I was thinking about what to donate to the From the Heart charity this month, when it occurred to me that I generally donate items for women or children. So, I decided it was time to design a hat with the “boys” in mind. Now don’t get me wrong, this will work equally well for the women, but let’s face it, we girls have lots more to choose from!
I really didn’t have a planned design in mind when I started this beanie, but as I began to crochet a basic beanie, the pattern evolved. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out and wanted to share it with all of you. I hope you enjoy it. ~Maria~
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Northern Stripes Beanie
Worsted weight yarn in 4 colors.
Main color (MC) ~200 yards
Contrast Color 1(CC1)~ 20 yards
Contrast Color 2(CC2)~ 20 yards
Contrast Color 3(CC3)~ 40 yards
Hook US H (5.00 mm)
8 dc x 4 Rounds = 2”
Kids: 19 – 21” x 7” long
Teens/Adults: 21 – 24” x 8” long
BLO: Work in Back Loop Only
BPdc: Back Post double crochet
dc: double crochet
FPdc: Front Post double crochet
hdc: half double crochet
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
Ch1 and Ch2 at beg of row does not count as a stitch.
Join each round with a sl st to beg stitch.
Fasten off after each color change.
At end of each round, join with sl st to beg st.
Rnd 1: With MC, make a Magic Circle, 10 sc in loop, join, pull loose end to tighten opening.
Rnd 2: Ch2 (does not count as stitch here or throughout), 2dc in each st, join. (20 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch2, dc in same st, 2dc in next st, [dc in next, 2dc in next] around to end, join (30 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch2, dc in same st and next st, 2dc in next st, [dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next] around to end, join. (40 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch2, dc in same st and next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, [dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next] around to end, join. (50 dc)
Rnd 6: Ch2, dc in same st and next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, [dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next] around to end, join. (60 dc)
Rnd 7: Ch2, dc in same st and next 4 sts, 2dc in next st, [dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next] around to end, join. (70 dc – 6 ½” diameter)
~For Kids sizes skip to Round 9~
Rnd 8 (Adult Size ONLY): Ch2, dc in same st and next 5 sts, 2dc in next st, [dc in next 6 sts, 2dc in next] around to end, join. (80 dc – 7 ½” diameter)
Rnd 9: Ch2, dc in each st, join.
Repeat Round 9 until hat measures 3 ½” from crown for Kids and 4 ½” for Teen/Adult.
For the remainder of the hat, the stitch count will be the same as your last Round worked.
Rnd 1: Join CC1, working in BLO, ch1, sc in each st, join.
Rnd 2: Working in BLO, ch1, sc in each st, join.
Rnd 3: Join CC2, working in BLO, ch2, dc in each st. Join with sl st to beg dc, join.
Rnd 4: Join CC3, ch1, hdc in each st, join.
Rnd 5: Ch1, [FPdc, BPdc] to end, join.
Rnds 6 – 8: Ch1, FPdc in each FPdc and BPdc in each BPdc of the previous round, join.
Rnd 9: Join CC2, ch2, dc in each st, join.
Rnd 10: Join CC1, ch1, sc in each st, join.
Rnd 11: Working in BLO, ch1, sc in each st, join.
Rnd 12: Join MC, working in BLO, ch1, sc in each st, join.
Rnd 13: Ch1, hdc in each st, join.
Last Rnd: Ch1, turn, working from inside of hat, sl st loosely in each st around, join. Fasten off.
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Hi.. Thank you for your wonderful pattern.. I had one query.. For the Band will the stitch count remain 80 throughout for an adult hat..
Yes, once you are done with the increases, the stitch count is constant.
Wow! This pattern is amazing. I’ve made this for my Father as a surprise gift. He loved it a lot. Thanks for sharing this pattern 🙂
Thank you for the nice comments!
I am a bit confused on the pattern I was wondering if you had a video showing you working the pattern? I have took down row 3 because I had more than stitches. Then I took down row 2 because I only had 18 stitches. With that being stated I am confused by the instructions of the pattern. For example, ch 1 and ch 2 @ beg of row does not count as a stitch. Are you suppose to put 2 dc in the same stitch?
I’m sorry, I don’t have a video.
Love Love this pattern. Easy to follow instructions and works up really fast! I made it for my husband and he really liked it! This pattern is a keeper!! Thanks so much!!
Love this hat pattern. My son who is picky love it so much I make him a new one every year and it’s the only hat he will wear ???? Thanks again for all your time and effort
Shannon. Ontario, Canada
Oh I love hearing that! Thank you!
Tommy Emberton says
I haven’t started this yet, but look forward to it. I am a guy that loves to crochet. I have friends who serve a hot breakfast in a local park every Sunday morning for homeless people in our town. So far my contribution has been crocheted scarves, but now I have a great pattern for a wonderful hat.
