The Dragonskin Beanie | Easy and Squishy Free Crochet Hat Pattern

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The Dragonskin Beanie is made with Bernat Blanket Velvet, and is super soft and squishy! It is light enough to wear in the summer but warm enough for mild winter weather! Best of all, this is a free hat pattern!

This hat is an intermediate-level pattern, but advanced beginners can pull it off without too much trouble.

If you’ve never used the dragonskin stitch, go ahead and watch the video below to get a good understanding of it before beginning. The stitch is a little more complicated than most of my patterns, but has a nice rhythm and a very intricate look!

I usually use Bernat Blanket Yarn in my designs, but I couldn’t get the look I wanted with such a thick yarn this time around! I switched to Bernat Velvet, and it turned out PERFECT the first time I tried!

This actually goes back to my very first blog post (yes, ever!), The Dragonskin Stitch!

The dragonskin stitch was also one of my very first videos on my YouTube Channel! This brings back so many memories, lol.

Anyway, on to the pattern! If you wish to purchase the ad-free PDF version, you can find it in my shop!

Here’s the free version below!

The Dragonskin Beanie Free Hat Pattern

young girl with her head turned to the side wearing a velvet soft beanie with interlocking bumps covering it resembling dragon scales
The Dragonskin Beanie


  • 2 skeins Bernat Velvet Yarn. Color A (I used Vapor Grey) and Color B (I used Velveteal). Get it on Love Crafts here.
  • Size 7/4.5mm. crochet hook or whatever size you need to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn/Tapestry needle


After rnd 3, the worked circle should be exactly 3.5″ in diameter. OR

With size 4.5mm hook and suggested yarn: Dragonskin Stitch (vid tutorial) worked flat 7 singles by 7 rows =4″ by 4″ 

Abbreviations and Stitch Library:

Sl St: slip stitch- insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.

Sc: single crochet- YT Tutorial

Sc2tog: single crochet decrease – [Insert hook in next st, yo, pull up loop] twice, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.

Hdc: half double crochet- YT Tutorial

Dc: double crochet- YT Tutorial

Dc2tog: double crochet two together- YT Tutorial

Dtr or Quad: double-treble crochet or quadruple crochet- YT Tutorial

FPDC and BPDC: Front post double crochet and back post double crochet- YT Tutorial (video is for triple crochet, but same technique applies.)

FPTC and BPTC: front post triple crochet and back post triple crochet- YT Tutorial

RSM: running stitch marker – YT Tutorial

Magic Ring: YT Tutorial

Join: Pull hook out of working loop, and insert back to front through both loops of 1st st. Insert hook back into working loop, and pull loop through st

[..]: Repeat text between brackets as many times as stated.

St(s): stitch(es)

Ch(s): chain(s)

Inc: increase – 2 sts worked in the same st

Sk: skip

Rnd(s): round(s)

Dragonskin Stitch: YT Tutorial


  • Chains and joins do not count as stitches.
  • Joined-to stitches do not count as having been worked. Work the very first st of each round.
  • Pattern is for Large Adult size, size variations are below.

Adult Size:

Rnd 1: With color A, work Magic Ring, ch 3 (counts as dc), 11 dc into Magic Ring. Join (12 “dc”)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, FPTC around ch 3 from 1st rnd, dc in 3rd ch, so that you have an FPTC and a dc in the same place. [FPTC around next dc from 1st rnd, dc in the top of same st as FPTC] repeat between brackets around for a total of 12 FPTC, and 12 dc. Join. (24) Remember to count! It is super important to have the correct number of stitches!


The RED text in the following brackets will be referred to as an “increase”.

[FPTC around next dc, dc in the top of the dc you just TCed around, then FPTC again around the same dc, dc in top of next FPTC from rnd 1]

The PURPLE text in the following brackets will be referred to as a “single”.

[FPTC around next dc from previous rnd, dc in next FPTC from previous rnd.]

Each individual stitch within these stitch combinations will still each be counted in stitch counts. —

shows stitch definition and reiterates above text with a diagram
Stitch Example Image

Rnd 3: Ch 1, dc in first FPTC from rnd 2, [single, increase] x 6. Change to Color B in last FPTC if desired. Join. Note that you won’t need the last dc, as you started with it. (36 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, FPTC around first dc from previous rnd, dc in top of next FPTC, single, increase. [single, single, increase] x 5. Join. (48 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, dc in top of first st (FPTC from last rnd), [single, single, single, increase] x 6. Join. Please note final dc is unnecessary, done as first st. (60 sts)

Change to Color A in last st if desired.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, [single, single, single, single, increase] x 6. Join. (72 sts)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, dc in top of first st (FPTC from last rnd), single around. Please note final dc is unnecessary, done as first st. (72 sts)

Change to Color B in last st if desired

Rnd 8: Ch 1, [work 6 singles, increase] x 5, dc in next st, FPTC in last st. Join. (82 sts)

Rnds 9-17: Ch 1, single around. Each odd row will need to start with a dc and end with a color change. (82 sts)


Row 1: With Color B, FSC 5, ch 1, in BLO sc in each st, sl st in second stitch of Rnd 17. (5 sc)

Row 2: In BLO, ch 1 and turn, sc in each st. (5)

Row 3: In BLO, ch 1 and turn, sc in each st, in last rnd of hat, sk 1 st, sl st in next st.

Repeat Rows 1+2 around last rnd of hat. On final repeat, sl st in bottom of first FSC. Ch 1, and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Whipstitch sides of brim together, and weave in ends.

Make sure to match gauge, or sizing will not work!

For Adult Small size:

Substitute Rnd 8 with “Ch 1, single around. (72 sts)

Omit Rnds 16+17. (unless you want a slouchy beanie)

For Child size : 

Rnds 1-5 of pattern.

Rnds 6-13: Ch 1, Single around. Each odd row will need to start with a dc and end with a color change. (60 sts)

For Baby size :

Rnds 1-4 of pattern.

Rnds 5-11: Ch 1, Single around. Each odd row will need to start with a dc and end with a color change.

And that concludes the Dragonskin beanie pattern! I hope you enjoyed this free hat pattern, and I’ll see you next time!

Here are some links to a few of my posts I think you’ll like, feel free to check them out!

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