Author:
Rachelle Rapp

Rachelle is the mompreneur behind Cosier & Cosier, a cozy little accessories and decor shop based out of her home in Perrysburg, OH. She's been crocheting "seriously" for somewhere around eight years and has been selling her makes for almost just as long, but is somewhat new to the world of pattern design. When she isn't hoarding yarn or furiously crocheting, you can find her hanging out with her two daughters who always seem to keep her on her toes.

The Alpine Beanie

Maker
11/12/2019

Happy fall! My name is Rachelle, the face behind Cosier & Cosier, and I’m so excited to be back on The Hook Nook Life Blog for the second time now! I started “seriously” crocheting around eight years ago when I found out that I was pregnant with my first daughter. I made her a hat and then more or less couldn’t put the yarn down after that (can you blame me?). I’ve said in the past and will always say that being able to make things and see others make these incredible pieces out of literal string never, ever ceases to amaze me! I find more and more reasons every single day to find myself so lucky to be a part of this wonderful community of makers.

The last pattern I shared here on THN Life blog was a bit more complicated because it involved the tapestry crochet technique, so I wanted to dial it down a notch this time around. Fall is officially (finally) here in northwest Ohio and winter is coming after all, so this beanie definitely had to have cozy written all over it.

If you’re familiar with the alpine stitch, then you know that it’s much simpler than it sounds. If you’re not familiar, It’s worked with front post double (or sometimes triple) crochet stitches with “regular” double crochet stitches in between, in alternating rows separated by one row of single crochet stitches. That was a definitely mouthful; but once you get through this pattern, you’ll see just how simple it really is! Basically, the texture you end up with is pure happy, squishy gorgeousness -- I’ve been pretty obsessed with it for some time now and hopefully you will be too!

I decided to use double instead of triple crochet stitches for this pattern because I liked the more “condensed” texture it gave me for a beanie. Life is just better when there’s more squish; am I right or am I right? I also chose to go with a solid-colored yarn for mine and a super simplified approximate half-inch single crochet brim so that there would be as much emphasis on this beautifully textured stitch as possible. Are you ready to get started?!

Supply List

Size US 7/4.50mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Size US H/5.00mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Approximately 130-146 yards of medium #4 weight yarn*

*I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn!: 199 grams/355 yards per skein

Stitch marker

Yarn needle

Ruler or tape measure

Scissors

Optional pom-pom

Key (US Terms)

CH: Chain

DC: Double crochet

DEC: Single crochet decrease

FPDC: Front post double crochet

SC: Single crochet

SL ST(s): Slip stitch(es)

ST(s): Stitch(es)

[ ]: Repeat instructions within brackets as many times as directed

Sizes by Head Circumference & Hat Lengths (Center of Crown to Brim’s Edge)

Small: 18-20” / Approx. 7.5” tall after closing top hole (this is the size that my daughter is wearing in the photos below – she has a 19” head)

Medium: 19-21” / Approx. 8-8.5” tall after closing top hole

Large: 21-22” / Approx. 8.5-9” tall after closing top hole

Gauge

US H/5.00mm crochet hook: 4 stitches and 2 rows = 1” in double crochet

Notes

I always recommend reading through the pattern and doing a gauge swatch before starting. This textured beanie is made from the bottom-up in rounds using mostly the alpine stitch.

Chains do not count as the first stitch of the round. Make sure you’re joining rounds at the top of the first stitch and not into the chain space or chain stitch by marking the first stitch of each round with a marker. The first stitch of a new round goes into the same stitch that you joined the end of the previous round to (unless you’re working a round that starts with a FPDC).

IMPORTANT: When you start working the DC rounds for the alpine stitch, the “regular” DCs of the round always go into the top of a SC from the previous SC round. The FPDC will be worked around the DCs from the previous DC round. Make sure you’re working your FPDCs as seen in the photos below.

Pattern

Small 18-20” / Approx. 7.5” tall after closing top hole

With 4.50mm hook, CH 72. Join with a SL ST.

Round 1: CH 1. SC x72. Join with a SL ST (72 SC).

Round 2: CH 1. SC x72. Join with a SL ST. Switch to 5.00mm hook (72 SC).

Round 3: CH 2. DC x72. Join with a SL ST (72 DC).

Round 4: CH 1. SC x72. Join with a SL ST (72 SC).

Round 5: CH 2. [DC x1, FPDC x1 around the next DC below (please see the notes section and accompanying photos above)] x36.  Join with a SL ST (72 DC).

Round 6: CH 1. SC x72. Join with a SL ST (72 SC).

Round 7: CH 2. [FPDC x1, DC x1] x36. Join with a SL ST (72 DC).

Continuing: Repeat Rounds 4-7 until your beanie is at least 6” tall and ending on a DC round (if you want it longer, keep going until your beanie is approximately 1.5” less than the desired length).

Working the Crown

Round 1: CH 1. [SC x4, DEC x1] x12. Join with a SL ST (60 SC).

Round 2: CH 1. SC x60. Join with a SL ST (60 SC).

