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Juneau Blues Beanie – Free Crochet Hat Pattern

Woman wearing a blue hat made with this free crochet pattern by The Loopy Lamb.
The yarn for this free crochet hat pattern was provided by Hobbii.com. This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

I’m back this week with a new free crochet hat pattern – The Juneau Blues Beanie. This is a fitted beanie that alternates between a knit look stitch with a post stitch overlay to create a brick-like texture. I had a difficult time coming up with a name for this pattern and decided to name it after the colourway that inspired it. This is an intermediate level crochet pattern. There are some special stitches used to create this effect so please be sure to read the “special stitches” section of the pattern before jumping in.

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The Juneau Blues Beanie is made with a self-striping yarn that was generously provided by my friends at Hobbii.com. The yarn is called Hobbii Lollipop and the colour I used is called Juneau. Hobbii Lollipop is a worsted weight, 80% Acrylic/ 20% wool blend yarn that comes in a variety of fun, self-striping colours. Blue being my favourite colour, I was instantly drawn to the Juneau colourway. One 200g ball of Hobbii Lollipop comes with 383 yards/350m of yarn. The yarn is machine washable but Hobbii recommends laying it flat to dry.

Juneau Blues Beanie (made with this free crochet hat pattern), laid flat next to a crochet hook and scissors.

As I like to do with self striping yarn, I deconstructed the ball of yarn into it’s separate colours to have more control over the colour changes. This is an optional step for this pattern as it does result in extra ends to weave in. You can let the colour changes happen naturally from the ball however, the colours changes may happen mid-row. If you’re ok with that, then go for it.

One of the special stitches that I used in the Juneau Blues Beanie I called the Half Double Crochet in the third loop (of a Treble Crochet Stitch). I could not find any reference to this technique elsewhere so if anyone knows of this technique (and any official name) please let me know. This stitch is similar to completing a HDC in the third loop except that the “third loop” refers to the loop at the back of the stitch that was created by the last yarn over in a treble crochet. It is directly below the back loop of the stitch. To make it simple, think of it like a half double crochet stitch and put your hook under the loop that you would when working a stitch into the third loop of a half double crochet stitch.

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Juneau Blues Beanie – Free Crochet Hat Pattern

Woman wearing beanie made with this free crochet pattern, holding a mug.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Supplies:

5.0 mm and 5.5mm crochet hooks
2.4 oz/68 g (120 m/131 yards) of Hobbii Lollipop in Juneau (03)
Faux Fur Pompom (optional)
Measuring Tape
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Terminology: U.S. Terminology

Abbreviations:

CH = Chain
ST = Stitch
SL ST = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
HDC = Half Double Crochet
HDCDEC = Half Double Crochet Decrease
TR = Treble Crochet
FO = Finish Off


Special Stitches:

Half Double Crochet in the third loop (of a Half Double Crochet Stitch)/Camel Stitch:  Yarn over and insert your hook into the third loop on the back of the indicated HDC stitch.  Yarn over, pull up a loop.  Three loops on hook.  Yarn over and pull through all three loops.  Stitch completed. 

Half Double Crochet in the third loop (of a Treble Crochet Stitch):  Yarn over and insert your hook into the third loop (the last wrap on your post stitch) on the back of the indicated treble crochet stitch.  Yarn over, pull up a loop.  Three loops on hook.  Yarn over and pull through all three loops.  Stitch completed. To make it simple, think of it like a half double crochet stitch and put your hook under the loop that you would when working a stitch into the third loop of a half double crochet stitch.

Single Crochet in the third loop (of a Half Double Crochet Stitch): Insert hook into the third loop of the indicated stitch.  Yarn over and pull up a loop.  Two loops on hook.  Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.  Stitch completed.


Finished Size:  8.5” tall by 10” wide when laid flat.

Gauge: 15 sts x 13 rows = 4 inches


NOTES:

  • For this pattern, in order to maintain clean colour changes, I deconstructed my Hobbii yarn cake and made little bobbins of each colour. This is an optional step.  If you don’t want to deal with weaving in the extra ends, you can continue as the yarn comes out of the cake.
  • Tip for cleaner seam: On the camel stitch rows, when joining at the end of the round, rather than completing my sl st the normal way, I take my hook out of the working loop and insert it from back to front of the first stitch of that round.  I then pull the working loop from the front of the hat to the inside of the hat and pull it taught.  Then I do the appropriate number of chains needed and crochet as normal.
  • CH 2s at the beginning of a row do not count as a stitch.
  • Where “Join” is indicated, join the end of your row to the beginning of your row with a sl st.
Close up of the texture of the Juneau Blues Beanie
Close up of the texture on the Juneau Blues Beanie

