How to Crochet a Beanie Using Double Crochet Stitches

By Rachel Choi – 93 Comments
To crochet a beanie there are many crochet patterns you can use. The basic idea in crocheting a beanie is to start by making the top of the beanie, to do so crochet multiple stitches into a circular shape. Then crochet around the circle, slowly increasing the number of crochet stitches in each round. Once the crocheted beanie is as wide as you want it, keep crocheting without increasing the width. Continue to crochet in circles around the rim of your beanie until it’s the length that you want. double crochet beanie

It’s very easy to learn how to crochet a beanie. Here is a free, very easy crochet pattern of a beanie that uses the double crochet stitch.

Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 4 1/2’’(12 cm) tall, 7’’ (18 cm) diameter

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 100 yards)
Crochet Hook F (3.75 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

17 sc = 3’’
8 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 3’’w x 2’’h (7.5cm x 5cm) ch 18.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across
Row 2 – 8: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across
Finish off.

Crochet Pattern: Beanie
Round 1: ch 5, sl st in 5th ch from hook, 10 dc in loop, place marker
Round 2: 3 dc in each dc around
Round 3: (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) around
Round 4: (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc) around
Round 5: (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc) around
Round 6: (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc) around
Round 7 – 15: dc in each dc around
Finish off.

Need help understanding the abbreviations? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart.

If you find that your crocheted beanie is not the right size, make alterations by increasing or decreasing the number of double crochet stitches in each round or changing the number of rounds. You may also like to change colors in each round to make stripes or use a different crochet stitch, such as a single crochet stitched beanie, to give your beanie a different look.

You may also like to check out the Crochet Pattern: Family Beanie Set – 6 sizes. This pattern set has various beanies for you to crochet! Plus, you don’t have to worry much about how to increase or decrease the size of your beanie.

Be sure to check out the Crochet Spot Store for more beanie and hat patterns!

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If you need help with crocheting the beanie, leave a comment and I would be glad to help you!

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  1. […] If you find that the crochet beanie pattern is too big or too small, feel free to make alterations as needed by increasing or decreasing the number of crochet stitches in each round or changing the number of rounds. You may also like to change colors in each round to make stripes or use a different crochet stitch to give your beanie a different look, such as a double crochet stitched beanie. […]

  2. bonni says:

    I am new a crocheter, so I thought this hat would be easy, I just keep going round and round, where is the ending and how do I end. The hat seems loop-side, so I continue crocheting hoping to even it out. What am I doing wrong? Thanks.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Bonni!
      At the beginning you are to place a marker at the end of the round. At the end of each round you move the marker, so you know where to stop and start a new round. More information about using markers can be found here in example 2:

      If you didn’t use a marker, that is ok too! You can end by making a slip stitch in the next stitch and then cut the yarn off. If your beanie is lop-sided it can be due to miscounting. Using a marker really helps a lot with this and also helps you determine where each round ends so you know where to end.

  3. Bonni says:

    Thanks for responding, I have started using a marker, and doing the slip stitch. Since figuring this out, I have made several, and have used all cotton yard and referred fellow crochters to the site. Thanks again.

  4. Heather says:

    THANK YOU!!! This is wonderful! Now I can make hats for my girls!! I have embellished them with flowers and they are adorable!!!

  5. Abby H says:

    I am not sure what I did wrong! It seems like it keeps going out and out and out, but not down like it needs to in order to be hat like.

    I use a marker, and my stitches are even and orderly, it just doesn’t end! 🙂

    Have any idea where I went wrong?

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Abby, make sure you count your stitches too. If they are all the same size and there is the same number of stitches in each round, then it should stop expanding out.

  6. Abby H says:

    Thank you very much Rachel for your speedy response!
    I will try doing that and see if it starts to look like a hat! 😉

  7. Jess says:

    I’m not sure where I went wrong. I completed round 15 and have ended up with a beanie, but it is too small. I added 5 more rounds like 7-15 but it is still tiny! Where have i gone wrong?

    • Rachel says:

      Did you check your gauge?
      Round 1-6 should will create a circle. If you want to increase the size of your hat, you must increase the size of this circle. The diameter of this circle will be the diameter of the finished beanie. Rounds 7 – 15 makes the hat longer.

  8. Angie says:

    Mine is turning out like a tiny wavy pot holder. I have been crocheting for a few years now, and have made dozens of tiny stuffed animals, scarfs, and even blankets! Somehow this is not working. What am I doing wrong? I am counting stitches, using a marker, and all my stitches are even. Am I working too tightly?

