semi-homemade mohawk beanie tutorial {yarn crafts}

by @according2kelly on December 15, 2011

i’m loving this semi-homemade mohawk beanie tutorial from carrie of this mama makes stuff. it’s a perfect yarn craft. plus, it’s a no-sew, non-crochet, non-knit tutorial – so EVERYONE can make it (including me).


you probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear me admit i have a wee bit of a craft addiction. my cupboards are overflowing with craft supplies, including dozens of spools (or is it skeins?!) of yarn. the funny thing? i don’t knit or crochet! any craft involving a needle or hook terrifies me.

so i’m terribly excited to announce that i’ve partnered with lion brand yarn, and some of my crafty bloggers (like carrie), to create easy, non-knitting, non-crochet yarn crafts featuring the fabulous & fun lion brand yarn products.

by the way, if you haven’t met carrie, check her out… she is the woman behind, This Mama Makes Stuff, where she blogs about refashioning & running, raising comapssionate kids & crocheting, thrifting and triathlons. connect with her on twitter, “like” her on facebook,  or follow her on pinterest.

{Yarn Crafts} Semi-Homemade Mohawk Beanie

I love all the knitted mohawk beanie caps I’ve been seeing around town (and by “around town,” I mean “around the internets” since my town isn’t very cold).

Not all of us have the time or skills to knit one up from scratch, so I came up with a “cheater version” you can make in an hour with a $1 beanie cap and one skein of Martha Stewart Craft brand Roving wool. No knitting or crocheting required!


This semi-homemade mohawk beanie cap is guaranteed to be a hit with all the crazy-cool kids in your life.

The Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool is lightweight and lofty, making it the perfect yarn for the project. Inexpensive beanie caps can be found all over the place. I picked up mine at Target for $1 a piece.


The hardest part might be choosing the color combo you want to make.


Semi-Homemade Mohawk Beanie Tutorial

Semi-Homemade Mohwak Beanie Supplies:

1 beanie cap
1 skein of Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool (will make two caps)
1 yarn needle
Chalk pencil or my favorite soap marker
Brush with fine, stiff bristles (not pictured)

Semi-Homemade Mohawk Beanie Instructions:


Mark the center line down front and back of cap (using the seam as a guide if it has one). Make another mark 3″ up from edge of cap at center front and center back (this will be the starting and stopping point of the yarn mohawk).


Thread the yarn needle with a manageable length of yarn. Using a double thickness of yarn, stitch through (always only on top layer) center back of beanie cap at 3″ mark on cap about 3/8″ away from center line. Stitch back through same hole, keeping a 1″ long loop at center of cap.


Stitch through the beanie cap 1/2″ away from first stitch, leaving a 2″ long loop. Stitch back through same hole, once again keeping a 1″ long look at the center of cap.


Continue the same stitch pattern (each stitch about 1/2″ apart & about 3/8″ away from center line) leaving 1″ loops at the center and 2″ loops at the edge.


Once you’ve used up your first piece of threaded yarn, go back and cut all the 2″ long outside loops.


Now it’s time to tie! I’m no Boy Scout, but I think this type of knot is called a cow hitch. All you have to do is pull the cut ends through the loop, lightly tugging to tighten (there will be 4 cut ends per each double strand loop).

It’s a good idea to tie the first short row of loops before doing all the stitching to make sure you don’t want to make any adjustments.

Now continue to stitch loops until you get to the center front 3″ mark. Make one stitch where your center mark and your 3″ mark intersect. Then, turn the corner by making another stitch at the 3″ mark, 3/8″ away from the center line. Your two lines of stitches should be about 3/4″ apart.

Once you get back to where you started, make one more stitch where the center back line and 3″ line intersect. If you haven’t cut and tied along the way, go back and cut and tie all your pieces. If you want to try to get two hats out of your skein of yarn, you can be done stitching. If you are making just one hat and want a fuller mohawk. you can do a third row of stitching up the center line.

Using a brush with fine, stiff bristles, brush out your mohawk. A good amount of the roving wool will pull out onto your brush, but that’s okay! You want to separate the strands of yarn and interconnect them with the other strands to help the mohawk have fullness and strength.


Trim your mohawk to the desired length and you’re done. Now it’s time to find a little head to wear it!



**Be careful when washing your beanie cap as roving wool yarn can felt when washed and dried.

semi-homemade mohawk beanie giveaway

want to make your very own semi-homemade mohawk beanie? even better, want to WIN all the supplies needed to make your very own beanie? carrie is hosting a giveaway featuring EVERYTHING you need to make a semi-homemade mohawk beanie (including the lion brand yarn, beanie & yarn needle). all you have to do is visit her blog HERE, & leave a comment.

disclaimer: this is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of lion brand yarn. the opinions & ideas expressed by me do not necessarily reflect the view of lion brand yarn. we been compensated for writing this post & hosting the giveaway. however all opinions are 100% our own, and we really do love lion brand yarn & i have an excessive number of spools/ball/skeins of yarn to prove it.


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This is awesome!!! I actually just got done making one of my own... I tried this with really fat regular yarn ( I couldn't find wool at the store I was in)... sadly it didn't work the same, I ened up spraying the yarn with hair spray and then it looked ok ^_^. I am going on a hunt to find the wool that you have used and try again. Thank you so much for the easy step by step instructions!


This is sooooo fa-reaking awesome! Carrie, genius!!! Looks like it's yarn fun for me today! We're going to have scarfs and awesome beanie hats to keep us warm this winter!


Thanks for the tutorial! I've been looking for a way to make a roman soldier helmet which has a red "mohawk" and I think this will do perfectly!nthanks again.


How cool?! My husband loves mohawk hats and is constantly buying them. May have to try this out!


So simple and fun! I love it!!


awesome!! these are so fun. i am making a note for xmas presents for next year! found you through fitfluential :)


How adorableeee!


OMG I love this!!!! Sadly, I am not even slightly crafty, but my cousin is. I"m going to send her this link and ask if she'll make this for my boys!


This is an awesome idea! My nephew would love this.


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