Free Crochet Pattern for Basic Beanie

Today I am sharing a “recipe” for hat making and offering a free pattern for a basic beanie. The pattern is sized from newborn to adult and is worked up in an easy and quick half double crochet stitch. It is perfect for beginners, unisex and a great pattern to customize too, so have fun with it.

Basic Beanie Hat Patternby Crochet Zone

Now, onto the recipe….

Most hat construction starts in one of two ways, either from the forehead (band) up to the top of the head (crown) or from the crown to the band. They are generally shaped the same way until you start adding brims and visors.

Today, we will be constructing a basic beanie hat from crown to band. It is easy to customize hat sizing using a simple mathematical formula. I made this hat in half double crochet, but this formula should work for most stitches.

The Basic Beanie can be constructed by starting in the center crown and increasing stitches to a certain point, followed by working the sides to the band without further increases.

To make increases in rounds follow the sequence below:
Round 1: Start with a chain and join it to form a loop, make 8 stitches in the loop
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 stitches in each stitch for a total of 16
Round 3: Ch1, [2 stitches in first stitch, 1 stitch in the next stitch], repeat to end – 24 stitches
Round 4: Ch1, [2 stitches in first stitch, 1 stitch in next 2 stitches], repeat to end – 32 stitches
Round 5: Ch1, [2 stitches in first stitch, 1 stitch in next 3 stitches], repeat to end – 40 stitches
Round 6: Ch1, [2 stitches in first stitch, 1 stitch in next 4 stitches], repeat to end – 48 stitches

Additional Rounds: Continue following the same pattern increasing the number in red by 1 for each round until you have the desired diameter. Then work 1 stitch in each stitch until you have the desired length for your hat.

Last Round: Work 1 round of sc to finish the hat.

If you can measure the circumference of the hat recipient, use the formula below for an exact fit. If not, use my pattern instructions for standard sizing.

Measure Diameter

 

Head circumference: _______ divided by 3.14 = _______ (this will be the diameter at which you stop increasing).

 

 

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Basic Beanie Pattern

Materials:
• Worsted Weight yarn such as Red Heart Soft
• Hook H/5.00 mm
• Yarn needle for weaving ends

Gauge: 15 hdc; 11 rounds = 4”

Abbreviations:
Beg – beginning
Ch – chain
Hdc – half double crochet
Sc – single crochet
Sl st(s) – slip stitch(es)
St(s) – stitch(es)

Notes:
• Beginning ch1 of each round does not count as a stitch
• Start each round in the same stitch as the beginning ch1
• Each round is joined with a slip stitch in the first hdc of the round (not the ch1)
• Number in ( ) at end of round indicates the number of stitches in that round
• Work instructions in [ ] the designated amount of times

Crochet Tips: click on the tip below for a tutorial
• Fastening off neatly
• Weaving in ends
• How to make neat color changes

Design Tips:
• Add 2 or 3 more rounds before the Last Round and cuff up the bottom of the hat.
• Use two or more colors and make rounds in different colors for a striped look.
• Add a flower, bow or other decoration for a feminine look. Click HERE for a free basic flower pattern.

Logo Hat with Flower IMG_5645


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Size: Newborn – 3 Months
Fits 13″ – 14″ Head Circumference • Height from Crown = 5.5″
Round 1: Ch 4, join with sl st to beg ch to form a loop, ch1, work 8 hdc in center of loop, join. (8)
Round 2: Ch 1, work 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16)
Round 3: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next st] repeat around, join. (24)
Round 4: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 2 sts] repeat around, join. (32)
Round 5: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 3 sts] repeat around, join. (40)
Round 6: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 4 sts] repeat around, join. Your circle should be approximately 4 ½” in diameter. (48)
Round 7 – 14: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, join. (48)
Last Round: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join. Fasten off and weave in ends. (48)

Size: 3 – 6 Months
Fits 15″ – 16″ Head Circumference • Height from Crown = 6.25″
Round 1: Ch 4, join with sl st to beg ch to form a loop, ch1, work 8 hdc in center of loop, join. (8)
Round 2: Ch 1, work 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16)
Round 3: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next st] repeat around, join. (24)
Round 4: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 2 sts] repeat around, join. (32)
Round 5: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 3 sts] repeat around, join. (40)
Round 6: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 4 sts] repeat around, join. (48)
Round 7: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 5 sts] repeat around, join. Your circle should be approximately 5” in diameter. (56)
Round 8 – 17: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, join. (56)
Last Round: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join. Fasten off and weave in ends. (56)

Size: 6 – 12 Months
Fits 16″ – 18″ Head Circumference • Height from Crown = 6.75″
Round 1: Ch 4, join with sl st to beg ch to form a loop, ch1, work 8 hdc in center of loop, join. (8)
Round 2: Ch 1, work 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16)
Round 3: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next st] repeat around, join. (24)
Round 4: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 2 sts] repeat around, join. (32)
Round 5: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 3 sts] repeat around, join. (40)
Round 6: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 4 sts] repeat around, join. (48)
Round 7: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 5 sts] repeat around, join. (56)
Round 8: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 6 sts] repeat around, join. Your circle should be approximately 5 ½” in diameter. (64)
Round 9 – 19: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, join. (64)
Last Round: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join. Fasten off and weave in ends. (64)

