I highly recommend Mango Tree Craft's Basic Beanie pattern, as the hats work up quickly and the pattern comes in preemie to adult sizes. The preemie size is perfect for those leftovers from larger projects that you might have tucked away in your stash. The cluster stitch featured in this pattern was new to me, and so was the ribbing technique (crocheting through the back loops) that creates the design you see below. This pattern is suitable for an advanced beginner but complex enough that I don't get bored when making these hats. You can add a crochet flower or two to give the hats some additional personality.
- Handmade Especially for You needs beanies to give to children (especially teen boys) living in domestic violence shelters throughout California.
- Project Baby Blanket Inc. makes hats for babies in NICUs throughout the state of Illinois.
- Wooly Wonders Crochet on You Tube will show you how to make a lovely beanie for women and a darling top knot baby beanie from start to finish!
- Try this Raspberry Stitch Beanie by Meladora's Creations. She also posted a You Tube tutorial to help you make this hat.