Plaid beanie called Coolishanka. Pattern included

“This is not a coolishek this is not an ushanka hat, this is a coolishanka beanie.”

A new word was need in the Czech language for this type and there it is. I had this hat on my mind for a while but only when I got across the Bethany Dearden plaid pattern (can be found here) I knew I had to try it. In the original pattern the author starts with a ribbed band but I wanted to start traditionally from the top. Unfortunately I am not a mathematically talented so I had to try it several times before I got the correct size, number of loops and color switching combination. I did not give up so this plaid coolishanka came to world. And as a time saver for others I would like to share this pattern with you.

Plaid beanie called Coolishanka
Size: 45-47 cm/17.7 – 18.5 in
Yarn: Himalaya Baby Dolphin Chenille Yarn dark grey (80320), light grey (80325) and white (80301), have a peak zde.
Yarn alternatives for overseas are:
– Kartopu Yumurcak
– Universal Yarn Bella Chenille
– Katia Bambi
– King Cole Yumi
– Red Heart Velvety
Weight: Super Bulky
Meterage: 100 g (3.53 ounces)/120 m (135 yards) (! be careful original yarn Himalaya is a little bit thinner than Bernat blanket yarn so the result might vary)
Hook size: 6 and 5 (I crochet pretty tight so you may need smaller hooks)
Pompom: I made my own from Kartopu Simli Tavsan (tutorial here) but you can buy one
Needle and thread
Decorative button or decorative label
Time: at about 2-3 hours
Price to sell this hat is 350 CZK/$14 plus shipping.
Suitable for intermediate

US terminology:
MC – Magic Circle
Sl St – slip stitch
CH – chain stitch
SC – single crochet
DC – double crochet
FP HDC – front post half double crochet
BP HDC – back post half double crochet
Each row starts with either 1 CH = Single Crochet or 2 CH = Half Double Crochet/double crochet and ends with SlSt.


White (hook 6)
1st row: 10 SC into MC, SlSt
2nd row: 2 DC into each SC from previous row, SlSt (20 DC)

Switching white and light grey
In this row you always make 2 DC white and 2 DC grey. Sometimes you will have two different colors in one loop from the previous row. At the end please count properly whether you have 32 DC and if the colors are switching regularly.
3rd row: 2 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC, 2 DC, 2 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC, 2 DC, SlSt (32 DC).

Switching light grey and dark grey (light grey above white, dark grey above light grey from the previous row)
4th row: light grey 2 DC in one loop, 1 DC, dark grey 2 DC in one loop, 1 DC. Repeat, SlSt (48 DC). At the end make sure that you have a correct number of stitches and your colors are switching regularly (three of each color)

Switching white and light grey (white above light grey from previous row, light grey above dark grey)
5th row: white 3 DC, light grey 3 DC. Repeat. SlSt (48 DC)

Switching light grey and dark grey
6th row: light grey 3 DC, dark grey 3 DC. Repeat. SlSt (48 DC)

Switching withe and light grey
7th row: white 3 DC, light grey 3 DC. Repeat. SlSt (48 DC)

Switching light grey and dark grey
8th row: light grey 3 DC, dark grey 3 DC. Repeat. SlSt (48 DC)

Dark grey, hook 5, ribbed band
Do not end with dark grey yarn but continue and crochet 40 FP HDC and BP HDC. That is the beginning of the ribbed band. After 40 stitches TURN and crochet back. Crochet FP HDC into FP HDC from the previous row and BP HDC into BP HDC from the previous row. The ribbed band has 4 rows!
5th row: crochet 40 SC and 8 HDC around the whole hat.

Cut twice approximately 80 cm/31.5 in of dark grey, light grey and white yarn, fold in half and pull through the corner of the ribbed band (where the ears are). Make a braid. Decorate with a pompom. Sew the pompom to the top and sew the button/label to the hat.

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