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How To Make Beanies

If you've done your fair share of crochet scarves, this tutorial will give you a real challenge and keep your head warm in the winter at the same time.


  • Step 1: Crochet your hat to the correct size. If unsure how big to make it, use a tailor's tape to measure the circumference of your head.
  • TIP: If the hat begins to curl, don't panic! This is natural and a needed step in the right direction. Just continue with your work.
  • Step 2: Tighten the hat by doing a few rows where you skip every 4th and then 5th stitch. Continue until all the slack is taken up for a snug fit.
  • FACT: The Smithsonian Museum owns President Lincoln's iconic stovepipe hat from the night he was assassinated at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865.
  • Step 3: Continue with a row of single crochets followed by a row that adds a double crochet to every fourth stitch. In the next row, add a double crochet to every fifth stitch.
  • Step 4: Continue with two single crochets around the larger loop before ending with a single crochet.
  • TIP: Both the hooks and string are measured in weight: the heavier they are the thicker they will be.
  • Step 5: Weave five chain stitches in a row and join both ends together to create a loop. This is the top of the hat.
  • Step 6: Create a one chain and continue with 10 single crochets all the way around the loop. Finish with the first single crochet.
  • Step 7: Use a worsted or heavy size yarn for a warm, comfortable fit. Crochet with an H or G sized hook.

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