This easy crochet beanie is a super quick pattern which you can whip up in just a few hours! It uses only two stitches, the single crochet and half double crochet. It’s worked up from the top of the beanie by doing a simple increase in each of the first ten rounds and then just working round by round to create the simple design. In this post you will also learn how to crochet the brim of your beanie by working from the body of the beanie. Another bonus with this crochet beanie pattern is that I will show you how I find is the easiest way to make a pom pom.
It’s finally Winter in South Africa, which means I get to crochet beanies! Its still a bonus if you can make stuff for yourself, right? 🙂 I also designed this beanie pattern to be unisex, meaning that you can make this easy beanie for your partner as well!
Let’s dive into the deeds:
Before you start with this beautiful crochet beanie pattern, here are some important things to know and some background around this pattern.
The Detail in the body of the crochet beanie pattern
I truly love the combination of the single crochet and half double crochet. By turning your work every row and by working in the back loop only of the half double crochets, you get to see the definition in the stitches more clearly. This is a easy way to create a simple yet beautiful detailed pattern.
Here is a step by step picture tutorial of how to work the body of the beanie from round 11 to round 12. You will repeat these two rounds until you reach your desired length of the body.
- Crochet round 1 – 10.
- After round 10, turn your work and chain 1 and place a stitch marker in the chain 1. Remember the chain 1 counts as a stitch from now on.
- In the next stitch, single crochet in the back loop only.
- Continue to single crochet in the back loop only until the end of the round. At the end slip stitch into the chain 1 space.
- For Round 12, chain 1 and turn your work so the right side is facing you. Remember to place a stitch marker in the chain 1. Chain 1 counts as a stitch.
- In the next stitch crochet a half double crochet and in each stitch around.
- At the end, slip stitch into the chain 1.
- Repeat rounds 11 and 12 until you reach round 20.
Creating the brim of your crochet beanie:
I wanted to create a beanie which you had the option to either crochet it with or without the brim. If you are like me and you like the brim then you can add it, other wise if you don’t want to add the brim, you can just continue with the rounds of single crochet and half double crochet until you are satisfied.
You can make the Brim as wide as you want. In this pattern I made it six chains wide. You will start off with a chain seven and then start to single crochet into the second chain from the hook. That will give you six single crochets. If you want it any bigger you can make the amount of chains you want, plus one for the turning chain.
Here is a picture tutorial of how to crochet a brim for your top/down beanie:
- To make the brim, chain 7 and single crochet in the second chain from the hook and across until you reach the first chain.
- Now slip stitch into the next two stitches that is on the beanie.
- Turn your work.
- To begin the next row, skip the two slip stitches and continue to single crochet in the BLO (back loop only) and in each of the following stitches.
- At the end of your second row, chain one and turn your work.
- Continue to single crochet the next 6 stitches in the Back loop only.
- Slip stitch into the next 2 stitches on the beanie.
- Keep going with this method until you reach the end. Important note: if you add stitches to the beanie to make it bigger, make sure to keep the stitch count even to end up at the top of your brim.
- Now it’s time to connect the two ends.
- Pinch the two ends together.
- Insert your hook through the beginning of both layers and make a slip stitch.
- Now slip stitch down the rest of the brim stitches. You should make 6 slip stitches.
- Finish off your brim.
- And that’s it! You made a brim for your beanie!
- At the end connect your yarn tail to your yarn needle and weave in the tail. I find it best to first pull the tail through to the inside of the beanie and then start weaving it in.
How to make the Pom Pom for your Beanie:
To make your Pom Pom for your Beanie, you will need the following:
- The yarn you will use. I used the left over yarn I had from the balls of yarn I bought for this beanie. You can obviously use what ever you want.
- A piece if carboard
- One small glass (to trace a small circle) and one big glass (to trace a big circle)
- A long piece of yarn. About 20 inches / 50 cm.
- Start by placing your carboard in front of you and then tracing two big circles using the big glass.
- Then, using your scissors, cut out both circles.
