The Scorpio Beanie

A reversible crochet beanie using interlocking crochet techniques.

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Work with multiple colors, but just one at a time. #MyZodiacSweater

Detailed PDF pattern

♏︎ Step-by-step instructions and tutorial photos

♏︎ Stitch chart for the gauge swatch

Difficulty level

♏︎ Intermediate

Size-inclusive & style versatility

♏︎ Pattern written for 4 sizes with instructions on customization

♏︎ You get 2 different patterns in 1: a starry pattern and a checkered pattern

♏︎ Fits heads from 16″ to 24″

What you'll need

♏︎ Lion Brand Superwash Merino or any DK weight yarn you can meet gauge with, in the amounts shown below.

♏︎ Your 4.0 mm or size needed to obtain gauge. I like to use my Clover Amour and my Furls hooks.

♏︎ Tape measure, scissors, darning needle, 2 locking stitch markers

Pattern support

♏︎ For pattern related questions, please join my Facebook support group or contact me at thecrochethighway [at] gmail.com.

Did you know? The Scorpio Beanie has three sister patterns: the Scorpio Raglan, the Scorpio Cowl, and the Scorpio Mittens! Save 10% when grabbing at least 2 patterns in the Scorpio line on Ravelry. Simply add any 2 Scorpio patterns to cart and insert code SCORPIO at checkout.

If you prefer Etsy, you can click here to purchase the Scorpio Raglan and Scorpio Beanie as a bundle.

This pattern was released in December 2023 as part of the 24 Days of Quickies with Marly Bird & Friends blog hop. Every year, this fabulous event showcases both crochet and knit patterns, from home décor to accessories and they’re all available for free for 24 hours only. It’s a fantastic opportunity to round up your list of handmade gifts or make plans for a forthcoming market! Be sure to check out the blog hop around December each year for more free patterns, and sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know when I participate in this type of event!

1 pattern, 2 beanies

A sister pattern to the Scorpio Raglan, the Scorpio Beanie uses the same reversible stitch pattern so you can make yourself a matching set. The beanie is worked from the top down, starting with the crown and increasing your way down until you reach the final circumference. This is where the interlocking fun starts!

Just like the all the other designs in the #MyZodiacSweater collection, for the reversible section of this beanie you’ll only have to work with 1 color at a time, dropping the inactive yarn at the start of a round and picking it back up at the start of the new round.

The pattern also provides instructions on how to turn the Scorpio Beanie into a Scorpio Bucket Hat!

Photo credit: Tester Marta (Martasantos58ms on Ravelry)

Like most CrochetHighway patterns, the Scorpio Beanie comes with step-by-step instructions and tutorial photos including on how to check for gauge. The instructions and tutorial photos walk you through every step along the way with no guesswork left for you. The pattern also comes with a stitch chart for the gauge swatch.

The pattern calls for DK weight yarn (category 3) in at least 1 main color (MC), and 1 contrast color (CC). My testers used a variety of yarns and colors to show off this design – check out the tester photo gallery below to find all the details on yarns and yardages from my testers!

Quick metrics from my testers:

Difficulty rating: 2.4 / 5
Average completion time: 9 hours

Learn how to crochet this reversible stitch pattern with this full, step-by-step video tutorial I made for the gauge swatch:

A word from my testers

Lucia @crochetwithlu-15

I think this is a fantastic pattern! For makers who are hesitant to try the Scorpio Raglan, I think this beanie would be a great first step for them to get the hang of the stitches first.

- Lucia (crochetwithlu on Ravelry)
Nicole @hookedontracey-3

I absolutely loved this pattern! Working through the gauge swatch was the perfect amount of practice to get a hang for the pattern repeat to be able to work up quickly. I loved learning a new technique and getting to test another beautiful pattern from you!

Nicole (hookedontracey on Ravelry)
Brandi @the_sober_hooker-4

This was such a fun pattern! I have never done interlocking rows and the pattern was so well written, I had no issues.

Brandi (Brandibeebop on Ravelry)
Marta @martasantos58-7

Even requiring some attention, it’s a very accessible pattern and a beautiful result!

Marta (Martasantos58ms on Ravelry)

The Zodiac Collection

The Scorpio Beanie is part of the Zodiac Crochet Collection – a series of crochet garments and accessories that follow a common theme: colorwork made easy. Use hashtag #MyZodiacSweater when posting your makes on social media!

The designs in this collection use multiple colors for a contrasting effect, but the stitch patterns are carefully selected, so that you only have to work with one color at a time. The inspiration behind this collection is my original colorwork design, the Starry Yoke. Check out the other designs in the #MyZodiacSweater collection:

Join my Facebook support Group

I proud myself with writing ultra-detailed patterns for you, so that your crocheting experience is as smooth and seamless as possible. But whenever you have a pattern related question, my Facebook support group is the place to ask. There you can also share your WIPs and brag about your FOs with the community!

Designer samples

The burgundy beanie is a size 3 and uses Katia Basic Merino (WPI=10.5) in color 28 as MC and 83 as CC.

The green beanie is a size 3 and uses Lion Brand Superwash Merino (WPI=11) in Sage as MC and Elm as CC.

The purple beanie is also a size 4 and uses Katia Basic Merino in color 101 as MC and Blackwattle Blue Gum 8 ply (WPI=10.5) in White Opal as CC.

Size 3 has a lot more negative ease on my head but I love it because it keeps my hair in place and it doesn’t move. The purple hat in size 4 is warmer, thicker (due to the slightly thicker yarn), and has a looser and more comfortable fit.

The WPI of these yarns is 11, although I feel like the Katia Basic Merino is ever-so-slightly thicker. Learn how to measure the WPI of your yarn.

