The Crocheted Version of the CC Beanie (Copycat)

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***You can find the PDF version of this pattern in my Etsy shop by clicking here. Great for easy printing! And 99 cents through Sunday, September 24!!***

Odds are, you've seen the adorable C.C Beanies floating around the internet, or even in shops. They're a knit hat that feature a fun bumpy texture, and look so chic and comfy. So with fall upon us I really wanted to create a crochet version of this hat. I also wanted to challenge myself to make it look as "knit" as possible, and I think I achieved what I set out to do!

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I will start by saying that this hat does take a bit of time, compared to other crochet hats or projects you have done. Because to achieve the "purl-like" look I had to include the slip stitch, which can be time consuming. And the other stitch - a back post half double crochet, is quite the yarn eater. So you'll need more than the average amount of yarn you may use for a hat. Just thought I'd throw that out there!

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I do think the results are well worth it... This hat is incredibly comfortable, and I'm in love with the look of it. It stretches quite a bit, and fits like a "slouchy" hat, which I love. And doesn't it pair nicely with a cute casual outfit?!

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The hat is designed for a women's head, but it is definitely forgiving in size. Because like I said above, it's very stretchy. To achieve the look I wanted for the hat, I had to use two different sizes of crochet hooks-which was very... different for me. But I thought it was necessary to get the look I was going for. The hat is also worked on the wrong side! So please forgive me for the very weird ways of making this hat- trust me I realize the instructions are strange, but I really wanted that knit look, ya know?! And to achieve it, you just have to do weird things. ha! All that said, I wouldn't recommend this pattern for a beginner crocheter, it's just a tad complex.

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What you'll need:
-300-400 yards worsted weight yarn (I used Yarn Bee Soft Secret in "Mist", I believe this yarn is very much thinner and lighter than other worsted weight yarns, so I would keep that in mind when choosing yarn, if you use a thicker worsted weight, it may be a tad bigger or use more yarn. I used one whole skein plus a little of another)
-Size G Hook (4 mm)
-Size K Hook (6.5 mm)
-Yarn needle
-Stitch markers, optional
Optional: Fur pom - I did a tutorial on how to make your own found here.

Dimensions:
Approximately 10.5 inches wide by 8 inches tall (unstretched)

Abbreviations:
ch=chain, st(s)=stitch(es), sl=slip, sc=single crochet, BLO=back loop only,  hdc=half double crochet, bphdc=back post half double crochet, bphdc2tog=back post half double crochet two together (decrease- explained below), sp=space, yo=yarn over

bphdc2tog- yo, insert hook into back side of post, yo, draw back through, insert hook into back side of the next post, yo, draw back through, yo, draw through all four loops on hook

Notes:
-This pattern is a bit more advanced, I wouldn't recommend it for beginners

-The hat is worked from the WRONG side after you finish the band. You will turn it around once complete.

-Remember you are using TWO different hook sizes, and to switch when specified (you are basically working the "purl-like" rounds with a K hook and the bphdc's with a G hook)

-When slip stitching you must work stitches VERY loosely. It's easy to work those tightly, so have a loose hand when making those-- that's part of the reason why I chose to use a bigger hook.

-Chains do not count as stitches

-Below are two photos showing what loops you work in for the band of the hat. The back loops can be found when you turn over your work a bit.

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-The slip stitches of the hat (not the band) are worked into the BLO, below is a photo of what loop that is to help assist you (because it can be a bit tricky when working sl st's)

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Pattern:
Band of hat(using G Hook):
1) ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and across (8 total sts and for the remainder of the band)
2) ch 1, turn sc across
3) ch 1, turn, sl st across (remember, loosely!)
4) ch 1, turn, working in FRONT two loops (closest to the side you are working on)- sc across
5) ch 1, turn, sc across
6) ch 1, turn, sl st across
7) ch 1, turn, working in the BACK two loops of your work (these sit on the back, behind the front two loops closest to the side you are working on)- sc across
8-108) Repeat rows 2-7 seventeen times
109) ch 1, turn, sc across
(band will measure about 18 inches long)

finish off, then sew together the short ends of the band, with right sides together (the right side will have the ridges) using your yarn needle and your tail of yarn

Body of the hat (remember it's worked from the wrong side!):
Round 1) Using K Hook: **on the wrong side of the band**, draw up your yarn at the seam of the band, ch 1, then sc around the headband, working one sc in every vertical row of the band (even sl st rows) there will be 108 total sc's, join to first sc with sl st (108)
Rounds 2-6) *do not ch 1 at beginning of round- use stitch marker in first st made to assist* sl st into BLO around, join to the first sl st you made with a sl st (108)
Round 7) Change to G Hook: ch 1, hdc around (working into BOTH of the loops of the previous row's sl st's), join to first hdc with sl st (108)
Rounds 8-11) ch 1, bphdc around, join to first st with sl st (108)
Rounds 12-41) Repeat rounds 2-11 three times (there will be a total of four sl st groups, and four bphdc groups)
Round 42) ch 1, [bphdc2tog, bphdc into next seven sts] repeat [ ] around, join to first st with sl st (96)
Round 43) ch 1, bphdc around, join to first st with sl st (96)
Round 44) ch 1, [bphdc2tog, bphdc into next six sts] repeat [ ] around, join to first st with sl st (84)
Round 45) ch 1, bphdc around, join to first st with sl st (84)
Round 46) ch 1, [bphdc2tog, bphdc into next five sts] repeat [ ] around, join to first st with sl st (72)
Round 47) ch 1, bphdc around, join to first st with sl st (72)
Round 48) ch 1, [bphdc2tog, bphdc into next four sts] repeat [ ] around, join to first st with sl st (60)
Round 49) ch 1, bphdc around, join to first st with sl st (60)
Round 50) ch 1, [bphdc2tog, bphdc into next three sts] repeat [ ] around, join to first st with sl st (48)
Round 51) ch 1, bphdc around, join to first st with sl st (48)

Finish off, and leave a long tail to sew up the end of the hat. 

**Turn hat right side out**

To sew up the end of the hat, you will take the tail piece of yarn and yarn needle then make a loose running stitch along the last round of your hat. Use long strides with your needle, so it can gather nicely.

Once you've gone all the way around, gather the hat by pulling on your tail piece of yarn until it is all gathered.

Bring your yarn and needle to through to the inside of your hat through the center and then you will secure it by passing through two different sides of the gathered end of your hat a couple of times, then tie a couple of knots. (see photo below)

 Above is a photo of the hat being "secured" after already being gathered.

Above is a photo of the hat being "secured" after already being gathered.

Then you can add a pom if your heart so desires! I did a little tutorial (found here ) on how I made my own faux fur pom. It was surprisingly very simple! 

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I hope you enjoyed this crocheted version of the beautiful CC Beanies! Which by the way, hats off (hehe) to them for creating such a cool beanie. :)

If you have any questions regarding the pattern, feel free to leave them in the comments below. I will try to get to them ASAP!

And if you end up completing one of these beanies, do please share with me by tagging me over on Instagram! It would make my heart so happy!!

Happy making, my friends,
Meg

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