A crochet beanie is a classic hat. It never goes out of style and it works for people of any age. Beanies are especially popular as crochet baby hats, perfect for keeping baby warm. This is a pattern recipe that will teach you how to crochet a baby beanie using any yarn, adaptable to different sizes to fit babies of different ages.
Easy. This crochet baby beanie recipe is designed with the beginner in mind.
This pattern uses single crochet stitches worked in the round, with a slip stitch to join at the end of each round.
Step 1: Choose Your Materials
Yarn: Make this crochet baby beanie using any yarn you wish. This recipe is easily adaptable to different fibers and different weights. Need some more direction? Many yarn brands offer yarn just for babies; try a worsted weight cotton or acrylic as a starting point. If you want more information about the best material for your crochet beanie hat, take a look at Yarn for Baby Hats before beginning this project.
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.), the fiber selected and the finished size of the hat will all impact how much yarn you need. As a general guide, this pattern provides approximate yardage for a baby beanie using worsted weight yarn. Do remember, however, that this is only a guide and your results may differ.
- Preemie Beanie: 30 to 50 yards
- Newborn Beanie: 50 to 70 yards
- Baby Beanie: 60 to 80 yards
- Toddler Beanie: 70 to 90 yards
In general, you should find that one ball of yarn is sufficient for most crochet baby beanies.
Crochet Hook: This crochet baby beanie is a “no gauge” project. This means that you should choose a crochet hook that works well with your yarn.
If you’re not sure about the right hook size, check the yarn label. Large manufacturers will print the recommended hook size near the care instructions on every yarn wrapper. Common examples are to choose a size G crochet hook for a worsted weight yarn or a size J crochet hook for a bulky weight yarn.
You will also need:
Step 2: Choose Your Finished Size
The next step after choosing your materials is deciding what size you want for your finished hat. If the hat recipient is handy then use a measuring tape to determine forehead circumference. The sample beanie size for the instructions in this recipe measures 13.25” forehead circumference.
If it isn't possible to measure the baby's head in advance, you can refer to a baby hat size chart for a good approximation. The great thing is that no matter what size hat you make, there is probably a head out there that fits it, so if you just want to do trial-and-error then you can always donate any extra crochet beanies to charity.
Step 3: Begin Crocheting
Foundation Round: Chain 1 (counts as 1st single crochet), work 7 single crochet into the center of the ring, sl st to close the round -- 8 single crochet total. (Alternatively you can begin this project with a magic ring and work 8 sc into the center. Another option is to ch 2, work 7 sc into the second ch from hook, and sl st to close the round.)
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 total.
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 total.
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 total. Note that each round should have 8 more stitches than the previous round.
Note that what you are doing here is crocheting a flat circle. Do this until your circle reaches the desired circumference of the finished crochet beanie.
Getting the right circumference:
To check if beanie is the desired circumference you may use either of the following methods.
- Lay crochet piece on a flat surface. Use a flexible measuring tape to measure around the outer edge of the circle.
- 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.
Once you’ve increased the size of the circle to your desired circumference, continue to single crochet each round until beanie reaches the right length. This means that you will ch 1, sc in each stitch around, and sl st to close. Repeat for as many rounds as necessary to get the right length of the hat. 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.
Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.