Round 3: CH 1. [SC x3, DEC x1] x12. Join with a SL ST (48 SC).

Round 4: CH 1. SC x48. Join with a SL ST (48 SC).

Round 5: CH 1. [SC x1, DEC x1] x16. Join with a SL ST (32 SC).

Round 6: CH 1. DEC x16. Join with a SL ST (16 SC). Finish off leaving a long tail.

Finish: Flip the hat inside out to weave the tail in and out of every other stitch of the last row with a yarn needle. Pull the tail to close the hole. Secure the tail and any remaining ends with knots, and weave them all in.

Medium 19-21” / Approx. 8-8.5” tall after closing top hole

With 4.50mm hook, CH 80. Join with a SL ST.

Round 1: CH 1. SC x80. Join with a SL ST (80 SC).

Round 2: CH 1. SC x80. Join with a SL ST. Switch to 5.00mm hook (80 SC).

Round 3: CH 2. DC x80. Join with a SL ST (80 DC).

Round 4: CH 1. SC x80. Join with a SL ST (80 SC).

Round 5: CH 2. [DC x1, FPDC x1 around the next DC below (please see the notes section and accompanying photos above)] x40.  Join with a SL ST (80 DC).

Round 6: CH 1. SC x80. Join with a SL ST (80 SC).

Round 7: CH 2. [FPDC x1, DC x1] x40. Join with a SL ST (80 DC).

Continuing: Repeat Rounds 4-7 until your beanie is at least 6.5” tall and ending on a DC round (if you want it longer, keep going until your beanie is approximately 1.5-2” less than the desired length).

Working the Crown

Round 1: CH 1. [SC x8, DEC x1] x8. Join with a SL ST (72 SC).

Round 2: CH 1. SC x72. Join with a SL ST (72 SC).

Round 3: CH 1. [SC x4, DEC x1] x12. Join with a SL ST (60 SC).

Round 4: CH 1. SC x60. Join with a SL ST (60 SC).

Round 5: CH 1. [SC x3, DEC x1] x12. Join with a SL ST (48 SC).

Round 6: CH 1. SC x48. Join with a SL ST (48 SC).

Round 7: CH 1. [SC x1, DEC x1] x16. Join with a SL ST (32 SC).

Round 8: CH 1. DEC x16. Join with a SL ST (16 SC). Finish off leaving a long tail.

Finish: Flip the hat inside out to weave the tail in and out of every other stitch of the last row with a yarn needle. Pull the tail to close the hole. Secure the tail and any remaining ends with knots, and weave them all in.

Large 21-22” / Approx. 8.5-9” tall after closing top hole

With 4.50mm hook, CH 84. Join with a SL ST.

Round 1: CH 1. SC x84. Join with a SL ST (84 SC).

Round 2: CH 1. SC x84. Join with a SL ST. Switch to 5.00mm hook (84 SC).

Round 3: CH 2. DC x84. Join with a SL ST (84 DC).

Round 4: CH 1. SC x84. Join with a SL ST (84 SC).

Round 5: CH 2. [DC x1, FPDC x1 around the next DC below (please see the notes section and accompanying photos above)] x42.  Join with a SL ST (84 DC).

Round 6: CH 1. SC x84. Join with a SL ST (84 SC).

Round 7: CH 2. [FPDC x1, DC x1] x42. Join with a SL ST (84 DC).

Continuing: Repeat Rounds 4-7 until your beanie is at least 7” tall and ending on a DC round (if you want it longer, keep going until your beanie is approximately 1.5-2” less than the desired length).

Working the Crown

Round 1: CH 1. [SC x5, DEC x1] x12. Join with a SL ST (72 SC).

Round 2: CH 1. SC x72. Join with a SL ST (72 SC).

Round 3: CH 1. [SC x4, DEC x1] x12. Join with a SL ST (60 SC).

Round 4: CH 1. SC x60. Join with a SL ST (60 SC).

Round 5: CH 1. [SC x3, DEC x1] x12. Join with a SL ST (48 SC).

Round 6: CH 1. SC x48. Join with a SL ST (48 SC).

Round 7: CH 1. [SC x1, DEC x1] x16. Join with a SL ST (32 SC).

Round 8: CH 1. DEC x16. Join with a SL ST (16 SC). Finish off leaving a long tail.

Finish: Flip the hat inside out to weave the tail in and out of every other stitch of the last row with a yarn needle. Pull the tail to close the hole. Secure the tail and any remaining ends with knots, and weave them all in.

Bonus Tip

You could even make a matching ear warmer! My go-to lengths for these are usually 3-4”. All you’d have to do is follow the pattern until your piece is approximately a half-inch less than the desired length and finish with two single crochet rows! I’ll be writing out a pattern for these very soon as well!

Tag me on Facebook or Instagram @cosierandcosier or with #cosierandcosier to show off your Alpine Beanies! I would like to give a BIG thank you to The Hook Nook team for having me again and for all that you do for the maker community; to my talented testers,  and to YOU for your support!

Enjoy!

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