The Basic Beanie (Free Pattern)

I intended last fall/winter to make hats to donate but could never find the time to make them. I decided that this year I would make them throughout the hot months so I have a stockpile of hats to donate when they are needed this year! I started with this great basic beanie!

The basic beanie is super quick and cute with 3 variations to get different shapes! Adjusting your beginning round of stitches and the stitches used, the possibilities are endless!

Want to make your own? Here’s how!

You can purchases a PDF, ad free version of this pattern for $1.00 in my Ravelry store HERE.

Materials:

  • 80 – 150 yards of light weight (#3) or worsted weight (#4) yarn
  • 5 mm crochet hook (or the size recommended for your yarn of choice)
  • yarn needle to weave in ends
  • stitch markers / pom pom maker (optional)

Pattern written in US terms.

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
esc = extended single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
ehdc = extended half double crochet
dc = double crochet

Pattern Notes:

This pattern creates a hat from the crown then down to the brim. The beginning ch1 for a single crochet or half double crochet row does not count as a stitch. The beginning ch3 for a double crochet row DOES count as a stitch. Slip stitch at the end of each row to join the round. You may want to mark the first stitch of each row to make it easier to find your join spot when you come back around.

When you are measuring the diameter of your growing section, make sure you get it as flat as possible while you are measuring. This may take some extra attention when working with a 6 or 8 beginning stitch. This is vital for an accurate measurement. When you have finished your hat, light blocking is recommended to improve the appearance. My recommended method for this is to hand wash, reshape, and lay flat to dry.

*Growing rounds*

see below for variations

Make a magic circle

Row 1:

ch3 (counts as a dc), 7dc into the circle



Row 2:

ch3 (counts as a dc), 2dc into the next stitch, 1dc into the next stitch – repeat 1dc, 2dc in every other stitch around

Row 3:

ch3 (counts as a dc), 1dc into the next stitch, 2dc into the next stitch, 1dc into the third stitch – repeat 1dc, 1dc, 2dc around

Row 4:

ch3 (counts as a dc), 1dc in the next 3 stitches, 2dc into the 4th stitch – repeat 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 2dc around

Row 5:

ch3 (counts as a dc), 1dc into the next 4 stitches, 2dc into the 5th stitch – repeat 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 2dc around

Row 6 + :

Continue with increase rows (adding another 1dc with each additional row) until you reach your desired size:

For a child: 6.25″ – 6.5″ across
For a teen/small adult: 6.5″ – 7″ across
For a medium adult: 7″ – 7.5″ across
For a large adult: 7.5″ – 8″ across



*When you have the right size “growing” section – continue here with regular rows*

Regular Rows:

ch3 (counts as a dc), 1dc into each stitch around

Continue adding regular rows until your hat reaches your desired size:

For a child: 7.5″ – 8″ high
For a teen/small adult: 8″ – 8.5″ high
For a medium adult: 8.5″ – 9″ high
For a large adult: 9″ – 9.5″

Tighten your magic circle to close the gap, weave in your ends and enjoy!

Variations to try:

  • begin with 6 stitches in your magic circle – this makes a hat with a pointy top
  • begin with 8 stitches in your magic circle – this makes a hat with a slightly rounded top
  • begin with 10 stitches in your magic circle – this makes a hat with a very rounded top
  • single crochet – replace all of the dc with sc stitches and the ch2 with ch1
  • extended single crochet – replace all of the dc with extended sc stitches and the ch2 with ch1
  • half double crochet – replace all of the dc with hdc stitches and the ch2 with ch1
  • extended half double crochet – replace all of the dc with extended hdc stitches and the ch2 with ch1



  • begin the crown/growing section of the hat with one stitch type and switch to another for the regular rows
  • use a different stitch for the last few rows of the hat
  • add stripes/color blocks
  • use self striping or variegated yarn
  • add extra rows for a slouchier fit
  • add double pom poms to the top of the hat

For more information on hat sizing, additional sizing options (baby sizes) and to find a printable size chart, check out this great blog post by The Crochet Crowd here.

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Items created from any pattern I create may be used to create items for sale. Sale of the written pattern and copy and paste of any pattern I have written is never allowed – please provide credit for the pattern in listings for sale via a direct link to my blog.

Happy crocheting!

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