As I am retired now, I plan on working on more crochet patterns in general for men. Women do seem to have the lion’s share of patterns. Though there is nothing wrong with that, it is time we guys got a bit more crochet support.
Thank you so much for the great pattern!!!!
Excellent! Be sure to follow me on FB as I plan to release additional “guy” patterns 🙂
So far, so good with this pattern. I am now working on the band section, round 5, and I’m thinking this round and the next ones that use FPDC and BPDC should begin with a chain 2, not chain 1. Am I wrong? I just thought the chain should match the particular stitched used in each row. Can you please advise?
Thank you. I love this pattern and the various stitches add a lot of interest to this hat.
You can use a ch2 if you like, I prefer a ch1 for this as it keeps a tighter join.
ps and I don’t know what the “naysayer” above was talking about because I’ve rarely made a hat that was to be turned after each row.
Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern. I make hats for Caps for Kids..we make hats for adults too though…and the leader of our group is always asking for more hats for men and boys but esp men so this will be wonderful for that. I’ll be making lots of these.
Maria, I love, love, love your patterns! Thank you bunches for sharing them! This Northern Stripes hat is one of my absolute favorites. I like to add a flower to it and make it as a ladies’ slouch hat. 🙂
Thank you so much! So sweet of you to say 🙂
Thank you for the FREE Beanie pattern Maria. I admire your creativity and gumption to design a product and then just up and give it away to anybody and everybody. I made a few modifications to your pattern i.e. only 2 CC but otherwise stuck with the instructions throughout.
I’m sorry you are subjected to a few neg comments but there’s usually one if every crowd. The rest of us love your work. Please continue sharing!
Thank you so much! I learned long ago you can’t please everyone, so I just do the best I can 🙂
Hi. I went to washington, to visit family. Made this beanie for my son in law. He loved it. My daughter loved it to, so much im making her one. A big hit in washington, thank yu.
This is a very nice pattern for crocheting beanie. But I wanted to know can I make this by using 3.5 mm hook instead of 5mm?
You’d have to adjust the stitch count. and number of rows to get the correct diameter. It’s a whole different pattern.
Libby Valeriani says
This pattern rocks! Thank you so much for making a manly hat pattern!
Glad you like it, thanks for the note!
Robyn Pigman says
This is great! The different stitches make such an interesting pattern. I made one today as a gift and it was a big hit. I have uploaded a picture to the Show It Off site. Thank you for posting!
Thank you for sharing. Please feel free to add your picture to my Facebook page! http://facebook.com/patternparadise
Thank you so much for this beautiful and handsome pattern! I loved making it!!
Joni Medlin says
The pattern also doesn’t tell you whether you join to first stitch or first stitch of top of chain. No does it say finish off at end of color.
Joni Medlin says
I love to get free patterns as do most people. Most patterns on these sites are incomplete. Either the writer of the pattern forgets something or doesn’t think people reading them need the whole pattern. Like this Beanie for men pattern doesn’t say turn after the round so the assumption is you work the front of the stitches. However after doing so my beanie does not look like the picture. I don’t make hats as a rule but my son wanted it. It would Definately be nice to have a full pattern and not a partial instruction on crocheting.
Joni, I’m sorry you are displeased with my FREE pattern. I do take pride in my work and whether paid or free I do put effort into making my patterns as comprehensive and complete as possible. Each pattern takes many hours (of my personal time) to write, edit, test and publish. Of course as we are all human, errors do get through. With that being said, I did not write to “turn” after the round because this hat is NOT turned – that is not an error it is intentional. The hat is worked from the right side. As for your comment on the join, I don’t understand it. The join should be to the first stitch, I will add that to the pattern to clarify, but I believe it is pretty intuitive.
I’m sorry your finished hat doesn’t look like the sample. Please check that you placed Front and Back Post double crochets as indicated. You can see from this link that many people have used this pattern with good results so I believe the pattern is accurate. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/northern-stripes-pdf14-130/people
Thank you for posting the free beanie pattern.
thanks for this pattern, what is a magic circle
It is a way to start crocheting in a circle (you will find several tutorials on Google), you can also work a few chains and join to the first one and then start working in that circle if you prefer.
Ive read this pattern over n over. I do not see one problem with this pattern. Its written verry well.
Jo huettl says
I made this hat for my brother in law. He’s a green by packer fan and he has cancer and thus treatment leaves no hair. Thanks for the pattern. Don’t know how to share the picture. But it looks great
I’m so happy to hear that. I wish your brother in law successful treatment and continues good health.
This pattern is great so far, but I’m a little confused about the difference between the crown and the band! 🙁
Can someone please explain the difference? I’m on round 9 right now, and I’ve repeated that about 4 times so far…
When I refer to the crown it is the portion of the hat that starts at the top of the head and increases out to the sides. The band is the textured portion around the bottom part of the head. Hope that helps.
