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How to Crochet a Beanie – This Super Easy Pattern is perfect for Beginners

How to Crochet a Beanie – This Super Easy Pattern is perfect for Beginners

When I started crocheting I got stuck on the scarf stage for about a year. I could do rows of things but didn’t really dare to venture into deeper waters. The words “increase” and “decrease” scared the living hell out of me and made me quickly run away from any crochet pattern that mentioned them.

I thought it would involve some sort of dark magic that makes stitches appear and disappear. It turns out, that fear was all for nothing! Increasing is nothing more than sometimes making 2 stitches in the same stitch. Not scary at all!

Once I figured that out the world became a much happier place. I could finally start making beanies to go with all those scarfs.

After playing around a bit, this has become my go-to pattern for beanies of all sizes and colours. It only uses one stitch for most of it – the blessed half double crochet. This makes it nice and warm, and pretty good in the rain too. It’s made in a spiral, so you don’t have to worry about making neat seams. I highly recommend using a stitch marker though to keep track of which row you’re on.


stuffed reindeer wearing crochet beanie with hearts around his head
My friend Antonio sporting my husband’s beanie and loving it.

Yarn: A medium weight yarn, such as Worsted or Aran.
I love using yarn that changes colour so that the stripes magically appear without me having to worry about changing yarns and weaving in ends (the worst!)

Crochet Hook: 5.5mm (metric) / Size I (US) / Size 5 (UK / Canada)

Stich Marker and a yarn needle to weave in the ends (there’s only 2 of them, I promise!)


  • For rows 2-9 I move the stitch marker to the first stitch of each round so I know where I started.
  • This will fit a standard adult (whatever that is). For my husband, who has a thicker skull, I added row 10 to increase the size further. For my mom, who has a smaller size, I actually used the same pattern, but with a 5mm hook.


  • ch – chain
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • fphdc – front post half double crochet
  • bphdc – back post half double crochet

Pattern for an adult size beanie:

1. 8 hdc into a magic ring. OR: Ch 3. 7 hdc into first chain. Sl st into first stitch to join. (8)
2. Ch 1. 2hdc into each stitch all the way around. (16)
3. *1 hdc. 2hdc into same st.* repeat until end. (24)
4. *2 hdc. 2hdc into same st.* repeat until end. (32)
5. *3 hdc. 2hdc into same st.* repeat until end. (40)
6. *4 hdc. 2hdc into same st.* repeat until end. (48)
7. *5 hdc. 2hdc into same st.* repeat until end. (56)
8. *6 hdc. 2hdc into same st.* repeat until end. (64)
9. *7 hdc. 2hdc into same st.* repeat until end. (72)
(10. *8 hdc. 2hdc into same st.* repeat until end.)
/add row 10 for a person with a thicker skull 😉
11. hdc all the way around (72)
12-19. repeat row (72)
20. *fphdc, bphdc* repeat until end. sl st into first st. (72)
21. ch1. *fphdc, bphdc* repeat until end. sl st into ch 1. (72)
22. ch1. *fphdc, bphdc* repeat until end. join with sl st into ch 1. fasten off (72)
23. Weave in your ends

I hope you enjoy making this beanie and let me know how it turned out.


how to crochet a beanie - free adult crochet pattern


4 thoughts on “How to Crochet a Beanie – This Super Easy Pattern is perfect for Beginners”

  • I used to crochet a lot when I was a kid! My grandma taught me how to but to be honest all I could ever do were scarves because it was the most basic thing to do, hehehehe
    I loved how cool these beanies look! I wanna try them, they really don’t look that hard to knit 🙂

    • Awesome that you learned from your grandma. They (my grandma, and in school) tried to teach me when I was young but always failed because I’m left-handed and I couldn’t figure out what to do when looking at their weird right-handed crocheting 😀
      The big trick with the beanie really is to use self-striping yarn. Makes them look so pro. 🙂

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