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Angie, make sure that when you are increasing, each round adds 10 double crochet. The wavy look is caused by too many stitches in a round. So you may want to reduce the number of stitches in the first round from 10 to something smaller if it helps you.

  9. Angie says:

    Thanks! I started over with a larger hook and a looser stitch and it’s working beautifully.

  10. Brittany H. says:

    I have a question, do you at all ever add in a ch3 anywhere? or do you just immedietly start out with a dc?

  11. Brittany H. says:

    Another question, or two. Do you ever sl st into the tops of any dc? Or do you continue dc into the next st? seems kinda odd..

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Brittany, this pattern is done in a spiral to make it more seamless. So you don’t do any ch-3 or sl st in top of a stitch. But you can if you really want to.

  12. Anne Marie says:

    What size hook do you recommend for making a beanie? I am using worsted and the recommended size is I but you show 3.25 which is D. Any guidance? Many thanks!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Anne Marie, I used a 3.25mm for this beanie, just because I wanted the stitches to be tight. You can actually use any hook you like, just be sure to try your beanie on as you go, so that it won’t end up too big or too small. You can take out rounds if it does get too big.

  13. Brittany H. says:

    Thanks for the comment back. It really has helped. I’m almost done with it. I’m excited on how it’ll turn out.

  14. Donna S says:

    Hi, What are the Guage directions for? And how do I read them?

  15. Jodie says:

    Made this and it turned out too small
    even tho i follwed the pattern correctly 🙁
    i only did 7 rows of increase like you said
    and you said it would turn out to fit an adults head ?
    the size of it would fit a kids …
    any ideas of how to fix this ?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Jodie, did you check your gauge before starting? If it is too small you can try using a larger hook. Also, after round 6, measure the circle to see if it has the diameter as indicated in the finished size before completing the rest of the beanie.

  16. Jodie says:

    I measured it continuesly and every measurement was perfect
    i used a size J hook … is that too big maybe ?
    Should i do more rows of increase

    • Rachel says:

      Jodie, yes you can do more rows of increase. Make sure the circle created from the increases has the diameter in the finished size or the diameter you want for your hat.

  17. Jodie says:

    How would i go about increasing this ?
    would i keep on with the pattern
    and go for example 2 dc in dc then increasing the single DC every round ?

  18. Katie says:

    I love this pattern! I am a true beginner, I’m just a kid (under 13) and this was fun to make, and now I’m going to where my hat everywhere! But, oddly, my beanie turned out more like a beret cap. I followed the instructions, but when I finished my cap, the bottom looked really way too big so I made a draw string. Hence, my hat puffed up at the top. It’s still super cute! (I’m glad this happened because I was intending to make a beret but all the beret patterns were too complex for me.)

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  20. Jessica says:

    Hi! I’ve been looking at beanie patterns for the past couple of days and I can’t figure out what would make a beanie come out flat on top. I’m trying to make a beanie for my son who has a head circ of 15 in. and all i am finding are newborn patterns with a circ of 12in. or so. I tried adding another round to the top to expand it but then it ended up fitting my 2yo lol Of course it could have been that I used and I hook (5.5mm) which I think was one size up to help make it larger. I’m new to all of this so i’m not exactly sure how to add rounds to make beanies larger. I don’t know how many stitches i’m supposed to put in each stitch on the added round.

  21. Cole says:

    This wonderful pattern looks like the first part of what is called a “Pang Hat,” which is short for a place in Canada’s Arctic called, Pangnurtung. Are you familiar with this hat? If so, do you hace access to the entire pattern?

  22. Arvin says:

    I’m attempting this pattern and it’s the first time I’ve tried a pattern since I learned crocheting.
    What does 2 double crochet in next double crochet, double crochet in next 1, 2, 3, 4, double crochet mean?
    I’m trying to follow the pattern and completed round 6. So far, all I’ve been getting is a flat circle. Does that mean I’m doing it right?

  23. Arvin says:

    Hello again!
    Thank you so much for the reply, it helped very much.
    I just finished the beanie and I would like to say that it’s a little too loose for my taste, but I really enjoy learning a new method to making a beanie.

    Thanks for the pattern and help!

  24. Mike says:

    Hi. I was done with the increasing part and I have 5 inches diameter. I am trying to make it 7 inches. I am assuming it is because I used the D size hook to make tight stitches. Is it ok for me to continue increasing like the following to make it bigger or is there a better approach?