- Trace a small circle on one of the circle cut outs. After that, draw two lines on the bottom of the circle.
- Cut out the middle part of the circle following the lines you drew.
- Now, put the circle you just cut out on top of the other circle and trace the middle part with your pencil.
- Cut out the middle section just like you did with the first one.
- Place the two circles together but make sure that they align perfectly.
- Now start wrapping the yarn from one corner to the other around both circles. Leave a space at the beginning so that you have space to hold the circles
- Make sure not to wrap too tightly in the beginning, otherwise you are going to struggle to cut the yarn at the end.
- Wrap the yarn as thick as you want the pom pom to be.
- After wrapping the yarn around your circles, it’s time to cut the yarn.
- Insert your scissors in between the circles as shown. This can be tricky sometimes, so if this is your first pom pom, be sure to hold the yarn tightly and try cutting slowly. You can even cut piece by piece.
- Start cutting the yarn, but be sure the yarn doesn’t fall out of the circle center
- Now take the piece of yarn and insert it through the middle of the carboard circles and wrap it so that the tails end up at the bottom.
- Tie it very tightly and make a double knot to secure in place.
- Remove the cardboard from the pom pom.
- And now you have a messy pom pom!
- Trim the pom pom neatly with your scissors so that it’s even all around. Be careful not to cut the tail ends which you will use to connect to the beanie.
- How awesome and cute is your pom pom?! Time to connect it to your beanie!
- Take your yarn needle and connect your tail end from your pom pom to the needle.
- Now insert the needle through the top of the beanie. Make sure to place it in the middle. Use the magic circle as a guide line.
- Now weave your tail end securely in the inside of your beanie.
- TA DA!!! You have an adorable beanie with a pom pom.
- Go ahead and add any other beautiful buttons or anything like that to your beanie!
The pattern level:
This crochet beanie pattern is an Easy crochet pattern. You need to know the following:
- How to read a pattern
- Magic Ring
- Increase stitches
- Single Crochet
- Half Double Crochet
You will most likely make more than one! This pattern is also great for that pesky scrap yarn that gets left over after other projects are done. I made two beanies for my Husband in one day while I was testing this pattern. Believe me he didn’t complain at all!
Some FAQ and answers:
Can I adjust the size of the Beanie?
Yes! You can either increase the stitches at the end of round 10 by adding 6 more increses, or you can just use a bigger hook if you have a tight enough tension to achieve the gauge.
What size yarn do I need?
For this pattern I used Elle Family Knit Classic Number 4 Worsted weight / chunky in the color Dusty Rose. You will need at least 65g/ 2.3oz (104m/ 113yards) of worsted weight yarn. Use the color and yarn you prefer.
Let me know if you have any other yarn or size related questions by leaving a comment down below!! 🙂
The materials needed?
You will need the following materials:
- Your choice and colors of Number 4 worsted weight yarn. I used Elle Family Knit Classic in the color Dusty Rose for this tutorial.
- A 5.5mm hook (US I/9)
- A 5mm hook (US H/8)
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch markers
- Measuring tape
Techniques you need to know:
SC (Single Crochet) – 1. Insert your hook into center of your next working chain. Grab yarn (known as a yarn over) and draw through the chain stitch and up onto the hook so that you have two loops on your hook.
2. Using your hook, grab yarn and draw it through both loops on your hook, leaving just one loop on your hook. You’ve made one single crochet stitch.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 as many times as your pattern calls for.
HDC (Half Double Crochet) – 1. Yarn over, then insert your crochet hook into the center of your next working chain. Yarn over and draw through the chain stitch and up onto the hook so that you have three loops on your hook.
2. Yarn over and pull through all three of the loops on your hook. You’ve made one half double crochet.
4. Repeat steps 1-2 as many times as your pattern calls for.
BLO (Back Loop Only) – Instead of inserting your hook into both loops of the stitch, you will insert it only under the back loop.
Let’s get started!
Now that you know all that is need to be known, I will not keep you any longer from crocheting this beautiful Easy Beanie.
