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This free crochet pattern is called the Military Beanie and is designed to support and bring awareness to the military and veterans.
There I am, rushing as fast as I can, at break-neck speed through the main lobby at the VA Medical Center. Also always there is a VA volunteer sitting behind the front desk with his ear to ear smile that he has every day. I am already ay least ten yards past him by the time he finishes saying “Good afternoon, welcome to the VA Medical Center.”
The clock above him said 3:48pm. “I can make it, I can make it”, I tell myself, “the pharmacy is closing at 4pm, I can pick up my father-in-laws prescription and make it back to work for my presentation at 4:30pm. I can do this!”
My Break-Through Moment About Why I Designed the Military Beanie
As if struck by a bolt of lightning, I was stopped dead in my tracks by a massive line of people waiting at the pharmacy, that seemed to have no end.
My frustration of certainty of missing my work presentation instantly evaporated as my eyes slowly scanned across the faces of the long line of Veterans. It quickly occurred to me how naive my vision of our military veterans was, compared to the reality of what I was seeing right there in front of me.
It was women and men, from very young to the very old. Some disabled physically and some not, all races, and all were home.
Whether they had left for combat or not.
You just knew you could ask any one of them why they were in the military – drafted or not – and they would tell you “for the freedom of the person to the left and to the right. ” You just knew it, you didn’t have to ask, you could see it on their faces.
I wonder if we slowed down a bit the next time we tried to make that yellow light and noticed who it was that was sitting on that corner, holding that sign with no one there to the right or left of them, we would think differently about the importance in our lives.
You Should Know This
Which is why I felt compelled to design a beanie that would show support and bring awareness to the military and the veterans that fought or still fight for our freedom. I hope you feel encouraged to use this free crochet pattern, known as the Military Beanie, to crochet it and either wear it yourself or gift it to a person in the military, whether they are still active or not.
Having Veteran’s Day right before Thanksgiving is the perfect time for us to think about what we are most thankful for. It allows us to reflect on our past life and encourages us to make changes to not only benefit us but also others – even if it is the simple gift of a handmade item that was made with love for them.
So get your crochet hooks and make this lovely crochet pattern, the Military Beanie, to support the people who fight or fought for us.
Now, before I show you the materials and the actual free crochet pattern, please also be sure to add this pattern to your Raverly Favorites by clicking the button below as that allows my pattern being shown to more people who might want to see it and also want to make it.
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So let me now get started and tell you what you will need in order to crochet this amazing pattern.
How to crochet the Military Beanie
Stitches used (US terms):
Click HERE to learn these basic stitches
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- dc = double crochet
- blo = back loop only
- fpdc = front post double crochet
- bpdc = back post double crochet
- magic ring/circle
- atc = alternative turning chain (adc = alternative double crochet)
4 rounds x 8 sts = 2 square inches
9 (diameter) x 8 (height) inches for an adult
If you would like to adjust this pattern for other head sizes, please see my tutorial HERE on how to do that. I would recommend adjusting only rounds 2-8 or 12-13 as well as the height of the brim.
Start with a Magic Ring
Round 1: add 10 dc to the circle, sl st to the first st
Round 2: 1 adc and 1 dc in the same st, 2 dc’s in each of the rest of the stitches, sl st to the first st
Round 3: 1 adc, 2 dc’s in the next st, *1 dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * until the end of the round, sl st to the first st
Round 4: 1 adc, 1 dc in the next st, 2 dc’s in the next st, *1 dc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * until the end of the round, sl st to the first st
Round 5: 1 adc, 1 dc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc’s in the next st, *1 dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * until the end of the round, sl st to the first st
Round 6 – 8: 1 adc, 1 dc in each of the rest of the stitches, sl st to the first st
Round 9: 1 adc as back post (first single crochet around post, next one is stacked), 1 bpdc in each st till the end of the round, sl st to the first st
Round 10: 1 adc as back post, *1 fpdc, 1 bpdc, repeat from * until the end of the round, sl st to the first st
Round 11: 1 adc as back post (first single crochet around post, next one is stacked), 1 bpdc in each st till the end of the round, sl st to the first st
Round 12 – 13: 1 adc, 1 dc in each of the rest of the stitches, sl st to the first st
You will now add the ribbed brim like THIS TUTORIAL shows.
*Ch 7, starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in the blo, sl st to the next st over and repeat from * (do a sl st decrease every 4th st, so 3 normal, and then combine 2 sts as a sl st)
You are now done and can wear the hat, sell it or gift it. If you love the pattern as much as I do, please use the social media share buttons above or below and share this pattern link with the world and your friends. Thank you.