Simple Free Crochet Beanie Pattern

Learn how to crochet a beanie to make your first hat!

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This easy crochet beanie pattern is designed to be simple enough that you can use the pattern to make your first ever hat. That's right; you're a newbie to crochet and you can learn how to crochet a beanie right now.

This design uses only two crochet stitches - the chain stitch (which is what every crocheter learns first) and the simple single crochet stitch. The stitches are worked in the round with a little bit of increasing to give you the shape of the hat, giving you a good opportunity to practice some of these basic techniques and hone your skills.

 The instructions come with enough detail to help you through areas where a beginner might get stuck.

The crochet beanie itself is a classic hat design that can be worked in a range of colors and sizes. You will be proud to wear your first crochet hat. Then you will want to make a bunch of them to gift to everyone you know!

Crochet Skill Level

Easy - a good beginner crochet hat pattern

Materials Required

  • Worsted Weight Yarn: This crochet hat pattern uses approximately 2 ounces / 55 grams of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. As a beginner you will want to work with a similar acrylic yarn to get the same fit. More advanced crocheters may be able to substitute other fibers (such as worsted weight wool or cotton). 
  • Crochet Hook: Start by trying a size K crochet hook, but adjust hook size if necessary to get the correct fit. The instructions below tell you what the measurements should be after the rounds to keep you on track.

Crochet Abbreviations

  • beg = beginning
  • ch = chain
  • ch-1 sp = chain-1 space, the space formed when you crocheted a chain stitch in the previous row
  • ea = each
  • rep = repeat
  • sc = single crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st = stitch

Finished Size and In-Process Measurements

The finished crochet hat size is approximately 20.5 inches in circumference, measured at the lower edge. Note that the hat is designed to have a few inches worth of negative ease; the hat measurement can be a bit smaller than the wearer's actual head measurement. 

The sample hat has a radius (measuring from the center / top down to the edge) of about 6.5 inches. You can adjust this if you wish by crocheting fewer rounds for a shorter hat, or more rounds for a longer hat. Here are some additional measurements to help you gauge whether you are on the right track:

  • Measurement after crocheting round 2: 2 inches in diameter.
  • Measurement after crocheting round 4: about 3 3/8 inches in diameter.
  • Measurement after crocheting round 6: about 4 1/4 inches in diameter.

Once you become skilled at crochet, you'll be able to easily adapt this pattern to create the same beanie design in other sizes. You can also make smaller and larger sizes by following the same pattern by using smaller or larger crochet hooks.

Crochet Pattern Notes

Before you begin, there are a couple of things that you might need to know:

  • The brackets [] indicate a set of instructions that you will repeat.
  • In this pattern you'll be crocheting into chain spaces. When you see the abbreviation ch-1 sp, you'll work into the space, NOT into the stitch itself.
  • Up until about round 7, your hat will look reasonably hat-like. Be aware that while you are crocheting the next several rounds from that point, the project may start to resemble some sort of strangely warped flying saucer. If it does, please do not be alarmed. This will indeed turn out to be a hat, although it might not start looking hat-like again until after round 10 or further.

Crochet Beanie Free Pattern

  • Ch 5. Join with a sl st to form ring.
  • Round 1: ch 1, work 10 sc in ring. sl st to join the work to the ch-1 worked at the beg of the round.
  • Round 2: Work 2 sc in ea sc. Work 1 sc in sl st worked at end of round 1. You'll end up with a total of 21 sc sts. Sl st to join end of round to beg.
  • Round 3: Work 1 sc in ea st of round 2 below. Total: 21 sc. Sl st to join end of round to beg.
  • Round 4: [Work 1 sc in ea of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc.] Repeat sequence in brackets all the way around. Total = 28 sc. Sl st to join end of round to beg.
  • Round 5: [1 sc in ea of the next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc.] Repeat sequence in brackets all the way around. Total = 32 sc. Sl st to join end of round to beg.
  • Round 6: Work 1 sc in ea sc. Total = 32 sc. Sl st to join end of round to beg.
  • Round 7: [sc in next sc, ch 1] Rep sequence in brackets 31 more times for a total of 32. After the last ch st has been worked, sl st to join to 1st sc in round. Total = 32 sc and 32 ch sts.
  • Rounds 8 and Up: [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next sc.] Rep sequence in brackets all the way around, for a total of 32 times. Sl st to join the end of the round to the beg.
  • Repeat round 8 until the beanie is the length you want it. The sample hat was worked in 24 rounds, but you should feel free to adjust this number to get the fit that works best for you (or the intended wearer). Keep in mind that you can put a safety pin in your active loop and try the hat on to see how it fits.

Finishing the Crochet Beanie

End off, leaving about 6 inches of yarn for weaving in securely. Weave in any loose ends. Block crochet hat if desired for more finished look.

Crochet Pattern Set

This crochet beanie hat is designed as part of a pattern set that uses the same matching stitch pattern. You can crochet one or more of the other patterns to combine with the free crochet beanie pattern to make a nice set of matching accessories for yourself or someone else. The other patterns in this set include:

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