Thank you to everyone on Facebook and Instagram who helped me think up a name for my new hat pattern! After much thought, I’ve decided to call it the Lolly-Poms Sweetheart Crochet Beanie, because the striping can look like little hearts! And of course, it’s also named after my own little sweetheart!
Before getting to the pattern below, here are a few notes to keep in mind:
I start off with a round of foundation single crochet stitches. I learned it fairly recently, and I love it! It leaves a looseness and springiness that is so important in hats. Join the foundation single crochet stitches as you would any other round, but note that you’ll also need to use your beginning tail to join the bottom side also.
The big difference with this hat is I’m not always working into the single crochet loops. Instead, work into the “V” of the single crochet. This gives the “V” more definition and that “almost a knit” look.
When pulling the hat together, weave the tail through the front loops of each stitch, from inside to outside, then pull tight. You can check out Planet June’s video for details.
Be careful when you join the ribbed edging to the beanie base – make sure that the right side of the ribbed edging is touching the wrong side of the beanie, or vice versa, before stitching together with the mattress stitch. This will ensure that when you flip the brim, it’ll look right.
The pattern is specifically for the toddler size, between 2 and 3 years. I have further instructions below on approximate sizing for infants, children and adults, as well as how the math is done so you can make any size you want.
H (5 mm) hook – I am in love with the Clover Amour Hooks*.
yarn in 2 colors, A and B, where A is your main color, and B is your stripe color. Shown is Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Raspberry*, and White.
Clover pom-pom maker*
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
ch – chain stitch
hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 stitches together (decreasing stitch)
fsc – foundation single crochet
Instructions [ for toddler size ]:
Round 1: With color A, work 66 fsc, join to first fsc stitch with sl st.
Round 2: Ch 2. Work 1 sc in 2nd stitch from join, not counting the joining stitch. [Ch 1, sk 1, work 1 sc in next st] around. Join in 2nd ch with a sl st, changing to color B.
Round 3: Ch 1. [Work 1 sc in first ch space, ch 1] around. Join in first sc with sl st, changing back to color A.
Round 4: Ch 1. [Work 1 sc in between the color B “V”, then work 1 sc in chain space] around. Join in first sc with sl st.
Round 5: Ch 2. Work 1 sc in next st from join. [Ch 1, sk 1, work 1 sc in next st] around. Join in 2nd ch with a sl st, changing to color B.
Round 6-20: Repeat rows 3-5 (5) times.
Round 21: Repeat round 3.
Round 22: Repeat round 4.
Round 23: Ch 2. Starting in same stitch as join, *work 1 hdc in each of next 9 stitches. Work 1 hdc2tog over next 2 st.* Repeat * (6) times. Join with sl st. (60 st)
Round 24: Ch 2. Starting in same stitch as join, *work 1 hdc in each of next 3 stitches. Work 1 hdc2tog over next 2 st.* Repeat * (12) times. Join with sl st. (48 st)
Round 25: Ch 2. Starting in same stitch as join, *work 1 hdc in each of next 2 stitches. Work 1 hdc2tog over next 2 st.* Repeat * (12) times. Join with sl st. (36 st)
Round 26: Ch 2. Starting in same stitch as join, *work 1 hdc in next stitch. Work 1 hdc2tog over next 2 st.* Repeat * (12) times.Join with sl st. (24 st)
Round 27: Ch 2. Starting in same stitch as join, *work 1 hdc2tog over next 2 st* (12) times. Join with sl st. (12 st)
Cut the yarn, leaving enough of a tail to fasten off. Pull yarn through the final stitch. Using an embroidery needle, weave the yarn tail from inside to outside through the front loops only of all 12 stitches. Pull tight and fasten off. Weave in ends.
Row 1: Starting in 2nd chain from hook, work 1 hdc in each stitch across. Ch 2. Turn. (10)
Row 2: Work 1 hdc in back loops only of each stitch across. Ch 2. Turn. (10)
Repeat Row 2 until the piece matches the circumference of the beanie base.
Line up the short edges of the piece, making sure the ribbing pattern is correct, and join the short edges using a slip stitches across.
Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing onto the beanie base.
Fit the right side of the edging (the side without the slip stitch join) to the wrong side/inside of the hat.
Using the long tail, attach the ribbed edging to the beanie using a mattress stitch all the way around. Fasten off and weave in ends.
When the edging is flipped to the outside of the hat, it should be right side out.
Create the pom poms however you like. I used the Clover large pom pom maker* holding both colors of yarn.
The pom poms are attached to either side of the hat between rows 22 and 23.
Instructions [ for other sizes ]:
Work fsc in any multiple of 6.
- infant: 54 fsc
- toddler: 66 fsc
- child: 72 fsc
- adult: 78 fsc
Work Rounds 1 through 5 from above.
Repeat Rounds 3-5 until you get the height you want on the beanie.
Work Round 3 and 4 from above.
If the number of foundation stitches is a multiple of 6 but not a multiple of 12 (like 54), then you need to reduce the number of stitches to the nearest multiple of 12. For example, if you have 54 stitches, you need to *work 1 hdc in each of next 7 stitches, then 1 hdc2tog over next 2 st* 6 times to end up with 48 stitches.
If you have 78 stitches, you need to *work 1 hdc in each of next 11 stitches, then 1 hdc2tog* 6 times to end up with 72 stitches.
Once the number of stitches is a multiple of 12, start decreasing by 12 stitches each round, using Rounds 23, 24, 25 as guides.
When you reach the final round with 12 stitches, cut yarn, and weave it around the 12 stitches. Pull tight and fasten off.
The edging can be as deep as you want, but here are my recommendations.
- infant: ch 10, and work 8 hdc across
- toddler: ch 12, and work 10 hdc across
- child: ch 13, and work 11 hdc across
- adult: ch 14, and work 12 hdc across
All the other instructions are the same as detailed above.
If you have any questions, leave a comment below or search through the comments to see if your question has already been answered. You can also purchase a printable PDF of this pattern from Craftsy!