Beanies & Ear Warmers, Patterns

Sandy Shores Beanie & Messy Bun Beanie

Messy bun or closed top? Fitted “no brim” beanie or beanie with a brim? Pom pom or no pom pom? So many options, so little time. Good thing these gender neutral bulky weight beanies work up fast! 

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Sandy Shores Beanie
Sandy Shores Messy Bun Beanie

Perfect for women, men, and kids alike, the Sandy Shores Beanie and Sandy Shores Messy Bun Beanie are so named for the stitch used in the pattern – the single crochet grit stitch. Being a beach girl myself, when I hear “grit”, I think “sand”, and so the beanie name was born. When I first started playing around with this stitch pattern though, I loved the look of it when it worked in a continuous round, but didn’t love it in turned rows….until I happened to see my gauge swatch turned on its side. Then, suddenly, I loved it (which is a good reminder that sometimes you just need a change in perspective!).

Because I wanted the stitch to be worked vertically, I knew I needed to make a panel style beanie, but I don’t personally love how they are traditionally made. Typically, you make a rectangle, seam it closed to make a tube, and then cinch the top closed. While it makes them really easy to make, and perfect for true beginners because they don’t have any shaping, they often leave a lot of bulk at the top and are hard to fully cinch closed, particularly for hats made with bulky yarn. This means they are often a bit slouchy because of the additional bulk and most people hide the bulk and “not fully closed” top with a pom pom. But I don’t always want to wear a pom pom on my beanies, without a pom pom this stitch pattern is wonderfully gender neutral, and I’m a stickler for making patterns that have clean lines and a good fit. So I kept working until I figured out the secret to reducing the bulk – short rows.

Because of the short row shaping, I’ve called this patten an Advanced Beginner/Intermediate level pattern, but I wouldn’t shy away if you are an adventurous beginner. The only stitches you need to know are a single crochet and slip stitch and as I do in all of my patterns, there are photos to help you see where to place your stitches in the tricky places (in this case, the short rows), and I include helpful hints throughout. So whether you are trying to find a beanie pattern for men, women, or kids, whether you want a closed top or to pull a messy bun through, whether you want a fitted “no brim” look, or one long enough to flip up the brim for extra warmth, these patterns have you covered!

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Pattern Details

Each pattern contains instructions for 2 versions – a fitted/”no brim” version, and a “folded up brim” version. With the regular, closed top beanie, the “folded up brim” version can also be worn unfolded for a slouchy beanie look instead!

Pattern Difficulty: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

*Crochet Hook: L/8mm hook, or what is required to meet gauge
*Yarn Suggestions: I made my samples primarily using Premier Yarn Stitch Please Superwash Chunky. However, it also works well with hand dyed yarns, WeCrochet Brava Bulky, WeCrochet Swish Bulky, or Lion Brand Hue + Me.
*Yarn needle for weaving in ends
*Stitch markers (optional, but suggested)
*Pom pom (optional)

Sizes Included & Yardage Needed (Depending on Style):
NOTE: Baby size is included in the regular beanie version ONLY. All other sizes are available in both patterns.
*Baby (fits heads 16-17″ around): 65-85 yards
*Toddler (fits heads 17-18″ around): 80 – 100 yards
*Child (fits heads 19-20″ around): 90 – 115 yards
*Small Adult (fits heads 20-22″ around): 105 – 135 yards
*Large Adult (fits heads 22-24″ around): 125 – 165 yards

Stitches Used:
slst: slip stitch
ch: chain
sc: single crochet

For more color inspo, check out my testers versions on Instagram!

When you make one, share a photo of your finished beanie with me! When posting on social media, be sure to tag @fromnicolescreations and use hashtags #sandyshoresbeanie and #fromnicolescreations. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Happy stitching!

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