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Free Pattern Friday: Charleston Winter Beanie!

Today I bring you an adorable winter beanie! Winter is coming, which means the perfect time to sit on the couch with a fresh cup of coffee, a warm blanket and binge-watch some TV.

I completed this hat within 4 - 5hrs, which most of it was spent making adjustments. The sizing for this beanie is also pretty straightforward- make the ribbed band long enough to fit around your head & crochet off of it until you reach the desired height.

For this pattern, you will need to be familiar with chains, slip stitch, single crochets, double crochets, and the puff stitch (I include written instructions). This pattern is much like my Zig-Zag Puff Ear Warmer design, with the only differences being the puff stitches worked off of a ribbed band instead of a foundation chain and the top decreasing to close. For the pom-pom you can either make your own by following my step-by-step instructions below, or simply just purchasing one.

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Charleston Winter Beanie


1 skein weight 4 yarn (I used Loops & Threads Impeccable in “Gold” )

1 skein weight 6 yarn (I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in “Aspen Tweed”)


2 toilet paper rolls (optional)


I - 5.5mm


ch = chain

slst = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

dec= decrease (crochet 2 stitches together)

F/O = finish off (ch1, cut yarn and pull tail through to create a knot)


  • For the ribbed band, each stitch is worked in the back loop only

  • To create the zig zagged puff design, each round will need to be turned after the ch2 (except for the 1st row of puff stitches)

  • The band & beanie are made using weight 4 yarn, and the pom-pom is made using weight 6 yarn.

Puff Stitch Instructions

This pattern uses a “puff stitch” that is angled to form a zig zag design. The written instruction on how to complete this stitch is as follows:

Yarn over and insert hook into stitch (or space) where puff stitch will connect. Yarn over again and pull loop through stitch, bringing your hook up to the same height as your previous stitch (will need to pull loops up high to achieve “puffy” look). Repeat this action 4 more times through the same stitch/space until there are 11 loops in total on hook. Yarn over and pull through all 11 loops, then ch 1 to lock in loops.

Ribbed Band Pattern

  1. Ch 8, insert hook into 2nd chain from hook. 1sc in each stitch (7)

  2. Ch2 & turn. 1sc in back loop of each stitch (starting w/ same stitch as chain).

  3. Continue to create rows working in back loop only until band wraps snugly around head.

  4. Once desired length, fold band in half & create 1sc in each stitch across to connect. Do not cut yarn (unless you decide to change colors).

Beanie Pattern

  1. With yarn still connected to band, ch 1 & create 1sc in each stitch around top of band. The total number of crochets in this round will differ depending on how long the band is.

  2. Ch2. Skip 1st stitch & 1dc in next. In skipped stitch, create puff stitch (puff should go around dc post). Skip stitch directly to the left of puff & 1dc in next. Create puff stitch in skipped stitch. Repeat pattern till the end of the round (*If odd number of crochets from previous row, create 1dc in last stitch*) Slst into 2nd chain.

  3. Ch2 & TURN (this will create zig zag design). Create 1dc in stitch directly on top of puff from previous row & create puff in empty space from row below (I gently pull apart the two puffs right below and the empty space is the finger-sized hole in-between- if ended w/ 1dc in previous row, create puff stitch to the left of the dc post). Continue to create 1dc on top of puff stitch from previous row & create puff stitch in empty space till the end of row. Slst into 2nd chain.

  4. Repeat step 3 for each row until desired hat height (if you want a more slouchy look, I recommend creating 2 or 3 additional rows of puff stitches).

  5. Once desired hat height, ch1 & 1sc in stitch on top of each puff. This will tighten the top of the hat to close. Slst into ch1.Ch1 & dec in each till end of row. Flip hat inside out, ch1 & 1 sc in each side to close (you may also use a tapestry needle & sew the opening closed). F/O & trim tail.

Pom-Pom Instructions

  1. Using 2 toilet paper rolls, place yarn in-between the two rolls & tuck tail (approx. 8 inches) into one tube to keep out of the way.

  2. Carefully begin to wrap yarn around both tubes until desired size (the more yarn that is wrapped, the bigger and more dense the pom-pom).

  3. Once finished wrapping, slip yarn between the two tubes on one side & pull tail between tubes on the other side. Tie two strands together tightly. Slip strands between tubes again & tie together on the other side.

  4. Taking a sharp pair of scissors, begin cutting in the middle of the loops on one side & slip out tube from loops on other side (you may need to tighten the knot in the middle). Once secure, begin cutting the loops on the other side.Hold the two tails together and gently shake pom-pom to fluff strands. Trim down strands with scissors.

  5. Attach pom-pom to top of hat by inserting hook through top & pulling one tail through. Repeat with other tail on the opposite side of the top. Tie pom-pom down tightly on inside of hat.

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