Easy How to Crochet a Beanie Ribbed Hat Pattern

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How to Crochet a Beanie

Learning how to crochet a beanie is a great project no matter if you are a crochet beginner, or if you are looking for a quick and easy crochet project. I am very excited to share my favorite pattern with you to easily crochet this simple beanie. 

beginner friendly crochet beanie

Out of all of my free crochet patterns, this easy crochet hat pattern is a fun and easy one to try. This project uses very simple techniques so that you don’t have to be an expert crocheter. 

No matter if you are just learning or want an easy project, sometimes it’s so nice to have an easy project that you can work on as a relaxing project. I have observed through online groups, many of you who are just starting out, want to feel like you are accomplishing something. I completely get that! My hope is that this project will be a fun and easy crochet beanie that you can enjoy crocheting no matter what your skill level. 

What is a Beanie?

A beanie is a type of hat that is sometimes known as a beanie or a stocking cap. It is usually stretchy and intended to keep your head warm in the cold weather. Of course, if it’s your style, these types of hats can also be worn all year round, but your head will very likely be quite warm. 

Why Crochet Your Own Beanie?

There are so many great reasons why you should crochet your own beanie. First, these hats are a great gift idea for anyone on your list. You can easily customize this pattern to fit any size head needed. Because this pattern is so easy to customize it can be made to fit you, to your preference, or it can be made as a baby beanie, toddler beanie, children’s beanie, or a beanie to fit any adult. 

Learning how to crochet a beanie is also a fabulous project if you are just learning to crochet. This is because you can feel like you are accomplishing a project, but it is still quite an easy crochet pattern to follow. 

Making your own crochet beanie is a great project when you are looking for something quick and easy. This is a great project to work on when you want to relax and not have to concentrate too hard. 

Why You’ll Love this Ribbed Beanie Pattern!

There are so many reasons why you will love this ribbed beanie pattern. I love to make this pattern not only because it is very easy to make. After all you are essentially making a rectangle, then sewing it into a hat.

Another reason why you will enjoy the ribbed beanie pattern is that it is very cute to wear and can be made using your favorite crochet stitch. Plus, this lovely hat will keep your head nice and warm when you wear it.

Crochet Beanie Size

Another great thing about these crochet beanies is that this pattern allows you to make any size of hat you wish. Because of that, you can make the hat as tall, or as large or small in circumference as you prefer. 

This means that you can easily add more height to your crochet beanie to turn it into a cute slouchy hat. Just remember to add a little more height than you think you will need so that it has a little extra to fold over. 

crochet beanie in the snow

Beanie Crochet Pattern

Skill Level: Beginner

Please Note: This pattern is written using US Terms

Materials Needed

Best Yarn for Chunky Beanies

Because this pattern is easily adaptable, you can use any yarn weight that you prefer. If you are using chunky yarn, you will need to make fewer stitches, than with medium-weight or worsted-weight yarn. However, this pattern adapts to whatever type of yarn you prefer. 

One tip I would like to give if you are a new crocheter. You might consider using a nice smooth yarn, this way you can easily see your stitches. Typically, a number four yarn will work great for beginners. 

Yarn Colors

You can feel free to use one solid color to make your crochet beanie or use different colors. It is completely up to your preference. Just keep in mind if you change colors, the lines will likely be vertical since this is how your stitches are worked. 

Crochet Hook

The best crochet hook size will depend on what weight yarn you are using. If you are unsure, you can always reference the package of yarn you are using. Most yarn labels will give you a recommended crochet hook size for that specific yarn. You can then adjust to a larger or smaller hook depending on how holey you want the beanie to be. 

Other Materials Needed

Yarn needle

Stitch marker or a safety pin

Yarn pom pom

Scissors

Stitches and Abbreviations

ch – chain

yo – yarn over

hdc – half double crochet

sl st – slip stitches

BLO – back loop only

st/sts – stitch/stitches

Now let’s jump right into the written pattern with step-by-step instructions to learn how to crochet a beanie. Come join me, this is going to be a fun project!

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Easy Ribbed Beanie Crochet Pattern

Crochet Beanie Measurements:

There are two main measurements you will need to know in order to make this crochet beanie pattern. Those two measurements are the height you want the hat to be, and the circumference around the finished hat will be. 

