Crochet Brain Beanie – a FREE Pattern

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So you may have heard about a “March for Science” on Washington. This is a nationally organized protest scheduled for April 22, 2017 all around the country, but primarily in Washington, D.C. at the National Mall. Scientists nationwide are planning to make their voices heard on that day, which also happens to be Earth Day, to protest the current administration’s policies on the environment and scientific evidence. Whatever your politics may be, I think it is a wonderful thing that we can peacefully protest and make our passions known in this country without fear of reprisal. What in the world does this have to do with crochet, you might ask? Well, you may remember the recent Women’s March and its universally recognized symbol of the crocheted “Pink Pussy Hat”? Well we cannot leave the scientists out – the symbol being talked about for this march is the crochet Brain Beanie!

Crochet brain beanie

My husband, a self-professed geek and lover of logic, linked me this post and said, “I want one!”

First I made this face and said:

And then I thought, well yeah that’s actually pretty cool! I started looking on Ravelry for crochet brain beanie patterns, but I couldn’t find one I was in love with, so I decided to make my own! 

Crochet brain beanie

I really love how it turned out and I think my husband looks pretty cute in it too!

Crochet brain beanie

This pattern is fairly easy, as it is a basic beanie, but with a bunch of tubing stitched to the top!

Crochet brain beanie

You will find the pattern below, or you can purchase the convenient ad-free printable PDF here in my Etsy shop, Crochet Brain Beanie.

Crochet Brain Beanie

Skill level: beginner/intermediate

Size: adult

Abbreviations:
sl st – slip stitch
ch – chain
MR – magic ring
DC – double crochet
HDC – half double crochet
FPHDC- front post half double crochet
BPHDC – back post half double crochet

Materials required:
2 skeins I Love This Cotton yarn in Rosey II
Yarn needle
Scissors
Crochet hook, size H (5.00mm) – I used my Clover Amour

Pattern:
Using pink yarn and H hook.
Hat body:
Row 1 – Magic ring, ch 2, 9 HDC in magic ring, pull tight, join to first HDC, ch 1. (9)
Row 2 – 2 HDC in first stitch, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (18)
Row 3 – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (27)
Row 4 – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (36)
Row 5 – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (45)
Row 6 – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (54)
Row 7 – HDC around, join to first HDC, ch 2. (54)
Row 8 – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (60)
Row 9 – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 9 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (66)
Row 10  – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 10 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (72)
Row 11  – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 11 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (78)
Row 12  – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 12 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (84)
Row 13-19 – HDC around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (84)
Row 20- 22 – FPHDC in first stitch, BPHDC in next, repeat around, joint to first FPHDC, ch 1. (84)
Row 23 – FPHDC in first stitch, BPHDC in next, repeat around, joint to first FPHDC, finish off. (84)
Weave in ends.
“Brain” tubing: (make 2)
Chain 2.
Row 1: 5 DC into 2nd ch from hook, join to first DC (5)
Row 2: ch 2, DC into each DC around, join to first DC (5)
Row 3 and up: repeat row 2 until you reach desired length. Finish off, leaving a VERY long tail for stitching to the beanie. Stitch the hole closed by gathering each loop of the 5 DC together and pulling tight.
*I did not measure the final length or number of rows for my tubing, because it is based on your preference for how you want to wrap the tubes on the side of the hat and how tight you want to make it. My tubes were more than twice as long as the length of my arm, and I still ended up needing to make another smaller piece to fill in a hole that was bothering me!
Attaching the tubing:
I would recommend you loosely run a line of dark contrasting yarn down the very center of your beanie to divide your “brain” in half and use as a stitching guide. It can be very easy to get off center when you are dealing with very long pieces! You’ll notice that mine is a bit off center from not following my own advice!
Crochet brain beanie

Pick a spot near the back of your hat, just above the brim and attach the yarn tubing. I ran the stitching INSIDE the tubing and poked it out where I wanted to attach it to make a small stitch, then ran it back inside the tubing to hide it. Randomly loop back and forth in rows and loops like the sulci on a human brain. One long tube should be attached only on the right side, and the other long tube should be attached only on the left side. The human brain is divided into halves, and they do not visibly cross, that is why there are two separate tubes! Once the entire tube is stitched down, weave the end into the inside of the beanie a few times to ensure it stays in place.

