The basic beanie hat is the one most requested by friends and family. Once you get comfortable with the pattern you can adjust stitches, colours and add embellishments.  This hat fits under jacket hoods, folds up nicely in your pocket when not needed and can be easily washed.

You can use most any yarn you wish for a crochet beanie hat. The thickness will determine how many rows you need and where you make adjustments.   The regular pattern is the best to get started and below you will find adjustments for yarn weight and some embellishment options.   Happy crocheting and ask away if you have any questions.

Standard Crochet Beanie Hat (Free Pattern):

Using standard medium (4) weight yarn this is the basic pattern with a 5 mm  (H) hook. Use a stitch marker to mark the start of each row as this is a circular pattern and does to use a slip stitch to join rows. Crochet in a continuous pattern around row to row.

Start with a magic loop.

Row 1:9 hdc into the centre of the loop. (9)

Row 2: 2 hdc in each stitch (18)

Row 3: (2 hdc into the first stitch, then 1 hdc in the next stitch) – repeat this pattern 8 more times for a total of 9 times. (27)

Row 4: (2 hdc into the first stitch, then 2 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times (36)

Row 5: (2 hdc into the first stitch, then 3 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times (45)

Row 6: (2 hdc into the first stitch, then 4 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times (54)

Row 7: (2 hdc into the first stitch, then 5 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times (63)

Row 8: (2 hdc into the first stitch, then 6 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times (72)

Row 9 – Row 20: 1 hdc in each stitch (72)

Rows 21: (Use 1/2 size smaller hook or tighen up the stitch a tiny bit) 1 sc in each stitch (72)

To finish slip stitch into the next stitch and cast off.

This is a typical crochet beanie hat.

Adjusting the Crochet Beanie Hat for Various Yarn and Head Sizes

Adjustments for Head Size:

Option 1: To make the hat a bit smaller you can stop at row 6 with increases at 63 stitches and then complete rows 8-20 with 63 stitches. This is the same strategy if you have thicker yarn as the hat will get larger quicker.

Option 2: To make the hat larger you can add an additional row of increases as per the pattern by adding a row 9 such as
Row 9: [2 hdc into the first stitch, then 7 hdc in next 2 stitches] – repeat 6 more times (81) and then complete the remaining rows 10-20 with 81 stitches per round.

Option 3: If you need the hat a bit longer either increase the number of rows of hdc or add additional rows of sc at the bottom. I sometimes do 3-4 rows of sc for a more finished look as well.

Adjustments for Thinner Yarn:

My favourite version of this hat uses thinner yarn using Premier Cotton Fair Yarn Size 2 Fine with a 4 mm hook. Using a thinner yarn creates a less bulky hat and one that adjusts a bit more because there are more rows of increases to get to the same size. I can size this kind up/down a bit easier.

Due to the smaller yarn it takes more increases and more rows. The pattern for a similar sized hat with a smaller yarn is:

Start with a magic loop.

Row 1:9 hdc into the centre of the loop. (9)

Row 2: 2 hdc in each stitch (18)

Row 3: [2 hdc into the first stitch, then 1 hdc in the next stitch] – repeat this pattern 8 more times for a total of 9 times. (27)

Row 4: [2 hdc into the first stitch, then 2 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times (36)

Row 5: [2 hdc into the first stitch, then 3 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times(45)

Row 6: [2 hdc into the first stitch, then 4 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times (54)

Row 7: [2 hdc into the first stitch, then 5 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times (63)

Row 8: [2 hdc into the first stitch, then 6 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times (72)

Row 9: [2 hdc into the first stitch, then 7 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times (81)

Row 10: [2 hdc into the first stitch, then 8 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times (90)

Row 11: [2 hdc into the first stitch, then 9 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times (99)

Row 12: [2 hdc into the first stitch, then 10 hdc in next 2 stitches) – repeat 9 times (108)

Row 13 – Row 30: 1 hdc in each stitch (108)

Rows 31: (Use 1/2 size smaller hook or tighen up the stitch a tiny bit) 1 sc in each stitch (108)

To finish slip stitch into the next stitch and cast off.

Beanie Crochet Hat Adjusted for Babies

Making premie hats and baby hats can be very rewarding and local hospitals are always welcome to receive them.

I’ve made them using both hdc stitches and dc stitches as below but always with thinner yarn. Sock yarn works really well as it is stretchier and softer for little heads. The following is adjusted for a sock yarn with a 3.5 mm hook.

Preemie Hat – This pattern with a 3.5 mm hook makes a hat with a 12” circumference)

Begin with a magic circle and then ch 1

Row 1: 10 dc in the magic circle (10)

Row 2: 2 dc in every stitch (20)

Row 3: (2 DC in the first st, 1 DC in the next st) – repeat 10 times (30)

Row 4: (2 DC in the first st, 1 DC in the next 2 st) – repeat 10 times (40)

Row 5: (2 DC in the first st, 1 DC in the next 3 st) – repeat 10 times (50)

Row 6: (2 DC in the first st, 1 DC in the next 4 st) – repeat 10 times (60)

Row 7 – 11: 1 DC in each st (60)

Row 12: 1 SC in each st (60) Be careful to keep this loose so there isn’t a tight edge

Finish with a sl, finish and weave in ends.

If you want to make this larger just continue the pattern with increases by adding another row of increases as in the example below or by adding a couple more rows of SC to add Rows 13 and 14. It just depends on the shape that you need.

Newborn size:

Begin with a magic circle and then ch 1

Row 1: 10 dc in the magic circle (10)

Row 2: 2 dc in every stitch (20)

Row 3: (2 dc in the first st, 1 DC in the next st) – repeat 10 times (30)

Row 4: (2 dc in the first st, 1 DC in the next 2 st) – repeat 10 times (40)

Row 5: (2 dc in the first st, 1 DC in the next 3 st) – repeat 10 times (50)

Row 6: (2 dc in the first st, 1 DC in the next 4 st) – repeat 10 times (60)

Row 7: (2 dc in the first st, 1 DC in the next 5 st) – repeat 10 times (70)

Row 8 – 13: 1 dc in each st (70)

Row 14: 1 SC in each st (70) Be careful to keep this loose so there isn’t a tight edge

Finish with a sl, finish and weave in ends.

Continue increasing to increase the size.

 

Crochet Beanie Hat Stitch Options and Brim Options

You can add any brim you wish to this hat that. Some examples above have a classic stretchy brim.

Crochet Brim Hat Option:

The stitches for the brim are shorter than the regular hat stitches so replace the last hdc rows with 6 rows of these.

Replace last 4 rows of: 1 hdc in each stitch (total stitches in row such as 72 in the regular pattern)

With 6 rows of: (1 bphdc, 1 fphdc) – repeat around row, ie repeat 36 times for a 72 stitch hat.

Stitch variations:

For another look you can stitch the exact same pattern but in the back loops only. This creates a neat effect.

I’ve also stitched the entire hat as fphdc and that works out well too but need to adjust increasing rows and total rows as it is a tighter pattern. If you need help with counts just message me.

 

 

Crochet Beanie Hat Embellishments:

You can add items to this hat to really change things up. Add pompoms, choose a great variegated colour yarn or adjust brim lengths.

Once you work on the basic pattern a few times you will be ready to play with the details.

Next time: How to adjust the basic beanie to make a ponytail or messy hair beanie.