Get ready for the colder weather with the Charlie Hat! This crochet beanie pattern has lots of texture and a pom pom to embellish it. The Charlie Hat is made with a self-patterning yarn that does all the color work for you. Best of all, it’s available in 4 sizes from newborn through adult, so you can make up one for most everyone in the family (or on your handmade holiday gift list).
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I love making scarves with Lion Brand Scarfie because each skein has enough yarn to finish an entire project. Get my free crochet patterns for the Bulky Faux Mistake Rib Scarf and the Walking in the Sand Scarf if you love textured, unisex (one-skein!) scarves, too. But I’ve been making a lot of pom pom beanies and slouchy hats lately, and pom poms (especially the extra large ones I make with my Clover Pom Pom Maker) eat up a good deal of yarn. I thought I’d try out Scarfie for a hat, and I love the result. I hope you do, too!
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I struggle with naming my patterns, so you may wonder why I settled on the Charlie Hat for this project. Lately I’ve been listening to audiobooks instead of music during my commute, so I can crochet and “read” at the same time. (According to at least one cognitive scientist, listening to audiobooks can be counted as reading, so I’m going with that!) While I was working on this hat, I was listening to Firestarter by Stephen King. I have seen the movie several times and I wanted to see how the book was different (and similar).
When the hat was finished, I shared a picture with my friend, Pia from Stitches n Scraps. She thought the colors had the look of flames and fire so I went with the Charlie Hat, named after Charlie McGee.
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Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
- Newborn (Infant, Child, Teen/Adult). Photographed sample is Teen/Adult. Height measurements do not include pom pom.
- Newborn: 12.5” (32 cm) hat circumference x 5” (13 cm) height.
- Infant: 15.75” (40 cm) hat circumference x 6” (15 cm) height.
- Child: 18.75” (47.5 cm) hat circumference x 7” (18 cm) height.
- Teen/Adult: 22” (56 cm) hat circumference x 8” (20.5 cm) height.
- Lion Brand Scarfie yarn (78% acrylic/22% wool, 5.3 oz/150 g/312 yd/285 m) – 1 skein in 205 Cranberry Black, or approximately 225 yd (206 m) in any bulky weight yarn.
- US Size K-10.5/6.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- Clover Pom Pom Maker – small for newborn and infant sizes or extra large for child and adult/teen sizes (optional).
- Through Rnd 4 = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. For best fit, always check your gauge.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- dc2tog –double crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) – [Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] twice, yo and drawn through all 3 loops on hook. A helpful video tutorial for this stitch by Fiber Flux is available here.
- ea – each
- FPdc – front post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st in previous Round, yo and draw up a loop, [yo and draw through 2 loops] twice. A helpful video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
- Rnd(s) – Round(s)
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- tr – treble (triple) crochet
- yo – yarn over
- *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
- () Work stitches in parentheses into same stitch or space.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- Ch 1 at beginning of Round does not count as a stitch.
- Entire hat is crocheted in the round with the right (front) side facing.
Increase from crown
- Starting at crown, ch 4, skip 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
- Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 dc in ring, join with sl st to first dc. (12 sts)
- Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 FPdc around ea st, join with sl st to first FPdc. (24 sts)
- Rnd 3: Ch 1, starting in first st, *dc in next st, FPdc around last FPdc, FPdc around next FPdc; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (36 sts)
- Rnd 4: Ch 1, starting in first st, *dc in next 2 sts, FPdc around last FPdc, FPdc around next FPdc; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (48 sts) NEWBORN SIZE ONLY: CONTINUE ON TO INSTRUCTIONS FOR WORKING EVEN.
- Rnd 5: Ch 1, starting in first st, *dc in next 3 sts, FPdc around last FPdc, FPdc around next FPdc; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (60 sts) INFANT SIZE ONLY: CONTINUE ON TO INSTRUCTIONS FOR WORKING EVEN.
- Rnd 6: Ch 1, starting in first st, *dc in next 4 sts, FPdc around last FPdc, FPdc around next FPdc; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (72 sts) CHILD SIZE ONLY: CONTINUE ON TO INSTRUCTIONS FOR WORKING EVEN.
- Rnd 7: Ch 1, starting in first st, *dc in next 5 sts, FPdc around last FPdc, FPdc around next FPdc; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (84 sts) TEEN/ADULT SIZE ONLY: CONTINUE ON TO INSTRUCTIONS FOR WORKING EVEN.
- Work Even Rnd: Ch 1, starting in first st, *dc in next 2 (3, 4, 5) sts, FPdc around next 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 48 (60, 72, 84) sts
- Rep Work Even Rnd until hat measures approximately 4” (5”, 6”, 7”)/10 cm (13 cm, 15 cm, 18 cm) from crown.
Decrease to band
- Decrease Rnd: Ch 1, starting in first st, *dc2tog, dc in next 0 (1, 2, 3) sts, FPdc around next 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 36 (48, 60, 72) sts
- Band Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in ea st around, join with sl st to first sc.
- Band Rnd 2: Ch 1, *sc in next st, tr in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc.
- Band Rnds 3-4: Rep Band Rnds 1 & 2.
- Band Rnds 5-6: Rep Band Rnd 1 twice. Fasten off.
- Make pom pom following instructions on Clover Pom Pom Maker. Alternatively, make a pom pom by hand using this tutorial.
- Trim pom pom.
- Attach pom pom to hat using yarn needle and yarn tail that tied pom pom together.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of hat.