The Cotton Gin Cadet Style Brimmed Cap
Worsted Weight Yarn, at least one-half 6-8 oz skein
H sized hook
Gauge: 4 Rounds = 3 5/8 inches across
Stitches used: slip stitch, single crochet, hdc, xhdc(crossed half double crochet).
xhdc: This stitch may have another name and another symbol but this is what I’ll call it for this pattern. To perform the xhdc in this pattern, on the first round, skip one stitch, hdc in next, then working back, skip the same stitch again and hdc in the next stitch behind it. On the next round, you simply stack the crossed stitches. The tops of the stitches look the same from row to row, but I’ll attach a simplified diagram here: cottonginxhdcdiagram.
Do not turn. This beanie is worked in the round. The ch 1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch.
Determine what size you need using the following:
Newborn: stop increasing at 32 stitches.
Toddlers: stop increasing rows at 48 stitches.
Child/Preteen: stop increasing at 56.
Most Women: stop increasing at 64.
Men: stop increasing at 72.
Top Portion of the Cap:
Round 1: Using a magic ring, 8 hdc into ring, Join with a sl st in the first hdc, close the ring. 8 hdc
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in the first stitch of the previous round; 2 hdc in each stitch around for 16 stitches. Join with a sl st to the first hdc. 16 hdc
Round 3: Ch 1, *2 hdc in the first st of the previous round; 1 hdc in the next st; repeat from *. Join with a sl st in the first hdc. 24 hdc.
Round 4: Ch 1, * 2 hdc in the first st of the previous round; 1 hdc in the next 2 stitches; repeat from *. Join as in previous rounds. 32 hdc.
Round 5: Ch1, *2 hdc in the first st of the previous round; 1 hdc in the next 3 stitches; repeat from *. Join as in previous rounds. 40 hdc.
Round 6: Ch1, *2 hdc in the first st, 1 hdc in the next 4 stitches; repeat from *. Join as in previous rounds. 48 hdc.
Round 7: Ch1, *2 hdc in the first st, 1 hdc in the next 5 stitches; repeat from *. Join as in previous rounds. 56 hdc.
For the picture shown I stopped at 56.
This completes the flat top of the cadet cap.
The next row will begin the wall of the cap.
Round 8: Ch1, sc in each stitch around, stitching into the back loop and the back bump of the hdc of the previous round. This creates an edge similar to a pill box style hat and prevents too much rounding like a normal beanie. Leaving the front loop undone gives a clean line visually, showing the separation of the top and the wall of the hat.
Rounds 9-13: Ch1, sk 1, xhdc around as explained above and repeat. 28 xhdc.
Round 14: Ch1, sc around. 56 stitches.
Brim: I’ve made many attempts at perfecting my own design for a brim, but I can’t beat the one in this book: Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats & Cool Caps by Afya Ibomu.
Crochet Geek has a good one as well. It’s available for free and I believe can easily be adapted for this cap.
Leaving a 5-6″ tail, create a tube by working 5 sc in a magic circle. Increase using 2 sc, 1 sc around until you have 12 stitches, then work around until your tube reaches 10 inches. Decrease using sc2tog, sc, until you have 5 stitches. Fasten off, leaving a 5-6″ tail to finish. Thread the tail through the end and close the circle. Fold the tube so the ends meet in the middle to form a bow. Knot the ends together tightly. Then wrap the yarn around and around the bow to cinch it in the center and create a faux knot, as pictured in the original photo.
You can slip stitch through the wall of the cap or you can use embroidery to create a design on the front of your cap if you so choose.
Here’s what I did on the original.
Please feel free to contact me with suggestions, corrections or questions. Enjoy!