The Train Yard Slouchy Beanie crochet pattern is a striped, gender-neutral pattern available in ten sizes from newborn through adult large. This pattern is part of my charity spotlight series and is designed for donation to The Reuben Project.
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This Month’s Featured Organization: The Reuben Project
The Reuben Project is a grassroots organization that distributes handmade cold-weather accessories to the unhoused population in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. In addition to handmade hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, and socks, the Reuben Project also accepts new and gently used store-bought socks and gloves. They will also accept blankets, blanket squares, and plastic mats — basically, anything to help keep people warm during cold weather in the fall and winter, or even at night during the spring.
The Reuben Project accepts donations year round. Additionally, if you live locally, you can also volunteer to help out with administration or distribution tasks. The Reuben Project also has a Ravelry group where they share urgent needs and acknowledge receipt of donations. To arrange a donation, contact Holly at thereubenproject AT gmail DOT com to get the shipping address.
How To Make Great Accessories for The Reuben Project
Unlike many organizations that distribute donations to an unhoused population, The Reuben Project doesn’t have many restrictions; however, in a Ravelry post, they ask that you “think in terms of COMFORT, mainly: Warmth, Fit, Color, and Softness. When we give these gifts to our neighbors on the streets, we want to lift their spirits and soothe their senses.”
Here are some tips for donating crochet or knit items to The Reuben Project or to unhoused people in your local area:
- Choose yarns that are warm and hold their shape, such as acrylic, wool, or acrylic/wool blends. Include a note if your yarn includes wool as some people are allergic to wool yarns.
- Choose yarns that are soft and can be worn close to the skin.
- Make your projects in adult sizes, without holes or mesh stitches that can let the elements in.
- Easy care, machine washable yarns are ideal.
About the Train Yard Slouchy Beanie
I’ve partnered with WeCrochet, who has generously provided yarn and hooks for this year’s charity spotlight series. When I got started on my design for The Reuben Project, I was inspired by Reuben’s story shared on their website. I knew I’d need a cozy warm and washable yarn. For this design, I used WeCrochet Brava Bulky yarn, a very soft, hypoallergenic, machine washable acrylic yarn that comes in dozens of great colors.
I chose these two colors because they somehow seem to be “cozy” to me. And I designed this slouchy beanie in ten sizes so that if it becomes a favorite pattern, you can make it for your family, too.
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Train Yard Slouchy Beanie
Slouchy Beanie Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This gender-neutral slouchy beanie is easy to crochet and fun to wear. It was designed to meet the donation requirements of The Reuben Project, an organization that distributes handmade accessories to the unsheltered community in the Metro Portland, Oregon area.
- Newborn (0-3 Months, 3-6 Months, 6-12 Months, 1-2 Years, 3-5 Years, 6-12 Years, Teen/Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large). Photographed sample is Teen/Adult Small shown on a mannequin with 22.5” (57 cm) head circumference.
- Newborn: 13” (33 cm) hat circumference x 6.5” (16.5 cm) height.
- 0-3 Months: 15” (38 cm) hat circumference x 7.5” (19 cm) height.
- 3-6 Months: 16” (40.5 cm) hat circumference x 7.75” (19.5 cm) height.
- 6-12 Months: 17” (43 cm) hat circumference x 8.25” (21 cm) height.
- 1-2 Years: 18” (45.5 cm) hat circumference x 8.5” (21.5 cm) height.
- 3-5 Years: 19” (48.5 cm) hat circumference x 9” (23 cm) height.
- 6-12 Years: 20” (51 cm) hat circumference x 9.5” (24 cm) height.
- Teen/Adult Small: 21” (53.5 cm) hat circumference x 9.75” (25 cm) height.
- Adult Medium: 22” (56 cm) hat circumference x 10.25” (26 cm) height.
- Adult Large: 23” (58.5 cm) hat circumference x 10.5” (26.5 cm) height.
- WeCrochet Brava Bulky yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/136 yd/124 m) – 1 skein in 28339 Cobblestone Heather (CA) and 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) in 28362 Wine (CB), or approximately 45 yd (60 yd, 65 yd, 75 yd, 80 yd, 90 yd, 100 yd, 105 yd, 115 yd, 125 yd)/41 m (55 m, 59.5 m, 68.5 m, 73 m, 82.5 m, 91.5 m, 96 m, 105 m, 114.5 m) in CA and 70 yd (90 yd, 100 yd, 110 yd, 120 yd, 135 yd, 150 yd, 165 yd, 180 yd, 190 yd)/64 m (82.5 m, 91.5 m, 100.5 m, 108 m, 123.5 m, 137 m, 151 m, 164.5 m, 173.5 m) in any bulky weight yarn.
