Juneau Beanie | Free Crochet Pattern
At this weeks’ end, I am going to share with you another hat design — it’s chunky, squishy, and oh so comfy!
Introducing the Juneau Beanie, made with Lion Brand’s Homespun yarn and topped off with a huge, gorgeous pom.
Free pattern below…
But before getting into the pattern, let’s talk stereotype for a minute. It’s no secret that crocheters and knitters alike bear the stereotype of always giving “hats and scarves.”
I’ve crocheted for many years now, and given my share of hats and scarves as gifts. And yet there’s this kind of frustrated feeling within me that maybe I’m giving them a “me” gift instead of a “them” gift, you know what I mean?
The fact is, though it’s hard for someone like me to admit, not everyone likes a plethora of crocheted items spilling forth from their drawers and closets.
While watching a Christmas movie recently, one of the lines struck me. The family was opening gifts and the main girl said, “Oh, it’s from Grandma (or Aunt so-and-so, I can’t remember), I know what it will be – a hat and scarf!”
I inwardly cringed. Yeah, that’s what I imagine every person to think upon receiving their handmade item from me.
One can argue that as a crocheter, that’s what everyone expects. That’s a good explanation, but still not very reassuring.
Does anyone else feel the frustration between loving your craft and wanting to share it with others and then being afraid they won’t share your enthusiasm?
In the end, however, I am what I am. And maybe people don’t quite like I described them, you think?
Overcoming the Stereotype
One way or the other, this year I have inadvertently turned a deaf ear to the annoying voice of negativity and given myself the freedom to design whatever I want. Are you getting tired of hat patterns yet?
I’ve been designing crochet patterns for years, but only for a little over a year now have I been designing for my business personally. Consequently, there seems to be an endless supply of ideas for new designs and techniques.
One such “new discovery” is crochet ribbing. At the start of fall I had a desire to make a hat with a ribbed band instead of simple bands made with the same stitch as the hat body. After that first design with crochet ribbing, my Stockholm Slouch Beanie, I was hooked. (Pardon the pun).
Since then I have made the Sassy Cat Beanie, Sam’s Fisherman Slouch Beanie (which is all ribbing), and my Bordeaux Slouch Beanie. This week I am stepping back to the slouchy homespun feelings of my “first” hat and giving you a chunky, knit-like design called the Juneau Beanie!
Why Juneau? I’ve been using names like Stockholm, Bordeaux, and I wanted something with the same feeling. I found out that, contrary to what I thought sadly enough, Anchorage is not the capital of Alaska but Juneau is. Interesting. I’ve never been good at geography…
Excited?! Here’s the free pattern!
Skill Level easy
Fits 20” – 22” head circumference
Bulky weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Homespun in Gemstone Stripes)
Yardage: 140 yards
Crochet hook I/5.50mm and K/6.50mm
With I hook, 5 hdc + 4 rows = 2’’ square
For a tighter fit: try using a smaller hook size for the brim, before switching to the recommended hook size.
The body of this hat is worked in typical crochet decreases that form simple clusters, repetitions of sc2tog and ch 1 stitches.
Row 1: with I hook, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 4 sc
Row 2 – 50: ch 1, turn, sc in blo of each sc across: 4 sc
Match ends and single crochet together. Do not finish off.
Round 1: with K hook, ch 1, turn, working along side of rows, sc in each row around, sl st in first sc: 50 sc
Round 2: ch 1, * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 60 sc
Round 3: ch 1, * sc2tog, ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 60 sc
Round 4 – 10: repeat Round 3: 60 sc
Round 11: ch 1, * (sc2tog, ch 1) 4 times, sc2tog, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 54 sc
Round 12: ch 1, * sc2tog, ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 54 sc
Round 13: ch 1, * (sc2tog, ch 1) 4 times, sc2tog, repeat from * around, (sc2tog, ch 1) in remaining sc, sl st in first sc: 48 sc
Round 14: ch 1, * sc2tog, ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 48 sc
Round 15: ch 1, * (sc2tog, ch 1) 4 times, sc2tog, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 42 sc
Round 16: ch 1, * sc2tog, ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 42 sc
Round 17: ch 1, * (sc2tog, ch 1) 4 times, sc2tog, repeat from * around, sc2tog, sl st in first sc: 36 sc
Round 18: ch 1, * sc2tog, ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 36 sc
Finish the hat by flipping it inside out and sewing long stitches through the last round. Pull to gather and close hat then stitch it to secure. Now flip back out and add the pom-pom.
Make a pom-pom of your choice and sew it to the top of your beanie. Personally, the bigger and denser the better! I chose the 4 inch pom-pom template for this pom and wrapped it around many, many times.
If you don’t have a pom-pom maker, or any kind of template, there are many ways to make a pom-pom. At this point you can search the internet and find lots of advice on how to make them, but in the future I plan to write a series on the many ways to make poms and how to do it.
Isn’t my Juneau Beanie scrumptious?! Homespun yarn is so apropos for this project, it adds the perfect amount of chunky and fluff.
I’m thinking of calling this winter season “the year of the beanie.” Maybe next season I will get around to other styles of hats, but right now I am having too much fun designing different beanies. Help yourself to my patterns and let me know what you think!
This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.