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This is a free pattern for the Jack-O-Lantern Beanie. This hat pattern includes several photo tutorials.
One of the best seasonal activities for this Halloween time of year is the carving of pumpkins. It’s a great activity in which the whole family can get involved. To put you in the mood, I have created this adorable crochet jack-o-lantern hat. How did the term “jack-o-lantern” come to be?
Two stories of origin are tied to this unusual name. One is that the flickering light inside of the carved pumpkins resembles the phenomenon of a strange light flickering over peat bogs known in English folklore as will-o-the-wisp or jack-o-lantern. Another is from the Irish legend of Stingy Jack. Whichever is your favorite origin for the term jack-o-lantern, you’re sure to love this adorable and festive crochet beanie.
Do you Love Making Jack O Lantern Beanies?
I absolutely love making beanies. And since it is now fall, and Halloween is coming up, it is the perfect time for crocheting Halloween themed beanies. This beanie pattern is a perfect beginner crochet pattern.
It is also a very quick and easy pattern you will want to have on your bookmark list to go back to. If you have never made a beanie or hat before, you should really check out my Perfect Beanie or Hat Tutorial as I show you 3 different ways to attempt to make one.
More Halloween themed beanie hat inspirations for you:
How to Make the Jack O Lantern Beanie
Materials (click the names below to see which ones I used!):
4 dc x 2 rows = 1 square inch
Stitches used (US terms):
- dc = double crochet
- FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
- BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
NOTE: This pattern is written for a teen/adult size beanie! Please click HERE to see the measurements of other hat or beanie sizes.
Round 1: Start with making a Magic Ring (if you have never made one, please click HERE for the instructions) and add 12 dc’s
Now we start increasing. I will mark the number that will increase by ONE per ONE ROUND as well as show what that means in BOLD NUMBERS.
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in the same stitch all around, sl st to the first st (24 sts)
Round 3: Ch 2, *1 dc in the same stitch as the beginning chain, 2 dc in the same stitch, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st (36 sts)
The first dc always goes in the same stitch as the beginning chain as you do not count it as a stitch.
Round 4: Ch 2, *1 dc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc in the same stitch, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st (48 sts)
Round 5: Ch 2, *1 dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the same stitch, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st (60 sts)
You will increase until you reach the diameter of the head you are making the beanie or hat for.
USE THIS TUTORIAL HERE TO SEE HOW BIG YOU NEED TO MAKE A BEANIE OR HAT WHEN MAKING IT FOR OTHER SIZES! IT HAS A VERY USEFUL REFERENCE TABLE FOR MEASUREMENTS!
In my case, after round 5 I realized I reached the diameter I needed. Now it is time to just extend the beanie to the size that equals the height of the head.
Round 6: Ch 2, 1 dc in each stitch all around, sl st to the first st (60 sts)
Round 7- 12: repeat round 6
Now I would like to add a ribbing on the bottom of the beanie. If you do not like that, add and subtract rounds to get the right height. The ribbing is made out of FPDC’s and BPDC’s. If you have never made Front Post Double Crochets or Back Post Double Crochets, please click HERE for the tutorial.
Round 13 – 14: Ch 2, *1 FPDC, 1 BPDC, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st (60 sts)
Now you can fasten off and weave in the ends and cut out the Jack-O-Lantern face from a Glitter Foam Sheet as shown below.
You can also add a Spider Pom-Pom on top to make the beanie into a hat. If you have never made a spider pom-pom before, please check out my tutorial HERE.
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