- WeCrochet Mosaic US Size J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- WeCrochet Mosaic US Size K-10.5/6.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- Stitch marker or scrap yarn.
- Yarn needle.
- 10 scBL = 2.75” (7 cm) with smaller hook.
- 11 dc = 4” (10 cm) with larger hook.
- For best fit, always check your gauge.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- BL – back loop only – Fiber Flux has a helpful video tutorial for identifying the back loop here.
- CA – Color A
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- rep – repeat
- Rnd(s) – Round(s)
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- sl st – slip stitch
- sp – space
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- Do not fasten off colors unless indicated. Carry unworked yarn inside the hat when changing colors.
- Ch 1 at beginning of row or round and sl st at end of rounds DO NOT count as stitches.
- Hat Band is crocheted flat in rows until it reaches desired hat circumference length. Then stitches are picked up along long edge of seamed Hat Band. Hat is worked even and then decreases until crown.
- A helpful tutorial for the joining with a mattress stitch seam is available here.
- A helpful tutorial for cinching a slouchy hat closed is available here.
- Like my mannequin? It’s handmade by CanvasHead/WELLDONE.
Hat Band – All Sizes
- With CA, ch 6 (6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 11, 11, 11), or any number of sts.
- Row 1: Turn, sk first ch, sc in next ch and in each ch across. – 5 (5, 5, 5, 7, 7, 7, 10, 10, 10) sts
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, scBL in first st and each st across.
- Rep Row 2 until Hat Band measures approximately 13” (15”, 16”, 17”, 18”, 19”, 20”, 21”, 22”, 23”)/ 33 cm (38 cm, 40.5 cm, 43 cm, 45.5 cm, 48.5 cm, 51 cm, 53.5 cm, 56 cm, 58.5 m) long.
- Do not fasten off. Turn to work along long edge.
- Set Up Row: Ch 1, evenly work 45 (52, 55, 58, 62, 65, 69, 72, 76, 79) sc across long edge, place stitch marker in last st. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for joining.
- Fold Hat Band in half along long edge. Join short edges with mattress stitch seam (see Pattern Notes).
- Weave in CA yarn tail on inside of Hat Band. Continue on to WORK EVEN instructions for specific size.
Work Even – Newborn (0-3 Months, 3-6 Months, 6-12 Months, 1-2 Years, 3-5 Years) ONLY
- Join CB with sl st to marked st on Set Up Row.
- Rnd 1: Ch 1, dc in same st and in each st around, change to CA while joining with sl st to BL at top of first dc. – 45 (52, 55, 58, 62, 65) sts
- Rnd 2: Ch 1, scBL in same st and in each st around, change to CB when joining with sl st first sc.
- Rep Rnds 1-2 until hat measures approximately 6.5” (7.5”, 7.75”, 8.25”, 8.5”, 9”)/16.5 cm (19 cm, 19.5 cm, 21 cm, 21.5 cm, 23 cm) in height, or approximately desired length, ending after a rep of Rnd 2. Do not change to CB in final rep of Rnd 2. Fasten off CB. Fasten off CA with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/45.5 cm) for seaming. Continue on to FINISHING instructions.
Work Even – 6-12 Years (Teen/Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large) ONLY
- Join CB with sl st to marked st on Set Up Row.
- Rnd 1: Ch 1, dc in same st and in each st around, join with sl st to top of first dc. – 69 (72, 76, 79) sts
- Rnd 2: Ch 1, dc in same st and in each st around, change to CA while joining with sl st to BL at top of first dc.
- Rnd 3: Ch 1, scBL in same st and in each st around, change to CB when joining with sl st first sc.
- Rep Rnds 1-3 until hat measures approximately 9.5” (9.75”, 10.25”, 10.5”)/24 cm (25 cm, 26 cm, 26.5 cm) in height, or approximately desired length, ending after a rep of Rnd 2. Do not change to CB in final rep of Rnd 2. Fasten off CB. Fasten off CA with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/45.5 cm) for seaming. Continue on to FINISHING instructions.
Finishing – All Sizes
- Thread yarn needle with CA yarn tail from end of final round of Work Even section. Cinch crown of hat closed (see Pattern Notes).
- With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of hat.