Swan's Island Hats for the Whole Family Free Knitting and Crochet Pattern

 Swan's Island Hats for the Whole Family Swan's Island Hats for the Whole Family
This pattern was actually inspired by my years of working in Customer Service here at Jimmy Beans! It seemed that on a weekly basis, I would get this same question: "Do you have a basic hat pattern you can recommend that has sizes for everyone in my family?" Of course, I would recommend a basic pattern that had all of the kids sizes and then another for the adults and so forth. The thing is, I could never seem to find one that just had all of them-not even through copious amounts of searching on Ravelry. It just didn't exist. So, when I started designing for Jimmy Beans about six months ago, I told Jimmy, "I know it's a super basic idea but, I really want to write a pattern that includes hat sizes for the whole family!" She said, "Great! Can you make it for both knitting and crocheting?!" So of course I said yes and immediately picked out some gorgeous Swans Island Worsted yarn in both the Natural Colors (dyed with natural plant based dyes) and the Pure Blends (undyed)! Using a high quality, 100% wool yarn (non-superwash) is ideal for hats because it regulates temperature and wicks moisture the best of any fiber making it perfect for use all winter long. Plus, with amazing yarn and an adorable 3 year old as your muse, how can you go wrong?!?!
What is great about this pattern is that not only do you have all of the sizes you need for just about everyone in your family, you also have instructions for customizing your hats. The pattern I've created includes tips on making your hat slouchy, doing different stitch patterns, adding stripes, switching up your gauge for a bulkier yarn, etc. It's all information that took years of trial and error for me to learn, but I like to share when teaching my hat classes in the Jimmy Beans retail store. Think of it as a recipe- you might follow it for the most part, but substitute some of the ingredients for things you like better like 2x2 ribbing for 1x1 ribbing, etc. The best part is all you need is this one pattern and you can knit one for everyone on your holiday gift list or to support your favorite sports team! (Cascade 220 is also awesome for this.) I wish I'd thought to knit myself one of these in my school's colors when I was in college for all of those football games I attended outdoors. What a great way to show your colors! I hope you have fun creating these custom hats for all of your loved ones and as always, happy knitting and crocheting!
You can purchase the items to make your own Swan's Island Hats for the Whole Family here!
Swan's Island Hats for the Whole Family
Full Downloadable and Printable Patterns Available Here
Note: There are two versions available--a knit and a crochet version. You can click on the links below to view, download, and print the patterns as .pdf files

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Swan's Island Hats for the Whole Family Swan's Island Hats for the Whole Family
Materials (Knit Version)
Gauge (Knit Version)
  • 20 sts and 28 rows to 4" in Stockinette Stitch
Materials (Crochet Version)
  • 100-200 yds of Swans Island Worsted Yarn per hat. (Choose as many colors as you would like for stripes and you can get about 2 hats per ball of yarn.)
  • Size G Crochet Hook
  • 1-2 locking stitch markers (For marking the beginning of your round. Also handy to stick in the live stitch to keep your hat from unraveling when you set it down for a while.)
  • Darning needle (for weaving in your ends)
Gauge (Crochet Version)
  • 17 sts = 4" in Single Crochet
Finished Sizes for Basic Beanie - Both Versions (Circumference/Height):
  • Newborn (0-3 mos)- 13-15" x 4.5"
  • Baby (3-12 mos)- 15-17" x 5"
  • Toddler (1-3 yrs)- 17-19" x 5.5"-6"
  • Kids/XS Adult- 19-20" x 6.5"
  • Sm. Adult- 20-21" x 7"
  • Med. Adult- 21-22" x 8"
  • Lg. Adult- 22-23" x 8.5"
  • XL Adult- 23-24" x 9"

About the Designer
Designer - Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich

Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich lives in Reno, NV and works on the Customer Engagement team at Jimmy Beans Wool; her tasks include social media (Ravelry & Pinterest, yay!) and coordinating the blog, she co-writes the bi-monthly newsletters and designs knitting, sewing and crochet patterns among various other fun tasks. Outside of work, she is the designer behind Marinade Designs (www.marinade.wordpress.com), her own line of knitting patterns that she is hoping to expand in the coming year. When she's not knitting or sewing her own clothes, she is working in her garden, tending to her chickens, cooking up delicious food, doing yoga, or hiking and backpacking with her husband and their feisty little mutt Wallace. Feel free to check out all of Kristen's designs on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kristen-ashbaugh-helmreich.

For help with any of Kristen's patterns on the JBW Free Patterns Page, feel free to e-mail her directly at: kristen@jimmybeanswool.com.



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