I just crochet the beanie (using a Size K hook) following the directions in my pattern. Because I was using a chunky (5) weight yarn, I only completed 4 increase rows and then did 3 rows only of the double crochet (dc) stitches with no increases for a total of 7 rows.
Changed yarn, did 1 row of single crochet (sc), then did 1 row of : * 3 SC in next 3 stitches, then in next stitch 2 SC Tog, 4 SC in next 4 stitches, then 2 SC Tog, repeat from * around ending with 2 SC Tog. This might not end perfectly even, last couple of stitches might be 2 SC then 2 SC Tog. Made this last night and, unfortunately, was not writing all my instructions down. 🙁 Really doesn’t have to be exact, just want to have some decreases scattered around to create a somewhat puffy look.
Now I just finished off with 3 more rows of SC and last row of just slip stitches (SL) and then fastened off.
This crochet set was made for a 3-year-old and I know she will look soooo very cute when wearing everything!! Hope you will give it a try. 🙂