A Basic Beanie – free crochet pattern

A basic beanie - free crochet pattern

Two weeks ago I whipped out a basic beanie in worsted weight yarn. I made it in crochet because that’s a fast (ulta-fast) way to make a beanie. Its made from the bottom up with the brim worked flat, as one long strip, and then the body and top worked in the round.

Before starting I made a half-hearted attempt to find a pattern that was of the make-a-flat-brim-then-work-around variety. When I didn’t find one, I just scratched out a pattern on sticky notes, stuck my notes up on the wall, and made a hat.

Then I had a student ask me for the pattern. I, ahhh, made some sort of lame excuse about not remembering what I did and slithered my way out of a real answer. Then a second student asked for the pattern. Well… crap.

So I went home, collected up my chicken scratch notes and turned them into this semi-respectable crochet pattern. I’m 100% certain that this pattern and 18 others exactly like it are already floating around on the internet. It is just a basic beanie pattern after all. But its my basic beanie pattern and now that its posted on my own site, I’ll always know where to find one!

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A Basic Beanie

Yarn: Worsted weight, approx 180 – 240 yds depending on size

Hook: size H (5 mm)

Gauge: 16 sc &18 rows = 4 inches in single crochet

Sizes: S, M, L


Abbreviations (uses US conventions)
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • sc2tog = sc next  2 stitches together
  • st = stitch


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To make the brim:

Leaving a long tail (for sewing up later) ch 13. Last chain is for turning.

Set up Row: in 2nd ch from the hook work a sc. Work a sc in each of the remaining chains. Ch 1. Turn. (12 sc)

Row 1: 12 sc through the front loop. Ch 1. Turn

Work Row 1 a total of 60 (66, 72) times.


To make the body:

Set up Round: Work a sc into the side edge of last row you made. What that means is, turn your work sideways and make a sc in the side of the last sc you made in the brim. Continue down the brim strip working one sc into the edge of each row. 60 (66, 72) sc

Round 1: without turning or chaining, join to work in the round by simply working a sc in to the first sc of the previous round. Mark that as the beginning of round with a split ring marker. Then work a sc into each stitch.

Round 2: *sc in first st, 2 sc in next* repeat to end. 90 (99, 108) sc

Round 3: sc in each st to end

Repeat Round 3 until hat measures 5 (5.5, 6) inches from the bottom edge. At any time you can pause and use the long tail from the starting chain to sew one end of the brim strip to the other.


To make the top:

Where you are in the hat (does not matter), mark the next stitch as the beginning of round with a split ring marker.  Continue to work in the round without chaining or turning.

Round 1: *sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog* repeat to end.  80 (88, 96) stitches

Round 2: *sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog* repeat to end.  70 (77, 84) stitches

Round 3: * sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog* repeat to end.  60 (66, 72) stitches

Round 4: * sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* repeat to end.  50 (55, 60) stitches

Round 5: * sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat to end.  40 (44, 48) stitches

Round 6: * sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat to end.  30 (33, 36) stitches

Round 7: * sc in next  st, sc2tog* repeat to end.  20 (22, 24) stitches

Round 8: *sc2tog* repeat to end.  10 (11, 12) stitches


For smallest and largest size:

Round 9: *sc2tog* repeat to end.  5 (6) stitches

For medium size:

Round 9: sc in first st, *sc2tog* repeat to end.  6 stitches


Cut yarn. Using a tapestry needle, close the remaining stitches at the top of the hat. Then Enjoy!


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How cute! This is just the pattern I need for my library. Thanks Jenn.

You are just too darned sweet !! I’ll bet it took just as long to write out the pattern, as it did for you to make the hat, right ? Well, if I may jump on the gifty bandwagon, here is an extremely convenient website that will allow everyone to download ALL patterns from webpages in PDF format. SO easy, and quick, compared to copying and pasting all of the text and associated images. Here is the web site: http://www.printfriendly.com/ You can even drag the button to your own browser and drop it there, so it will be there and… Read more »

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