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Whirlwind Beanie

When life is a whirlwind, create a little bit of calm for yourself. Textured stitches swirl around the Whirlwind Beanie and then come together in a perfectly neat resolution. The pattern is easy to memorize, but takes just enough focus to provide an excellent distraction.

The Whirlwind Beanie includes a full range of sizes, from Preemie to Adult M, and includes options for adjusting to size. It uses a modified fpdc to create a warmer fabric with no gaps and has instructions for both a regular beanie and a messy bun hat. Though the pattern is fairly straightforward, it uses advanced techniques that rely on the crocheter being able to read their work.

Yarn Weight: DK
Gauge: 16 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches in hdc
Hook size: 5.0 mm (H)
Yardage: 46 - 300 yards (42 - 274 m)
Sizes available: Preemie (Newborn, Baby) Toddler, Child/Teen (Adult S, Adult M), 10 (12, 14) 16, 18 (20, 22)”/26 (31, 36) 41, 46 (51, 56)cm
Accessibility: low vision format available
Crochet terminology: US

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Sample used Oink Pigments Mystic, 230yds/100g in Smoky Purl to create a size Adult S
Thanks to Oink Pigments for providing the yarn for the pattern sample!


16 sts and 16 rows = 4”/10cm in hdc. Be sure to check gauge! Gauge swatch is worked in the round and measurements are taken after blocking. Do not stretch the fabric when checking gauge. If you don’t want to get gauge, follow the adjustment notes throughout the pattern to work the beanie to size. Differences in gauge will change the finished size and will also impact the yardage required.

Yarn and Other Materials

The pattern calls for a DK weight yarn but can be adjusted to work with any weight - it works up perfectly in anything from a fingering weight to a bulky.

I recommend a colorway without too much variegation as the texture will get lost in the color changes.

Optional notions include stitch markers, an elastic for the messy bun version, and a pom if desired.

Yardage and Sizes

  • For size Preemie (Newborn, Baby), 46yds/43m/20g (75yds/69m/33g, 112yds/103m/49g)
  • For size Toddler, Child/Teen (Adult S, Adult M) 137yds/126m/60g, 174yds/160m/76g (250yds/229m/109g, 300yds/275m/131g)


Fits size Preemie (Newborn, Baby) Toddler, Child/Teen (Adult S, Adult M) with a head size of 11”-13”/28-33cm (13”-15”/33-38cm, 15”-17”/38-43cm) 17”-18”/43-46cm, 18”-20”/46-51cm (20”-22”/51-56cm, 22”-24”/56-61cm).

Beanie measures 10 (12, 14) 16, 18 (20, 22)”/26 (31, 36) 41, 46 (51, 56)cm and is designed to be worn with 1-2”/2.5-5cm negative ease.

Modifications and Adjustments

Notes are included for adjusting the following: bigger/smaller beanie; wider/narrower brim; taller/shorter beanie; messy bun beanie; regular beanie; add a pom pom

Skills Required

dc, hdc, decreases, Front post/back post crochet, Counting rounds, Counting stitches, Working in the round, Skipping stitches, Reading your work


The beanie is worked seamlessly in one piece from the bottom up.


This pattern and any associated images, schematics, and charts are copyright Rachy Newin Designs and may not be distributed in part or in whole without express written permission. Handmade objects created from this pattern are not subject to copyright and you can do as you please with your finished object.


Both a regular and printer friendly version are available! The regular version includes large photos on the first page and the last two pages, so print accordingly. The printer-friendly version has only one photo on the cover page, and less spacing so the pattern takes up fewer pages. For more details on what the printer-friendly version includes, see this page. If you are working from the printer-friendly version and are having trouble with a pattern, I strongly recommend checking the regular version. The text will be easier to read and it might have more detailed instructions.

Screen Reader Compatibility

The main pattern pdf is designed to be screen reader compatible. The text is all in one column and headers are formatted according to the style sheet. The pattern is written out completely and the images have descriptive alt text. Size information is provided in a table, but is also listed in text form. Please note that the pattern has multiple sizes. When relevant, instructions for larger sizes are given in parentheses. For example, dc 5 (10, 15) 20, 25 (30, 35). However, the beanie can be worked to size so you can ignore the exact stitch numbers if desired.

**This is for the pdf pattern ONLY and does not include the finished objects. Unfortunately, due to the nature of digital downloads, patterns cannot be returned or exchanged for any reason. All patterns have been tested and/or tech edited. If you run into an issue, you are welcome to email me for pattern support. For a custom finished piece, please message me directly.**

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