Size: Toddler (1 to 3 Years)
Fits 17″ – 19″ Head Circumference • Height from Crown = 7.25″
Round 1: Ch 4, join with sl st to beg ch to form a loop, ch1, work 8 hdc in center of loop, join. (8)
Round 2: Ch 1, work 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16)
Round 3: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next st] repeat around, join. (24)
Round 4: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 2 sts] repeat around, join. (32)
Round 5: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 3 sts] repeat around, join. (40)
Round 6: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 4 sts] repeat around, join. (48)
Round 7: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 5 sts] repeat around, join. (56)
Round 8: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 6 sts] repeat around, join. (64)
Round 9: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 7 sts] repeat around, join. Your circle should be approximately 6” in diameter. (72)
Round 10 – 20: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, join. (72)
Last Round: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join. Fasten off and weave in ends. (72)

Size: Child (4 to 10 Years)
Fits 18″ – 20″ Head Circumference • Height from Crown = 7.75″
Round 1: Ch 4, join with sl st to beg ch to form a loop, ch1, work 8 hdc in center of loop, join. (8)
Round 2: Ch 1, work 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16)
Round 3: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next st] repeat around, join. (24)
Round 4: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 2 sts] repeat around, join. (32)
Round 5: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 3 sts] repeat around, join. (40)
Round 6: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 4 sts] repeat around, join. (48)
Round 7: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 5 sts] repeat around, join. (56)
Round 8: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 6 sts] repeat around, join. (64)
Round 9: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 7 sts] repeat around, join. (72)
Round 10: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 8 sts] repeat around, join. Your circle should be approximately 6 ½” in diameter. (80)
Round 11 – 21: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, join. (80)
Last Round: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join. Fasten off and weave in ends. (80)

Size: Adult Small/Teen
Fits 20″ – 22″ Head Circumference • Height from Crown = 8.25″
Round 1: Ch 4, join with sl st to beg ch to form a loop, ch1, work 8 hdc in center of loop, join. (8)
Round 2: Ch 1, work 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16)
Round 3: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next st] repeat around, join. (24)
Round 4: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 2 sts] repeat around, join. (32)
Round 5: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 3 sts] repeat around, join. (40)
Round 6: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 4 sts] repeat around, join. (48)
Round 7: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 5 sts] repeat around, join. (56)
Round 8: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 6 sts] repeat around, join. (64)
Round 9: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 7 sts] repeat around, join. (72)
Round 10: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 8 sts] repeat around, join. (80)
Round 11: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 9 sts] repeat around, join. Your circle should be approximately 7” in diameter. (88)
Round 12 – 23: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, join. (88)
Last Round: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join. Fasten off and weave in ends. (88)

Size: Adult Large
Fits 22″ – 24″ Head Circumference • Height from Crown = 8.75″
Round 1: Ch 4, join with sl st to beg ch to form a loop, ch1, work 8 hdc in center of loop, join. (8)
Round 2: Ch 1, work 2 hdc in each st around, join. (16)
Round 3: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next st] repeat around, join. (24)
Round 4: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 2 sts] repeat around, join. (32)
Round 5: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 3 sts] repeat around, join. (40)
Round 6: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 4 sts] repeat around, join. (48)
Round 7: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 5 sts] repeat around, join. (56)
Round 8: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 6 sts] repeat around, join. (64)
Round 9: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 7 sts] repeat around, join. (72)
Round 10: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 8 sts] repeat around, join. (80)
Round 11: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 9 sts] repeat around, join. (88)
Round 12: Ch 1, [work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 10 sts] repeat around, join. Your circle should be approximately 7 ½” in diameter. (96)
Round 13 – 23: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, join. (96)
Last Round: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join. Fasten off and weave in ends. (96)

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11 thoughts on “Free Crochet Pattern for Basic Beanie

  1. CrochetZone

    You are welcome!

  2. Rose Barham

    Love this little hat. Have made one in red and am putting web all over it to make it into a spider man hat. Tried several different patterns but this is the first one that worked for my.
    Thank you!

  3. CrochetZone

    It is a mobile issue, it is visible on the laptop. The number that changes is the amount of stitches that are worked after the increase in each row. Color coding makes it more visible, but you can see by looking at the pattern which number increases by one from one row to the next.

  4. CrochetZone

    All I mean is to start working the first stitch in the same stitch where you made your join and chained one.

  5. Peggy

    Hello,Happy Friday,
    I have a quick ? for you regarding this beanie…I am a beginner crochet at least that is what I classify myself as…anyhow back to the ? reaading thru the instructions it says to {start each round in the same stitch as the beginning ch1.}I am a little confused at the moment about this. Can you please explain it too me? Thanks in advance,Peggy Love you site.

  6. Pam

    I, too, don’t see red anything….don’t even know where they could be. I use a Samsung S6 which is the newest. In some weird world maybe its a mobile issue but I am using the same browser as my laptop (but only have web access via phone). I must chock up 100 patterns of varying kinds a day, but have never had an ounce of problems. BUT, if it is with yours, maybe you could underline those in red. A whole lot of people only have phones or tablets to use browsers…more every day. So, hope this is helpful for you and all who love your designs. ?

  7. CrochetZone

    Yes, it must be a mobile device issue as the red is showing on the pattern on the laptop.

  8. Dianne

    There is reference to “red numbers” but the whole set of directions is all black lettering/numbers….I am using my iPhone to look at these directions for the beanie hat.
    Dianne

  9. CrochetZone

    I’m so sorry you are having trouble. Is there a particular part you are having trouble with so I may try to help you?

  10. Sylvia

    I can’t do this !

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