How to Crochet a Beanie

By Rachel Choi – 93 Comments
To crochet a beanie there are many different crochet patterns that you can learn. The basic idea is to start from the top of the beanie by crocheting multiple stitches into a circular shape. Then the number of stitches is slowly increased each time you crochet around the circle to form the shape of the beanie. 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 is the length that you desire. 3-crochet-beanies

It is very easy to learn how to crochet a beanie using basic crochet stitches and patterns. Here is a free easy crochet pattern of a beanie to help you get started.

Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 5.5’’(14 cm) tall, 7’’ (18 cm) diameter

Medium Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook F (3.75mm)
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 2, sc 10 in second ch from hook, place marker
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around
Round 3: (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc) around
Round 4: (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc) around
Round 5: (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc) around
Round 6: (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc) around
Round 7: (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc) around
Round 8 – 9: (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 10 sc) around
Round 10 – 11: sc in each sc around
Round 12: (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 10 sc) around
Round 13 – 17: sc in each sc around
Round 18 – 19: (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 15 sc) around
Round 20 – 31: sc in each sc around
Finish off

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

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.

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. Amber says:

    I have made this beanie over and over so many times. no matter how far i get it just looks like a flat twisted circle the size of a dinner plate. the pattern doesnt specify how many sts per round. I have looked through other beanie patterns and they all resemble this one more or less. im not sure what im doing wrong, except not counting sts. Any ideas?

  2. Casie says:

    Amber, I had the same problem, but if you read Rachel’s adivce above that’s what helped me out. I was accidently adding stitches 🙁 Just make sure that each round has the same number of stitches (when it’s not an increasing row) and your hat should turn out ok. Good luck with your hat 🙂

    • Annie says:

      Hi Casie,

      Well, I’ve got a big wavy dinner plate too and no matter what I do I can’t get this thing to shape into a hat! I know you recommended that i read Rachel’s advice, but I can’t find any advice posted on the website. Please help me out, I look really stupid with this dinner plate on my head.


      • Casie says:

        If you click the older comments link at the bottom of this page, you’ll see some of the advice that Rachel gave to folks with the same problem. I hope it help

  3. tammie says:

    will this hat fit a grown man with 23″ head around

  4. Erin says:

    Hi, I have just started this pattern, I am on round five and the circle is wavy. Am I doing something wrong?

  5. Linda Kelley says:

    hello; i have tried and tried and it just doesn’t come out the way the picture looks please help me SOMEBODY PLEASE WITH THIS HAT FOR A SMALL CHILD.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Linda, this pattern is for an adult sized hat, which is probably too big for a small child. You may want to used the Family Beanie Set pattern (link is at the bottom on the pattern) to make a child’s sized hat.

  6. Ann says:

    I have done this over & over & counted stitches each row but still ended up with more of a beret (or frisbee). I have used yarn I already had, could it be that the size of the hook not be right with the thickness of the yarn?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Ann! Yes, that is possible. Be sure to check your gauge. The gauge for this hat is fairly tight, so if your gauge to loose the hat will end up being bigger than intended.

  7. Kitty says:

    I feel my ctocheting is in need of remediation. A basic beanie is a good start , however, your pattern directions do not start by telling to make the circle for top of head. Usually patterns say ch 2,3, ? Connect then single, half, or double crovhet 8,9 ? Tre following this pattern, it doesn’t seem to be for beginners. Please explain. Thank you.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Kitty, you are starting with the chain 2. Then you’ll make the 10 single crochets into the second chain from your hook.
      There are a few different ways to start a circle in crochet. The method used in this pattern and the method you mentioned are both common.

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