I tend to find a stitch that I like and then go through phases, making anything and everything in that stitch before moving on to something new and exciting. My current obsession is the rib stitch. I guess because it looks a bit more like knitting than other crochet stitches - and goodness knows I will never be able to knit as easily as I crochet.
I have been using the rib stitch to make scarves, blankets and beanies. I am currently making a throw for the couch with the ribs running from top to bottom, and have made a few scarves with the ribs running from side to side. Recently on Instagram stories I stepped through using the rib stitch to make a beanie. I like to share options that can be made using any yarn or any size hook.
These beanies are a simple rectangle piece of crochet. I join the top and bottom edges together and then gather up one end (that is the top of the beanie), which is where I attach the pom pom and then the open end goes over the head (this much is obvious) with enough room to fold the edge back up over the forehead.
I have put together an approximate sizing chart that allows for this fold, it can be a bit confusing because I am referring to width and length of the size of the original piece that you will crochet as opposed to using normal crochet beanie terms like height and circumference. The width will be the height of the beanie when it is complete and the length will be the circumference.
(height of hat)
The width will be the length of your foundation chain (yes, I know that only adds to the confusion if you're a beginner), so have a tape measure handy. If the wearer of the hat is nearby, you can measure from the crown of their head to their eyebrows, then for an adult beanie add on 5-6cm for the fold and 3-4cm for the top of the hat where the pom pom will go, for a child or baby beanie you'll only need about 3-4cm for the fold and 1-2cm for the top.
I have added the steps below, along with the videos for beginners, I have put together a short hand version of the pattern for those that are familiar with how to crochet you can get the free rib stitch beanie download here;
- Tie a slip knot
- Start with a foundation chain that is the width that you require (in this case the height of the hat)
- Add a single crochet (go through the stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook) to the second chain from the hook and to every chain to the end
- Complete the row of single crochet stitches along the foundation chain and then go back and count your stitches (ignore me saying to count the chain one as a stitch - don't count this)
- At the end of the row chain one (yarn over and pull through) and then complete a single crochet into the first stitch but only the back loop only, repeat this (one single crochet into the back loop only) the whole way along the row
- When you get to the end of the row, ensure you do the last single crochet into the very end of the row - this will help keep your edges straight
- Chain one (yarn over and pull through) and then turn your work, add a single crochet into the back loop only of the very first stitch and repeat the whole way along the row
- Here's one I prepared earlier...I have almost finished the rectangle (it is the length of the circumference of my hat (if you were making a scarf you would carry on), now I join the two ends together
- You can use a darning needle and simply sew up the edge, I prefer to add a seam using slip stitches. I add a slip stitch to the end of each edge to join them together, then turn my work, hold the edges side by side and do a slip stitch (through the stitches, yarn over, pull up a loop, pull through the loop on the hook) into both stitches the whole way along
- Once you've stitched along the two edges you'll have a seam - that seam will go on the inside, cut off a tail and pull the yarn through to secure the seam
- Use your crochet hook (or a darning needle, or a smaller crochet hook) and thread the tail loops around the top edge of what will be your beanie
- Once the tail has been pulled through the top stitches the whole way around, pull the tail tight to pull the top of the hat together, then stitch back and forth across the top of the beanie