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Drexel Beanie, free crochet pattern

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Satisfy your obsession with texture when you make the Drexel Beanie, a FREE crochet pattern from TL Yarn Crafts x WeCrochet!

When I first signed on as an ambassador for WeCrochet (sister site to KnitPicks), I knew I was in for a treat. But I didn’t realize how much the plethora of yarns on the WeCrochet website would inspire me. I’ve created the trendy Mika Vest, as well as the versatile Skyward Kerchief. Each one was heavily influenced by the yarn I chose. For the Drexel Beanie, I went with the bulky weight Mighty Stitch Bulky, a fantastic acrylic/wool blend. The result is a slouchy, bobbly, playful hat that’s perfect for even the coldest winter days.

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Drexel Beanie | Free crochet hat pattern for men and women, this easy, chunky crochet pattern is beginner friendly and comes with step-by-step instructions. Try this slouchy crochet beanie pattern, made from WeCrochet Mighty Stitch Bulky weight yarn. | TLYCBlog.com

Find a printer friendly, ad-free PDF version of the Drexel Beanie in my Ravelry shop and on TLYarnCrafts.com. The PDF version is a full-color, single page set of instructions with a full supply list.

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Drexel Beanie | Free crochet hat pattern for men and women, this easy, chunky crochet pattern is beginner friendly and comes with step-by-step instructions. Try this slouchy crochet beanie pattern, made from WeCrochet Mighty Stitch Bulky weight yarn. | TLYCBlog.com

Drexel Beanie Construction

The Drexel Beanie is worked from the bottom-up, starting with a cozy brim. The brim is a series of back loop stitches, creating a faux-ribbing like you would see at the bottom of a knit hat. From there, the short ends of the ribbing are joined to begin working in the round.

The body of the hat is worked in turned rounds, incorporating nubby bobble stitches and columns of post stitches. The overall effect is highly structural yet playful at the same time.

Drexel Beanie | Free crochet hat pattern for men and women, this easy, chunky crochet pattern is beginner friendly and comes with step-by-step instructions. Try this slouchy crochet beanie pattern, made from WeCrochet Mighty Stitch Bulky weight yarn. | TLYCBlog.com

Picking the Perfect Yarn

To really help the color and texture of the Drexel Beanie pop, I needed to pick the right yarn. WeCrochet has so many amazing options on their site. A heavier yarn seemed appropriate for the wintertime, so I looked through the bulky weight, category 5 selection.

I instantly fell in love with the vibrant color palette of Mighty Stitch Bulky (also available in worsted and super bulky). This yarn is great because it has just a touch of wool in it, only 20%, which gives the finished project some additional warmth and structure. Finally, Mighty Stitch Bulky is very affordable, at just $4.50 for a 100g ball. You’ll need two balls for the Drexel Beanie, making it a great choice for craft markets or even holiday gifts.

Drexel Beanie | Free crochet hat pattern for men and women, this easy, chunky crochet pattern is beginner friendly and comes with step-by-step instructions. Try this slouchy crochet beanie pattern, made from WeCrochet Mighty Stitch Bulky weight yarn. | TLYCBlog.com
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Community Makes

The Drexel Beanie is a big hit among crocheters of all skill levels. I originally released it as a FREE Ravelry download to celebrate the kickoff of Make It CAL 2020. In the short weeks since I shared the pattern, I’ve seen dozens of finished Drexel Beanies. Check out a few of the finished projects below for inspiration. Make It CAL is a fun, casual crochet along. Learn more about how to participate and win awesome prizes here!

