DIY J.Crew chevron beanie

Knit your own J.Crew chevron beanie — free pattern

J.Crew is pretty much hitting it out of the park right now with their winter accessories, especially the knitted goods. One of my favorites is this simple Chevron Hat. What I don’t like so much is the way the crown decreases interrupt the chevrons, or that it’s “viscose/nylon/lambswool/rabbit hair/cashmere.” (I’d love to know what the percentages are, but that adds up to “synthetic with a touch of animal fiber.”) Happily, those of us who knit can make our own. Kate Gagnon Osborn’s Opus Spicatum (free pattern) has a much more elegant decrease scheme. It’s designed for The Fibre Company’s Road to China yarn (65% Baby Alpaca, 15% Silk, 10% Camel, 10% Cashmere), and you could go with their Garnet and Cobalt to simulate J.Crew’s burgundy/navy version. To match the heather-grey and off-white version above, I’d suggest Quince and Co’s Lark (100% American wool) in Kumlien’s Gull and Frost.

ALSO: If you’re into J.Crew’s Zigzag Stripe Scarf, you might take a look at Jill Zielinski’s Empire State Cowl (free pattern) — just knit it as a tube scarf, with solid-colored ribbing on each end, rather than grafting it into a loop.

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4 thoughts on “DIY J.Crew chevron beanie

  1. I’m just now knitting with “Lark” for the first time and the stitch definition is amazing…. would look awesome with this hat. Great suggestion.

  2. Thank you so much for this post! I saw the hat and scarf in the J.Crew catalog and could not get over the decreasing messing up the pattern. Thank you for pointing me to the patterns! :)

  3. I have made this hat before and, though it’s a nice, fun thing to make, it turns out to be a lot smaller than the pattern suggests. I only discovered this after I finished and looked at other people’s Ravelry notes. It’s definitely a good idea to cast on a few extra stitches so that it has a chance of being slouchy (not that it looks bad as a beanie!).

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