Tutorial: Semi-homemade Mohawk Beanie Cap {no knitting}

Do you want to make your own DIY mohawk beanie cap but don’t know how to knit or crochet? Not everyone has the time or skills to make a mohawk beanie cap from scratch, so I came up with a “cheater version” so you can make your own mohawk beanie in an hour starting with a $1 cap and a skein of Martha Stewart Crafts 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.

The 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)

The 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.

This tutorial & the project created is for personal use only & not for commercial use.


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SS January 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Had a bit of a hard time finding this through the Pinterest link. Would have been great if the picture linked directly to the tutorial. GREAT project, very creative! Would hate for people to miss out because it’s hard to find!


this is carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie

I can’t control the bad links people pin on pinterest. Wish i could! This tutorial has been pinned many, many times and most of the ones i’ve checked link right to this page. If you send me the link to the pin you saw, I’ll try to make sure I leave a comment with the proper link. Thanks and glad you found it!


Vanina August 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

this is fantastic! thank you for sharing :)


Jessica at SewSet August 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

This is AWESOME!!! I might NEED to make one of these for my little boy. Love it!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!

– Jess


Lena Reply:

Yer thanks that was amazing


Twitter: ajhandmade
August 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Hi there – love your stuff! These hats are great – I have linked to this post on my blog at ajperspective.com/blog. Thanks!


Jenni September 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm

SO excited I found this tutorial. I was just trying to figure out what to do for my son’s Rocker Costume and I think this will be perfect! Thanks!


jessica October 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm

My son’s crazy hat day is on Friday and I found this last night through pinterest and Love the idea. But I can’t find martha stewart roving wool! I live in a small town and I’m going to the “city” tomorrow. I called a local small fabric shop, and went to walmart. I called Hobby Lobby, Joanns, and Michaels and none of them said they had it. I don’t know enough about yarn to know if there is something else, another brand or type, or other words to describe a yarn that will work the same way. Please help and fast! :) Thank you so much!!!


this is carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie

Any thick, loosely twisted yarn should be okay. Especially if you brush it with a stiff brush. You’ll want to fibers to hook to each other, that’s what makes them stand up.


Betsy @ Anna Nimmity February 21, 2013 at 10:10 am

Oh my goodness, this is adorable! I found you through Tip Junkie. Pinning for future reference. Thanks!


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Love the beanies so sweet!


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