This beanie was born almost immediately after I learned how to crochet; my love for Donkey Kong 64 began the birth of my fandom related crochet!

When I was in elementary school I was absolutely obsessed with Donkey Kong 64! I used to dress up as Tiny Kong (sans hat because I didn’t have one at the time) and dance the DK Rap at lunchtime.

When I first learned how to crochet and make a beanie, I knew I had to make a Tiny Kong beanie (she’s my favorite character out of the whole DK franchise probably) to relive my childhood fangirling.

This beanie is super easy to make, when I first wrote it down I didn’t really have a base beanie pattern to base it off of like my half double crochet beanie pattern. I think my first few Tiny Kong beanies were a mix of single crochet and half double crochet?

After I wrote my half double crochet beanie pattern I adjusted my Tiny Kong beanie to fit that pattern, and it worked out a lot better without having weird stitch changes.

Materials

Worsted weight (#4) yarn (I use Red Heart Super Saver in Cherry Red, Hunter Green, and Amethyst)
K (6.5mm) hook
Embroidery scissors
Embroidery needle

Terms (US)

Ch – chain
Rnd – round
Sc- single crochet
Sl st – slip stitch

Notes

Ch 1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a st.

Join at the end of each round with a sl st to the top of the first st at the beginning of the round.

Gauge: 10 hdc and 11 rows in a 4” x 4” square

Instructions

Rnd 1 – 8 hdc in a magic circle, or ch 4, st st in 1st ch and then ch 1, 8 hdc in ring. (8 hdc)
Rnd 2 – Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st. 2 hdc in each st around. (16 hdc)
Rnd 3 – Ch 1, hdc in same st. 2 hdc in next st. *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st* repeat from * to * around. (24 hdc)
Rnd 4 – Ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc in next st. 2 hdc in next st. *hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st* repeat from * to * around. (32 hdc)
Rnd 5 – With purple yarn, ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts. 2 hdc in next st. *hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st* repeat from * to * around. (40 hdc)
Rnd 6 – Ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts. 2 hdc in next st. *hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st* repeat from * to * around. (48 hdc)
Rnd 7 – Ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc in next 4 sts. 2 hdc in next st. *hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st* repeat from * to * around. (56 hdc)
Rnd 8 – Ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc in next 5 sts. 2 hdc in next st. *hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st* repeat from * to * around. (64 hdc)
Rnd 9 – Ch 1, hdc in same st and each st around (64 hdc)
Rnds 10 – repeat rnd 9.
Rnds 11-18 – with green yarn, repeat rnd 9.
Rnds 19-22 – with purple yarn, repeat rnd 9.
Rnd 23 – with red yarn, ch 1, sc in same st and sc around (64 sc).

Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.

Have you played Donkey Kong 64? Who is your favorite character?

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