Sherry Bee says
I made several of these hats for the men in my family this Christmas. They all came out great and were well received. Thank you for designing this hat and making it available to all.
Thank you! Please feel free to link up pictures of the hats you made and a chance to win a free pattern. Take a look at the SHOW IT OFF section of my website.
Glad I came across your pattern! Works up very fast and easy. I have made quite a few hats from your pattern for Christmas presents. Also my fiancé loved his I made with black as the main color and purple as the highlights. Thanks for sharing❄❄❄⛄⛄⛄
That’s great! Please share them on my FB page too!
This was a very easy pattern to hook up. Black was my main color, highlighted with white striped. Add orange reflective for the post highlights and I had one awesome hat.
Thank you for sharing. I can post to your FB page if you like.
Great! Would love to see it 🙂
This is such an excellent pattern! I made one and loved it so much, I made two more. Great pattern. Thank you!!!!!!!
This is the best pattern I have seen on pinterest. I made one (with grey as MC) for my son..it looked so smart..my son who is usually fussy loved it..I then made one for myself (Dark pink as MC)…Oh my its so very pretty..Now I am going to make one for my 4 yr old nephew..with some bright colours…Thank you so much..
OH thank you! I love to hear that. Yes, my son likes his too (and he normally hates hats) and my nephew never takes his off! I’d love to see pictures of your hats, please feel free to share them on my Facebook page 🙂
Vicki Staeger says
Love, love, love this pattern!! Was looking for a hat pattern for my grandson who is 8. Found this, decided to try it and I love it. Turned out beautifully.
I’m so glad. Feel free to post your finished picture to my FB page and/or the link party:
This cap looks great! I make caps for chemo patients (via KnotsofLove.org) who have lost their hair, and intend to make this for one of the men, maybe a vet. We use soft non-wool yarns. There are cap patterns on the site, but none like this!
Glad you like it! Yes, they do make great chemo caps, I’ve made a few myself. 🙂
Hi Maria, what a great design and the stripes give this project something extra PAZZAZZZZZ … you’re absolutely right, there’s not much out there in designs for the guys and we guys also like to wear hats & colors … thank you for sharing this …by the way, you have a great blog page !!!!!
Thank you so much Victor! Your comments are much appreciated. With a husband, two sons and two nephews I do struggle to find designs they would enjoy too, so I’m glad this one hit the mark! If you have suggestions on other things you’d like to see, feel free to post them or contact me via email [email protected]
True about the colours. Although, there is so much beautiful detail in the stitches, I think this will look stunning in neutral tones. Going to make it for my hubby!
Hi! I love the look of this hat! I’m just a tiny bit confused though. The first part of the instructions is for the “crown ” so when it said to work the rounds until I’m 4 1/2 inches from the crown, I thought it meant starting from row 9. But it made it really big. By crown, did the instructions mean 4 1/2 inches from the very top (magic circle row)?? Please advise. I’m going to undo the stitches but don’t want to proceed until I actually know how far back to go..
Yes you are correct, it would be measured from the beginning row. Sorry for any confusion.
I really liked your hat pattern. The colour combination looks awesome. I’m making it for my husband’s birthday. I was going to commit the same mistake….thank god saw this comment. Let’s see how the hat turns out…hope he likes it. Thanks once again for the pattern.
Sophie Briscoe says
I’m glad Alecia asked this question because this is my confusion as well. I’m at the end of row 8 and my hat already measures 5″. Does that mean I should do row 9 or not?
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love the pattern, although I was making this for my grandson using child size and well his dad is gonna get the hat now as it is way too big, gonna make an attempt using smaller hook in hopes that does the trick! great job, am pleased with pattern over all!
Well I’m glad you found another use for it, LOL. Check the gauge and adjust your hook size to achieve the correct size.
This is great! I have been making chemo caps using from my leftover stash and have found limited distinctive patterns for the guys. The stripes and pattern stitch are perfect for this project. Blues, here I come!
Aww, thanks Pat. I feel the same way, the guys tend to fall on the short side of the crochet hook 🙂 And yes, this is a great stash buster too! I’d love to see some of your finished projects, please feel free to share on my FB page!
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Well, the cold weather is headed toward Texas again. Keep your man’s head warm with this great new pattern from my friend Maria Bittner over at pattern-paradis.com……. Northern Stripes Beanie….
Thanks for the share!
ELK Studio - Handcrafted Crochet Designs says
Love this hat! Thanks for letting me test!
Thank YOU! I appreciate you taking the time to test for me.
Amazing! My personal faves are amigurami mostly DOLLS and there are not a lot of great patterns but I know with your talent it could be done. Besides I just LOVe paradise.
Thank you Shelly. Maybe I’ll make some dolls or stuffed animals in the future 🙂
Thanks for sharing!