Head Height: Measure the person’s head height. Remember you will want to add two to four inches extra so that the hat can be folded over. Also, keep in mind that you will want to measure how low you want it to come in the back and use that as your reference since you can always fold it higher in the front. I like to make sure I am making it plenty long so that the hat doesn’t end up too short! 

Head Circumference: This is the distance around your head. This measurement will determine how wide you create the crocheted rectangle. 

Step 1: Make The Foundation Chain

Make as many chain stitches as needed to reach your height measurement. Remember to add extra hat height so that the hat can be folded up at the base of the beanie. 

Step 2: Starting the Beanie Hat Body

If possible, on this row, I like to work my stitches in the back loops of your ch sts made. This will make it nicer when closing your hat. However, it is not an absolute requirement. 

To make the first stitch, you will want to yarn over (YO), then insert your hook into the 3rd ch from the hook. YO and pull up a loop. There are now three loops on your hook. YO and pull through all three loops to complete your first hdc stitch. Make a hdc stitch in each ch space across your project.

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crochet beanie step 2

Step 3: Making the Body of the Beanie

Now that you are at the end of the 2nd row, ch 2 sts, and turn the project. Working in the 3rd loops of the hdc stitches made below, work a hdc stitch in the first stitch, and in each stitch until you get to the end of the row. 

Repeat row three until your hat measures your desired circumference.

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crochet beanie step 4

Step 4: Finishing: Seam the sides

To turn your crochet beanie into a circle, fold your two edges together, so that the crochet rectangle forms a circle. Slip stitch down the side of your project to close it. 

Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing. Pull the yarn tail through the loop, then thread the long tail of the yarn onto a yarn needle. Or if you prefer, you can slip stitch the two ends together to join the two sides as you see pictured.

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To close the top of your hat, I prefer to work these steps with the hat turned inside out. You will want to take the yarn needle and stitch through each of your stitches around the top of your hat. Then pull the yarn tight to sinch the top of the hat tight together. 

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Step 5: Gather the top of the hat

Once the top has been tightened together, press the top in half together, and stitch together the remaining opening, until it is secured. Tie a knot and weave in the ends of your yarn before cutting it off. 

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If desired, you can also create a yarn pom pom or sew a fur pom pom to the top of your crochet beanie to finish it out. 

Crochet Ribbing Stitch

In this pattern, I prefer to use a half double crochet stitch and work the stitches from row two on, in the back loops only. This way you get to enjoy the beautiful ribbed appearance. However, this is not the only stitch you can use to make a crochet beanie.

Pattern Variations: Using Different Stitches

Slip Stitch (aka Knit Look)

Another pattern veriation for this crochet beanie is to use a slip stitch after the foundation chain is made. The concept of making the chain as tall as you want the finished hat to be still holds true, you simply use a slip stitch, working in the back loops only of your project to create the body of your crochet beanie.

Using the slip stitch to create the body of your beanie will give your hat a beautiful textured appearance. It will look like the project has been made by knitting, rather than crochet.

Single Crochet

Still, another pattern variation is to use a single crochet stitch to make the body of your crochet beanie. This is an easy stitch to make, and you can choose to work your stitches in the back loops only, for a textured appearance, or through both loops for a flat look.

Double Crochet

The other easy pattern variation is to use the double crochet stitch for making this crochet beanie pattern. Using this stitch will allow you to make the hat much faster, but the ribbed appearance will be less prominent.

Any of these pattern variations will work to make this easy crochet beanie hat pattern. The overall pattern stays the same, you are just changing up the type of crochet stitch you use.

me wearing the hat

Pattern Variations: Adding Accents

Another fun way to mix things up with your crochet beanie hats is to add different accents to the hats. Here are a few fun things you might enjoy adding to your crochet beanie hats once they are finished.

  • pom pom
  • crochet flower

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Please note, that this printable pdf is intended for your personal use only, and should not be used for commercial distribution under any circumstances. However, the items that you make from the pattern may be sold.

Tips and Tricks

Beanie Sizes

You can easily adapt this crochet beanie pattern to make different sizes. This is great if you want to make kids or babies some crochet beanies, or even an extra-large one for the men in your life. Keep in mind, that how many stitches you need will be determined by the yarn you use and what crochet hook size you decide to use. 

