How to Crochet a Baby Beanie

An Easy Pattern Recipe for Baby Beanies in Any Yarn

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Beanies are classic, never go out of style, and are a perfect choice to keep your baby warm. This pattern recipe will have you crocheting baby beanies in no time with whatever yarn and hook you have on hand.

Skill Level: Easy

Step 1: Choose Your Materials

Yarn: Your choice of yarn.
For a solid brand of yarn for your baby beanie, try Lion Brand, Baby's First, a bulky weight cotton and acrylic yarn blend.

If you’re still unsure what the best material for your project is, take a look at Yarn for Baby Hats before beginning.

Yardage: How much yardage, or how many grams, of yarn you use is going to vary. The weight of your yarn (DK, worsted, bulky, etc.) and the fiber will all impact how much you need. As a general guide, this pattern provides approximate yardage for a baby beanie using worsted weight. Do remember, however, that this is only a guide and your results may be different.

  • Preemie Beanie: 30 to 50 yards
  • Newborn Beanie: 50 to 70 yards
  • Baby Beanie: 60 to 80 yards
  • Toddler Beanie: 70 to 90 yards


Crochet Hook: This crochet baby beanie is a “no gauge” project. Choose a crochet hook that works well with your yarn. If you’re not sure, check the yarn label. Large manufacturers will print the recommended hook size near the care instructions on every yarn wrapper.

For this sample pattern, we used a size J/6mm crochet hook paired with bulky weight yarn.



Extras and Special Techniques:

The special technique for this project is crocheting in the round. You will also need:

Step 2: Choose Your Finished Size

The next step after choosing your materials is deciding what size you want your finished hat to be.

If the hat recipient is handy then use a measuring tape to determine forehead circumference. If this isn’t possible you may wish to refer to the baby hat size chart.

Write down your desired finished hat circumference. You’ll need to know this measurement during the next step.

The sample beanie size for this pattern measures 13.25” forehead circumference.

Step 3: Begin Crocheting

Note that all beanie hats will begin the same no matter what finished size you’re making.

Chain 4, slip stitch to the first chain to form a ring.

Foundation Round: Chain 1 (counts as 1st single crochet), work 7 single crochet into the center of the ring -- 8 single crochet total.

Round 1: Chain 1 and single crochet in the same stitch (this counts as 2 single crochet in the 1st stitch), work 2 single crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to beginning chain to join round -- 16 single crochet.

Round 2: Chain 1 and single crochet in same stitch (this counts as 2 single crochet in the 1st stitch), 1 single crochet in next stitch, *2 single crochet in next stitch (increases stitch count by 1), 1 single crochet in next stitch; repeat from * to end, slip stitch in beginning chain to join -- 24 single crochet.

Round 3: Chain 1 and single crochet in same stitch (this counts as 2 single crochet in the 1st stitch), 1 single crochet in next 2 stitches, *2 single crochet in next stitch (increases stitch count by 1), 1 single crochet in next 2 stitches; repeat from * to end, slip stitch in beginning chain to join -- 32 single crochet.



Continue in this manner, working 1 more stitch between increases on each round, until hat is ​the desired circumference. For example, round 4 would be: Chain 1 and single crochet in same stitch (this counts as 2 single crochet in the 1st stitch), 1 single crochet in next 3 stitches, *2 single crochet in next stitch (increases stitch count by 1), 1 single crochet in next 3 stitches; repeat from * to end, slip stitch in beginning chain to join -- 40 single crochet.

To check and see if beanie is the desired circumference you may use either of the following methods.

  1. Lay crochet piece on a flat surface. Use a flexible measuring tape to measure around the outer edge of the circle.
  2. Use a ruler to measure how many stitches are in 1 inch. Count the number of stitches in your round and divide it by the number of stitches you have in 1 inch. The number you end up with is your circumference. For example, if I've counted 3 stitches per inch and have 40 stitches in my round then I know the circumference of my beanie is 13.25 inches.

    Work Even
    Once you’ve increased to your desired stitch count, continue to single crochet each round until beanie reaches the right length. If your hat recipient is handy then simply place the hat on their head to check length. If not, you may refer to the Baby Hat Size Chart for standard length measurements.

    Finishing
    Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.

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