Thank you for visiting my blog, and I hope you love making your very own crochet brain beanie! You can help support CDM Handmade and ensure more great patterns in the future by sharing this post, making a purchase with my affiliate links (at no additional cost to you) or purchasing the convenient ad-free printable PDF of this pattern from my Etsy Store HERE. Happy hooking!

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Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat – a FREE Crochet Pattern

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Have you made yourself a messy bun hat yet? They have become all the rage in the crochet world, and I am no different! The latest incarnation of these hats is with an adorable bow attached. I have been tagged in multiple photos of these adorable hats and have had many requests to make them! I wanted to create a hat that was cute, but with a little winter elegance too. I am currently obsessed with cabling, so I decided that a Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat was just what we needed!

I think it’s super cute, don’t you? My daughter is a competitive cheerleader so i think this hat is perfect for all our cheer families!

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We just got home from a cheer competition, so my daughter is modeling in full cheer makeup – I promise she doesn’t normally wear sparkly false eyelashes around the house on a Sunday!

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You will find the pattern below, or you can purchase the convenient ad-free printable PDF in my Etsy shop, HERE.

Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat

Skill level: intermediate
Size: Adult

Abbreviations:
sl st – slip stitch
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
dcfp – front post double crochet

Materials required:
1 skein of worsted weight yarn – I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in Light Gray, available from Hobby Lobby
Yarn needle
Scissors
Crochet hooks, H and I (5mm and 5.5mm) – I used my Clover Amour

Hat band: (worked in rows) – Use H hook
Chain 9
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn (8)
Row2: sc in first st (both loops), sc in back loop only of next 6 st, sc in last st (both loops), ch 1, turn (8)
Row 3 to 80: repeat row 2.(8)
Stitch band together to form a circle using one sc in each st across, turn seam to the inside 8 stitches. Ch 2, turn band sideways to start body of the hat.

Hat body: (worked in the round) – Use I hook
Row 1: dc in first st and each stitch of the side of the hat band, sl st to first dc (80)
Row 2: ch 2, *dcfp around each of first 2 dc, hdc in next dc, skip 2 dc, dcfp around each of next 2 dc, working BEHIND the previous 2 st, dcfp around each of the skipped dc, hdc in next dc (after the 4 st cable)*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (80)
Row 3-4: ch 2, *dcfp around first 2 dcfp, hdc in next hdc, dcfp around next 4 dcfp, hdc in next hdc*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (80)
Row 5: repeat row 2
Row 6-7: repeat row 3
Row 8: repeat row 2
Row 9-10: repeat row 3
Row 11: ch 2, *dcfp2tog, hdc in next hdc, skip 2 dcfp, dcfp around each of next 2 dcfp, working BEHIND the previous 2 st, dcfp around each of the skipped dcfp, hdc in next hdc*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (70)
Row 12: ch 2, *dcfp around dcfp, hdc in next hdc, dcfp2tog, dcfp2tog, hdc in next hdc*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (50)
Row 13: ch 2, *dcfp around dcfp, hdc in next hdc, dcfp2tog, hdc in next hdc*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (40)
Row 14: ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to first hdc (40)
Row 15: repeat row 14
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Bow: (worked in the round) – Use H hook
Chain 30, sl st to starting chain, be careful not to twist.
Row 1: ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to first hdc (30)
Row 2-5: repeat row 2
Fasten off, leaving very long tail for wrapping into a bow. Fold band in half and wrap long yarn tail around the middle to form bow shape, pulling tightly to get the proper shape. Use yarn needle to secure yarn tail. Attach bow to hat using yarn tail as desired.

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Here is a few photos I snapped of the cable section which is the trickiest part. It takes a bit of practice to go behind the cables to do a front post double crochet and make them twist.

I also made a video tutorial for the cabled portion of this hat. It is my very first video, so please excuse my extreme newbie skills!


I hope you enjoyed my Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat and I would absolutely love to see your creations or answer any questions you might have! Please help support CDM Handmade by commenting, sharing this post, or showing me your work on any of my social media links above. Thank you!

xoxo-Charmaine