Design Notes

Special Stitches

In this pattern, I like to use a half double crochet stitch and work in the back loop only, or in the third loop to give it a knit stitch look. However, this is not a requirement. 

Another way you could mix things up is to use another crochet stitch. Most basic crochet stitches work as alternatives to the half-double. Stitches like single crochet or double crochet stitches will also work in this crochet beanie pattern, but they will change the overall appearance of the hat. If you want to try mixing things up, then you can definitely give these stitches a try. 

front of crochet beanie hat

Crochet Hat Size Chart Reference Guide

When you are making a crochet hat as a gift for someone, you may not have access to their head measurements right away. I have created a size chart to help you determine what size is a good target based on the person you are making the crochet beanie for.

Size Chart for Ribbed Beanies

Crochet Hat Size Estimates

Crochet Beanie Pattern

Learning how to crochet a beanie following our easy pattern is a great project for new crocheters, or those of you who are looking for a quick project. This basic beanie pattern is a great gift idea for anyone on your list, or a great project to make for yourself! 

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my easy crochet beanie pattern. Make sure to give this pattern a try and tag me on social media with your finished creation! I love to see what you have made. 

holding the crochet beanie hat

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How to Crochet a Beanie

Materials

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker or a safety pin
  • Yarn pom pom
  • Scissors

Instructions

Crochet Beanie Measurements:

  • There are two main measurements you will need to know in order to make this crochet beanie pattern. Those two measurements are the height you want the hat to be, and the circumference around the finished hat will be.
  • Head Height: Measure the person’s head height. Remember you will want to add two to four inches extra so that the hat can be folded over. Also, keep in mind that you will want to measure how low you want it to come in the back and use that as your reference since you can always fold it higher in the front. I like to make sure I am making it plenty long so that the hat doesn’t end up too short!
  • Head Circumference: This is the distance around your head. This measurement will determine how wide you create the crocheted rectangle.

Step 1: Make The Foundation Chain

  • Make as many chain stitches as needed to reach your height measurement. Remember to add extra hat height so that the hat can be folded up at the base of the beanie.

Step 2: Starting the Beanie Hat Body

  • If possible, on this row, I like to work my stitches in the back loops of your ch sts made. This will make it nicer when closing your hat. However, it is not an absolute requirement.
  • To make the first stitch, you will want to yarn over (YO), then insert your hook into the 3rd ch from the hook. YO and pull up a loop. There are now three loops on your hook. YO and pull through all three loops to complete your first hdc stitch. Make a hdc stitch in each ch space across your project.

Step 3: Making the Body of the Beanie

  • Now that you are at the end of the 2nd row, ch 2 sts, and turn the project. Working in the 3rd loops of the hdc stitches made below, work a hdc stitch in the first stitch, and in each stitch until you get to the end of the row.
  • Repeat row three until your hat measures your desired circumference.
  • If possible, on this row, I like to work my stitches in the back loops of your ch sts made. This will make it nicer when closing your hat. However, it is not an absolute requirement.
  • To make the first stitch, you will want to yarn over (YO), then insert your hook into the 3rd ch from the hook. YO and pull up a loop. There are now three loops on your hook. YO and pull through all three loops to complete your first hdc stitch. Make a hdc stitch in each ch space across your project.

Step 4: Finishing: Seam the sides

  • To turn your crochet beanie into a circle, fold your two edges together, so that the crochet rectangle forms a circle. Slip stitch down the side of your project to close it.
  • Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing. Pull the yarn tail through the loop, then thread the long tail of the yarn onto a yarn needle. Or if you prefer, you can slip stitch the two ends together to join the two sides as you see pictured.
  • To close the top of your hat, I prefer to work these steps with the hat turned inside out. You will want to take the yarn needle and stitch through each of your stitches around the top of your hat. Then pull the yarn tight to sinch the top of the hat tight together.

Step 5: Gather the top of the hat

  • Once the top has been tightened together, press the top in half together, and stitch together the remaining opening, until it is secured. Tie a knot and weave in the ends of your yarn before cutting it off.
  • If desired, you can also create a yarn pom pom or sew a fur pom pom to the top of your crochet beanie to finish it out.

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