So, I made a thing.
Well, that’s nothing out of the ordinary – I make a lot of things! But this time I made a beanie with more than just the usual single crochet and double crochet. I even used a stitch that I didn’t know the name of but had used in another pattern once upon a time (I have since found out that it is called “crossed double crochet” or “XDC” thanks to @acassafrass on Instagram)!
The Lin Lin Beanie
First off, grab your tools.
Oh… Uh. Not those tools (although that ruler could be useful). These tools:
You will need:
- Yarn of your choice (I used Impeccable Loops & Threads in “Butterscotch“)
- Size H (5mm) hook (I got this one from Daiso and I love it!)
- yarn needle
Crossed Double Crochet (XDC) – skip the first stitch, DC into the next, then DC into the skipped stitch. This makes an “X.” Click the link mentioned above for visual instructions or view photos included in the pattern.
With yarn of your choice, start with the magic ring and chain (ch) 2 – ch 2 counts as the first double crochet (dc).
Row 1: Double crochet 9 stitches, attach with a slip stitch (sl st) to the starting chain, and chain 2 – 10
Row 2: DC into the same stitch as the chain 2 (counts as the first increase), increase (inc) around, attach with sl st, and chain 2 – 20
Row 3: DC into same st as chain 2, DC into the next st. (Inc, DC 1) around. Join and chain 2 – 30
Row 4: DC into same st as chain 2, DC into the next 2 sts. (Inc, DC 2) around. Join and chain 2 – 40
Row 5: DC into same st as chain 2, DC into the next 3 sts. (Inc, DC 3) around. Join and chain 2 – 50
Row 6: DC into same st as ch 2, DC into the next 4 sts. (Inc, DC 4) around. Join and chain 2 – 60
Row 7: DC into same st as ch 2, DC into the next 5 sts. (Inc, DC 5) around. Join – 70
You may need to add another row to your base – my head is on the smaller side so this fits me fine. If you need to size up, repeat the above step but change the DC 5 to DC 6 making it a total of 80 stitches.
Now that we’ve finished the base of the beanie, we’ll start with the main part of the pattern. The next two rows will be repeated until your desired length.
Row 8: Chain 2 (this does not count as a stitch). Work XDC throughout the row (see note above).
(Note: for the very first row of XDC, you’ll skip the stitch with the join and DC in the next stitch. Then DC in the joined stitch.This is the only row you’ll do this). Join with sl st to the starting chain. – 70
Row 9: Chain 1 and work half double crochet (HDC) throughout the row. Attach with a sl st to the chain 1. – 70
Repeat Rows 8 & 9 until you reach your desired length. When you reach that point, you will add 3 additional rows of HDC for your brim.
For this beanie, I repeated the rows 5 more times.
For the slouchy beanie I made previously, I repeated the rows 9 times.
You can make this as long/short as you want! Also, if you don’t care for the HDC brim, you can use another method (ribbed brims seem to be popular right now). If you have any questions, or find a mistake, feel free to contact me!
If you happen to make one of these beanies, I’d love to see it! Please link back to my blog or tag me on Instagram @pleasantplushies. I’ve also added this pattern to my Ravelry page.