I'm embarrassed to say this out loud.
Please don't judge me.
The main reason for this was that I was very dependent on patterns when I first learned to crochet last year (Inner Hooker patterns are my very favorite) and all the patterns I had purchased were sized for babies and children. Riley isn't a child. I mean, he is, but he's also 5 feet tall and 100 pounds - small adult sized. Now that I know what I'm doing when I crochet, I decided it was time to make the boy a hat.
It's soccer season around here, and Riley's team color is FLUORESCENT GREEN, hence the LOVELY (dripping with sarcasm) shade of this hat. This beanie is SUPER DUPER simple, because he just needs something to keep his head and ears warm while he plays soccer, and the hat couldn't have any fancy features that might interfere with heading the ball.
This hat actually fits my husband too, so I would say it is sized for tweens/teens/adults. It is a little long and slouchy on Riley, and fits more like a beanie on Bryan. Riley thinks it's hilarious to pull it down over his face to prevent me from taking pictures of it. Thanks, buddy. You can see here though that it's sort of long, but when he wears it tilted back towards his crown, it looks cute and slouchy.
(Beanie isn't rippled - it just looks that way from Riley grabbing with with both hands and pulling it down hard over his face, stretching out the fabric.)
Here's the pattern:
Hook: HYarn: About half a skein of Red Heart Super Saver in HOLY CRAP THAT IS REALLY BRIGHT green (not the real color name, but you get the point), and scraps of some black and white acrylic yarns. You could use any worsted weight yarn, but keep in mind that RHSS is a heavier worsted weight yarn so I would use a yarn of similar weight.
Note: I am NOT A FAN of the super saver yarn. It just feels rough and yucky to me. But this hat needs to be washed repeatedly and is likely to get muddy and gross, so I went with it, since it was the only yarn I could find in this color. Riley doesn't seem to mind it at all.
Ch 4, join with a sl in the first chain.
Round 1: ch 2, 10 dc into the loop (10 dc)
Round 2: ch 2, *2 dc in each dc* (20 dc)
Round 3: ch 2, *1 dc in first stitch, 2 dc in the next stitch* (30 dc)
Round 4: ch 2, *1 dc in first two stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch* (40 dc)
Round 5: ch 2, *1 dc in first three stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch* (50 dc)
Round 6: ch 2, *1 dc in first four stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch* (60 dc)
Round 7: ch 2, *1 dc in first nine stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch* (66 dc)
Round 8-Round 14: dc in each dc (66 dc)
Round 15: Change to stripe 1 color, dc in each dc (66 dc)
Round 16: Change to stripe 2 color, hdc in each dc (66 hdc)
Round 17: Change to stripe 1 color, dc in each hdc (66 dc)
Round 18: Change to main color, dc in each dc (66 dc)
Round 19: hdc in each dc (66 hdc)
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Side note - today is Riley's half birthday. He wants half a cake and half a LEGO set to celebrate. How did my sweet baby get so old?!?! Also, I am fairly certain that any minute now, little girls are going to start banging down my door trying to get the attention of this guy. I mean, really. He's just too handsome for his own good.