Surf Check Beanie

It seems like every surfer has a knit beanie they wear everywhere, cold or not, dredlocks or bald. Now, I know in Florida, most people don’t think it can get chilly, but those of us who are used to the warm weather get chilled fast. Especially the last two winters around here- those were brutal. In the mornings, though, for the surf check, it’s nice to have a little something on to protect against the cool beachside breeze in Winter.
Other surfers outside of Florida see this blog too, so I thought I’d post a pattern to make your own early morning surf check beanie without shelling out bucks for a surf-branded one. If you don’t know how to crochet, or don’t want to learn, you already know someone who will be thrilled have a project to do- trust me. This project is mega easy and fast, and is more useful than a TP cover.
For this, I used a bulky acrylic yarn. I figured wool would might be too itchy and hot for some, and cotton might not provide enough warmth. I used Lion Brand’s Tweed Stripes Bulky, but any bulky type yarn you’ve got around will do:

Yarn wrapper

It’s listed as a Bulky Weight “5”. To crochet this, I used a 6.0 mm/J hook and crocheted not too loose, but pretty firmly. This pattern makes a pretty generous sized beanie- other patterns I’ve seen run really small, in my opinion, and I hate super loose crocheting. This should take up most of one ball of yarn. If not, you’re making a hairnet.
A great way to recycle is to take a worn out/ugly/weird sweater and unravel it to get the yarn. If it’s not bulky, crochet with two or three strands of it together. I liked the tweed stripes in the darker range since it would look good on guys or girls- the other color ranges in the tweed are a bit too showy for most.
Anyway, I started my beanie with a techinque called the  “Magic Circle”. A good video tutorial of how to do it is here on YouTube. The beanie is worked from the top down. I worked the whole beanie in Double Crochet stitches, here is another good tutorial for that on YouTube. Only the last two rows are in Single Crochet, just to give it a more finished edge.
Here’s my circle top of the hat before I started doing rounds of crochet even on down the hat to form the sides. This part is also known as the crown of the hat.

Crown of beanie

I’ll put the pattern below, but here’s the beanie completed:

Finished beanie

It’s long enough to cover the ears, but doesn’t cling to your skull too tightly like some other patterns, even if you’ve got a big head. You can scale it down for kids, but this is an adult size beanie.

Surf Check Beanie Pattern:
Abbreviations:
SL: Slip stitch
SC: Single crochet
DC: Double crochet
YO: Yarn Over (to make loop)

Hook: Size 6.0 mm/J
Bulky Weight Yarn
Use Gauge called out on Yarn wrapper or your calibrated eyeball.

To Begin:
Make magic circle, YO to make 2 loops. These 2 do not count as a DC on your rounds, or you’ll end up with a holey seam line.
1st Round: Make 10 DC into ring, SL into first DC made in the round to join, YO twice to jump to 2nd round.
2nd Round: Make 2 DC into every stitch from 1st round (20 DC). SL into first DC made in the round, YO twice to jump to third round.
3rd Round: Make 2 DC into first stitch from last round, 1 DC in next stitch. Repeat this pattern (2 DC, 1 DC) all the way around the circle (30 DC). SL into first DC made in the round, YO twice to jump to fourth round.
4th Round: Make 2 DC into first stitch from last round, 1 DC in next stitch, then 1 DC in the next stitch. Repeat this pattern (2 DC, 1DC, 1DC) all the way around the circle (40 DC). SL into first DC made in the round, YO twice to jump to fifth round.
5th Round: Make 2 DC into first stitch from last round, 1 DC in next three stitches. Repeat this pattern (2 DC, 1 DC, 1DC, 1DC) all the way around the circle (50 DC). SL into first DC made in the round, YO twice to jump to fifth round.
—-At this point, my circle has a diameter of around 6 inches. There should be enough crown to start the sides for an average adult head.—–
6th Round- 9th Round: DC in each stitch all the way around. SL into first DC made in the round, YO twice the jump up to the next round.
Round 10: SC into each stitch all the way around. SL into first SC made into the round, YO once to jump to next round.
Round 11: SC into each stitch all the way around. SL into first SC made into the round, weave in ends to finish.
Add your own surf label, chinstrap, or whatever to make it supa cool for you…

Surfer checking the waves in the beanie
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