Samantha’s Hope – Free Unisex Beanie Pattern

Samantha’s Hope – Free Unisex Beanie Pattern
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In 2019 Sunflower Cottage Crochet participated in our first Crochet Cancer Challenge with our Samantha’s Hope unisex beanie pattern. We went for royal blue in support of colon cancer.

Samatha’s Hope Beanie is made to be a hug for your head. It’s warm, comfortable and is designed to be a little longer so that it covers and protects the ears too. It is written in three sizes – adult small, medium and large. If you want to adjust it to fit a child simply use #4 worsted weight yarn (aran) and go down to a 5mm hook!

2019 was a very poignant year to be initiated as one of the designers of this fabulous event. At the time Sara’s dad, Robin, was in the final stages of battling with his cancer. I designed this hat to honour him. I’m thrilled that he got to see it and approve of it before he died just 3 weeks later. Find out more about that story, what Sara fears the future holds for her and just how important this event is to us you can read about it here.

Inspiration behind the design

When I sat down to design this beanie I knew I wanted something with great texture that was unisex and fairy easy to work up. It also had to look great in darker colours (like the royal blue) as well as lighter colours or yarn cakes.

I think I managed to meet all of these with this unisex beanie pattern!

Construction of the design

This crochet unisex beanie pattern is made from the bottom up, starting with the ribbing, and is seamless. It is worked in rounds and works up quickly!

It is amazing how the simple stitches in crochet can create such beautiful textures when worked together!

The Yarn

It is made using #5 weight yarn so it works up quickly. It’s unisex and looks fabulous in any colour choice you can think of! My blue version was made with Stylecraft Simply Chunky and was a 1 skein project! The multi-coloured version was a Hayfield Spirit Chunky yarn.

a fantastic crochet unisex beanie pattern that works up well in all colours!

Not got the right yarn weight? No problem … Shop your stash!

This is a great project to be double stranding with! What do I mean by that? This is when you use two strands of a lighter weight yarn together to create the correct thickness you need for the pattern. It allows you to shop your stash or scrap buckets with part used skeins and use them up! It is not difficult to do. In fact I have a blog post with videos that show you exactly how to double strand your yarn and work with it. The blog post even has a handy printable for you to print and keep to remind you how to work it out!

Check that out here!!!!

At Sunflower Cottage Crochet I also like to try to teach crocheters a little about the craft. Whether it is a new technique, a new tip or trick or learning new stitches. Often times people have seen or used the stitch combos but not heard of the actual stitch before.

Big Book of Hints and Tips Blog Tour

I am thrilled that Veronika from Blue Star Crochet asked me to participate in her Big Book of Hints and Tips Event in October 2022.

For this fabulous collaboration I have submitted hints and tips on shipping your stash and double stranding yarn to get the thicker yarn weights needed for patterns. And I encourage you to have fun with your colour choices in the process!

To run alongside the blog hop portion of the event Veronika has put together there is a superb e-book. You will find that it is PACKED FULL of crochet hints and tips for you! With over 40 of them included this really could be an invaluable resource! That is 216 pages of the BEST tips and tricks from top crochet designers and makers!

There is also the option to purchase the bundle of blog hop patterns, each one helping you to put into practice a specific tip, technique or trick!

Click the button below to check out the e-book!

Have you heard of the silt stitch?

It is a very basic stitch combo that uses only single crochets and double crochets (US terms)

For the Samantha’s Hope unisex beanie pattern (and cowl) I have amended it slightly. Instead of using the traditional double crochet row I used a hdc, to keep the cozy and warm feel of the hat.

But by itself the silt stitch just didn’t have the ‘umph’ that I was looking for. So I frogged and re-designed the hat to combine both the silt and the camel stitches (also known as half double crochet in the third loop). And doesn’t it look darling? The fact it is a unisex beanie pattern is also a big plus!

I have decided to share the pattern as a free one in this post!

PDF Pattern Links

**Please note that if you are here for the Big Book of Tips and Tricks Event these buttons will NOT get you the Free PDF Pattern!! The links for these are above!

But if you prefer to get the pdf versions you can find it at:

Are you ready for the free unisex beanie pattern? Keep scrolling!

Materials:

  • #5 weight yarn (chunky) I used Stylecraft Special Chunky which you can find here:
    large beanie – around 115 yards, medium beanie – 105 yards approx., small beanie – less than 100 yards
  • 5.5mm hook
  • Needle to sew in ends
  • Tape measure
  • Stitch marker (optional)

Gauge: 2’’x2’’is 7HDC x 5 rows

Sizing:

  • Small – 18” circ, 7.5” tall
  • Medium – 19” circ, 8.5” tall
  • Large – 20” circumference, 9’’ tall

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)

  • St(s)–stitch(es)

  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc–single crochet
  • hdc— half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • Hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together
  • BLO – back loop only
  • YO – Yarn over

Pattern notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • Ch1 and Ch2 at the start of a row counts unless stated otherwise.
  • There are three sizes to the beanie pattern – small, medium and large. The pattern indicates this with using the format small (medium, Large) where stitch counts etc differ.

