With all of the stress of this year weighing heavy, I decided to take up a new hobby to help myself relax. I decided to learn how to crochet! I had crocheted before, but it had been several years. My mom came to visit with her assortment of crochet projects and I just couldn’t stop myself from exploring the craft again.
One of the first projects I made were these Half Double Crochet Beanies. These were simple and quick and a lot of fun. But they were definitely missing something…the fur pom pom! Hence this tutorial.
I thought I would share with you how I made the pom poms for the top of the beanies.
All it takes is faux fur fabric, poly-fil, needle and thread.
I think it adds a lot of character to the beanies! These pom poms have long ties that can be used to attach the pom poms to any project you like.
- Button thread
- Faux Fur fabric (8 inch square or less)
- Poly-fil stuffing
How I made the Beanie…
YARN: Serenity Premier Chunky – Weight 5
Hook: 7.0 – 9.0
A larger hook will require fewer stitches, but they will be more spaced out.
I used hook 7.0 for the burgundy beanie and 9.0 for the black beanie.
Terms: Ch – Chain
BLO – Back Loop Only
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Chain 34 – 42
The number of chain stitches you need will vary depending on the size of the hook you selected.
You want your chain to be 11 – 14 inches long, not including the chain 2 at the end.
Mine (the burgundy beanie) was 12 inches long. I chained 36 stitches and measured stitches 1 – 34.
Leave the thread tail long.
Row 1 – Beginning in the 3rd chain from the hook Hdc in each stitch. Hdc in back loop only. [Total Stitches: 32-40]
The total number of stitches should be 2 less than your chain.
Check the length again after completing row 1. You want your row 1 to be 11 – 14 inches long.
Mine was 12 inches long and I had 34 total stitches.
You should have the SAME number of stitches in every row from now on.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, Hdc BLO in each stitch [32 – 40]
Don’t forget to skip the turning chain when you begin your stitches.
Row 3+: Repeat Row 2 until your work is 17 – 20 inches wide.
You can test the width by wrapping the beanie around your head. It should be about two inches or so shorter than the circumference of your head.
Mine ended up being 12 x 19 inches. (The circumference of my head is 21 inches). Since this is a large yarn and a big hook it will stretch.
A smaller width will give a more snug fit.
STOP ON AN EVEN NUMBER OF ROWS.
Your working yarn should be on the opposite end from your starting tail. Cut the working yarn to be about 1 yard long.
Fold the beanie in half with wrong sides together. Sew the edge together. You should end with the working yarn next to your original thread tail. This will be the top of the beanie. Tie the thread tails in a knot.
Stitch through all the raised stitches around the top edge and pull closed. Tie in a secure knot. Weave in the thread tails.
And then add your fur pom pom!
Happy Sewing…and Crochet!