The Juniper Berry Beanie is a bulky crochet hat inspired by fresh air, evergreen needles, and juniper berries. This crochet pattern is an ideal autumn project, and comes in six sizes (baby – adult large). Great for making matching family sets. Keep reading to find out more about the Juniper Berry Beanie.
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One of my favorite evergreen trees/shrubs is the Juniper tree. Her greenish-blue needles combined with the dusty blue berries is a gorgeous color combination. Plus, the texture of sleek needles contrasting round berries provides oodles of texture opportunities. The Juniper Berry Beanie combines both of these elements together using two textured stitches.
The Juniper Berry Beanie is finished in three parts — crochet the body, add the band, and cinch up the top. Start by crocheting the body in the round to create a seamless join. Next, crochet the band onto the body. Last, close up the top, and wear your new beanie! Is it that simple?
Yes! Here at High Desert Yarn, you find easy + simple patterns designed for beginners through intermediate. Nature and functionality inspires all of my patterns. The Juniper Berry Beanie will keep you head warm and toasty during all of your outdoor hikes during cold weather.
The Alpine Stitch adds loads of texture to crocheted fabric. It creates a non-reversible fabric with one textured side. The long post stitches make a near perfect resemblance of the Juniper needles. New to the Alpine Stitch? Don’t worry – there is a video tutorial included in the PDF. You can purchase the printable PDF in my Etsy or Ravelry Shop.
The Bead Stitch stands in for those Juniper Berries, and gives the beanie its name. This fun stitch is easy to crochet, and adds contrast to the Alpine stitch. If you know how to Puff Stitch, then you will Berry Stitch in no time! New to the Bead Stitch? Don’t worry – there is a photo tutorial included in the PDF. You can purchase the printable PDF in my Etsy or Ravelry Shop.
Yarn + Substitutes
The Juniper Berry Beanie uses Lion Brand’s Hue + Me. It is a bulky (category 5) weight yarn that is 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool. A perfect blend for warmth and easy care. This yarn was new to me, and overall I really enjoyed it. My favorite thing about this yarn is the color palette — take a look here to pick your colors for the Juniper Berry Beanie. I picked Agave and Juniper – neither disappointed!
Any bulky (category 5) yarn will work. However, here are a few suggestions..
- Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Chunky
- Lion Brand Woolspun
- Patons Classic Wool Roving
Keep in mind that whenever you change yarn or hook size, it’s important to check your gauge.
- Hue + Me, bulky/category 5 (137yds/4.4oz, 125m/125g), 80/20% Acrylic/Wool
- You will need 2 colors total.
- MC = Juniper
- CC = Agave
- Substitutes : Any other bulky/category 5 yarn will work.
- Crochet Hook – L (8.00mm) or correct hook to meet gauge
- Tapestry Needle
- Tape Measure
- Stitch Markers
Level 2 – Advanced Beginner
9 STS x 7 Rows = 4″ x 4″ square in pattern below.
- Gauge is measured before blocking.
- Stitches are measured along the DC rows.
Row 1 : DC in 3rd CH from hook. DC in every CH. CH 1. Turn. (9 STS)
Row 2 : SC in each ST across. CH 2. Turn. (9 STS)
Row 3 : DC in 1st ST. [FPTR around the ST 2 rows below. DC in next ST.] Repeat […] until end of row. CH 1. Turn. (9 STS)
Row 4 : SC in each ST across. CH 2. Turn. (9 STS)
Row 5 : DC in 1st ST. DC in next ST. [FPTR around the ST 2 rows below. DC in next ST.] Repeat […] until 1 ST remains. DC in last ST. CH 1. Turn. (9 STS)
Repeat Rows 2 – 5 until the swatch reaches 4″.
Finished Sizes + Fit
The Juniper Berry Beanie is designed for a snug fit around the head, and to completely cover the ears without folding over the brim. There will be a little room in the top of the hat. This beanie has 2″ of negative ease in head circumference. Refer to this chart to determine your size, and approximate yarn needed.
For a Custom Fit Beanie
- Finished Circumference – Change to the starting chain to any multiple of 2, and follow the stitch pattern.
- Finished Height – Add or decrease rounds in the body for a tight or slouchy fit in the top of the beanie.
American (US) terms used throughout.
- CH(S) – chain(s)
- SC – single crochet
- HDC – half double crochet
- DC – double crochet
- FPTR – front post treble crochet
- BEAD – bead stitch
- ST(S) – stitch(es)
- SL ST – slip stitch
- MC – main color (juniper)
- CC – contrasting color (agave)
- YO – yarn over
- SK ST – skip stitchx
Pattern Tester Portfolio
The Juniper Berry Beanie wouldn’t be the pattern it is without my pattern testers! Here are a few pictures of their beanies, and where you can find them online
You can find her on Instagram @crazy.cat.lady.creations.
You can find her on Instagram @kitkat4204
You can find her on Ravelry @Kr1stybabs
Where to Purchase this Pattern
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