Special Stitches:

Camel Stitch: This is worked in the third loop of the HDC stitch, which pushes the top two “V” stitch loops to the side, creating a “knitted” look. YO and insert hook into 3rd loop of indicated hdc, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

Silt Stitch:We work a slightly amended version of the silt stitch in this pattern. It is worked over two rows or rounds.

  • Row 1: In the first st you work (sc, 2dc), sk2 and then work (sc, 2dc) in the next st, all of the way around your hat.
  • Row 2: Hdc in each st around
    (Note: technically here the stitch is usually worked using DC’s all of the way around for the silt stitch but I wanted to use the hdc)

Hdc2tog: This is used to create the reduction around the crown of the hat and is worked over two stitches.YO, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, insert hook into the next st, YO and pull through. YO and pull through all four loops on hook.

 

Samantha’s Hope Beanie Pattern

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For the brim:

Row 1 – Ch 7 (8, 9) Sc in second ch from hook and each ch across (6, 7, 8 stitches)

Row 2 Ch1 (does not count as a st), turn. Sc BLO in each stitch across

Row 3 – Repeat row 2 until brim measures 18” (19”, 20”)

Hold the first and the last rows together and ss across to join the brim.

Do not FO

 

For the start of each beanie:

Round 1 – Sc 51 (57, 60) evenly around Ss to join

Round 2 – Ch1 (not a st) hdc in each st around. SS to join

Round 3 – Ch1 (counts as a sc), 2dc in the first st, sk2, *(1sc, 2dc) in the next st, sk2 stitches* repeat from * to * around.
SS to join

Round 4 – Ch1 (not a st) hdc in each st around. SS to join

Round 5 – Working into the third loop only (camel stitch – see special stitches for video link) on this round …

Continue beanie pattern for the relevant size of your hat below.

Size small:

Round 6 – Repeat round 3

Round 7 – Repeat round 4

.Round 8 – Repeat round 5

Round 9 – Repeat round 3

Round 10 – Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog, *hdc next 4 sts, hdc 2tog*, Repeat from * to * around. Hdc in the last 3 sts
SS to join (43)

Round 11 – Working into the third loop only in this round ….
Ch2 (counts), hdc in the next 4 sts, hdc2tog, *hdc in the next 5 sts, hdc2tog* Repeat from * to * around, hdc2tog over the last two sts.  SS to join (36)

Round 12 – Repeat round 3 SS to join

Round 13 – Ch2 (counts), hdc in the next st, hdc2tog in the next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next st, hdc in next st, hdc2tog* Repeat from * to * around. SS to join (26)

Round 14 – Working into the third loop only in this round …
Ch2, hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog * Repeat from * to * around. Hdc third loop only in the last 2 sts. SS to join (22)

Round 15 – Ch1 (does not count as a st), hdc2tog all of the way around. SS to join (11)

Round 16 – Ch1 (does not count), hdc in first st, hdc2tog around. SS to join (6)

Leave a long tail, FO.

Use tail to sew the top of the hat closed by weaving it through the stitches and then pulling tightly.

Sew in ends.

Size medium:

Rounds 6 – 8 – Repeat rounds 3-5

Rounds 9 &10 – Repeat rounds 3 and 4

Round 11 – Working into the third loop only in this round ….
Ch2, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in the next st, *hdc in next st, hdc2tog in the next, hdc in next 2 sts* repeat from * to * around. HDC in last 4 sts SS to join (42)

Round 12 – Repeat round 3 (42)

Round 13 – Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog* Repeat from * to * around SS to join (30)

Round 14 – Working into the third loop only on this round … Ch2 (counts), in next st hdc2tog around. Hdc in last st SS to join (16)

Round 15 – Ch2, hdc2tog around SS to join (8)

Leave a long tail, FO.
Use tail to sew the top of the hat closed by weaving it through the stitches and then pulling tightly.

Sew in ends.

 

Size Large:

Rounds 6 – 11 – Repeat rounds 3-5 twice more

Round 12 – Repeat round 3

Round 13 – Ch2 , hdc2tog in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next, hdc in next 6 sts, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next 5 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in next 6 sts, hdc2tog* around.
SS to join (51)

Round 14 – Working into the third loop only on this round ….
Ch2, hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog in next, hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next, *hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog in next st, hdc in next 5 sts, hdc2tog in next st* Repeat from * to * once more. Hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog in next st. SS to join (42)

Round 15 – Repeat round 3.

Round 16 – Ch2, hdc in next st *hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 sts* repeat from * to * around. SS to join (32)

Round 17 – Working into the third loop only on this row …. Ch2, hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next st* repeat from * to * around. SS to join (24)

Round 18 – Ch2 (counts), hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next st*. Repeat from * to * around SS to join (18)

Round 19 – Ch1 (does not count as a st), hdc2tog all of the way around. SS to join (9)

Leave a long tail, FO.
Use tail to sew the top of the hat closed by weaving it through the stitches and then pulling tightly.

Sew in ends.

If you make the Samanthas Hope unisex beanie pattern I would LOVE it if you would tag me on social media!

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