Shell Crochet Beanie Hat

Crochet Shell Beanie Hat

Video Tutorial:
Crochet Shell Beanie Hat

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Shell Beanie Hat

Skill Level: Intermediate

This hat matches the shell crochet scarf.

Written by Teresa Richardson

Hook-Size G Crochet Hook
Yarn-4-ply worsted weight
Size Estimate - 22 inches around

SH = Shell
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
MC = Magic Circle

I am providing two starts for the cap. You can pick which one you want to use.
Start 1: Magic Circle for starting loop.
Start 2: Chain 7, join

Round 1: CH 1, *SC in starting loop. SH of 5 DC in loop, complete 4 times from *, join in beginning SC. (4 Shells)

This next round is preparing for the shell increases. It takes two rounds to complete an increase for shells.
Round 2: SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1, *SC in same ST, (this will be an increase shell)SH- 3DC, CH 1, 3 DC. SC in 3rd DC, complete 4 times from *, join in beg SC. (This is the first part of the shell increase, you will have 4 shells with 3DC,CH 1, 3 DC in each shell. There will be 4 more shells added to each chain 1 space in the next round.)

Round 3: SL ST to 2nd DC, CH 1,*SC in 2nd DC, SH of 5 DC in CH 1 space, SC in 2nd DC, SH of 5 DC in the next SC, Complete 4 times from *, join in beg SC. (This is the second part of the shell increase. When this round is complete, there will be 8 full shells with 5 double crochet each)
Round 4: SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1 *SC in DC, SH-5 DC in the next SC, Complete 8 times total from*, join in beg SC. (This is just a normal round of shells. You will have 8 shells with 5 DC in each shell)

Round 5: SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1, *SC in DC, SH-3DC, CH 1, 3DC in next SC. SC in 3rd DC. SH-5DC in next SC. Complete 4 times from*, join in beg SC. (First part of the increase. There will be 4 shells of 3DC, CH 1, 3 DC. There will be 4 shells of 5 DC. 8 Shells all together.)

The hat will take on the shape of a square at this point. This is normal for the previous and next round.

Round 6: SL ST to 2rd DC, CH 1, * SC in 2nd DC, SH-5 DC in CH 1. SC in 2 DC. SH-5 DC in next SC, SC in 3rd DC, SH-5 DC in next SC. Complete 4 times from *, join in beg SC. (Second part of the increase. There will be 12 shells total, with 5 DC in each shell)
in the next SC.

After this there are no more increase rounds. The hat will shape into a hat even though it may not look like it at this point.

Round 7-17:
SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1 *SC in DC, SH-5 DC in the next SC, Complete 12 times total from*, join in beg SC. ( You will have 12 shells with 5 DC in each shell for the remainder of the hat)


  1. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I looked all over for a pattern like this. I love it.

  2. t.joi,
    You are welcome. I will be adding two more crochet scarves.

  3. Will you be posting a video tutorial for this cap?

  4. Anonymous,
    I do intend on posting a video soon. I had a few requests for a cap to match the scarf so I went ahead and posted the written instructions.

  5. This, I'm sure, is a total beginner question, but, what does a SL ST look like?

    By the way, Thank you for your Youtube video on the beanie, LOVE IT! I made my son, daughter, and best bud one... working on one for myself and one of my husbands coworkers! Best/easiest pattern ever! Thank you!

  6. teSS,
    Thank you. A slip stitch is where you put the hook through your next stitch, wrap the yarn over you hook and pull it through the stitch and the yarn on your hook. It is really like making a flat stitch that is not to be noticed. I am including a video tutorial for the slip stitch. It is done the same way in the top of a stitch as it is done in the demonstration.

    Crochet Slip Stitch

  7. found your site today through Craft Gossip. THANK YOU!!!!! I love your patterns and have been looking for a nice hat pattern. Putting you in my reader right now!

  8. Hi Teresa,

    I just have to say that you have helped me sooo much in learning to crochet! I watch your videos on Youtube all the time...I even have copies on my iPod for reference when I need them.
    I also have a question about the shell hat. I am in the middle of crocheting it right now, but I was would I add a front peak or a brim to it? I would appreciate any ideas you may have. You are the genius after all! LOL.

  9. Rochelle Angel,
    Thank you. Just curious how you are getting them on your Ipod? Youtube or Itunes?

    You could straighten the edge of the shell like the video I posted a few days ago.

    How to Straighten the Shell Stitch Edge

    I would recommend a brim similar to the first beanie brim I did back in January.

    Beanie Brim

  10. thank you so much for all your wonderful instructions. I learned from my grandmother who is right handed and I am left handed. I was wondering if you might be posting a left handed video for the shell hat. I tried following from the right handed version but keep messing it up. Again, thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into these videos! They have been vital to my learning the right way!

  11. Jessica,
    I have it added to my list.

  12. Hi there!

    Love your shell crochet beanie and was wondering how I might modify the pattern to make a hat for my 6 month old daughter. I'm not sure if going down to an F size hook would do it?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  13. Beatrice,
    A 6 month old head average size is about 16". An adult female head is about 21". You could try the F hook and see what happens. You may also try one less increase round. If you are doing one less increase round, you may want to still be using a larger hook.

