Wavy Shells Beanie

wavy shells hat

Hello everyone!

We got our first snowfall yesterday. It was beautiful and ominous at the same time.

It’s definitely time to start stocking up on the winter necessities once again and what a better place to start than with a beanie! I say you can never have too many winter hats and scarves!

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wavy shells beanie

I’ve been wearing a grey version of this hat for over a year now and it was my go-to winter hat! It’s super thick and warm and if you’ve read a few of my older posts, you’d know how much I’m not a fan of snow. I like to look at it through the window. That’s where the love ends.

wavy shells beanie
This version was made using Red Heart yarn.

Last year when I created this beanie, I didn’t write the pattern down. So I reverse engineered it a few nights ago to get the pattern. Then I recreated it using this gorgeous dark country blue color from I Love This Yarn! You can buy it at Hobby Lobby if you’re interested.

wavy shells beanie

wavy shells beanie

I think I like the new one better than the grey.

Something else I liked about this pattern is that when you change the colors this way, the shells start to wave. I didn’t expect that.

This pattern is incredibly easy and beginner friendly. You only need to know how to single crochet and double crochet. That’s it. I’ve always liked the shells stitch and I thought it was a perfect contrast to the simplistic and structured single crochets…a little bit of chocolate in a vanilla world.

wavy shells beanie

The Wavy Shells Beanie would also make a great last minute gift this holiday season! There seems to always be that one person I either forgot about or just didn’t know what to make for them… Is it just me?

This entire hat weighs just over 3 ounces, so you could reasonably get two hats from one skein of the main color of yarn. Also a good thing if you wish to sell these at craft fairs. Just don’t forget to credit the designer, please.

Here is a pin for your Pinterest board…

wavy shells beanie

There’s a matching mittens pattern available too called the Wavy Shells Mittens! I do love sets!

For more hat patterns, be sure to check out the Navy Clusters Hat, Jess Mess-y Bun Hat and the Taupe Slouch Hat that I designed. All easy pattern!

Don’t forget to add this project to your Ravelry queue…

Wavy Shells Beanie

Materials Used:

  • 3 oz. of I Love This Yarn! Dark Country Blue – 7 oz / 199 g – 355 yds / 325 m
  • Less than 1 oz. of I Love This Yarn! Linen – 7 oz / 199 g – 355 yds / 325 m
  • I/9 (5.25 mm) hook
  • G/6 (4.25 mm) hook
  • Tapestry needle

Finished Size Approximately:

Flap unfolded – 10.25”W x 10.75”H

Flap folded up – 10.25”W x 8”H

Gauge:

16 stitches and 18.5 rows in a 4” (10cm) square of single crochets.

Special Stitches:

Shell Stitch

5 double crochets in the same stitch

Abbreviations:

FC – foundation chain (beginning chain)
ch(s) – chain(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Notes:

  • The main body of the hat is worked using the I hook while the folded shells part of the hat is worked using the G hook.
  • The initial rounds of the hat that include the increases are worked in individual rows. You have two options: work Round 15 in the round to avoid a noticeable seam or continue slip stitching at the end of every row to complete the row.

*** American crochet terms used throughout.

Instructions:

With Dark Country Blue and I hook

FC: Ch 4, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop.

Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in loop, sl st in 1st sc of round. (6 sc)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around. Sl st in 1st sc of round. (12 sc)

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in st ch 1 comes out of, sc in next st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc of round. (18 sc)

Round 4: Ch 1, sc in st ch 1 comes out of, sc in next 2 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc of round. (24 sc)

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in st ch 1 comes out of, sc in next 3 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc of round. (30 sc)

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in st ch 1 comes out of, sc in next 4 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc of round. (36 sc)

Round 7: Ch 1, sc in st ch 1 comes out of, sc in next 5 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc of round. (42 sc)

Round 8: Ch 1, sc in st ch 1 comes out of, sc in next 6 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc of round. (48 sc)

Round 9: Ch 1, sc in st ch 1 comes out of, sc in next 7 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc of round. (54 sc)

Round 10: Ch 1, sc in st ch 1 comes out of, sc in next 8 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc of round. (60 sc)

Round 11: Ch 1, sc in st ch 1 comes out of, sc in next 9 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 9 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc of round. (66 sc)

Round 12: Ch 1, sc in st ch 1 comes out of, sc in next 10 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 10 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc of round. (72 sc)

Round 13: Ch 1, sc in st ch 1 comes out of, sc in next 11 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 11 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc of round. (78 sc)

Round 14: Ch 1, sc in st ch 1 comes out of, sc in next 12 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 12 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st. (84 sc)

wavy shells beanie

Note: This is where your option begins to either crochet in the round or to complete each row. Instructions are given for both options.

Option #1: Completing the rows with a slip stitch.

Round 15 – Round 33: Ch 1, sc in every st around. Sl st in 1st sc made of round. (84 sc)

Option #2: Working in the round.

Place a stitch marker in the last stitch of Round 14 to keep track of where you end. Crochet in the round nonstop until the piece measures 7.5” height.

Don’t finish off. Just switch from the I hook to the G hook.

Trim

With G hook

Note: This part of the pattern is not worked in the round.

Turn the hat so that you are working in the opposite direction that you were working in. You will now be working from the inside of the hat toward the outside like in the photo below. The “right side” of the shells will be facing inside the hat and when you fold the trim over, the “right sides” will be facing outward.

wavy shells beanie

Note: If you used option #1, after you turn your hat, ch 1 and sc in same st your ch 1 comes out of. Then continue with Round 34.

Round 34: Skip 2 sts, shell st in next st, skip 2 sts, *sc in next st, sk 2 sts, shell st in next st, skip 2 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sl st in 1st sc of round. (14 shells)

Round 35: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st ch 3 comes out of. Skip 2 sts, sc in the next st (center of shell), *skip 2 sts, shell st in next st (the sc from previous row), skip 2 sts, sc in next st.* Repeat from * to * around. 2 dc in same st as ch 3 from beginning of round. Sl st in the top of the ch 3. (14 shells)

Round 36: Ch 1, sc in same st ch 1 comes out of, skip 2 sts, shell st in next st, *skip 2 sts, sc in next st, skip 2 sts, shell st in next st* Repeat from * to * around. Sl st in 1st sc made of round. (14 shells)

Finish off.

With Linen and G hook

Attach Linen in center (3rd dc) of any shell st.

Round 37: Repeat Round 36

Round 38: Repeat Round 35

Finish off.

With Dark Country Blue and G hook

Attach Dark Country Blue in center (3rd dc) of any shell st.

Round 39: Repeat Round 36

Round 40: Repeat Round 35

Finish off. Weave in ends.

wavy shells beanie

Fold the trim up over the main hat like in the photos. Stitch in place if desired.

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2 thoughts on “Wavy Shells Beanie

  1. I started the Wavy Shells Hat yesterday. There seems to be some discrepancy in the directions beginning on round 5. The directions say “ch 1, sc in st ch 1 comes out of, 3 sc in next st, *2 sc in next st* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc of round. (30 sc).
    In following these directions, the result is 144 st. In row 5. All following rows indicate same procedure.
    After row 22 my project is past 6 inches from top and I have 11 more rows to go before I start the shell rows. I am using DK yarn. Help please!

    1. Hi Donna

      I am so sorry. You are completely right. That was a terrible typo on my part. I’ve fixed the pattern from Rows 3 – Row 14. It should work for you now. Sorry about the inconvenience and thank you for letting me know!

      Erica

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