Two of the most popular searches bringing visitors to this blog are something along the lines of ‘free crochet pattern for beanies’ and ‘t-shirt rag rug’ so I figured I’d tell you how they work!
These directions enable you to use any hook, yarn, or stitch.
When I make beanies (like this one) or rugs, I usually use single crochet (US- Double in the UK) stitches.
The key to any increasing in the round, is to increase each row by the number of stitches you’ve started with.
My favourite number to use is 6. From there, you just have to add 6 stitches to each row, evenly spaced. If you wanted to do a base row of say 5 (or 8), then you’d just have to add 5 (or 8) stitches to each row for an even increase. I start with a ‘magic circle’ (The first second-7th stitch worked into the first so that you have 6 stitches that can easily be tightened into a close circle). To increase, you simply work two stitches in the place of one.
How to crochet in the round
- Base row: 6 stitches. From here, the ending number is not a matter of the row times 6, but rather in anticipation of the next row multiplied by six.
- 1st row: increase every stitch, ending with 12.
- 2nd row: increase in every second stitch (6×2 is 12, but you should have 12 beginning the 2nd row and 18 to start the 3rd.
- *increase in every third stitch (end with 24)
- *increase on every 4th (end with 30)….
- Each new time around is a row in this case- so the 6s are one row, the 12s are another row…
- The main thing to remember is that on the 4th row, you’ll only increase every 4th stitch and should end up with 30 stitches (5 x6). For the 5th row, every 5th stitch and 36 (6 x6) total…
For rugs this is the entire ‘pattern’ and I usually slip in 6 contrasting pieces of yarn as space holders at the increases. That way, I can easily see where to increase when I come back to the project instead of counting. You continue to increase on each round until the rug has reached the ideal size. Here’s another example of a rag rug I’ve worked on.
To continue for hats
- Continue to count each row
- Increase until the circle is slightly smaller than the crown of the recipient’s head and then stop increasing each round. The yarn and stitch will influence how quickly the increase stops and the sides ‘begin’. That is what creates the gentle curve into the side of the hat and why I stop increasing just before the ‘perfect’ size. Usually around 2-4 rows with a DK or worsted weight yarn.
- Crochet in the round without increasing until the hat sides are as long as desired (to stop above the ears? Just cover the ears? You decide).
- Once the hat sides are long enough, slip stitch the last stitch to ‘even up’ the bottom, and do a row of decorative crab stitch (also reverse single crochet) around the edge! Here are links to reverse single directions and a video.
If this isn’t clear enough feel free to ask questions and I’ll clarify. If you do end up making your first beanie this way, let me know how it turns out!