This easy crochet beanie is designed to be simple enough that you can use the pattern to make your first ever hat. The 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 crochet beanie itself is a classic design that can be worked in a range of colors and sizes, allowing you to make a bunch of them to gift to everyone you know!
Crochet Skill Level
- Worsted Weight Yarn: The sample beanie for this crochet pattern was worked using Red Heart Super Saver yarn, an easy-to-find, affordable yarn. One 7 oz. skein of Red Heart Super Saver is more than sufficient to crochet this beanie. The sample made used about 2 ounces / 55 grams of this yarn. You are welcome to substitute other worsted weight yarns at your selection.
- Crochet Hook: Start by trying a size K crochet hook, but adjust hook size if necessary to get the correct gauge.
- Tapestry Needle: A tapestry needle is handy for weaving in ends when you are finished crocheting your beanie.
- beg = beginning
- ch = chain
- ch-1 sp = chain-1 space, the space formed when you crocheted a chain stitch in the previous row
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 like 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  denote a set of instructions to be repeated.
- In this pattern you'll be crocheting into chain spaces; these are abbreviated as ch-1 sp in the pattern. If at any point you have a hard time finding the chain spaces, try carefully poking your finger at the row of stitches from back to front. It is often easier to find it by touch than by sight.
- Up until about round 7, your hat will look reasonably hat-like. Be warned 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 if desired.
Crochet Pattern Set
This crochet beanie hat is designed as part of a pattern set that uses the same matching stitch pattern. The other patterns in this set include:
- Simple crocheted scarf pattern
- Simple crocheted headband pattern
- Simple crocheted wrist warmers / fingerless gloves
Ready to try different crochet hat patterns? Here are 9 free crochet beanie hat patterns for you.