    2dc, dc in next 5
    2dc, dc in next 6
    2dc, dc in next 7
    2dc, dc in next 8

    I have a feeling this will actually start making my circle wavy. Thanks so much for your help.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Mike, yes you can continue with that approach, but as you mentioned it will curl if too many rounds are added. The best thing to do is to use a larger crochet hook instead.

  25. Lacy says:

    I have completed this pattern up to the point of “finishing it off”. I’m not sure how to do this. Ive been doing this as a spiral as indicated so once I completed my last round, there is a sort of stair-step where my last stitch is. How do I stitch this back into the hat to make an even edge?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Lacy, you can make a slip stitch into the next double crochet then cut your yarn and weave it in. Or if you like, you can do a sc in the next stitch, then a slip stitch in the next stitch, then cut the yarn, for a more gradual finish.

  26. Nicky says:

    Not sure why but it appears my beanie is inside out? Looks like the finished product on the inside but if I turn it inside out it will have a rolled edge around the base. Where have I gone wrong? I love this pattern and would love to make more but need to fix this first. Thanks

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Nicky, double check to make sure you didn’t accidentally add or subtract stitches in your last few rounds. That can sometimes cause the curling. You can also try and block your work when you’re done to get the curl to go away. Here’s more info about blocking: Blocking Crochet

  27. Beth says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I’m really wondering if in Round 2, it should be 2 dc in each dc instead of 3. I’ve used many patters for a similar hat, and the problem I often encounter is that they won’t have enough stitches in Round 1, and the hat ends up with a “peak”. I’ve done four rounds of this pattern, and it’s extremely wavy, so I am going to redo it with 2 dc per dc in the second round (which actually fits most other patterns I’ve used). Is this correct?


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Beth, it depends on the pattern. For this pattern it’s 3 dc, but you can use 2 dc if that works for you. The gauge in this pattern is pretty tight, so your might be a bit looser.

  28. Bill says:

    Hi, I would like to use a fingering weight yarn. Could you offer a suggestion of about how many stitches I should add to each round to compensate for the smaller weight yarn?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Bill, it would depend on how tight or loose you crochet. If you can get the same gauge as the one in the pattern, then you don’t need to adjust it. But if can’t get the same gauge, then you can try to make the initial circle at the beginning of the pattern the circumference of the wearer’s head. I can’t tell you how many stitches because it would vary depending on how loose or tight you crochet.

  29. Vivian says:

    Hi, I finished up to row 6 and its kinda wavy. I wanted to make the hat a bit larger so i used a K/6.50mm hook. Is the wavy thing normal? If not any suggestion on how to fix it? Thanks!

  30. teresa says:

    hi…i can crochet beanies for babies,how do i make them bigger for adults

  31. Dayna says:

    Just finnished this hat and love it! Im new to crocheting and this was a great project for me. I will say I had to start over…I started making the hat and was making a slip stitch to end each row and I dont know if i was adding stitches or what but i ended up with a big circle. (it was 4 am…i was up with my newborn, so maybe that was it lol.) but after pulling it all out and reading these comments I realized it was a continuous spiral. The hat came out great! Wish I could post a picture. I didnt know how to end it because like other follower didnt like the step down. so i single crocheted, slip stitched, and added a visor. worked great!! Thank you

  32. Abby says:

    So ive done all the way up to round 6, but my beanie isnt looking like a beanie :/ its not curving down like i think it should it looks wavy, this is my first hat and i believe i followed the instructions right, any suggestions would be appreciated (: thanks !

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Abby! Rounds 1 – 6 is what makes the hat wide, so it should look like a circle. Rounds 7 – 15 is what makes the hat longer, so you’ll see the hat start curving down in these rounds.

  33. Paola says:

    Hi I’m sorry I might sound stupid but i don’t understand what it means by making 10 d.c. in a loop does that mean 2 d.c. in each one?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Paola! After you “ch 5, sl st in 5th ch from hook” it’ll create a small circle or as it’s called here, a loop. To make 10 dc into the loop, you are going to insert your hook into the loop each time you make your dc stitch. All the dc stitches will be made into this one loop. Let me know if it’s still confusing or if you need help with anything else.

  34. Paola says:

    oh! alright! now i get it haha thank you i understand everything else but i was really confused on how to do that thank you so much

  35. Paola says:

    another question just to reiterate… its 2 dc then 1 dc then 2 dc etc etc.?

  36. Paola says: many chain in each row then

  37. tracy says:

    hello, i know everyone is saying this but im a beginner and im on 2,3,2,3 ect. and my hat is looking like a curvy pot holder please help!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Tracy, it might be that your gauge is too loose. Try double checking the gauge to make sure you are crocheting with the same tension. This hat is crocheted fairly tightly.