Invisible join on the back

In any handmade wearable, the back is just as important as the front, wouldn’t you agree? That’s why at the end of every round, the pattern instructs you how to close the round and start the next so that the seam is as hidden as possible. This way the back will look just as flawless as the front!

Tester highlights

Scroll down for the complete tester lookbook, where you can find photos, yarn & yardage info from all my testers, as well as certain modifications they made to their beanies for the perfect, customized fit.

Materials & yardage

Hooks: Your 4.0 mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge. I like to use my Clover Amour and my Furls hooks.

Notions: Tape measure, scissors, darning needle, 2 locking stitch markers.

Yarn: You’ll need at least two colors. A main color (MC), and a contrasting color (CC) of any DK weight yarn you can meet gauge with. I used LB Collection Superwash Merino for my green beanie, Katia Basic Merino for my burgundy beanie, and Blackwattle Blue Gum 8 ply paired with Katia Basic Merino for my purple beanie.

Yardage: The approximate yardages required for all 4 sizes are:

Main color:

(95110) (145165) yds / (85100) (135150) m

Contrast color:

(5070) (8090) yds / (4565) (7580) m

SIZING

 

Size

1

2

3

4

Head circ.

16-18″
(41-46 cm)

18-20″
(46-51 cm)

20-22″
(51-56 cm)

22-24″
(56-61 cm)

Beanie circ.

16″
(41 cm)

18″
(46 cm)

20″
(51 cm)

22″
(56 cm)

Beanie height

5.25″
(13 cm)

6.5″
(17 cm)

6.5″
(17 cm)

7.75″
(20 cm)

Crown diameter

4.25″
(11 cm)

4.75″
(12 cm)

4.75″
(12 cm)

6″
(15 cm)

Tried & tested substitution yarns

My testers used a variety of yarns for their Scorpio Beanies, in an awesome selection of color combos. Here’s a list of yarns recommended by them. These are international yarns from all over the world, both from big box stores and indie dyers. The list is sorted alphabetically. If you’re looking for inspiration or a quick yarn substitution idea, this is the place to start!

Tester lookbook

My patterns would not be so smooth without the input of my team of talented testers. Swipe left & right for more photos of your favorite versions!

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Colt (coltystitched on Ravelry)

Size 4
Lion Brand Wool Ease Recycled, 155 yds for MC and 155 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 4.5 mm
Mods: None.

Dina (aara.by.dina on Ravelry)

Size 3
Vardhman Cotone, 123 yds for MC and 68 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 4 mm, 6 mm
Mods: I went up 2 mm in hook size for the last slst round.

Brandi (the_sober_hooker on Ravelry)

Size 4
Malabrigo Arroyo, 165 yds for MC and 65 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 5.5 mm
Mods: None.

Jovelle (byjovelle on Ravelry)

Size 4
locally sourced yarn, 145 yds for MC and 60 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 4 mm for the main pattern, 6 mm only for the last round
Mods: I used stretchy yarn so I had to decrease the height by frogging 4 rounds.

Lucia (crochetwithlu on Ravelry)

Size 3
Louie and Lola Yarns Merino Nylon DK, 134 yds for MC and 70 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 4 mm
Mods: None.

Poornima (krosha_prapancha on Ravelry)

Size 3
140 yds of Yarn Hutt 4 ply baby cotton as MC and 72 yds of Yarn Hutt 4 ply baby cotton as CC
Hook size(s) used: 4 mm
Mods: None.

Andrea (isolathCreations on Ravelry)

Size 4
Moda Vera Bellbird Woolblend, 131 yds for MC and 76 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 4 mm
Mods: None.

Nicole (hookedontracey on Ravelry)

Size 3
Bernat Softee Cotton, 127 yds for MC and 63 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 4 mm
Mods: None.

Claudia (crocheting.clouds on Ravelry)

Size 3
Tessiland Baby Key, 110 yds for MC and 55 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 4 mm
Mods: None.

Danielle (3littleduckscrochet on Ravelry)

Size 4
HueLoco Merino DK, 145 yds for MC and 84 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 4 mm
Mods: None.

Anne (handmade_by_yours_truly on Ravelry)

Size 3
Himalaya yarn, 200 yds for MC and 150 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 4.5 mm
Mods: None.

Dhanya (crochetcart2022 on Ravelry)

Size 3
Alize Cotton Gold, 150 yds for MC and 80 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 3.5 mm
Mods: None.

Linda (lindarada_creations on Instagram)

Size 3
Lion Brand Wool Ease Recycled, 129 yds for MC and 90 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 3 mm for the body, 4.5 mm for the edge
Mods: None.

Prachi (autodidactic.crocheter on Instagram)

Size 3
Lion Brand Truboo, 123 yds for MC and 72 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 4 mm
Mods: None.

Marta (martasantos58 on Ravelry)

Size 2
Hobbii Zafira, 100 yds for MC and 64 yds for CC
Hook size(s) used: 4 mm
Mods: None.

Cherish (__lupycrochetncrafts__ on Ravelry)

Size 4
160 yds of Montana Crochet DK Merino as MC and 80 yds of Montana Crochet DK Merino as CC
Hook size(s) used: 4 mm
Mods: The length of the hat was too long for me, so I didn’t do the last 2 rows.

Hannah (hanp15 on Ravelry)

Size 4
149 yds of Stylecraft Special DK as MC and 71 yds of Stylecraft Special DK as CC
Hook size(s) used: 3 mm
Mods: I went up 1 mm in hook size for the slst round at the end as I couldn’t get it loose enough with my main hook.

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