Free Pattern: Double-Layer Crochet Beanie

Double-layer crochet beanie in a coral color against a black background
This summer, I went to a family reunion. Before I left the house, I grabbed a ball of yarn and a crochet hook. Of course, I grabbed my favorite size hook – J/10. 

I did this because I had to have my foot propped up, so it served as a conversation starter as well as giving me something to do. When people are up and about, someone sitting down just kind of blends into the background, so doing something seemingly out of the ordinar draws attention. In this case, it was a good thing.

When I got home, I realized that the rectangle I had bee working on was too long for a beanie. So I decided to add a row of an interesting feature (the X stitch that I learned during a pattern test) and then doubled it. That’s how it became the Double-Layer Crochet Beanie.

It’s worked flat and then sewn together, so don’t worry that you can’t do it because you can’t crochet in the round. That’s not necessary for this pattern.

Let’s get started.

Free Pattern: Double Layer  Beanie (Crochet) Pinterest graphic

The Pattern

Materials:

1 skein DK yarn
J/10 crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Pom pom (optional)

Notes:

– Chain 1 at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.

– If your chain is tighter than your crochet rows, go up a hook size for the chain and go to the pattern hook starting with row 1.

– Pattern is written for adult size S/M with additions for L/XL.

Abbreviations:

BLO: Back loop only
HDC: Half-double crochet
Rep: repeat
TR – treble (triple) crochet

Special Stitch:

X-stitch: TR – yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops until one loop is left on your hook. Yarn over twice, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops; skip a stitch; insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops until one loop is left on your hook; chain one; yarn over, insert hook into front of the x-stitch you’ve started (do not go under the legs of the x), yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops until one loop is left on the hook

Gauge:

15 HDC across x 12 HDC rows = ~4 inches

Instructions:

For all sizes

Ch 74
Row 1: HDC in 2nd ch from hook; HDC across (71 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, HDC blo in every stitch across
Row 3-28: Rep Row 2
Row 29: Ch 1, turn. X-stitch across (see special stitches above)
Row 30: Ch 1, turn, HDC in every stitch across
Row 31-36: Rep Row 2

For size L/XL only

Rows 37-42: Rep Row 2

For all sizes

Slip stitch edges together. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

You now have a tube. Fold the tube in half over itself. With a tapestry needle, weave yarn in one edge of the tube and draw together. Tie tight. DO NOT fasten off. Repeat with the second edge. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Attach pom pom (optional).

Please do not copy/distribute this pattern without permission. For personal use only. Items made from this pattern may be sold.

I will be adding a premium version of this pattern to my Ravelry shop with photo tutorials soon.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?


How is that for a throwback to childhood and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood? But seriously wouldn’t it be great to have a large community of neighbors who are interested in what you have going on? I don’t mean in a nosy way, but in a genuinely interested way.

Sometimes I really do.

And the good thing about the internet is we can do that in many ways. True there’s Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, blogs like this…

But then…

A bad thing about the internet is that something that’s here today could be completely gone tomorrow. Then what do you do about those connections? How do you keep in touch with those contacts for whom you have NO contact information?

You don’t own your lists of friends online, no matter what social media platform you use.

Do you kno what you do own?

Your email contacts list.

And so that’s my point today. I would lie to invite you to be my virtual neighbor. Join my community. I’ll send you an email once a week, usually on Friday, to let you know what’s going on. I’ll include a link back to this blog in case there’s something you’ve missed. And you’ll be the first to know when something new is on the way.

(For example, there’s something new that my community list has known about for a couple weeks that I have yet to annouce here. I will soon, though.)

Because of some choices I made when I first set up this website, I can’t just pop a form in for you to fill out. What I can do is give you a link

See? I just did.

Yes, I’m being silly. But serously, you can click the link above or the image at the beginning of this post and sign up. For the rest of this month, you’ll get a free crochet pattern PDF in exchange for your email address. In August, it will be something different. I’ll switch it up between something for people more interested in writing and for people more interested in crochet.

I’m also going to be setting up a resource library here. There will be items of interest for writers and crocheters. I’ll work on that this weekend. It will be passsword-protected and the onl way to get the password will be to join the newsletter community.

Some of you may be thinking that you already subscribe to my blog, so why do you need to sign up for the community newsletter? Well, one reason is the resource library I just mentioned. Another reason is… What would you do if I had to move this blog and the subscriptions didn’t move with it? How would you know where I’d gone and where to find me?

Signing up for the community newsletter would keep you from wondering if I’d just dropped off the face of the planet….or got helplessly tangled up in a ball of yarn.

It could happen.