It’s the start of Fall and with that comes beanies, hot chocolate, crispy leaves, and all things pumpkin spice. I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin spice, but I do love that it means the seasons are changing and there are so many warm, earthy and deep colors to wear. One of my favorite things about Fall is making beanies and today I’m sharing a very easy double crochet beanie pattern.
It’s called the Pumpkin Spice beanie because it’s perfect for the start of Fall and the color is vibrant pumpkin orange, but it would also look so beautiful in other colors. So, let’s get started!
Beanies are great crochet projects for beginners. Sometimes, I think people struggle with sizing and getting the hat to fit just right, but that’s an easy problem to solve. I had the same struggle for years until I learned how to actually size a beanie and get it to fit every time. So I also created this handy guide to sizing hats so you can get a perfect fit whether you’re working top-down or bottom-up!
You can get The Ultimate Guide to Sizing Hats for free here.
This crochet beanie pattern is worked from the bottom up. I started by using my favorite crochet ribbing technique to make a stretching ribbing in white, then I used my Burnt Pumpkin yarn to create the textured body of the hat. Then it was just a matter of closing the top and adding a fun pom! The beanie is a little bit slouchy and it’s super easy to wear all Fall long.
The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.
- 1 skein each of worsted weight yarn in orange and white – I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in Burnt Pumpkin
- 5.50mm crochet hook*
- medium pompom maker*
- tapestry needle*
- stitch marker*
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- ch – chain
- SC – single crochet
- DC – double crochet
- FDC – foundation double crochet
- FPDC/BPDC – front post double crochet/back post double crochet
- sl – slip stitch
- Skill level: Beginner
- Sizing: S (M/L included in the PDF)
- Gauge: 1.5 puffs x 1R per inch
Pumpkin Spice Crochet Beanie Pattern
This pattern makes a beanie in a women’s small (21-inch circumference). The PDF also includes sizing for large.
Round 1: Using the white yarn, chain 4. Work 60 foundation double crochet, and do not count the original chain as a DC. To work a FDC, yarn over and insert your hook into the first chain you made. YO and pull through just one loop. This creates a chain. Then, yarn over and complete the DC as normal. Once you have 60 FDC, slip stitch to the top of the chain to begin working in the round and place a stitch marker.
First, make the ribbing
Round 2: Chain 3. *FPDC, BPDC* around. Slip stitch to the top of the chain 3.
Rounds 3-5: Repeat row 2 for another 3 rounds to create the ribbing.
Round 6: Switch to the orange yarn, chain 1 and work 1 round of SC (60). Sl st to the chain 1 to finish the round.
Round 7: Chain 1, SC in the first space. *Ch 1, skip one space, and SC into the next*, repeat this around and sl st to the chain 1. You have 30 chain-1 spaces now.
Round 8: Chain 3. *Into the chain-1 space of the previous round, DC4tog, chain 1*, repeat this around and sl st to the chain 3 at the start of the round. You now have 30 puffs.
Round 9: Chain 1, SC in each space around (60).
Rounds 10-21: Repeat rows 7-9 another 4 times for a total of 5 puff rows.
Round 22: Chain 1, SC in the first space. *Ch 1, skip one space, and SC into the next*, repeat this around and sl st to the chain 1.
Round 23: Chain 3. DC4tog into next chain-1 space. *DC4tog into next space, chain 1, [DC4tog across the next 2 chain spaces – so two of the DC should be in one space and the other 2 in the next to make a decrease puff], ch 1*. Repeat everything from * to * all the way around. (20 puffs)
Round 24: SC 1 round (40).
Now, work in continuous rounds. So don’t slip stitch to join each round.
Round 25: *SC 6, decrease* around. (35)
Round 26: *SC 5, decrease* around. (30)
Round 27: *SC 4, decrease* around. (25)
Round 28: *SC 3, decrease* around. (20)
Round 29: *SC 2, decrease* around. (15)
Round 30: *SC 1, decrease* around. (10)
Round 31: Decrease round and bind off (5). Trim the yarn and thread the tail through a tapestry needle. Run the needle through the front loops of the remaining stitches and pull to close the top of the pumpkin spice beanie. Secure the yarn, weave in the ends and trim any excess yarn.
Now, just flip your beanie inside out so you get the textured puffs on the outside and you’re done. You can leave it the way it is but I much preferred the inside of the beanie where the texture was more pronounced.
This crochet beanie pattern is reversible so you can wear it any way you like, but if you add a pom, pick which side you want to show. The first image below is before flipping and the second is after.
And you’re done!
More Crochet Beanie Patterns to Try!
Crochet beanies are some of my favorite things to make. They’re quick and easy, and I think you can have a lot of fun with different outfits and beanie combinations during the Fall. I tend to wear more neutral colors in my day-to-day, so adding a pop of color with a beanie is an easy way for me to dress up and have fun with colors in the Fall! Check out out some of my other beanie patterns below!
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