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Mackinac Beanie: Free Crochet Pattern

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I was inspired to make this hat by a few knit hats I had seen floating about the Instagram space plus I had a skein of Caron Simply Soft Tweeds begging me to turn it into something. So of course because I am a sucker for texture (see here or here for proof) I decided my hubby needed yet another hat.

I decided to start off with a post stitch ribbed brim for two reasons. One, its a lot faster than working the brim flat and I was anxious to try out these stitches. Two, I always feel like this style brim is a little tighter around the head. Since this hat is for my hubby I wanted something that would stay on well no matter what he was doing.

Once I got going on the pattern I kept thinking it reminded me of the Mackinac Bridge! If you’ve never seen the Mighty Mac, it is currently one of the world’s longest suspension bridges and spans 5 miles connecting Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas. The straight post stitches reminded me of the pillars and the diagonal post stitches of the cables between.

I actually enjoyed making this so much I am working on a hot pink slouchy version for myself. Hopefully my hubby won’t mind that we’re matchy-matchy, haha.

Mackinac Beanie | Free Crochet Pattern | The Unraveled Mitten

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Materials

  • 1 skein of Caron Simply Soft (5oz/250 yds per skein) or similar #4 worsted weight yarn
  • 5mm/H crochet hook
  • Needle to weave in ends
  • Scissors

Gauge and Sizing

  • Gauge: 7 double crochets x 4 rows = 2 in
  • Finished hat measures: 8.5 in tall x 9.5 in wide while laying flat.
  • Adult size

 Abbreviations

  • I use US Terminology
  • Ch(s): chain(s)
  • Dc: double crochet
  • FpDc: front post double crochet
  • BpDc: back post double crochet
  • FpDtr: front post double treble crochet
  • St(s): stitch(es)
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • Hdc: half double crochet
  • Hdc2tog: half double crochet 2 together, half double crochet decrease

Notes

Special stitch: front post double treble crochet: yo 3 times, under stitch as indicated from front to back to front, yo and pull up loop, [yo, pull through 2 loops] x4.

Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.

If you want to make a slouchy version of this hat repeat round 5 until it’s the desired height keeping in mind the decreasing rounds will add 2 inches.

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Mackinac Beanie | Free Crochet Pattern | The Unraveled MItten

Pattern

Band

Rnd 1: Ch 72, join to form ring. Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), dc in same ch as ch 2 and in each ch around. Join to top of 1st dc with sl st. (72)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, FpDc around same st as ch 1, FpDc around next, Bpdc around next, * FpDc around next 2 sts, BpDc around next, repeat from * around. Join to top of 1st FpDc with sl st. (72)

Rnd 3: Repeat round 2 (72)

Body

Rnd 4: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2 and in each st around. Join to top of 1st dc with sl st. (72)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, FpDc around same st as ch 1 and around next. Dc in next. Skip 3 st. FpDtr around next. Working behind FpDtr just made, leave 1st skipped st open and dc in next 6. Working in front of the dc sts just made, FpDtr around stitch immediately to the left of last FpDtr 3 stitches back. Skip 1 st, Dc in next. * FpDc around next 2 sts. Dc in next. Skip 3 st. FpDtr around next. Working behind FpDtr just made, leave 1 skipped st and dc in next 6. Working in front of the dc sts just made, FpDtr around stitch immediately to the left of last FpDtr. Skip 1 st, Dc in next. Repeat from * around. Join to top of 1st FpDc with sl st. (72)

Mackinac beanie Tutorial | Free Crochet Pattern | the Unraveled Mitten

Rnd 6-14: repeat round 5. (72)

Decreasing rounds

Rnd 15: Ch 1, FpDc around same st as ch 1 and next. Hdc in next 10, FpDc around next 2 sts. *hdc in next 10 sts, FpDc around next 2. Repeat from * around. Join to top of 1st FpDc with sl st. (72)

Rnd 16: Ch 1, FpDc around same st as ch 1 and next. [Hdc2tog over next 2 sts. Hdc in next 3] x2 * FpDc around next 2. [Hdc2tog over next 2 sts. Hdc in next 3] x2. Repeat from * around. Join to top of 1st FpDc with sl st. (60)

Rnd 17: Ch 1, FpDc around same st as ch 1 and next. [Hdc2tog over next 2 sts. Hdc in next 2] x2 * FpDc around next 2. [Hdc2tog over next 2 sts. Hdc in next 2] x2. Repeat from * around. Join to top of 1st FpDc with sl st. (48)

Rnd 18: Ch 1, FpDc around same st as ch 1 and next. 3 Hdc2Tog over next 6 sts. *FpDc around next 2 sts. 3 Hdc2Tog over next 6 sts. Repeat from * around. Join to top of 1st FpDc with sl st. (30)

Rnd 19-20: Ch 1, Hdc2tog around. Join to top of 1st hdc2tog with sl st. Counts are not important for these last 2 rounds so if it doesn’t work out perfectly just fudge it and move on. On last round, finish off leaving a long tail. Weave tail in and out around small hole in top of hat and pull to cinch closed. Weave in ends.

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45 comments

  1. Maria Blank says:

    I am confused at step 5 as well. When you make the double crochets behind the FpDtr do you go through the loop made by the FpDtr or on top of it? Also, the stitch directions say 4 double crochets behind the FpDtr but round 5 says 6 double crochets. Do you put the 4 double crochets behind the FpDtr and the remaining to the regular way or do you put all 6 double crochets behind the FpDtr?

  2. Reah says:

    This turned out beautifully! I love the texture. It’s warm without being too heavy. I sent one in a care package to my husband and I’m going to make more for gifts! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Anne Newton says:

    I love this beanie!! And I desperately want to make it for my son… but I am stuck on row 5. I have read and reread.. I just don’t get it. I make the fpdtr and then go back and double crochet in the stitches I skipped? Just pull the yarn to the right and start crocheting? Sorry… will go back and read it again. Agree with everyone else, when you have a moment, would you create a video? 🙂

    • Heather says:

      I tried to capture it in the photo tutorial but yes thats exactly right. Just be sure to leave the first skipped stitch open and you should be good.

  4. Danielle says:

    In row 5 are the fpdc supposed to line up with the fpdc in the band? I’ve frogged this 3 times and followed the directions carefully but it’s not seeming to line up

  5. Karen Burkholder says:

    Being from Michigan, you immediately captured my attention, because the Mighty Mac is one of my favorite places to go. I loved how it turned out. Your pattern was easy to follow. Would love to post a picture, but wasn’t sure how to do that.

  6. Donna k Dreier says:

    I’m having trouble on Row 5: I did the ist FPDtrand the dc in next 6, I cannot get the next fpDtr to lay back like a V as indicated…what am I doing wrong?? Is their a video ? thanks

    • Heather says:

      I don’t have a video, just the photo tutorial. Are you working the next fpdtr around the stitch next to the last fpdtr. They kind of both meet in the middle of the 6 dc.

  7. Sarah says:

    I am obsessed with this hat! I made one for myself and just love the texture. It turned out beautiful – thank you so much for the amazing pattern! Do you allow people to sell the items they make from your patterns? I’d be happy to put your link in!

  8. Sue says:

    I enjoyed working this pattern. Made it with bulky5 yarn that has a reflective thread in it. I made this for a friend who works as a lineman in Iowa.

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