Reindeer Games Beanie


While it’s not officially winter yet, it’s sure starting to feel like it outside.  It is time to dig out the hats, mittens, and scarves.  I LOVE the snow but I’m admittedly a big wuss when it comes to being cold, so bundling up is my best friend.  You can always take a layer off if you get hot but it’s hard to add a layer when you leave things at home.

Every year I like to make my family a new set of matching hats that we can wear when we go Christmas treeing, and this is this year’s hat.  I think this beanie would be really cute for family photos, as everyone can have a different color or all match.  

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How does this beanie fit? What features does it have?

This pattern is for a fitted beanie, no slouch, and will be on the tighter side depending on the size you choose.  You will have no worries of your hat coming off mid snowball fight.  Because of the nature of the stitch, there is very little stretch so picking the right size is key.  The hat is also a thicker beanie with a double brim that will keep your noggin extra warm.  

Line of pink dots

What is that stitch? Is it knit or crochet?

The stitch used for this beanie is the CROCHET waistcoat stitch.  Yes, you heard me right…there is a crochet stitch that looks just like knit.  Are you blown away?  Because believe me, I sure was the first time I saw it.  I learned to knit eons ago but once I discovered crochet my knitting needles were left to collect dust in a drawer.  While crochet is my jam, I did miss the look I got with knitting.  So, you know your girl was doing a happy dance when I found this stitch.

You might see this stitch called waistcoat, fair isle or simply the knit stitch but whatever you want to call it, this baby can create some beautiful items!

If you can make a single crochet, you can make a waistcoat stitch.  The reason being, a waistcoat stitch IS A SINGLE CROCHET, just worked in a different spot.  Did your mind just blow?  Yep, this beautiful little stitch is just a simple single crochet.

You do have to work loosely with this stitch.  Getting the proper tension can take a little getting used to, but once you do, you’ll be hooked!  Pun 100% intended!

Check out my full waistcoat stitch tutorial for a complete explanation of how to make the stitch, change colors, work from a graph, and much more.


What sizes can I make?

The beanie comes in three separate sizes: small, medium, and large.  I do not like giving sizing is terms of age (i.e. 3-6 months, Adult, etc.) because like snowflakes, no two heads are the same.  My 6-year-old has a lot of hair and steals my hats all the time, so a “child-size” would not work for her.  You can find a general sizing by age guide here.

The dimensions below are measured from the inner circumference, not measured flat.

Small = 17″ Circumference
Medium = 19″ Circumference
Large = 21 1/2″ Circumference

Because of the nature of the pattern, I was not able to make a plethora of sizes.  If you find that you need a size a little larger or smaller than one of the three above, once you have completed your gauge swatch you can go up or down a hook size or two to make it the right fit for you.

What yarn can I use?

The pattern calls for worsted weight (#4) yarn.  Like snowflakes and head sizes, not all worsted weight yarn is the same.  To ensure proper fit, you will want to make a gauge swatch to get the proper hook size/yarn combo to obtain gauge.  While I don’t always enjoy making gauge swatches, it is an important step to ensure that the beanie you are making will fit.

Where can I get the pattern?

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.
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The pattern includes:

  • List of materials needed
  • Stitch abbreviations
  • Gauge for both the waistcoat stitch and brim section
  • Step-by-step instructions to walk you through from start to finish
  • Three separate size charts
  • Pictures to help with any tricky bits
  • Notes and special instructions regarding color changes to make the seam virtually invisible

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