  14. Thank you so much for all your wonderful instructions. This looks so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.

  15. Anderson,
    You are welcome. :)

  16. Hello Teresa - I have just stumbled across your wonderful blog and I am so happy I did!! I hope you don't mind if I make a copy of a couple of your simpler designs?? I have a charity crochet group - and we also have a blog so you can check us out too - and the simple Shell Crochet Beanie Hat and matching Scarf are perfect for our charity projects. If you object - please let me know and I won't copy them. Your designs are beautiful and I look forward to reading more on your blog and sharing it with my group!

    Thank you - Sandi Schneider

  17. Sandi,
    You are welcome to print out the patterns for your group. The yarn ball cake is cute. Looks like you all have a lot of fun.

  18. how many skien does it take to make the shell crochet hat and how long does it take to make the hat?

  19. Melanie,
    1 Skein of super size should be enough yarn. 244 yards|223 meters
    It will take anywhere from an 1-2 hours to make the hat. If you are a beginner to crochet, it may take a bit longer. That is alright if it takes you longer. It is not about speed.

  20. Any tips on how I could change this size if I wanted to make one for a 1 year old and one for a toddler? I am still trying to figure out how to know what size to use or how to adjust rounds. Any tips for that? Thanks for all your help!

  21. I am making Cancer Caps for Children's Hospital in Phila. Pa.
    I am going to try & make this hat for the cancer kids .I will use a larger crochet hook to make it bigger for the teenagers.

    Ruth Seganti
    Trinity's Prayer Shawls Ministry

  22. Thanks for sharing your talent with us by sharing your free pattern for the shell hat. It looks good and can't wait to make it.

  23. Dear Teresa, thank you so much for all the great tutorials.Clear and simple , great !!!It is not easy to find such a great teacher...Keep on doing the great work and thank you again.

  24. Hi Teresa,
    Thanks for posting this pattern on Ravelry, its just waht I've been looking for.

    Unfortunately, I just can't get the hang of Round 2. I slip stitch from the join over to the 3rd DC, or sl st in each st over to the 3rd DC? Then I SC in that same st as the the last, or in the next st, along with the SH INC? Doesn't the SH INC all go in one st? Then how do I get over to the next 3rd DC to add another INC?

    I'm really stumped. I've watched the video, and I'm still confused, because its not in the round.

    Any advice?

  25. Hi Theresa,
    I wanted to thank you for this awesome website - your ability is amazing. If I wanted to make this shell crochet beanie hat for a 2 year old, how would the numbers change? Also, I live in Canada...what is a G hook? Thanks!

  26. I love this pattern. So far I have made several and it takes 100g or 220 yards of sport weight 100% wool with a size G hook.

  27. Hi Teresa!
    I just discovered the pattern for your shell crochet beanie hat and I love it! But I would like to make it for a newborn and was wondering if you ever worked it out for a baby size?

  28. This pattern is beautiful.... however the video and your written instructions aren't as clear as your other work (maybe this was an older vid?). The video and instructions don't exactly correspond (for example, in the video you make it seem you want us to slip stitch all around before starting round 2 when your written instructions don't say that). It would help if you slowed down, not the making the DC's, but rather made more of a point of showing WHERE you are putting in your next SC or DC, pausing and taking a look at the big picture.

    As a beginner I trudged on ahead with this pattern and I think I'm muddling my way through to success.

    Your videos are extremely helpful :) ... I wouldn't have gotten into crocheting without them (still am struggling with reading patterns...)

  29. Sarah, This is not a project for beginners. The skill level is mentioned in the written instructions. If you are not familiar with the crochet basics, this is going to be a very challenging project with increasing shells.

    Written instructions and video instructions are always going to be different. It is best to pick one or the other.

    Learning to read written instructions is a challenge in itself. Each person has a way that they will write. Some are more detailed than others.

    Round 2 starts off slip stitching to the third double crochet. Timecode 5:19 in slow motion is showing the slip stitching setting up round 2.

    Crochet is a language, no different that learning any foreign language. You must practice and continue to learn to become fluent.

  30. LOVE the pattern! Going to make it right now, one for each of my girls. Can't wait to see it finished. :)

  31. Teresa,

    This is by far the easiest shell pattern I have ever done! Thank you for pairing it with the video, I have a copy of the pattern and the video up at the same time so if I get stuck on the pattern I go to the video!

  32. Today I tried making the pattern using worsted weight yarn and a 6mm (J) hook and it was too small for my almost 4 yr old. I went back to the beginning of row 7 and repeated the increase rows (5 & 6) now it looks too big and has a funny shape. should I just start over and use a bigger hook? Im seriously lost

  33. This hat turned out absolutely beautiful. I have a shell scarf and fingerless glove pattern that it went wonderful with. I made several before the holidays as gifts and people were asking for more. I guess my gauge is a bit tighter because I had to add about five more rounds to get it to be long enough, but it was absolutely perfect otherwise. Also, I add a small charm to the hats to give it that little extra pizzaz! Thanks so much for sharing.


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