vickiehowell It’s officially Fall which for us yarn-y types, which means the fun begins! Sure, we knit & crochet year ’round, but it’s when the first chill creeps through the relentless-wall-of-heat-that-is-the-summer, that we can really curl up and enjoy stitchin’! To wet your needle-wielding whistle, why not start with a staple accessory to keep your topper toasty and your outfits outstanding? Yes, you chicks with sticks and dudes with…ummm…dowels; I’m talking about the beanie. They’re fun to make, and everyone needs one. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Here are 8 hats for man, woman and child, that can be whipped up fast and worn immediately!

Urban Jungle!

The Urban Jungle slouchy beanie is crocheted out of Simply Soft, using the puff stitch. You can nab the pattern for free over at Caron.com. Oh, and if you need a little how-to help with the stitch pattern, check out my video tutorial here.

The Ice Core Cap is a great, 1st time hat pattern for you newbies or a “need it now” project for stitchers

Ice Core Cap

with experience. It’s knit in simple, 2×2 rib stitch and in chunky, organic camel yarn. Do you dig it? I knew that you would. This pattern along with 30 other classic, eco-aware projects are available our book, AwareKnits (Knit, Purl, Save the World-UK Edition). Find it here.

The Puffalump beanie is for the bi-stitchual amongst us. Using a double-strand of worsted-weight yarn, the main body is crocheted in a bobbled stripe pattern. The brim and crown are each knit, by picking up stitches around both sides of the crocheted pieces. Get the pattern on my website, here.


The Urban Planner is the knit version of the aforementioned, Urban Jungle. The yin to its yang, as it were. It’s another design I got to do as part of my partnership with Caron. The pattern’s available on their website, along with another of my video tutorials showing how to seam it up. This hat uses the Blackberry stitch and variegated yarn, which you can find here.

Urban Planner

Mary-Kate, is more of a beret than a beanie but hey, let’s not mince words in the name of crafting, ok? M-K is made with a large hook using yarn with just a little shimmer. This project, along with its companion wrist warmers, is nestled amongst more crochet goodness in, Pop Goes Crochet.

Shady, utilizes double-strands of yarn to blend colors taking then from black, to variegated, to green. Then, a simple rib pattern gets a twist at the crown for a little, unexpected texture. Get Shady, here.





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