Did you know the World Day of Bullying Prevention is coming up in just a few short weeks on October 1? That Monday kicks off the National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month for the whole month of October. Make a Mixtape Beanie or other crochet and knit hats to contribute our talents to the #hatnothate campaign and amplify this worthy cause!
This project is created in collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn. Post may contain affiliate links, and all opinions are my own.
As my kids enter elementary school, bullying is becoming a growing concern of mine, both in its classic in-person form, and as they get older, in the online form as well. It seems people feel they can hide behind an electronic screen and say things they wouldn’t necessarily say in person. Oddly enough, this has emboldened individuals to actually say things face to face as well. It makes me cringe to think of all that my kids will go through as they enter the school system.
Stomp Out Bullying has dedicated themselves to changing this culture of abuse for students of all ages. For the month of October, they are encouraging supporters to wear blue in solidarity to stop all forms of bullying. In partnership with Stomp Out Bullying, Lion Brand is asking us craftivists to get involved with the #hatnothate movement by making, donating, and wearing our hand-knit and hand-crocheted blue hats to help spread the word. They are also collecting 1500 blue hats to donate to a local school for the students to wear on October 1, the World Day of Bullying Prevention. If you’d like to donate a hat (or many!), please send your hat(s) to the address below. Please note that your hats need to arrive by September 24, 2018.
Lion Brand Yarn Co.
HAT NOT HATE
135 Kero Road
Carlstadt, NJ 07072
The Stomp Out Bullying website has many resources to help both parents and students navigate the treacherous waters of bullying, as well as other ways you can get involved in teaching kindness and promoting inclusion and equality. Be sure to check them out!
Let’s Get Knitting!
Listed below is the pattern for the Mixtape Beanie, one of many hat patterns you can make to join the #hatnothate movement. The Lion Brand website has others to choose from, and I’ve included a few of my own (albeit crochet patterns) as well. Whichever hat you choose to make, whether you choose to knit or crochet or both, wear them on October 1, throughout October, and throughout the year!
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The Mixtape Beanie is designed for the #hatnothate movement, but can be made in any color combination you choose. I find that using a variegated yarn as the alternate color works really well!
The pattern below lists 3 sizes – Infant, Child, Adult – using Size 13 (9mm) circular knitting needles. You can use larger or smaller needles to adjust for more custom sizing, or purchase the PDF from my pattern shops to get the exact instructions for Newborn and Teen sizes.
Be sure to share your knits on social media with me by using the hashtag #1dogwoof so we can see your work! If you make the Mixtape Beanie in combinations of blues, use the #hatnothate hashtag to help spread awareness for the World Day of Bullying Prevention!
The other 2 Mixtape Beanies use Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in (Fisherman/Spice Market) and (Fisherman/Hudson Bay)
- 1 ball of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Yarn* for Main Color (Shown in Navy)
- 1 ball of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Yarn* for Alternate Color (Shown in Sky Blue)
- 16″ Size 13 (9mm) circular knitting needles*
- Size 13 (9mm) double pointed needles, or longer circulars if you use the magic loop method
- tapestry needle
- kitchen string or strong thread
- Clover Medium or Large Pom-Pom maker
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- sl st – slip stitch
- k – knit
- p – purl
- p3tog – purl 3 together
- pm – place marker
- Sizes are listed as: Infant (Child, Adult)
- Gauge is 10 sts and 16 rnds in 4 inches.
- Circumference is approximately 16-18″ (18-20″, 21-22″)
- The main color (MC) is the color used for the brim, and the alternate color (C1) is the background color in the body of the hat. You can explore using variegated yarns for the alternate color
- An additional stitch is casted on so that the hat can be joined and worked in the round. You can see this tutorial for how I make the invisible join.
- Switch to double point needles when the the stitch count gets too low for circular needles.
Mixtape Beanie Knitting Pattern Instructions
Using MC, cast on 41 (45, 49) sts, join using invisible join method. Pm at join.
Round 1: Using MC, work 4 (5, 6) rounds of 1×1 rib, starting with [k1, p1].
Round 5 (6, 7): Using MC, k1 in each st around.
Broken Seed Stitch pattern:
- Using C1, [k1, p1] to the end of the round.
- Using MC, k1 in each st around.
- Using C1, [p1, k1] to the end of the round.
- Using MC, k1 in each st around.
Rounds 6-13 (7-18, 8-23): Work the Broken Seed Stitch pattern 2 (3, 4) times.
Round 14 (19, 24): Using C1, work k1, p3tog, [k1, p1] 3 (3, 4) times, k1, p3tog, [k1, p1] 3 (4, 4) times, k1, p3tog, [k1, p1] 3 (3, 4) times, k1, p3tog, [k1, p1] 3 (4, 4) times. 32 (36, 40)
Round 15 (20, 25): Using MC, k1 in each st around. 32 (36, 40)
Round 16 (21, 26): Using C1, p3tog, [k1, p1] 2 (2, 3) times, k1, p3tog, [k1, p1] 2 (3, 3) times, k1, p3tog, [k1, p1] 2 (2, 3) times, k1, p3tog, [k1, p1] 2 (3, 3) times, k1. 24 (28, 32)
Round 17 (22, 27): Using MC, k1 in each st around. 24 (28, 32)
Round 18 (23, 28): Using C1, k1, p3tog, [k1, p1] 1 (1, 2) times, k1, p3tog, [k1, p1] 1 (2, 2) times, k1, p3tog, [k1, p1] 1 (1, 2) times, k1, p3tog, [k1, p1] 1 (2, 2) times, k1. 16 (20, 24)
Round 19 (24, 29): Using MC, k1 in each st around. 16 (20, 24)
Round 20 Infant size ONLY: Using C1, [p3tog, k1] 4 times. (8)
Round 25 Child size ONLY: Using C1, [p3tog, k1, p3tog, k1, p1, k1] 2 times. (12)
Round 30 Adult size ONLY: Using C1, [p3tog, k1, p1, k1] 4 times. (16)
Round 31 Adult size ONLY: Using MC, k1 in each st around. (16)
Round 32 Adult size ONLY: Using C1, [k1, p3tog] 4 times. (8)
- Cut a tail approximately 9 inches long and thread onto tapestry needle.
- Thread needle through each stitch left on the needle, removing the stitch from the needle as you go.
- Once all the sts are off the needle, pull the tail tight to close the hole at the top of the hat. Pull the tail to the inside of the hat, secure tightly and weave in ends.
- Weave in all ends.
- You can use a Clover Pom-Pom maker to make a yarn pom, or use a pre-made faux fur pom. Both work great!
- Insert the ties through the top center of the hat, pull tight and secure.