Introducing the Thistle beanie! We had some help naming it from our Yarnish Community (Thanks Kirsty!)

In today's post, I'll show you how to make a beanie from 1 ball of Papatya Softie. The pattern is a two row repeat, which makes it really easy! The yarn has a fluffy thread wound into it. The fluff is secure, and won't shed, it can make the stitches harder to identify than usual (but not impossible) While this is an easy pattern, I would not recommend for a beginner, but once you are familiar with identifying the top of stitches you will be good to go! 

Read to the bottom of the post to see some more yarn ideas!


You will also need a 7 mm crochet hook, yarn needle, stitch marker and scissors.

Optional: pom pom

All items above are linked to items in the Yarnish Store. 

Pattern is written in US terms, I have included UK terms in abbreviations at the end of the pattern. Chains are not counted as stitches throughout. 


Make a Chain of 42

Row 1: Sk 2 ch, 40 hdc across, turn. (40 sts)

Row 2: Ch 2, 37 hdc blo, 3 sc blo, turn. (40 sts) 

Row 3: Ch 1, 3 sc blo, place marker, 37 hdc blo, turn. (40 sts) 

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for a total of 34 rows, or desired length reached - to fit around head.  

Fasten off.

The rows beginning ending with sc create a slight cinch and become the top of the beanie. 

The stitch marker is used to mark the placement of the last three stitches, as Softie can be a little tricky to determine. 

With your yarn needle, join row 34 to the foundation row to create a tube. Cinch the top of the beanie in an secure with yarn and needle. If desired, sew on pom pom and weave in all ends. Beanie can be worn with the 'cuff' turned up or as a slouchy beanie.

Softie Beanie


ch - chain

sc - single crochet (UK double crochet)

hdc - half double crochet (UK half treble)

blo - back loop only

st/s - stitch/es

sk - skip



Since posting this pattern, we have experimented with different yarns. 

Different weights of yarns require different hook sizes, and the row repeats will work the same (or with a few stylish tweaks!) but you may need to alter the starting chain and amount of rows repeated. 


Shelby's Melange and Mouline Variation:

Made with 1 ball of Kartopu Melange OR 1 ball of Mouline Chunky and a 5.5 mm hook

Starting Chain 45

Row 1: Sk 2 ch, 43 hdc across, turn. (43 sts) 

Row 2: Ch 2, 1st hdc in both loops, 39 hdc blo, 3 sc blo, turn. (43 sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, 3 sc blo,  39 hdc blo, 1 hdc in both loops, turn. (43 sts) 

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until desired width reached (head circumference) 

Fasten off. Complete beanie the same as Softie version. 

Both Melange (pictured in grey) and Mouline (pictured in blue) have a greater stitch definition than Softie, Working the 'cuff' stitches in both loops makes for a smoother edge, which aren't quite as noticeable in the Softie. You are also unlikely to need a stitch marker! Thank you Shelby for providing instructions to make your variations. 


  • Emma: March 13, 2019
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    Hi Anne, It’s a chunky weight yarn (sometimes called bulky) which is equivalent of a 12 ply. It is very ‘lofty’ so appears thicker (to me!) – Emma

  • Anne burns : March 13, 2019
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    Could you please tell me what ply is this wool pleas

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