Drexel Beanie | Free crochet hat pattern for men and women, this easy, chunky crochet pattern is beginner friendly and comes with step-by-step instructions. Try this slouchy crochet beanie pattern, made from WeCrochet Mighty Stitch Bulky weight yarn. | TLYCBlog.com

TOP ROW: YarnOverFloyd | Turtles.Dream.Crochet | Nicole_Crochets | KittyMumCrochet

BOTTOM ROW: CreationsMisfit | LittleBirdsCrochet | Yarnfully_Yours | KikuHandcrafts

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Drexel Beanie | Free crochet hat pattern for men and women, this easy, chunky crochet pattern is beginner friendly and comes with step-by-step instructions. Try this slouchy crochet beanie pattern, made from WeCrochet Mighty Stitch Bulky weight yarn. | TLYCBlog.com

Drexel Beanie Details

MATERIALS:

FINISHED SIZE:

10″ wide x 9″ tall when lying flat. Sized for an average adult with a head circumference of 20″-23″

ABBREVIATIONS:

  • BLO = back loop only
  • Ch = chain
  • Dc = double crochet
  • Fptr = front post treble crochet
  • Fptr2tog = front post treble crochet 2 together
  • Hdc = half double crochet
  • Hdc2tog = half double crochet 2 together
  • Pc = popcorn
  • RS = right side
  • Sc = single crochet
  • Sl st = slip stitch
  • St(s) = stitch(es)
  • Tch = turning chain
  • WS = wrong side

NOTE: Starting chain 2 DOES NOT count as a stitch.

SPECIAL STITCHES:

  • Front post treble crochet 2 together (fptr2tog): yarn over twice, pull up loop around first post stitch, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops) twice, yarn over twice, pull up a loop around the second post stitch, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops) twice, yarn over, pull through remaining 3 loops.
  • Popcorn (pc): work 5 dc in indicated stitch, drop loop from hook, insert hook into first dc of 5 dc group, pull dropped loop through stitch.

Drexel Beanie Pattern

More of a visual learner? Make the Drexel Beanie with this tutorial video:

BRIM

ROW 1: With smaller hook, ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch, turn. (8 sc)
ROWS 2-61: Ch 1, sc BLO across row.
Bring ends of Brim together, join first and last row with sl sts. Rotate Brim to work into row ends.

Drexel Beanie | Free crochet hat pattern for men and women, this easy, chunky crochet pattern is beginner friendly and comes with step-by-step instructions. Try this slouchy crochet beanie pattern, made from WeCrochet Mighty Stitch Bulky weight yarn. | TLYCBlog.com

BODY

ROUND 1 (RS): With larger hook, ch 2, hdc in the end of each row around, sl st in tch, turn. (61 hdc).
ROUND 2 (WS): Ch 2, hdc around, sl st in tch, turn.
ROUND 3: Ch 2, hdc 2, *fptr in next 2 sts 2 rounds below, hdc 1, pc 1, hdc 1; repeat from * around to last 4 sts, fptr in next 2 sts 2 rows below, hdc 2, sl st in tch, turn. (11 pc)
ROUND 4: Ch 2, hdc around, sl st in tch, turn.
ROUND 5: Ch 2, hdc 2, *fptr in next 2 sts 2 rounds below, hdc 3; repeat from * around to last 4 sts, fptr in next 2 sts 2 rows below, hdc 2, sl st in tch, turn.
ROUND 6: Ch 2, hdc around, sl st in tch, turn.

Drexel Beanie | Free crochet hat pattern for men and women, this easy, chunky crochet pattern is beginner friendly and comes with step-by-step instructions. Try this slouchy crochet beanie pattern, made from WeCrochet Mighty Stitch Bulky weight yarn. | TLYCBlog.com

ROUNDS 7-18: Repeat Rounds 3-6 three times.
ROUND 19: Ch 2, hdc 2, *fptr2tog over next 2 sts 2 rounds below, hdc 1, pc 1, hdc 1; repeat from * around to last 4 sts, fptr2tog over next 2 sts 2 rounds below, hdc 2, sl st in tch, turn. (49 sts)
ROUND 20: Ch 2, hdc 3, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, *hdc 2, hdc2tog over next 2 sts; repeat from * to last 4 sts, hdc 4, sl st in tch, turn. (38 sts)
ROUND 21: Ch 2, hdc 2, *fptr in next st 2 rounds below, hdc2tog over next 2 sts; repeat from * to last 3 sts, fptr in next st 2 rounds below, hdc 2, sl st in tch, turn. (27 sts)
ROUND 22: Ch 2, hdc2tog over next 2 sts around to last st, hdc 1, sl st in tch. (14 sts)
Fasten off leaving a long tail. Weave tail through each stitch. Pull tail to close top. Weave in all ends securely. Add faux fur pom pom.

