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 easy hat pattern for men with a light worsted weight yarn, so it will be soft and cozy, yet cool enough for summer evenings. Find the free crochet pattern instructions below, or purchase a print-optimized, ad-free PDF by clicking here.
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.
Large, Men’s Crochet Hat Pattern
I originally designed this easy crochet hat pattern to be for men. My husband wears extra large hats and it is very hard to find beanies that fit him properly. That being said, the crochet pattern is just as usable for women–you may want to go down a hook size however! The stitch pattern in this free beanie is fairly easy, so it is 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.
Make it a set:
- Crochet a matching Wanderlust scarf
- Or, make matching Wanderlust hats for the kids and toddlers in your family. Pay special attention to the notes on the required yarn!
- The matching mitten pattern for men is over here!
Here’s what you’ll need so you can create your own wanderlust beanie:
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Men’s Size: 5.5mm (I) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
Women’s Size: 5mm (H) hook
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 hdc stitches in 4″ Note: don’t snug your stitches down when you make them.
Men’s Size: 10″ wide x 9″ tall, unstretched.
–Click here for smaller sizes for toddlers and children!
-ch 1 at beginning of round does not count as a stitch.
-Final st of round will be worked in the join when increasing.
-While I originally designed this as a men’s beanie, the pattern is just as usable for women. You will probably want to go down a hook size, since this hat, as written, will fit a 25″ head (so long as you meet gauge).
Wanderlust Beanie (US Terms):
Round 1: 12 dc in magic circle, join with sl st to first dc. (12)
Round 2: ch 1, dc in first st, FPdc around same st, *dc in next st, FPdc around same st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first dc. Note: Each stitch should have a regular dc worked in the top, and a FPdc worked around it. (24)
Round 3: ch 1, 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next st *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first hdc. (36)
Round 4: ch 1, working all sts for this round in 3rd loop of hdc, 2 dc in first st, dc in next 2 sts *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (48)
Round 5: ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (60)
Round 6: ch 1, 2 dc in first st, dc in next 4 sts *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (72)
Round 7: ch 1, hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first hdc. (72)
Round 8: ch 1, working all sts for this round in the 3rd loop of hdc, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (72)
Round 9: ch 1, FPdc around first st, BPdc around next st *FPdc around next st, BPdc around the next st; repeat from * around, 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; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first BPdc. (72)
Round 11: ch 1, hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first hdc. (72)
Round 12: ch 1, working all sts for this round in the 3rd loop of hdc, dc in each st around, join with sl st to first dc. (72)
Round 13: ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (72)
Round 14: ch 1, dc in each st around, join with sl st to first dc. (72)
Repeat rounds 7-11 one time, then continue with the final 3 rounds
If you want to crochet a slouchy version of this hat, repeat rounds 7-14, then repeat rounds 7-11, and continue as written.
Rounds 20: ch 1, working all sts for this round in the 3rd loop of hdc, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (72)
Rounds 21-22: ch 1, sc in each st 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 ends.
Optional finishing notes:
Take a pre-made tag and sew it to the hat using yarn or a heavy duty thread.
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