Hello, hello, hello my friends! It is a lovely Friday and we are gearing up for a nice hike as a family. After such a slow start to summer, we’re trying to take advantage of every sunny day that comes our way. However, before kicking off our family fun day, I thought I would share my newest crochet project with my awesome readers! The Stars and Stripes Beanie and just in time for Independence Day!
I am super excited because my entire family loves the 4th of July. Delicious food, family & friends, and FIREWORKS!!! It also means being outside after dark in the chilly air of the Pacific Northwest. Since I am the annoying mom that loves to have her kiddos decked out in holiday gear, I just hate it when I have to add mismatched weather gear so my little ones won’t freeze. This year I decided I would beat the weather and design some hats to keep my littles cozy and holiday cute while watching the fireworks.
This pattern works up quickly and it uses my favorite stitch… the star stitch! Feel free to sell on a small scale any beanies you make from this pattern, but please do not sell my pattern nor use my pictures. I would greatly appreciate a link back to this post, but it’s not a requirement… just appreciated!
Sizing for Stars and Stripes Beanie:
This beanie fits an average toddler between the ages of one to three years old. If you would like a different size, you can increase or reduce the number of increasing rounds and you can do the same for the length.
Stars and Stripes Beanie Supplies:
Red Yarn – I used Caron Simply Soft Autumn Red
White Yarn – I used Vanna’s Choice White
Blue Yarn – I used Caron Simply Soft Dark Country Blue
Notes & Stitches
*Chains do not count in total stitch count
Chain – ch
Slip Stitch – ss
Half Double Crochet – hdc
Single Crochet – sc
Reverse Single Crochet – rsc
Stars and Stripes Beanie Crochet Pattern:
R1: RED YARN
Ch2, 10 hdc, ss in top of first hdc
(10 total stitches)
R2: RED YARN
Ch2, 2hdc in each stitch, ss in top of first hdc
(20 total stitches)
R3: WHITE YARN
Ch2, *2hdc in first stitch, 1hdc in next stitch* repeat ** around, ss in top of first hdc
(30 total stitches)
R4: WHITE YARN
Ch2, *2hdc in first stitch, 1hdc in next 2 stitches* repeat ** around, ss in top of first hdc
(40 total stitches)
R5: RED YARN
Ch2, *2hdc in first stitch, 1hdc in next 3 stitches* repeat ** around, ss in top of first hdc
(50 total stitches)
R6: RED YARN
Ch2, *2hdc in first stitch, 1hdc in next 4 stitches* repeat ** around, ss in top of first hdc
(60 total stitches)
I STOPPED INCREASING HERE… hat diameter was 5 inches. Be sure your total stitch count is an even number.
R7 – R12: Alternate WHITE and RED Yarn every two rows
Ch2, 1hdc in each stitch, ss in top of first hdc
Once you have completed the 12th row, you will now begin the star stitch. I do want to reference The Spruce as a resource for learning how to crochet the star stitch if you do not already know how to crochet it.
Star Stitch – this is a two-row stitch. The first row of stitches will build the top half of the star and the second row of stitches will finish the bottom half of the star. The star stitch needs to be completed on an even number of stitches.
First star stitch of the round…
Insert your hook into the 2nd chain from your hook and pull up a loop. Insert your hook into the 3rd chain from your hook, and pull up a loop. Insert your hook into the 4th chain from your hook and pull up a loop. Insert your hook into the first stitch, and pull up a loop. Then insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop. Then yarn over and pull your hook through all 6 loops. Ch 1 to finish the stitch.
The next star stitch…
Insert your hook into the ch 1 you just made and pull up a loop. Then insert your hook into the strands on the side of the last loop made in the prior stitch and pull up a loop. Next, you will insert your hook into the ch space that the last loops of the prior stitch were worked in and pull up a loop, then pull up a loop in the next stitch, and then pull up another loop in the next stitch. Yarn over and pull all 6 loops through, and then ch 1 to finish the stitch.
*When pulling up all six loops, be sure to keep your yarn loose.
R13: BLUE YARN
Ch5, around completing the top portion of the star stitch, ss in ch2 spot
(30 total top half stars)
*do not chain 1 after you close the circle on the last start stitch (right before you ss) – it will make too big of a hole.
R14: BLUE YARN
Ch2, 2hdc in each eye spot, ss into ch2 (30 total completed stars)
R15 – R16: BLUE YARN
Repeat R13 and R14
R17 – R18: RED YARN
Ch2, 1hdc in each stitch, ss (60 total stitches)
R19: WHITE YARN
Ch1, 1sc in each stitch, ss (60 total stitches)
R20: WHITE YARN
Ch1, 1rsc in each stitch, ss, and finish off (60 total stiches), finish off and weave in ends.
Length: 7.25 inches
If you complete this project, I would love for you to share a picture in the comment section! If you’re looking for the perfect 4th of July tote to pack the evenings snacks while waiting for the fireworks, check out Repeat Crafter Me. Thanks for stopping by!