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Crochet Beanie Pattern
This pattern is written in US Terms
- Number 4 Worsted weight yarn (65g/ 2.3oz) (104m/ 113yards)
- Size 5mm Hook (US H-8 )
- Size 5.5mm Hook (US I-9 )
- Measuring Tape
- Stitch Markers
- Tapestry Needle
- Ch = Chain
- Hdc = Half Double Crochet
- Sc = Single Crochet
- Inc = Increase – To work a stitch increase, you will crochet two stitches into a single stitch, increasing the number of stitches available to work into for the next row.
- BLO = Instead of inserting your hook into both loops of the stitch, you will insert it only under the back loop only.
- Rep = Repeat
- Sk = Skip
- Alt = Alternate
- St (s) = Stitch (s)
- Beg = Beginning
- Rnd = Round
- Ws = Wrong Side
- Rs = Right Side
Using the 5.5mm hook for the body:
10cm x 10cm / 4in x 4in = 13hdc x 12 rows of sc & hdc
Using the 5mm hook for the brim:
10cm / 4in = 13sc worked in the blo
Width and Length laying flat: 22cm / 8.5in
Diameter: 59cm / 23in
- If your head measurement is bigger or smaller than the Diameter of the finished size given, you can add more increase rows at the top of the beanie of a bigger size, or less if your head is a smaller size.
- If you don’t want to use a Magic Ring, You can chain 4 and slip stitch into the first stitch. Continue to crochet in the middle of this circle.
- It’s best to insert a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round. This will help you keep track of your stitches.
- The first 10 rows are worked in the round. The rest of the beanie gets worked by joining the rounds with a slip stitch.
- BLO (Back Loop Only) – Instead of inserting your hook into both loops of the stitch, you will insert it only under the back loop only.
Crochet Beanie Pattern:
Body of hat:
Using the larger hook (5.5mm)
Make a magic ring,
Rnd 1: 6hdc into MR (6)
Rnd 2: Inc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *hdc, inc* rep from * to * x 6 (18)
Rnd 4: *hdc, inc, hdc* rep from * to * x 6 (24)
Rnd 5: *3hdc, inc* rep from * to * x 6 (30)
Rnd 6: *2hdc, inc, 2hdc* rep from * to * x 6 (36)
Rnd 7: *5hdc, inc* rep from * to * x 6 (42)
Rnd 8: *3hdc, inc, 3hdc* rep from * to * x 6 (48)
Rnd 9: *7hdc, inc* rep from * to * x 6 (54)
Rnd 10: *4hdc, inc, 4hdc* rep from * to * x 6 and turn your work (60)
From now on the Chain 1 counts as a stitch. Place a stitch marker in chain 1.
Rnd 11 (ws): ch1, sc in next st in BLO around, sl st into beg ch1, turn (60)
Rnd 12 (rs): ch1, hdc in next st and each st around, sl st into beg ch1, turn (60)
Rnd 13 – 20: rep rnd 11 and rnd 12, alt between the rnds until you reach rnd 20(60)
At the end of round 20, bring up a loop and remove the 5.5mm hook.
Switch to the smaller hook (5mm) and continue with this hook until the end.
Rnd 21 (ws): ch1, sc in next st in BLO around, sl st into beg ch1, turn (60)
Rnd 22 (rs): ch1, sc (normal sc) in each st around, sl st into beg ch1, turn (60)
Using the smaller hook (5mm)
You will now work in rows around the beanie.
With the right side facing you,
Row 1: sc in the second ch from the hook, 5sc, sl st in each of the nxt 2 sts (these sts are on the beanie itself), turn
Row 2: sk 2 sts, 6sc in the BLO, ch1, turn
Row 3: 6sc in the BLO, sl st in each of the nxt 2 sts, turn
Row 4 – 60: rep row 2 and 3 until the end of row 60, at the end, sl st into the top of the brim an sl st in each st down to connect (see photo) in tutorial above.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew in and secure ends.
Weave in all ends securely and connect your pom pom! And your done!