Shell Stitch Beanie Crochet Pattern

Hello, my crochet friend! Working with scrap yarn is the best! This shell stitch beanie crochet pattern is perfect for grabbing all those little balls of yarn and putting them in use!

The color combinations are endless and you can style these shell stitch beanies for men, women, teens, or the elderly!

Just let your creativity flow and use all your scrap yarn so you have room for more 🙂

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How to use your scrap yarn?

There are a few different ways to use scrap yarn for a beanie.

One popular method is to make a ball of all or a few strands of yarn together. To do this, simply tie the ends of two or more strands of yarn together in a secure knot. Then, start winding the yarn into a ball, as you would normally do with a single strand.

Another method to use scrap yarn for a beanie is to use a Russian joint. This is a method of joining yarn ends without creating a visible knot. To do a Russian join, start by holding the two ends of yarn together, with the tails pointing in opposite directions. Make a loop in the yarn tail that is on the left, and then wrap the yarn tail that is on the right around the loop twice. Pull the yarn tail that is on the right through the loop, and then tighten the join.

Once you have joined your scrap yarn ends together, you can start crocheting your beanie!

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Let’s get to the Pattern, shall we?




One size 

23” circumference (men/women)


Weight # 4 , Aran or Worsted Scrap yarns in 2 or more colors


● US Size H-8(5mm) crochet hook 

● Scissors 

● Yarn Needle 

●  Measuring Tape 


Ch = Chain

Sc = Single Crochet 

Dc = Double Crochet

Hdc – Half double Crochet 

SlSt = Slip stitch

Inc = Increase round

Yo = Yarn over

Specialty Stitch & Technique Key

Blosc = Back loop only single crochet( Insert hook into the next st (but only in the back loop). YO, pull back through that st (2 loops on hook), YO, pull through all 2 loops on


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  • The pattern is worked in rounds from the top down
  • Beginning ch1 does not count as 1st st
  • I used scrap yarn in colors, you can work this pattern in one solid color or any yarn you have.
  • To make the hat wider  add rounds increasing by 12 st each

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Ch 4 and Sl st to first ch to form a circle

(you can use the magic circle)

Round 1:Ch1 Dc 12 in Ch space, Slst to 1st Dc (12 st)

Round 2:Inc Ch1, Dc 2 in 1st st from hook, Dc 2 in next and around to end of round, Slst to 1st Dc (24 st)

Now Round 3: Inc Ch1, Dc 1 in 1st st from hook, *[Dc 2 in next, Dc 1 in next st]* repeat from * to * to end or round,Slst to 1st Dc  (36 st)

Next is Round 4: Inc Ch1, Dc 1 in 1st st from hook, *[Dc 1 in next st,  Dc 2 in next, Dc 1 in next]* repeat from * to * to end or round,Slst to 1st Dc  (48 st)

And Round 5: Inc Ch1, Dc 1 in 1st from hook, *[Dc 1 in next st, Dc 1 in next st, Dc 2 in next st, Dc 1 in next]* repeat from * to * to end or round,Slst to 1st Dc  (60 st)

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Here we stop increasing and will work 60 stitches around to the end of the pattern and change colors as you wish on every round

Round 6: Ch1, Blsc 1 in 1st from hook, Blsc1 in next to end or round,Slst to 1st Dc  (60 st)

Round 7: Ch1, *[Sc1 same 1st st, skip 2st, Dc 5 in next, skip 2st, Sc1 in next]* repeat from *to* to end of round, Slst to 1st Sc

Last Round 8- 14: Repeat round 7 alternating colors as you have 

You can make this hat longer by adding shell stitch rounds

Finishing round: Ch1, Hdc on top of every sc from prev round and Sc1 on top of every Dc from prev round , Slst to 1st st.

Secure your ends and cut yarn.

Weave in the ends and cut yarn.

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Here are a few additional tips for using scrap yarn:

  • If you have a lot of short yarn scraps, you can use them to make a pom-pom for your beanie.
  • You can also use scrap yarn to make a tassel or braid to add to your beanie.
  • If you have any scrap yarn that is too short to use for crocheting, you can use it to stuff amigurumi.

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