Band 

Using 5.0mm hook, CH 7. 
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook. SC 4.  CH 1 and turn. (6)
Row 2:  SC in same st.  SC 4 in BLO.  SC in last st, under both loops.  Ch 1 and turn. (6)

Repeat row two until your band is approximately 18.5” long when slightly stretched.  You can make the band a little shorter or longer than that as needed.  Generally, a good length for a band for an adult is between 18” – 19” long when laid flat and slightly stretched.  When completed, fold the band in half and sl st the two sides together.  Turn the piece so the seam is on the inside and the right side is facing you.

Hat Body: 

Using 5.5mm hook
Row 1:
CH 1.  SC 72 evenly around the top of the band.  Join. (72)
Row 2: CH 1.  SC in the first st and each st around.  Join. (72)
Row 3: CH 2.  HDC in the first st and each st around.  Join. (72)
Rows 4 – 6: CH 2.  HDC in the third loop of the first st and in each st around.  Join. (72)
Row 7: CH 1. TR in the first st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 7th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 13th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 19th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 25th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 31st st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 37th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 43rd st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 49th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 55th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 61st st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 67th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the last 5 sts. Join. (72)
Row 8: CH 1.  SC in the third loop of the first st and each st around.  Join. (72)
Row 9: CH 1.  SC in the first st and each st around. Join. (72)
Row 10: CH 2.  HDC in the first st and each st around.  Join. (72)
Rows 11 – 13: CH 2.  HDC in the third loop of the first st and each st around.  Join. (72)

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Row 14: CH 1. TR in the first st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 7th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 13th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 19th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 25th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 31st st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 37th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 43rd st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 49th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 55th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 61st st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 67th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. Join. (72)

Juneau Blues Beanie laid flat next to a furls crochet hook.


Row 15: CH 1.  SC in the third loop of the first st and each st around. Join. (72)
Row 16: CH 1.  SC in the first st and each st across (72)
Row 17: CH 2.  HDC in the first 5 sts, HDCDEC, (HDC 10, HDCDEC in the next) x 5, HDC in the last 5 sts. Join. (66)
Row 18: CH 2.  In the third loop, (HDC in the first 9 sts, HDCDEC) x 6.  Join. (60)
Row 19: CH 2.  In the third loop, HDC in the first 4 sts, HDCDEC, (HDC in the next 8 sts, HDCDEC) x 5, HDC in the last 4 sts.  Join. (54)
Row 20: CH 2.  In the third loop, (HDC in the first 7 sts, HDCDEC) x 6. Join. (48)
Row 21: CH 1. TR in the first st of Row 17.  HDC in the third loop of the next 2 sts, HDCDEC, HDC. TR in the 7th st of Row 17.  HDC in the third loop of the next 3 sts.  TR in the 13th st of Row 17.  In the third loop, HDCDEC, HDC 2.  TR in the 19th st of Row 17.  HDC in the third loop of the next 3 sts.  TR in the 25th st of Row 17.  In the third loop HDCDEC, HDC 1.  TR in the 31st st of Row 17.  HDC in the third loop of the next 3 sts.  TR in the 37th st of Row 17.  In the third loop, HDCDEC, HDC 2.  TR in the 43rd st of Row 17.  HDC in the third loop of the next 3 sts.  TR in the 49th st of Row 17.  In the third loop, HDCDEC, HDC 2.  TR in the 55th st of Row 17.  In the third loop, HDCDEC, HDC 1.  TR in the 61st st of Row 17.  In the third loop, HDC, HDCDEC.  Join. (42)
Row 22: CH 1.  In third loop, (SC 5, SCDEC) x 6.  Join. (36)
Row 23: CH 1.  SC in the first 2 sts, SCDEC.  (SC 4, SCDEC) x 5, SC in the last 2 sts.  Join. (30)
Row 24: CH 2.  (HDC 3, HDCDEC) x 6.  Join. (24)
Row 25: CH 2.  In the third loop, HDC 1, HDCDEC, (HDC 2, HDCDEC) x 5, HDC in the last st.  Join. (18)
Row 26: CH 1.  (SC 1, SCDEC) x 6.  Join. (12)
Row 27: CH 1.  (SCDEC) x 6.  Join. (6)
FO and weave in ends.  If using a pompom, secure to the top of the hat.

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