Sweet Pea Crochet Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern

A free crochet pattern for a sweet, feminine hat that suits a girl of any age.

Free Crochet Pattern for a Sweet Pea Beanie via My Merry Messy Life

This is another hat I’ve made for our family friend who is battling cancer and wants some happy hats to keep her spirits up. See the other crochet beanie here (also free crochet pattern), done with the woven stitch and some scrumptious yarn with a fun crochet flower. This one is a new stitch on the blog – the iced shell stitch. I learned it from my favorite crochet book, “Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia” (where to buy).

It is such a pretty stitch and I plan to also make this hat for my little niece-to-be, so check back for a newborn size. Although, all you have to do is change the width of the crown, using my Hat Measurements for Crochet and Knit post and length of the sides and you can make this hat any size you want! You will need your last round of the crown to have a multiple of 3.

Crochet Sweet Pea Beanie with the Iced Shell Stitch - Free Pattern!

Sweet Pea Crochet Beanie – Adult Size (see below for preemie and newborn sizes)

Will fit an approximately 21-23 inch head.

Written by Sara of My Merry Messy Life, ©2013

Abbreviations

  • DC = double crochet
  • CH = chain
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • SC = single crochet

Materials

  • Hook: H
  • Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Soft Pink (where to buy)
  • Button or Flower to sew on

Pattern

The crown of the hat

Round 1

  • CH 3, SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 3 (counts as first DC)
  • 11 DC in ring, SL ST to top of beginning CH (12 DC total)

Round 2

  • CH 3 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 2 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH (24 DC total)

Round 3

  • CH 3 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH (36 DC total)

Round 4

  • CH 3 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH (48 DC total)

Round 5

  • CH 3 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in the next space
  • 1 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH (48 DC total)

Round 6

  • CH 3 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH (60 DC total)

Done with the crown!

Crown of Hat for a Preemie

CH 3, SL ST to form a ring

Round 1

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 11 HDC in ring (12 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 2

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 2 HDC in each space around (24 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 3

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC)
  • 1 HDC in each space (24 total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 4

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 1 HDC in next space
  • *2 HDC in next space
  • 1 HDC in next space*
  • Repeat from * all the way around (36 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Crown of Hat for a Newborn

Round 1

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 11 HDC in ring (12 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 2

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 2 HDC in each space around (24 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 3

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC),  1 HDC in same space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *2 HDC in the next space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces (32 total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 4

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC)
  • 1 HDC in each space around (32 total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 5

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • *2 HDC in the next space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 3 spaces*
  • Repeat from * all the way around (40 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Crochet Iced Shell Stitch via My Merry Messy Life

The Sides – Iced Shell Stitch

Adult: Round 7, Newborn – Round 6, Preemie – Round 5

  • Work a standing SC where you just work a SC in the space
  • CH 3 and skip 2 spaces (or 3 DC’s, however it’s easier for you to understand)
  • *SC in next space
  • CH 3 and skip 2 spaces (or 3 DC’s, however it’s easier for you to understand)
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • Join with a SL ST to the CH 1

Adult: Round 8, Newborn – Round 7, Preemie – Round 6 (shell round)

  • CH 3 (counts as first DC)
  • 2 DC in same SC space (so it looks like 3 DC’s in the same space)
  • SC on the CH 3
  • *3 DC in next SC
  • SC in next CH 3
  • Repeat from * all the way around (21 shells {3 DC in same SC space} total)
  • Join with SL ST to top of first CH 3

Adult: Round 9, Newborn – Round 8, Preemie – Round 7 (chain round)

  • CH 1
  • SC on the top of the middle DC of the 3 DC’s from the previous round
  • *CH 3
  • SC on top of the middle DC of the 3 DC’s from the previous round
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • End with a CH 3 and SL ST to the beginning CH 1

For an adult – Repeat Rounds 8 and 9 five times to make a total of 16 rows, ending with a shell round (round 9).

In other words, it looks like this:

  • Round 10: Shell Round
  • Round 11: Chain Round
  • Round 12: Shell Round
  • Round 13: Chain Round
  • Round 14: Shell Round
  • Round 15: Chain Round
  • Round 16: Shell Round

The Sides for Preemie and Newborn Sizes

I have not worked the hat for preemie and newborn sizes, so I’m honestly not sure how many rows of this particular stitch you’ll need. But, using my Hat Measurements for Crochet and Knit post, you just keep crocheting until you’ve reached the correct length for those sizes of heads.

  • Preemie – 5 to 5.5 inches long (or shorter if it’s a very small baby, but then it can be rolled up if it’s too long)
  • Newborn 5.5 to 6 inches long

Crochet Iced Shell Beanie - Sweet and Pretty for Any Age Lady - Free Pattern

Hope that makes sense! Leave a comment if it doesn’t.

Here’s another hat I made for our family friend – also a free pattern! The Cheery Lime Beanie.

Free Crochet Pattern for a Cherry Lime Beanie - Adult Size

It would also pair nicely with one the most popular posts on my blog – the Shell Headband. This free pattern comes with an explanation on how to make it for any sized head!

Free Pattern for a Sweet Crochet Shell Headband for any size

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.

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