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The Macy Beanie: The Best Crochet Beanie Pattern?

The Macy Beanie: The Best Crochet Beanie Pattern?

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Is The Macy Beanie by Mrs. B’s Crochet the best crochet beanie pattern?
Pattern NameThe Macy Beanie by Mrs. B’s Crochet
Skill LevelNot Listed
Retail (USD)$5.00
GaugeNot listed. The pattern specifies “Gauge is not very important on this hat”.
Size RangePreemie, Newborn, 0-6mo, 6-12mo, 1-3 Toddler, 3-10 Child, Teen/Adult (small), Adult (medium), Adult (large), Adult (extra large)
Size Made3-10 Child based on finished measurements from chart.
Hook SuggestedJ (6mm) & H (5mm)
Yarn Suggested150-200 yards of worsted weight yarn, 2 colors, if desired.
Hook UsedClover Amour J (6mm) & H (5mm)
Yarn UsedBig Twist Value Worsted Weight in Grape
I Love This Yarn in Paint Party
Written Instructions/Chart/BothWritten
Instructions Easy To UnderstandThe pattern was fairly straightforward, however, some clarification would have been lovely. A companion video (even if only available through a private link in the pattern) would have made the pattern much easier to follow.
Make It AgainYes, and I have. If I decide to make many more in the future, I will have to come up with my own exact chain and round counts for each size, to keep things consistent.
Adjustments MadeEliminated rounds 11-13
Overall OpinionAt the time of reviewing this, I have only been crocheting for approximately 1 month, so please keep this in mind.
The Macy Beanie was pretty easy for this newbie to follow along with. I’m not sure if it isn’t standard practice in crochet to not include gauge information, but coming from a knitting background, this information is almost always provided. While the author does provide instructions for the puff stitch, she only notes (in a different part of the pattern) that instructions for 3rd loop stitch can be found on YouTube. Thankfully, I already knew how to do this from watching a few dozen crochet project videos on YouTube to pass the time, prior to starting this project.
Overall, this pattern could easily be completed by someone with more crochet experience without issue. However, this newbie would have liked gauge information, and exact chain and row counts per size. This lack of information means The Macy Beanie is only a single size pattern, with measurements for the crafter to approximate other sizes.

I would love to hear your thoughts on The Macy Beanie pattern. Do crochet patterns usually NOT have gauge information as standard practice? Sound off in the comments below.

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Hooks

The most important thing when choosing a hook for a project, is its size in relation to the yarn used and desired outcome of the stitch. I chose to purchase the 10 piece Clover Amour Hooks so I would have a good selection of sizes to start with. What I didn’t anticipate was that I would fall in love with them. They feature a silky smooth shaft that even the cheapest acrylic yarns glide right across. I can’t afford to spend $20+ on a single crochet hook, so these hooks are priced just right for me.

For your convenience, here are a few other items that will work great with this project, and others.

Pom Poms

The faux fur pom poms are absolutely optional, but I think they add that missing piece that really finishes off The Macy Beanie. I made the one pictured out of some faux fur scraps my mother-in-love gave me, but you could also make one out of leftover yarn. I attached mine with a large sew-on snap, so the beanie could be laundered without harming the pom.

Yarn

As noted above, The Macy Beanie is written for worsted weight yarn. Below you will find a few of my favorite self-striping yarns that work up beautifully with this pattern. Theoretically, this pattern can be made up of any weight of yarn and corresponding hook since this pattern provides measurements as opposed to chain counts.

Helpful Videos

Here are a few helpful videos that helped me complete The Macy Beanie. Perhaps you will find them helpful too!

Even though the puff stitch will be made after a HDC, the technique is the same- minus the ‘chain 1’ after pulling through all 7 loops.
SC2TOG and HDC2TOG used in pattern.

Until Next Time!

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