Monday, 5 December 2016


crochet headwear,reversible beanie, men cap

crochet headwear, crochet for men, beanie


Just a little while back, I’d made a reversible beanie for men.  I was playing around with stitches, and found that a small tweak made this a completely different looking beanie and I totally loved this too.. so here you go with a completely new beanie.  I’d say that this a neat unisex beanie – but as men seem to have fewer beanies than us ladies, let’s dedicate this one to them J

And if you missed my first reversible beanie for men, here you go

Here are my notes as I make my project for the beanie from this inspiration.

Materials used : Today I’ve used about one skein of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarns with a 4 mm crochet hook 

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                    rep : Repeat
hdc : Half Double crochet                                 sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only
fpsc : Front Post Single Crochet

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link

Hdc : Half Double Crochet : yo, insert hk into st ; yo (3 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.

Foundation half double crochet : A really lovely way to start a foundation row of chainless double crochet.  This unique way of starting makes your project even

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

Front post single crochet : The front post single crochet stitch is one where you work your single crochet stitch around the post from the front of the stitch.  The video here will show you how easy this is.

fpdc : Front Post Double Crochet : Post stitches are stitches worked around the post of a stitch of the row below. 
How to work the fpdc :  yo, hk into sp between posts of st from row below – going from back of stitch, around st and into the front of the st ; yo, pull yarn through the sps (3 lps on hk), (yo & pull through 2 lps) twice.  One fpdc complete 

yo, hk into sp between posts of st from row below – going from front of stitch, around st and into the back of the st ; yo, pull yarn through the sps (3 lps on hk), (yo & pull through 2 lps) twice.  One bpdc complete

bp-hdc and fp-hdc : Back Post and Front Post Half Double Crochet :Post stitches are stitches worked around the post of a stitch of the row below.

Crab stitch / Reverse single crochet : (Reverse sc) : This is your regular single crochet st, but done in reverse.  So instead of moving ‘clockwise’ as we regularly work, you move anti-clockwise or counter clockwise, and you’ll achieve a slightly ‘bumpy’ single crochet, which is your reverse sc.

Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing :
How to join the two ends of your work :

Instructions using U.S terminology

crochet headwear for men, beanie

So with this cap, we will decide right from the start which end is the crown and which is end the brim.  The side that we start reducing our stitch length (and working all sc) will be the crown – easy enough, right?

Now throughout our project we’re going to use post stitches, and as you will see at the top of this blog, there are loads of links.. so now we’re all set, let’s get our hooks on.

Start : with as many fsc as needed to get from the forehead to the crown of your head. Turn.

You can work either a dc or an hdc in the following row.  This pattern will show the difference off better, if you are using the dc stitch all through.  I am therefore writing this pattern as if you are going to use dc, but go ahead and use the stitch of your choice (i.e hdc or dc).

For your convenience, you may want to place a marker in the 15th fsc from the end, which will mark where you start your stitch sizes.

Remember to move your marker every row.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc ; dc in each fsc till the last 15 fsc, 
(where you’ve placed your marker) ; 
hdc in the next 2 fsc, sc till the 2nd last fsc ; 
sc in the last fsc.  Turn.

In the following rows, we’ll work front post stitches all through.

Row 2 : sc in the 1st st ; fpsc in the next 12 sts ; 
fphdc in the next 2 sts ; fpdc in each st till the last one ; 
dc in the last st.  Turn.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; fpdc in each dc till the last 15 sts, 
(where you’ve placed your marker) ; 
fphdc in the next 2 sts, fpsc till the 2nd last sts ; 
sc in the last st.  Turn.

And just like that, we’re done with our pattern formation. Rep Rows 2 and 3, finishing with a  Row 2.

Now depending on how thick your yarn is ; how much stretch your yarn has and how loose / tight your working tension is, I’d suggest that you work till you have about 2” less than the total circumference needed.

crochet headwear for men, beanie

Finishing :

The narrow longer end is the crown of your cap and the other end is the brim that goes around the forehead. 

You could work a round of Crab stitch all around the brim of your cap.  
Check under "stitches used" for a "how to".

Join the two ends of your cap using one of the several join methods given at the top of this blog.  Check under "stitches used" for a "how to".

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