Light, fluffy and oh so soft, the Aurora beanie is the ultimate, modern winter hat!
This free crochet beanie pattern is accompanied by a video tutorial.
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The Aurora Crochet Mohair Beanie is a wonderful crochet mohair project that’s perfect for first time mohair users! The entire beanie is made out of half double crochets and slip stitches so you can get a feel for working with mohair and another strand of yarn together. Since mohair can be quite a luxurious fibre, this easy beanie project is great way to try it out before committing to sweater quantities. This crochet mohair beanie works up quickly and they make a wonderful luxurious gift (anyone else prepping for Christmas?) for a loved one!
Mohair is so popular in the fibre world right now and it's easy to see why! The fluffy halo, silky soft fuzziness and light airy feel all combine to create items that look and feel like clouds against your skin 🙂 However, while there are countless amounts of mohair knitting patterns, there are so few crochet mohair patterns. I wanted to create a pattern that would only use 1 skein of mohair and be super simple and easy to follow. This beanie design is also tapered towards the top to reduce the bunching and save yarn (a win-win!). I created mine to be long enough to have a folded brim but feel free to leave your beanie unfolded for a slouchier look.
Let’s talk about mohair! Mohair comes from angora goats and has beautiful lustre and sheen. It has a silk like quality to it (strong yet soft) but since it's so fluffy, it’s normally blended with another fibre. For this project I used Drops Kid Silk which is a mohair + silk blend.
If you’re looking for a mohair yarn I highly recommend mohair silk blends as I think they are the softest and warmest blend! (Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Debbie Bliss Angel are also great options). I paired my mohair yarn with Drops Baby Alpaca Silk and the mix of the two yarns created a gloriously warm and silky fluffy beanie!
For a more affordable option you could easily use a sock weight acrylic yarn and still get the same effect 🙂 I’d recommend a smooth, twisted yarn like Lion Brand’s Beautiful You (pairing mohair with a fluffy loosely spun yarn can make crocheting tricky!).
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*The sizing guide follows sizes Preschool(Child, Adult). E.g. “Ch 33(37, 41) means Ch 33 for Preschool, 37 for Child and 41 for Adult.
*"HDC 10" means HDC into the next 10 stitches.
*Ch 1 does NOT count as a stitch.
*Total stitches are indicated between < >.
*This pattern uses US crochet terms.
Yarn – Drops Baby Alpaca Silk – 4ply/Sock/Super Fine (1), 167m/50g, 70% Alpaca, 30% Silk, Light Grey Purple (1760)
approx. 40(45, 50)g
Drops Kid-Silk – 2ply/Lace, 210m/25g, 75% Mohair, 25% Silk, Light Lavender (09)
approx. 15(17, 20)g
5mm (US H/8) Crochet Hook
Stitches & Abbreviations
Ch = Chain
Sl st = Slip Stitch
HDC = Half Double Crochet
St(s) = Stitch(es)
GAUGE: 10cm/4” square = 16 stitches wide x 12 rows tall in half double crochet
Measurements cm: base width x height
Preschool (to fit approx. 53-59cm head circumference): 42 x 21cm
Child (to fit approx. 58-53cm head circumference): 46 x 23cm
Adult (to fit approx. 53-59cm head circumference): 51 x 25cm
Measurements inches: base width x height
Preschool (to fit approx. 18-20” head circumference): 16.5” x 8”
Child (to fit approx. 19-21” head circumference): 18” x 9”
Adult (to fit approx. 21-23” head circumference): 20” x 10”
Aurora Mohair Beanie Crochet Pattern
FOUNDATION CHAIN: Holding together one strand of mohair and one strand of 4ply yarn, Ch 33(37, 41).
*You can add chains to make your beanie longer/slouchier or to remove the brim reduce your foundation chain by approx. 8 chains.
ROW 1: HDC into the 2nd ch from the hook, HDC in each ch until end of row.
ROW 2: Ch 1, turn, HDC 25(29, 33), sl st in to the next 7 sts.
ROW 3: Ch 1, turn, HDC in each ch until end of row.
ROW 4: Ch 1, turn, HDC 22(26, 30), sl st in to the next 10 sts.
ROW 5: Ch 1, turn, HDC in each ch until end of row.
Repeat ROWS 2 - 5 until ROW 53(57, 63).
*You can add or remove rows to reach your desired base width (= head circumference minus 2-5cm/1-2”). Just make sure to end with an ODD numbered row.
Fold beanie in half, turn, insert hook through ROW 1 and FINAL ROW and sl st loosely in each st across.
Fasten off and leave a 15” tail of yarn.
Using a darning needle, whip stitch around the top edge of the beanie.
Pull your tail tight (making the hole in the centre as small as possible) and sew any remaining gaps closed.
Weave in ends and fasten off.
Turn your hat inside out (right side should be facing you).
You can attach a pom pom or leave your beanie plain.
You've finished your Aurora Mohair Beanie!
I’m not using the Mohair thread, just one yarn. The 41 foundation chain was way too small for adults. Is that because I’m using a single yarn option?
Hi Tanuka, it sounds like your gauge is too tight? I always recommend creating a gauge swatch and adjust your hook size / yarn accordingly so you can match the pattern! If you're only using 1 strand of yarn, you'd probably need to use a DK / Light (3) or a worsted / medium (4) to match gauge.
Gillian Jaffe says
Using the right gauge and everything, this hat turned out HUGE!! like baker's hat, rasta hat size. HUGE. Way to many stitches in the foundation chain. i thought it was going to shrink when assembled, but it did not.
If you followed the gauge and stitch count (and do the calculations) your measurements should match the pattern. It might be that the yarn you're using is very stretchy or you the yarn you paired with the mohair isn't the correct thickness?