The Shelby Beanie is a striped crochet beanie pattern the uses the mixed cluster stitch. This unique crochet stitch is one of my favorites.
I first used this stitch on this earwarmer pattern a few years ago. Then I made a hat for my niece using it but never published the pattern. Fast forward another year or so and it made an appearance in the 2019 Crochet Along Sampler Blanket. Now its time to get that hat pattern out there.
I changed up this stripe pattern (and yarn and hook size) for the Shelby beanie. Here is a picture of the original and the new version side by side.
I do really like the original stripe pattern and if you wanted to replicate that on the Shelby Beanie you totally could! Just use your main color for all the band and all the odd rounds instead of the even rounds like the pattern is written.
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Let’s talk yarn. For most of the hat, I used some Lion Brand Wool-Ease I had in my stash. This is a thinner worsted weight yarn. If you want to substitute I would keep in mind that if you use something like Red Heart Super Saver or similar that your hat will likely end up bigger than written.
The purple stripe you see on my hat is actually Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca because I couldn’t find the “right shade” of purple in the Wool-Ease.
Mixed Cluster Stitch
This stitch is like a puff stitch and half double crochet mashed together into one.
Its worked across 3 stitches and you start the stitch in the same stitch as the previous one ended. I’ll link to a photo and video tutorial in the pattern notes below.
Keep in mind though that you’ll be working in the round and the tutorials are shown worked in rows. The mechanics of the mixed cluster are the same you’ll just start and end the rounds differently.
Materials and Pattern Information
- 170 Yds Lion Brand Wool-Ease #4/Worsted Weight Yarn for Adult Size
- Colors Shown in Sample
- Main Color: Dark Rose Heather
- Accent Colors: Wheat, Light Pink and Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca Purple Aster
- Only a small amount of each accent color is needed. It’s a great scrap buster.
- 5mm Crochet Hook
- Scissors and Yarn Needle
- Buttons (optional)
Gauge and Sizing
- Gauge: 8 sts x 7 rows in BLO Sc = 2 in
- Finished Hat measures:
- Adult: 19.5 in around x 8.5 in tall
I use US terminology
- Ch(s): Chain(s)
- Sc: single crochet
- BLO: back loop only
- St(s): stitch(es)
- Sl St: slip stitch
- Mc: mixed cluster
- Sc2tog: single crochet decrease, single crochet 2 stitches together
Mixed Cluster (mc): yo, insert hook in stitch indicated, pull up loop, yo and pull through 2 loops. Skip 1 st. Yo, insert hook in next st, pull up loop (4 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into same st and pull up another loop. Yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook.
Pattern Notes – Read these!
- Ch 1 does not count as a stitch
- Band is worked in rows
- Body is worked in rounds
- When changing color to accent color, do not cut main color. Instead carry it up the inside of the hat, picking it up and dropping it as needed.
- You could also invert the color changes using the main color for the band and single crochet rounds and 1 or more accent colors for the mixed cluster rounds.
- This is a fitted hat. To make it more slouchy, add more body rounds before the decrease rounds.
- Mixed Cluster photo tutorial
- Mixed Cluster video tutorial
Shelby Striped Crochet Beanie Pattern
Row 1: Using your main color, ch 10. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn
Row 2: Ch 1, Working in BLO, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. Turn.
Row 3-68: repeat row 2
After last row, do not finish off. Match up short ends and sl st together through the back loop. Continue to body of hat.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc evenly around placing 1 sc in each row end. Join to 1st sc with sl st. (68)
Rnd 2: Ch 1. MC starting in same st as ch 1. *Ch 1, MC starting in same st as previous mc ended, repeat from * ending the last mc in same st as beginning MC. Ch 1, join to top of first MC using sl st.
Rnd 3: Using accent color, ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1. Sc in each ch 1 (not in ch-1 space, through the actual stitch) and MC around. Join to top of first sc using a sl st.
Rnd 4: Using main color, ch 1. MC starting in same st as ch 1. *Ch 1, MC starting in same st as previous mc ended, repeat from * ending the last mc in same st as beginning MC. Ch 1, join to top of first MC using sl st.
Rnd 5-16: Repeat rows 3 and 4.
Rnd 17-18: Ch 1, sc2tog around starting in same st as ch 1. Join to 1st sc2tog with sl st. (stitch count is not important for these decrease rounds)
After last round finish off, leaving a long tail. Turn hat inside out and using yarn needle weave tail in and out around top opening of hat. Pull to cinch it closed. Secure and weave in ends.
Sew buttons on band if desired. I found these ones at my local Joann’s.