Super Simple Beginner's Beanie

by - November 09, 2017


Good day, friends!

Are any of you looking for a warm, winter hat to keep you cozy during this cold season?  If so, I'd love to share with you how I whipped up this super simple and beginner-friendly beanie using just one skein of yarn and about a half-hour to spare!

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Finished Measurements:
  • Brim circumference: approximately 20 inches (51 centimeters). Can be stretched to fit 24 inches (61 centimeters)
  • Beanie height: approximately 7.5 inches (19 centimeters)

  • Beginner! Requires familiarity with the stitches and terms used below.

Stitches/Terms Used (US Terminology):
  • MR: magic ring (a.k.a. magic circle, magic loop)
  • Ch: chain 
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • Inc: increase (two sc in same stitch)
  • Inc-dc: increase double crochet (two dc in same stitch)
  • BLO: back loops only 


Before you begin, here are some CUSTOMIZATION IDEAS!
  • Use a different yarn color for the rim.  You can pick an analogous color, or maybe a contrasting one.  (Are you a passionate sports fan? Perhaps you can use your favorite team colors!) 
  • Attach buttons or embellishments to your beanie.
  • Embroider designs onto your beanie.
  • Weave a ribbon through the rim.
  • Sew a leather label to the rim.
  • Add a pom-pom. (Here are three different methods to making a pom-pom.)


Note: Each row will start with chain (ch) 3, and end with a slip stitch (sl st) to the first stitch (st). 


R1: Start with a MR.  Ch 3, and insert 12 dc in the MR. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (12 sts)
R2: Ch 3, inc-dc around. *Join. (24 sts)
R3: Ch 3, (dc, inc-dc) x 12. *Join. (36 sts)
R4: Ch 3, (dc 8, inc-dc) x 4. *Join. (40 sts)
R5-R8: Ch 3, dc around. *Join. (40 sts)
R9-R10: Ch 1, sc around in BLO. *Join. (40 sts)
Fasten off and weave in the ends. 

That's it, you're done! Easy as pie! 

Using this method (dc in joined rounds followed by sc in BLO), you can easily adjust the size of the beanie by using different hook sizes and yarn weights, as well as modify the stitch and/or row count.

For example, here's what I did to make a beanie for a newborn baby...


Use worsted medium weight (4) yarn and a 5.00mm crochet hook.
R1: Start with a MR.  Ch 3, and insert 10 dc in the MR. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (10 sts)
R2: Ch 3, inc-dc around. *Join. (20 sts)
R3: Ch 3, (dc, inc-dc) x 10. *Join. (30 sts)
R4: Ch 3, (dc 2, inc-dc) x 10. *Join. (40 sts)
R5-R8: Ch 3, dc around. *Join. (40 sts)
R9-R10: Ch 1, sc around in BLO. *Join. (40 sts)
Fasten off and weave in the ends. 

My finished newborn beanie!

I hope you enjoyed crocheting this project!  Remember to check out the list of "customization ideas" above!

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Best wishes,

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  1. Please can you do a PDF! I would like to share with my group of ladies. We love to make Beanies for cancer patients

  2. This looks so easy. I can't wait to try this pattern. I will make this for my hubby. Thank you Jade.

    1. I'm so very glad to hear it! It is definitely an easy pattern I know you can whip it up quickly, PLUS hubby will surely appreciate the sweet, handmade gift from you!

  3. I have a big problem with this pattern, I am using Super Bulky #6 yarn from Bernat Baby and the 9 mm hook and my hat looks nothing like yours. I noticed that on row 4 if you do the sequence 4 times you don't have 40 sts., you have more so you may want to change that.

    1. Hi! Hmm....I'm not sure how you're ending with more than 40 sts for R4. R3 has 36 sts, and in R4 you're doing: (dc 8, inc) 4 times. The increase = 2 sts. 8+2 = 10, and doing so four times would lead to 40 sts. Could you try counting your sts for R3 to make sure you have 36 sts perhaps? Split into 4 evenly, there should be 9 sts for each repetition to work off of, which is equivalent to 8 sts of dc and the increase for the 9th st for a total of 10 sts. I hope this is clear, but let me know if you have any questions!

    2. I agree with 'Unknown' about the stitch count being off. R3 ends at 36. R4 is a count of 8+2 leaving 40, but then you repeat that 4x. So you'll be doing 8+2 on top of 40 which leaves 4 extra (44) and then again on top of 44 leaving you with 48 and so on. Now I have to mess around with it and try to figure out how to maintain 40 for 4 rows. In my mind it means there are no increases at all for rows 5,6,7, and 8.

  4. I understand the instructions. Are you not counting the ch3 as a Double Crochet? Thank you!

    1. No. She's not. Make sure to start your next row at the very first dc near the bas of the chain or your count will be off.

  5. I've made this 3 times now in all different sizes. Super easy and cute. The last one was for preemie and I but bear ears on it.