Since Robbie’s simple men’s beanie was a success I wanted to make another wintertime hat with the same yarn for my Dad’s birthday. I tried a different pattern from Ravelry.com. It is also available at the creator’s blog, Da Perfect Mix.
This is a great unisex hat pattern that works up quite quickly. It uses half double crochet and double crochet which means you can have a finished hat in less time than with simple men’s beanie pattern while only sacrificing a tiny bit of warmth. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids yarn in black and a 5.5 mm/I hook. I followed the pattern exactly until round 11 or so. It was getting too small to fit over the ears so I added a double crochet or two per round here and there but not to every round. I kept trying it on and if it seemed too tight I would add a stitch at the beginning or end and sometimes near the middle too.
Below are the two hats side by side for comparison. Dad’s Quick Easy Winter Beanie is on the left and Robbie’s Simple Men’s Beanie is on the right. They fit my head exactly the same so I’m not sure why they appear to have different shapes in this photo.
You can see Dad’s hat (on the left) has larger stitches and fewer rounds while Robbie’s hat is a bit denser made of more rounds of many single crochets.
I really hope it fits Dad! I am so happy to have some go-to unisex hat patterns!