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.

Comments

  1. Thank You! I did the Print Friendly, and will be working on this soon. This year, I have crocheted 4 dozen hats for a couple chemo treatment centers, but I am getting bored with the pattern I am using, even if I can hook one off in about an hour.
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    • Great! I hope the pattern works for you…let me know if you need any help along the way!

    • Hello Sara, of My Messy Life website: I really like your pattern! When i got to row 6 newborn all of a sudden we start talking about dc. Up to this point it has only been hdc. Can you explain a standing sc. I have never heard of that stitch before. by the way thanks for such a beautiful pattern.

      • Hi Clarita! Yes, I had the crown in a HDC because I like the look of that better – it makes it smaller and helps the iced-shell stitch really pop. You can work a chain 2 or a standing single crochet – all that means is to work a single crochet in that space without chaining first. Does that make sense?

  2. Carolyn Colley says:

    thank you so much for the pattern, my sister was diagnosed with colon cancer July of 2012, and I made my first hat for her, I want to make hats and take to a cancer center, I have 3 family members suffering from breast, cancer and ovarian cancer, they love the hats and I also just lost a good friend to ovarian cancer, she fought it for 7 years

  3. Love this stitch, I’ve never seen it before. It adds a lot of interest to the hat. Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Sorry to bother u again, but where it says to put 3 dc. Do it in the third space? Or put into the stitch in the second stitch, I’ve been putting it in the second stitch.

    Thanks again

  5. Thanks again

  6. Could u please explain row 8, I’m not sure how to interpret that row.

    Thanks

    Cathrin

  7. Where is rd. 6

    It’s not anywhere?

    • Okay, gotcha. It is there for the adult size, but changes for a preemie and newborn. So, I corrected the wording to make it more clear. You go from round 5 down to the Sides section where the Iced Shell starts. Does that make sense?

  8. Hi

    I have a question for u. When u say to go into the next space, it’s the space between the stitches, or are u supposed to go into the stitch?

    I’m confused where to put my hook.

    THANKS

    Cat24

  9. Hello, I am making the preemie. I have done the CROWN OF HAT FOR A PREEMIE. I did the 4 rounds. What do I do for round 5?

  10. “Round 5

    CH 3 (counts as first DC)
    1 DC in the next space
    1 DC in each space around (48 DC total)”

    We don’t do a SL ST here? I’m getting lost between the end of round 5 and the beginning of round 6:

    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)

    • Yes, you do a SL ST at the end of round 5. Seems I left that off and will add it now! Sorry for the confusion – my readers are my pattern testers. I write them and double check them several times, but sometimes make mistakes (that’s why they are free). Thank you for your patience!

  11. Also having trouble with rounds 8 and 9. It works better for me if I just do round 8 over and over because otherwise I seem to end up with 2 chain rows. Help!

    • Hi again! Okay, so can you be more specific on what is troubling you with those two rows? Or has it worked out okay to do row 8 over and over? Row 8 is the shell row, and row 9 is the chain row, so I’m not sure how you’re ending up with two chain rows unless you’re repeating row 9 over and over. Is that the case?

  12. Hi. I am a newbie crocheter and my shells just don’t look right. Do you have a video tutorial of doing the shell stitch?

  13. Noemia Coelho says:

    I’m so going to make this for my niece… It’s just wonderful. 😀

  14. I am making the adult beanie. As I am nearing the end, I notice that row 10 is missing in the instructions which causes the row numbers at the end of the pattern to be off by 1, so there are 16 rows instead of 17. Rows 8 and 9 are repeated four times with 8 and 9 being the original, not a repeat row. Thankfully you had a picture of a completed adult beanie.

    This is an easy pattern and worked up quickly, just row numbers in the instructions were off by the missing row 10. I am an experienced crocheter. Hope this will help someone who is confused and doesn’t realize that row 10 is missing due to page break on the printed version.

  15. Hi Sara, your patterns are so lovely.. I love each and everyone of them, i have tried out quite a few. I also want to know where do you get the buttons you have used her.. its lovely.. i would like to make this beanie for my 3 yr old daughter. love you. Suvitha

  16. How would this work with the magic ring? Would I just single crochet 3 in that little loop and then start the double crochet? Thank you!

  17. Hi Sara, this is a beautiful and seemingly simple pattern for a beginner like me. I would love to see a video to it and would follow you on you tube.
    My question 1 is for adult round seven the first instruction says: work a standing SC where you just worked a SC in the space. What does that mean? Because the end of round 6 says to SL ST Having 60 DC (which I get).
    Question 2: how many combos (SC, CH 3, that creat the space) do you end up with at the end of round seven. I ask because when I do round eight I only get 20 shells not 21 like the instructions says. Thank you for your help. ~Krissy

    • Yes, I’d love to do videos and have gotten to the point where I’m more ready to do them. That’s on my list for sure! It’s a huge undertaking. Okay, for your first question, that was my attempt to explain a standing single crochet stitch – it’s where you work a SC in that SL ST you had just created from round 6. For Q2, I’m honestly not sure. I haven’t made that hat in a while and gave it away to someone…so, honestly if it looks okay to you, then it probably is. You don’t want each round to get larger and larger, though, since the crown is already created.

  18. Is it possible for you to explain to me how to print out the directions for the Sweet Pea Crocheted beanie?

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