Fall is definitely in full swing here in my neck of the woods. Leaves have changed colors and are falling from the trees, there’s pumpkins in our grocery stores, and it is most definitely getting colder, not that I’m complaining! With fall comes my most favoritest of holidays, Halloween! I love all things spooky and scary and monster-y (I even got married on Halloween).
Being a maker, in the weeks leading up to Halloween I normally get a flood of requests from people for Halloween beanies. We live in southern Labrador, Halloween is no joke when it comes to dropping temps. When I was a kid (cue the making myself sound like an old man story), we would literally go trick-or-treating in the snow. And I’m not talking about a few snowflakes falling, I’m talking about trekking through snow up to your knees to get your candy. While the weather isn’t as bad now, it can snow on or before Halloween, and is definitely pretty cold, especially once the sun goes down. I regularly buy costumes a size or two too big for my girls so I can squeeze extra layers underneath to keep them warm (as well as mentally swear at anyone and everyone who makes costumes for little girls because they’re almost always too skimpy and cold for anyone here to wear).
This year the beanie that ‘took off’ for me locally was a Jack-O-Lantern beanie. It started out when I made one for my daughter (who will be a pumpkin this Halloween) and some for a lady who also wanted them for her two children. Then more and more people asked for them. I do have patterns by others for pumpkin beanies, but this year I wanted to make one of my own, and I thought I’d share it with you all here. There’s still time to whip up a few in time for Halloween.
*This pattern hasn’t been tested by others, it is what I have been making on repeat. If you find any errors, please let me know.
- Vanna’s Choice yarn, 1 skein Terra Cotta (I make three beanies using two skeins of Vanna’s Choice in Terra Cotta. I’ve also made two from a single skein of Bernat Super Value in pumpkin and still had yarn left over)
- Bernat Super Value yarn: small amounts of Walnut (stem) and Kelly Green
- 5.5mm crochet hook
- yarn needle
- sc = single crochet
- ch = chain
- hdc = half double crochet
- hdc2tog = half double crochet decrease/half double crochet 2 together
- FPDC = front post double crochet
- BLO = back loop only
- sts = stitches
- Beginning chain doesn’t count as a stitch unless otherwise stated.
- When there is a number before a stitch you perform that number of repeats into the next stitch (2hdc means make 2 half double crochets into the next stitch).
- When a number comes after a stitch, you continue working that number of stitches (hdc 4 means make 1 half double crochet in the next four stitches).
- Repeat the pattern in parenthesis as many times as instructed
Each round is ended by a slip stitch join to the first stitch of the round.
With the walnut yarn:
1. 8 sc in a magic ring, join. = 8 sts
2. Working in BLO: Ch 1, (2hdc, hdc 3) around. Join. = 10 sts
3. Ch 1, hdc around. Join. = 10 sts
4 – 5. Repeat round 3
6. Ch 1, (hdc 3, hdc2tog) around. Join. = 8 sts
7. Working in BLO: Ch 1, hdc around. Join. = 8 sts
8. Ch 1, 2hdc in each stitch around. Join. = 16 sts
9. Ch 1, (hdc, 2hdc) around. Join. = 24 sts
10. Ch 1, (hdc 2, 2hdc) around. Join. = 32 sts
Fasten off walnut yarn and join Terra Cotta
11. Ch 1, (hdc, hdc in st 2 rounds back, hdc, 2hdc) around. Join = 40 sts
* You can omit the hdc in the stitches 2 rounds back if you don’t care to have the slight spiked look. In that case, simply (hdc 3, 2hdc) around
12. Ch 2, (FPDC, hdc 3, 2hdc) around. Join. = 48 sts
13. Ch 2, (FPDC, hdc 4, 2hdc) around. Join. = 56 sts
14. Ch 2, (FPDC, hdc 6, FPDC, hdc 5, 2hdc) around. Join. = 60 sts
15. CH 2, (FPDC, hdc 6, FPDC, hdc 7) around. Join. = 60 sts
16 – 24. Repeat round 15
25. Ch 1, (FPHDC 2, BPHDC 2) around. Join. = 60 sts
26 – 28. Repeat round 25
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Vine (using Kelly Green):
1. Ch 16
2. 3sc in the second ch from the hook, 3hdc in the next chain, 3dc in the remaining 13 chains
3. Ch 19
4. 3sc in the second ch from the hook and each remaining 17 chains.
Fasten off and attach to the hat at the base of the stem.
For the Jack-O-Lantern face, I cut shapes from black felt then attach them to the front of the beanie with a dab of fabric glue in the centre, then sew around the edges for a little extra security. I like to make each face just a little different than the one before
As an alternative, you can also use this hat pattern to make a regular beanie. I’ve made two using a single cake of Bernat Pop! To do this, omit rounds 1-7. Start off with 8hdc in a magic ring, join, then follow the pattern from round 8 on, ignoring the color changes and leaving off the vine!
As always, you’re free to make as many hats as you’d like using my pattern, and are more than welcome to sell them. If you do however, I ask that you credit me as the designer. I’d also love it if you tagged me on social media with your creations (@comfy.cozy.warm on Instagram, @Comfy_Cozy_Warm on twitter) or post a pic to my facebook page (www.facebook.com/ComfyCozyWarm). I really enjoy seeing what you other awesome makers are creating using my patterns.