Striped Beanie (scrap buster)

I needed a quick way to use up some scrap yarn before my closet became overrun with those little colorful yarn balls, so I started making these beanies and basically couldn’t stop for several days. I really found making them to be quite addictive! I made all different sizes and color combinations. Some of them were given away as Christmas presents, and those pictured are the ones I have left.

These beanies were made from the bottom up – I made the brim by going back and forth in rows, slip stitched it together, then worked in decreasing rounds until I reached the top. The pom poms are the cherry on top and were made with my pom pom maker. (You can get a set from for under $4, and they’re so much fun to make!)

These striped beanies are a great scrap buster and super fast, so get creative with your colors and get crocheting!

Here’s the free pattern:

Yarn – worsted weight, 2 colors, small ball of each

Hook – 5.00


Ch – chain

Sc – single crochet

Hk – hook

St – stitch

Sl st – slip stitch

Hdc – half double crochet

Hdc2tog – half double crochet two together

In color A, Ch 8

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch to end, turn

Row 2: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st, here and throughout) Working in back loop only, sc in 1st st and each st across, turn

Repeat row 2 until band matches the circumference of the head.

Sl st last row to first row

Now you will be working in the round, slip stitching the last stitch of each round to the first stitch.

Round 1: Ch 1 and sc evenly around – one sc for each row

Round 2: Ch 1, Hdc in each sc around, changing to color B on last yarn over of last st

Round 3: Ch 1, Hdc in each stitch around, changing back to color A on last yarn over of last st

Round 4: repeat round 2

Round 5-6: ch 1, Hdc (color B) around, changing to color A on last yarn over of last st of row 6

Round 7: repeat round 2

Round 8: repeat round 3

Rounds 9-10: ch 1, with color A, Hdc around

Round 11: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st, *1 Hdc in each of next 4 st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 12: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st, *1 Hdc in each of next 3 st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 13: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st, *1 Hdc in each of next 2 st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 14: ch 1, hdc2tog first 2 st, *1 Hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 15: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st and each 2 st across

Using yarn needle stitch top together.

Make largish pom pom in color B and attach.

Weave in ends.


Men’s Striped Scarf and Hat

This is a really simple scarf and hat set that I made because I needed something to make for my husband and he likes neutrals. Well he likes black mostly, but he ended up really liking the gray, white, and black color scheme of this set. It goes nicely with his black leather jacket that he wears as his winter coat.

I guess you could say that I made up my own pattern, but it’s really so simple, you don’t need a pattern. I used Walmart Basics worsted weight yarn. I like it because it’s two dollars for a skein and it has a nice feel in my hands. Great for scarves and hats because it’s soft and stretchy when crocheted. My Walmart doesn’t carry that many colors of Basics, but what they do have is actually really nice.

For the scarf I did 16 rows of single crochet in gray, 2 rows half double crochet in white, 5 rows double crochet in black, and 2 more rows half double crochet in white. I repeated that pattern of rows until the scarf was about 6 feet long. I began and ended with the gray, and I made the rows 20 stitches across.

Like I said, this “pattern” is so simple that a beginner like me could make it up. You could also modify the scarf in any number of ways. I would love to do this in different colors (or just replace the black with a color), and maybe try back loop stitches when changing color to give it more texture.

The hat was also very simply done. I started with a magic circle and used all double crochet stitches. There are tons of patterns and tutorials online for double crochet beanie-type hats. They all follow the same basic steps of increasing rounds until you reach the width that measures the same as the top of the head, and then keeping the number of stitches the same until you reach the length you want.

For my hat, I did gray for 6 rounds, then white for 1 round, black for 3 rounds, white for 1, and gray for the rest. At the end I did two rounds of front post double crochet in every other stitch to get a nice ribbed look, however you can’t see that because I folded up the bottom of the hat, which my husband thinks makes it look better when you wear it. When it’s not folded up the hat has a slouchy beanie look that I love, but my husband thinks is too hipster. 🤷‍♀️ Either way, he looks great wearing this hat and scarf so I’m very happy with it!

Leaping Stripes and Blocks Hat and Scarf Set

Lately I’m really into making scarves and hats for two reasons: They are usually pretty (1) simple and (2) quick so you get to finish a matched set project in just a couple of sittings. Oh yeah, and (3) they make awesome gifts for friends, family, kids’ teachers, bosses, anyone really.

I found these free patterns (thank you!) on the excellent Moogly blog, here and here. I made the scarf first and it was actually pretty easy because you carry the yarn up the side of the scarf rather than having to cut it and weave in the ends every time you switch colors. (I simplified by only using two colors instead of three.) Then you hide the carried yarn by doing a single crochet border around the whole scarf. The technique of stitching into the previous row was new to me, but the only stitches that I had to do were chains, single crochet, and double crochet so I didn’t have too hard of a time, and I like the look of the finished scarf. 🙂

Then I started on the hat. So much for not cutting the yarn when switching colors! I changed colors seven times so I had to weave in 14 ends! I shouldn’t complain, because weaving in ends is a necessary and important part of crochet (how crappy would a hat look if you didn’t weave in the ends?), and fourteen’s not that many, but I guess I wasn’t expecting to do it at all because I didn’t have to weave in ends with the scarf. Ok, now that I got that whining out of my system 😭, I really like the hat! It matches the scarf perfectly, and I love the technique that they give you for making the brim (thanks again Moogly!). They show you how to create the brim with rows of back loop only single crochets that are already attached to the hat so you don’t have to sew it on later. Genius!

Child’s Waffle Stitch Scarf and Hat Set

I did this child’s set with Caron One Pound in a gray color, and I love how it came out! To make the scarf I followed along with this YouTube tutorial ( by the wonderful Bella Coco.

The pattern for the hat is called the Alpine Nights Beanie by Maria on I used the instructions for the child’s size.

The waffle stitch is a great stitch to use when making winter accessories because it is soft and warm and squashy.

I gifted them to my 11 year old nephew for Christmas. He is an intelligent, handsome little boy who wears glasses. This hat and scarf set gave him a polished -even debonair- look when he put them on. They looked very smart with his black jacket.