  38. reenie says:

    When I do this I ended up with 15 inc but I saw in a comment you said 10. The only way I can figure is that in the second round to do two dc instead of three in each dc in the loop.

  39. Kayla says:

    I just made a beanie following this patter last night and I love it once you get all 15 rows done it will look beautiful.

  40. Ashwini says:

    Hi Rachel,

    The yarn I am using is a thick Lion Brand yarn (80% Acrylic & 20% wool), someone told me i need to chain 6 as its thick yarn.What should I do?


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Ashwini, if you’d like to use this pattern you should crochet it as written and use the weight of yarn that is required for the pattern. I’m not sure what weight of yarn you’re using, but a thicker yarn will cause the hat to be too big. Also, altering the pattern will probably be tricky, so you should use a pattern that is designed around the weight of yarn you want to use or use the yarn that is required in this pattern.

  41. kittybones says:

    i want to put like a ring around the bottom of the hat in a different color how can i do this without messing the whole thing up please help

  42. Lori says:

    Hi! I got to the third round and my hat does not resemble a flat circle but rather a wavy one. Can you help me? Thanks!

  43. lucy says:

    what does it mean to 3 dc in each dc around? i’m a new crocheter and i have no clue what that means… D:

  44. Jake says:

    Hey, im not really all that new, but at the end of each round I thought I had to slip stitch the end and beginning together to close it, please help, I hope you still read these

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Jake, this pattern is crocheted seamlessly in the round like a spiral. You can slip stitch at the end if you want to add it.

      • Jake says:

        I have another question, I’m trying another project, its a thick blanket for a friend, she wants a black outter edge, and a purple middle, with a turquoise wolf in the middle, Do you by chance know where I can get some free designs for a wolf outline? it doesnt have to be intricate just an outline of a howling wolf, if you know of any, please email me? or reply here [email protected]

        • Rachel says:

          Sorry, I don’t know of any wolf patterns for blankets, but hopefully someone else can chime in and help you out if they’ve seen one.

          • Jake says:

            tyvm anyway 🙂 great beanie instructions btw , I tried it before on another site with sc and …well it came out toddler sized o.o. the double crochet is easier to manage though , for me anyhow , so thank you once again 🙂 and I found if you tighten up the 3 ch at the end of each round after a sl st then it wont show nearly as much 😛 just wanted to say, if anyone else here finds the 3 ch easier

  45. Kristen says:

    Hi! I have gotten through the 15 rounds and my hat is monstrously large! I’ve rechecked my initial 6 rows of work but can’t find any problems. What could I have done wrong?

  46. Ali says:

    Hey guys! So I’m fairly new at this and the crochet jargon is hard for me to understand. But after a while I if ally got the hang of it, and started the hat but I noticed that when I do “1 double crochet, then 2, then 1.. ” it makes the hat all scrunchy and weird. What am I doing wrong?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Ali, this hat is crocheted with a really tight tension, which makes it not scrunch up when there are so many stitches on each round. Try to double check your gauge to ensure you’re crocheting with the correct tension.

  47. RossAnne says:

    Help! I have tried and tried to figure out what I’m doing wrong…my beanie just keeps getting bigger and bigger even though I don’t add any stitches! I get it to the measurement I want on row 6 and it grows by almost an inch every time without increase stitches…ugh. I’ve taken it out so many times I want it scream! Any help would be greatly appreciated! 🙂

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi RossAnne, if the number of stitches is the same for each round it shouldn’t get bigger on each round. I think it’s the way you’re looking at it that makes it appear to get bigger and bigger. The circumference (distance around the hat) will stay the same. You may be looking at the diameter and laying your hat flat so it appears to curve out, which it is suppose to do. If you are worried about the hat turning out to be the correct size, make sure you checked your gauge.

  48. claudia says:

    Hi, I’m a beginner and came to the spot in a slouchy hat that says dc in each dc around.
    After doing one dc, how many stitches do i skip to get to next dc? ( I had to tear a row out b/c I was doing a dc in each stitch which made it wavy-I can’t seem to see where each dc starts and ends). thx

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Claudia, you aren’t suppose to skip any stitches if you’re doing dc in each dc around. The number of stitches you make should be the same as the number of stitches on the previous round.

  49. Kooki says:

    Hey! What do u mean by gauge? Cause my hook is 4mm and its suitable for the yarn im using but its waaay too small. Help plz

  50. Barbie says:

    I dont understand the terms. Can you please write in lamer terms.. 🙁

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