in next stitch, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through two loops (three loops on hook), yo, draw through all loops on hook.

+ Pattern Notes:

  • Chains do not count as stitches.
  • 1st stitch is made in same as turning chain.
  • Brim is worked first.
  • Remember to turn!
  • Take notes on your stitch count if you are customizing.
Woodrow Unisex Crochet Beanie Pattern on wood floor with white scarf
Woodrow Unisex Crochet Beanie

More Free Crochet Patterns…

If you love making crochet beanies, I have quite a few other cute and fast crochet beanie patterns here >>>

  1. Fair Isle Snowflakes & Hearts Beanie (CAL)
  2. Lyra Crochet Beanie
  3. Country Hearts Crochet Beanie

+ Woodrow Beanie Pattern:

Adjust the Height:

Crochet the brim until you reach your desired circumference. If you aren’t certain about the size you need, here is a list of standard sizes from the yarn council.

Standard Head Circumferences for Designing & Customizing Your Beanie

Infant/Child

 PreemieBabyToddlerChildTween
Circumference (in.)9–1214–1616–1818–2020–22
(cm.)23–30.535.5–40.540.5–4645.5–5151–56

Adult

 WomanMan
Circumference (in.)21–2322–24
(cm.)53–58.556–61
size chart courtesy of the yarn council

Here is another great chart for sizing:

Crochet Hat Sizing Chart

SizeCircumferenceLengthCrown*
Preemie11β€³ (28cm)4β€³ (10)3β€³ (7cm)
Newborn13β€³ (33cm)5β€³ (13cm)4β€³ (10cm)
3-6 Months15β€³ (38cm)6β€³ (15cm)5β€³ (13cm)
6-12 Months17β€³ (43cm)6.25β€³ (16cm)5.5β€³ (14cm)
2-3 Years17β€³ (48)7β€³ (18cm)6β€³ (15cm)
Child20β€³ (51cm)7.5β€³ (19cm)6.5β€³ (16.5cm)
Teen21β€³ (53cm)8β€³ (20cm)7β€³ (18cm)
Small Adult22β€³ (56cm)8.5β€³ (22cm)7.5β€³ (19cm)
Large Adult23β€³ (58cm)9β€³ (23cm)8β€³ (20cm)

+ Pattern

Let’s start crocheting! The brim is worked first. This is a wide brim hat with a small crown. The written pattern below will fit a standard size woman’s head (22″ circumference x 6.5″ – 7″ tall crown).

woodrow beanie chart
  • You can use this chart as a reference if needed.
  • The top of the hat and the brim are worked in the same basic pattern.

Brim

Using recommended hook size and worsted weight yarn, with a medium tension, your brim will measure around 5” (13 cm) tall (it’s folded over for the finished beanie).

Ch 24

Row 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end – 23 sc.

Row 2:  Ch 1, turn, sc (BLO) to end – 23 sc.

Row 3:  Ch 1, turn, sc (BLO) to end – 23 sc.

Row 4:  Ch 2, turn, dc (BLO) to end – 23 dc.

Repeat Rows 2 to 4 until you reach your desired circumference.

Do not cut yarn.

Joining the Ends of the Brim

Once you’ve completed brim, fold brim ends together and slip stitch through back loop, and front loop of back side to join the ends.

Do not cut yarn.

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Joining the ends of the brim

***note – this pattern was one of my first written patterns/stitch counts may be off***

+ Crown

notes:

  • The following rows are worked with turns.
  • At the end of each row, join with slip stitch in first stitch of each row (including dc’s)
  • 1st stitch is made in same as turning chain.
  • chains do not count as stitches.

Row 1: Ch 3, make 1st dc in same as ch-3, dc in each top of row around – 58 dc.

(my stitches totaled 58, throughout, I will refer to my stitch count. Yours may vary dependent on how many stitches you used to create the brim).

R2:  Ch 1, turn, sc (BLO) to end – 58 sc.

Row 3:  Ch 1, turn, sc (BLO) to end – 58 sc.

Row 4:  Ch 2, turn, dc (BLO) to end – 58 dc.

R5 – X:  Repeat rows 2 to 4 until you reach approximately 5” (or 2.5″ shorter than the size listed on the table above for crown height – this is adjustable, you can make it a slouchy beanie by crocheting more rows, and start the decrease rows when you want to draw in the top).

Decrease Rows

The following rows are decrease rows. A decrease is made by crocheting a single crochet over two stitches. This written pattern will fit a standard woman’s head (22″ circumference, 6.5 – 7″ crown height).

Row 1:  *sc (BLO) in next 3 sts, dec in next, repeat from * to end, sc in remaining 4 stitches – 47 sc.

Row 2:  Ch 1, turn, *sc in next 2 sts (BLO), dec in next, repeat from * to end – 36 dc.

Row 3:  Ch 2, turn, *dc 1 (BLO), dec in next, repeat from * to end – 23 dc.

Row 4:  Ch 1, turn, *sc 1 (BLO), dec in next, repeat from * to end, sc in remaining sts – 16 sc.

***you can stop here and have a messy bun hat or continue for a closed beanie***

note: This is where things become a little tight as the beanie closes together.

Row 5:  Repeat Row 4.

Row 6:  Ch 1, turn, sc dec in each st around, sc in any remaining sts.

Leave a long tail, cut, and use darning needle to close hole, weave extra tail in.

Congratulations! You’re Finished!

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