PURCHASE THE PRINTER-FRIENDLY VERSION OF THE DREXEL BEANIE HERE!

And that’s it! I just love the easy yet engaging nature of the Drexel Beanie pattern. I hope you enjoyed making it too. Special thanks to my friends at WeCrochet for sponsoring this project. Find more of my collaboration projects with WeCrochet by clicking here.

Please take a moment to upload your projects to Ravelry and don’t forget to PIN this pattern on Pinterest so you can make it again next time. Share your Drexel Beanie on Instagram with hashtag #DrexelBeanie, then drop by the TLYCMakers Facebook group and share it there too!

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20 Comments

  • Reply Sarah

    How would you recommend altering this pattern to fit newborn and toddler sizes?

    February 20, 2020 at 3:11 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Sarah! You’ll want to do less row on the starting band, and fewer repeats to make it not so tall. There are crochet hat sizing guides on Pinterest that should help 🙂

      February 21, 2020 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Tisa

    I love the pattern! Also, where did you get the gorgeous wooden handle crochet hooks? They look like the Amour but with wooden handles.

    April 2, 2020 at 6:20 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Tisa! Thanks for checking out this post. These hooks are from BQueen Collection. They are Clover Amour tips with wooden handles and I love them. You can find out more about BQueen Collection here:

      April 6, 2020 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Lisa

    Do you have a video. I don’t know what is going on with my brain, but my first row with PS just never comes out right. 🤔

    November 23, 2020 at 11:11 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      I sure do have a video – I’ve just updated the blog post to include it 🙂

      November 25, 2020 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Thank you for making this look like a beginner could actually feel confident making an adorable hat! I have the yarn, I think. Now I need the deep breath and go!

    November 26, 2020 at 1:34 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      You’ve got this! Thanks for dropping by my blog 🙂

      November 30, 2020 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Darlene Kolar

    Just watched the video for this beanie. I can’t wait to get started. I’ve been looking for a pattern like this and just found it! Thank you. I just hope my color of yarn shows the beauty of this pattern!

    December 10, 2020 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Beth

    OMG I loved your tutorial and I only wish I could crochet with such ease. I so want to stitch this beanie but lack the confidence. May just watch your video over and over and go for it. You are an amazing crocheter!

    December 11, 2020 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply HEATHER

    The yarn you used is unavailable where I live in Canada. I can’t seem to find the gauge in the pattern in order to substitute the yarn. I love the look of this hat; would you please provide this so I can make the hat. Thanks very much.

    December 24, 2020 at 2:55 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! For the Drexel Beanie, the gauge is a little tough to gather as this hat is so squishy. Any bulky weight yarn should do just fine. When you finish with the brim, it should be 18-19″ long. Hope that helps 🙂

      December 28, 2020 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Paula

    I loved your video tutorial and just finished my hat! Thank you so much! Where do you get your little tags? I love the look they give the hat! Thank you again!

    January 2, 2021 at 11:52 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! I get my tags from a handmade shop called Angie + Brit. They’re wonderful and do custom work. You can find their site HERE.

      January 4, 2021 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Felicia Brunetti

    Hi my name is Felicia I want to make this hat for my granddaughter she’s going to be 2 years old. what are the measurements for her size? Please respond

    January 8, 2021 at 1:28 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! A quick google search for crochet hat sizing charts should get your started on adjusting the pattern 🙂

      January 9, 2021 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Anna Henson

    Thank you for posting this free pattern!! And for adding one with a video!

    January 11, 2021 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Magdalena

    Hi,I have problem,How many hdc should be in row 4? 61 or more ?Because I creating more,and I am not sure if it is correct?

    February 9, 2021 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Magdalena

    Thank you,I Found my mistake.
    I finished my hat today,thank you for pattern.
    Best wishes 🙂

    February 14, 2021 at 11:44 am
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