The wanderlust beanie is a unisex crochet hat pattern designed for those wild at heart individuals who feel called to explore, to travel, and to blaze new trails. I designed this hat with Lion Brand “Heartland” yarn making it soft and cozy, yet lightweight enough for summer evenings. Not only would this simple men’s beanie serve you well on a camping or hiking trip, it would also make an excellent piece to donate to charitable organizations that provide chemo caps hats for cancer patients.
The stitch pattern in this beanie is fairly easy, making it an excellent crochet pattern for those who have mastered the basics (single, half-double, and double crochet), and want to play around with them in new ways. While I originally designed this as a men’s beanie, the pattern is just as usable for women. You may want to go down a hook size, as this fits my husband’s 25″ head just fine. 😉
Due to this hat pattern’s popularity, I recently released a matching scarf, which you can find here.
Here’s what you’ll need to create your own wanderlust experience:
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5.5mm (I) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
225 yards of Lion Brand Heartland yarn in “Joshua Tree”
Optional: leather or fabric tag of your choosing. All This Wood has some excellent options, and can do custom orders.
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
FPdc = front post double crochet
BPdc = back post double crochet
Working in the 3rd loop of hdc. Look at the top of the stitch, and locate the sideways “V”, bend the stitch to look at the back, and you should see another “V”. You’ll be working into the back loop of that “V”, this is called the 3rd loop.
14 stitches in 4″
10″ wide x 9″ tall
Round 1: 12 dc in magic circle. Join with sl st to first dc (12)
Round 2: ch 1, FPdc around first dc, dc in next stitch, *FPdc around next dc, dc in the next* Join with sl st to first FPdc. Note: Each stitch should have a FPdc worked around it, and a regular dc stitch worked in the top. (24)
Round 3: ch 1, 2 hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next *2 hdc in the next stitch, hdc in the next* Join with sl st to first hdc (36)
Round 4: ch 1, working all stitches for this round in 3rd loop of hdc, 2 dc in first stitch, dc in next 2 stitches *2 dc in next stitch, dc in next 2 stitches. Join with sl st to first dc (48)
Round 5: ch 1, 2 sc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches *2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 3 stitches* Join with sl st to first sc (60)
Round 6: ch 1, 2 dc in first stitch, dc in next 4 stitches *2 dc in first stitch, dc in next 4 stitches* Join with sl st to first dc (72)
Round 7: ch 1, hdc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first hdc (72)
Round 8: ch 1, working all stitches for this round in the 3rd loop of hdc, sc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first sc (72)
Round 9: ch 1, FPdc around first stitch, BPdc around next *FPdc around next stitch, BPdc around the next* Join with sl st to first FPdc (72)
(You will be alternating here and working FP stitches around the BP stitches from the previous round, and vice-versa. This is intentional.)
Round 10: ch 1, BPdc around first FPdc, FPdc around next BPdc *BPdc around next FPdc, FPdc around next BPdc* Join with sl st to first BPdc (72)
Round 11: ch 1, hdc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first hdc (72)
Round 12: ch 1, working all stitches for this round in the 3rd loop of hdc, dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first dc (72)
Round 13: ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first sc (72)
Round 14: ch 1, dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first dc (72)
Repeat rounds 7-11 one time, then continue with the final 3 rounds
Rounds 20: ch 1, working all stitches for this round in the 3rd loop of hdc, sc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first sc (72)
Rounds 21-22: ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first sc (72)
Note: If you want a slightly longer beanie, do another repeat of rounds 21-22.
Fasten off and weave in all ends
Optional: Take a 1″ x 2″ strip of leather, or a pre-made tag, and sew it to the hat using a heavy duty needle and thread. You could use hot glue as well.
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The Wanderlust beanie pattern was made to be used by individuals, and small business crocheters alike. Selling your finished pieces in boutiques, at farmer’s markets, craft shows and other events is encouraged! The only thing I require is that it not be used commercially to produce millions of copies.
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