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Franco Crochet Beanie a Free Pattern

The Franco Beanie is chunky and textured. This easy crochet hat pattern looks amazing in this heathery dark yarn, making this beanie the perfect make for the men on your list.

The Franco Beanie is for everyone with the pattern sizes including baby through adult. This bottom up beanie still fits like a beanie.

When I’m preparing to crochet all the beanie I turn to my favorite yarns and hooks to help me get it all done. I love how quickly this chunky yarn works up. Plus I’m a sucker for the heathered colors.

picture of Franco beanie flat

Even though I don’t sell my finished items, I like adding a label. When I gift hats, blankets, etc. putting my label on makes it feel more official.

If you like the cork tag pictured here you can purchase them from the Etsy shop All This Wood*.

Yarn

I love working with chunky. yarn when gifting season is upon us. It’s soft, squishy and crochets up quickly.

The Franco Beanie is pictured in Premier Serenity Chunky. I love the slight color variation of the Charcoal Heather.

This is an especially nice yarn for the men in my family who only request black hats. Maybe you have one of those too?

Stitch

The Franco Beanie begins with a single crochet ribbing. Once your ribbing is ready, we’ll use the half double crochet stitch for the rest of the hat.

For this one the hdcs are placed in the back loop of the stitch. This creates the horizontal texture you see. The back half double crochet also gives the hat some nice stretch.

Materials

  • 70 yds/64m-109 yds/100m of #5 bulky weight yarn, pictured in Premier Yarns Serenity Chunky Charcoal Heather 
  • 7mm US size L crochet hook, or hook needed to meet gauge
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

Notes

  1. Ch 1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.
  2. 2”/5cm negative ease, where ribbing is crocheted smaller than actual head measurement.
  3. Hat is a fitted beanie. For a slouchy beanie, crochet more rounds before decreasing. 

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

Tutorials You Might Find Helpful

How to Crochet Ribbing Hats Tutorial check this post out for a step by step tutorial of the process, including video.

For a tutorial on how to crochet the blo hdc, or back loop only half double crochet you can check out this post.

Gauge

Taken from ribbing, unstretched

2”/5cm x 2”/5cm =5 rows of blo sc x 6 blo sc sts

Level

Easy

Construction

The Franco Beanie is a bottom up hat with a brim. You will crochet the ribbing first.  The brim of the beanie is worked in flat rows of ribbing and joined to form a circle.

Then you will crochet the body, or tube, of the hat. The body of the hat is worked along the top of the circle and joined in the round. The top of the hat is closed with decrease rounds.

Fit/Adjustment

Since the brim of the hat is made first, it’s easy to customize this beanie. You can crochet the ribbing as long as you need.

The pattern includes 2″ of negative ease, where the ribbing is 2″ less than the actual head circumference. This makes for a great fitting hat that stretches to the head size.

To crochet the Franco Beanie into a slouchy style hat simply crochet more rounds before starting the decrease section.

To Fit AgeBrim Width
in
cm
Yarn 
yds
m
Hat Height
in
cm
6-12 mos Baby14
35.6
70
64
6
15
Toddler15
38
75
69
7
17.8
Child17
43.2
80
73
7.5
19
Teen/Sm Adult19
48.3
90
82
8
20.3
Med/Lg Adult20
50.8
109
100
8
20.3

Beanie Pattern

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Franco Crochet Beanie Pattern

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

A chunky, textured beanie in sizes for the family.

Materials

  • 70 yds/64m-109 yds/100m of #5 bulky weight yarn, pictured in Premier Yarns Serenity Chunk Charcoal Heather

Tools

  • 7mm US size L crochet hook, or hook needed to meet gauge
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

Instructions

Brim

Baby (Toddler, Child, Teen/Sm Adult, Md/Lg Adult)

Ch 6 (6, 7, 7, 7)

    1. Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across, turn. 5 (5, 6, 6, 6 sts) = 2.5”/6.4cm (2.5”/6.4cm, 3”/7.6cm, 3”/7.6cm, 3”/7.6cm) tall
    2. Row 2. Ch 1, in blo sc in each st across, turn.

      Rep Row 2 for 35 (38, 43, 48, 50) rows = 14”/35.6cm (15”/38cm, 17”/43.2cm, 19”/48.3cm, 20”/50.8cm)

      Fold in half. Sl st last row and first row together to form the brim.

Hat

    1. From where you are, work along the top of the brim.
      Rnd 1. Ch 1, hdc 44 (46, 52, 56, 60) sts evenly around, join with a sl st. Do not turn. Tip: If you place 1 st per ribbing row, occasionally you’ll need to add two sts. Do this every 3-4 sts and check your stitch count about halfway.
    2. Rnd 2. Ch 1, in blo hdc in each st around, join with a sl st.

      Rep Rnd 2 until hat is 4”/10cm (5”/12.7cm, 5.5”/14cm, 6”/15.2cm, 6”/15.2cm) tall. Here is where you can add more rounds for a slouchy fit.

Decrease

    1. Rnd 1. Ch 1, hdc2tog in each st around. (22, 23, 26, 28, 30 sts)
    2. Rnd 2. Rep last round. Toddler size will have 1 st left, hdc in this st. (11, 12, 13, 14, 15 sts)
    3. Rnd 3. Even st counts: toddler, teen/sm adult-Ch 1, hdc2tog in each st around. Odd st counts: baby, child, med/lg adult-Ch 1, hdc2tog in each st, hdc in the last st. (6, 6, 7, 7, 8 sts)

Finishing

    Cut yarn, leave a long tail. Sew hole closed with yarn needle and tail. Weave away ends. Top with pom pom and/or add label.

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