The Matheson Beanie Crochet Pattern features an attractive stitch pattern that really shows off when worked in multiple colours!
After learning the Nesting Shell Stitch not too long ago and sharing it with you, I fell in love with it! The stitch pattern creates a beautiful solid texture, but one that is not too stiff. You can work it in multiple colours (I have used three in my crochet beanie below) and is creates a beautiful hat!
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This crochet hat is worked from the brim up. After working the brim, you will work the nesting shell stitch pattern until your beanie is the height you desire. You will then simply draw the top of the hat closed at the top! The beanie looks wonderful with a pompom or without.
For the Matheson Beanie, I will be working with three colours of a worsted weight yarn. In the photos and in the video tutorial I am using the Color Theory Yarn by Lion Brand Yarn. It is super soft and 100% acrylic. You will only need one partial ball of each to complete this pattern.
For this pattern you will also need a 5 mm crochet hook. In the video tutorial below I will be using a Birchwood Hook by Rowan Yarns.
This pattern will be written out in full below followed by a free video tutorial. The pattern is free to follow on my site and will always be free! If, however, you would like a printable copy, you may purchase one from my Etsy and Ravelry Shops linked below:
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The Matheson Beanie Crochet Pattern:
Skill Level: Intermediate
Gauge: 16 sts x 16 rows of sc = 4 inches
Finished Size: 10 x 9 inches laid flat
Yarn: Colour Theory by Lion Brand® Yarn (100% acrylic; 246 yds/225 m; 3.5oz/100 g; (4) Medium/worsted weight): 1/2 ball of Thunder (Colour A), 1/2 ball of Peacock, 1/2 ball of Ivory (Colour C).
Hook: Size H/8 (5 mm) Hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Blo – Back Loop Only
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Rpt – Repeat
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Yo – Yarn Over
- Pattern is written in American English terms.
- Brim of hat is worked in rows, body of hat is worked in rounds.
- Ch 1 at beginning of round does not count as stitch.
- Do not turn at the end of each round, unless stated otherwise.
- Weave in ends as needed.
- OPTIONAL: Brim of hat may be worked using either single crochet stitches or half double crochet stitches instead of the slip stitches.
- To change the size of your beanie, you will need a multiple of 4 stitches for the first round of the hat body.
Free Crochet Pattern:
Brim (Worked in rows):
With Colour A, Ch 13.
Row 1: Sl st in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (12 sl sts)
Row 2: Working in the blo, sl st in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (12 sl sts)
Continue to repeat row 2 until work from the beginning measures approximately 16-17 inches.
Do not fasten off, but fold brim of hat so that two shorter ends meet. Now working through both thicknesses, sl st across working through the blo on each side. Do not fasten off. Turn work right side out (so that the right side is facing you and the seam in on the inside).
Now working around the edge of the brim, continue working in rounds as follows:
Hat Body (Worked in rounds):
Rnd 1: Ch 1, evenly work 72 hdc all the way around. Join with a sl st in the first st, do not turn. (72 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, Sc in the 1st, sk the next st, 3 dc in the next st, sk the next st, sc in the next st; Rpt from * around until 3 sts remain, sk the next st, 3 dc in the next st. Join with a sl st in the 1st st. Switch to colour B in the final st, do no fasten off colour A, but carry it up the inside of your work, Do not turn (here and throughout).
Rnd 3: With colour B, ch 3 (counts as a dc), *Dc2tog working under the first st 2 rows below, sk the shell and complete the st under the 2nd sc, work 3 dc in the next sc; Rpt from * around working final dc2tog under the 1st sc, 2 dc in the 1st sc. Switch to colour C in the final st, do not fasten off colour B, but carry it up the inside of your work. Join with a sl st in the 1st st.
Rnd 4: With colour C, ch 1, dc in the middle dc of the shell 2 rounds below, *3 dc in the sp between the 2 shell clusters below, dc2tog working in the 2 middle dc sts 2 rows below; Repeat from * all the way around, work one final double crochet into the middle dc of the shell below, switch to colour A in the final st, do not fasten off colour C, but carry it up the inside of your work, join with a sl st in the 1st st.
Rnd 5: With colour A, ch 3 (counts as a dc), *Dc2tog in the middle dc of the shell 2 rnds below, sk the shell and complete the st in the sp between the next 2 shell clusters, work 3 dc in the next sc; Rpt from * around working final dc2tog under the 1st sc, 2 dc in the sp between the last shell cluster and the 1st. Switch to colour B in the final st, do not fasten off colour A, but carry it up the inside of your work. Join with a sl st in the 1st st.
Rnds 6-19: Repeat rnds 4-5 seven more times alternating through colours A, B and C.
Fasten off leaving an extra long tail in your final colour (I recommend 15-20 inches). Using the long tail, sew the top of the hat closed by weaving the yarn in and out through the stitches at the top of the hat, then gently pull closed. Fasten off and weave in your ends. Attach Pompom to the top if desired.
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