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Easiest Crochet Beanie Pattern (How to Crochet a Hat)

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Learn how to make a crochet hat for beginners with this easy Ribbed Beanie pattern. This crochet beanie is crafted with an easy-to-remember stitch pattern that resembles knit ribbing. The result is a textured, stretchy fabric that functions like knit but crochets like a dream! Made with just one skein of bulky-weight yarn, it’s a great project for beginners and advanced crocheters alike.

Whether you’re new to crochet, or just need an easy project to work on while you stream your favorite show, you’ll love this easy crochet hat pattern.

yellow crochet beanie hat with knit ribbing texture and a white pom pom

This Ribbed Beanie is an easy crochet project that’s super satisfying to make. I designed this simple unisex beanie pattern with basic stitches and simple techniques, so it’s very beginner-friendly. In my opinion, it’s the perfect crochet hat pattern for new crocheters. If you’re brand new to crochet — or if you want a refresher — then be sure to check out our How to Crochet guide.

The chunky yarn and great texture make for a hat that’s warm and cozy — perfect during the cold winter months! You can make it with less than one skein of bulky yarn, so it’s very affordable, too.

This basic beanie is constructed with an easy stitch pattern that works up quickly. I’ll show you how to make it a large range of sizes, from Newborn to Adult Large.

And don’t forget, beanies make great gifts for the whole family! I love making this style of crochet hat for everyone on my holiday gift-giving list.

Related post: After this, why not crochet a simple scarf to go with your new beanie? Here is my favorite easy crochet scarf pattern – perfect for beginners and experienced crocheters alike.

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pattern mockup on ipad and iphone

Design Notes

You’ll love how quick and easy this crochet hat is to make. No complicated stitch pattern here! Just simple chains, single crochet, and half double crochet.

I designed this modern crochet beanie with soft bulky-weight yarn, so you know it will be warm and cozy. And, it’s made with a stretchy ribbing stitch pattern for a nice snug fit.

This modern crochet hat works up as a flat rectangular shape. To finish the hat, you’ll stitch together the long sides and gather the opening to form a closed tube.

So, if you can crochet back and forth in rows, you can make this simple crochet beanie pattern!

Crochet Ribbing Stitch

The body of the hat is made with a half-double crochet ribbing stitch. Making the hdc through the back loop only makes a stretchy crochet ribbing that’s perfect for hats.

I added a few single crochet stitches near the crown of the hat to give it a natural tapered look. This will come in handy when it’s time to gather the opening and finish the hat.

Pattern Variations

Sizes: The pattern is easy to adjust to fit different head sizes, including Adult, Teen, Child, and Toddler sizes. I’ll show you a hat size chart and a simple formula to follow for a perfect fit each and every time

Brim: I designed the hat to be 12″ tall, which is long enough to fold over a nice thick brim. If you don’t want a fold-over brim on your hat, I will show you how to adapt the pattern.

Style: I wouldn’t say this beanie is a very slouchy hat – it’s more of a classic beanie shape.

chunky bulky-weight crochet beanie with a knitted texture and stretchy ribbing

Best Yarn for Chunky Beanies

I designed this pattern with one of my favorite yarns: Lion Brand Color Made Easy. It’s a nice chunky yarn that works up fast, so it’s a great choice for quick projects.

This particular yarn has a multi-plied construction for some really nice texture and stitch definition. It’s made from 100% acrylic, so it’s soft, affordable, and really easy to care for. Plus, this yarn comes in more than 20 gorgeous colors.

Note: This yarn has been discontinued. 🙁 Please feel free to substitute any other bulky-weight yarn you love. Keep in mind that you will need to make a gauge swatch, and possibly go up or down a hook size depending on your yarn choice.

Here are some other yarns you can use to make this project.

ribbed crochet beanie with a fold-over brim and a stretchy ribbed stitch pattern

Crochet Hat Size Chart

Wondering what size hat to make? To correctly size a crochet hat, you’ll want to make a hat that’s just a bit smaller than your head size. This way, when the hat stretches, it will fit your head perfectly.

To find your perfect size, use a tape measure to measure the widest part of your head. This will give you your head circumference measurement.

Then, subtract about 3″ from this to get the finished hat size measurement. Since this stitch pattern is so stretchy, I find that 3″ of negative ease gives me a nice snug fit.

An example

For example, my head measurement is 23″, which puts me between the Adult Medium and Adult Large sizes. After I subtract 3″ of negative ease, I know I want a make the circumference of the hat 20″.

To make my beanie, I crocheted as many rows as it took to reach a finished hat size of 20″, which turned out to be 36 rows plus 1 seaming row.

What is Ease in Crochet Patterns?

In crochet patterns, “Ease” refers to the difference in size between your project and your body. “Negative ease” means that your project will come out smaller than your body, but don’t worry – it will stretch!)

In general, crochet hats are designed with 2-3″ (5-7 cm) of negative ease, depending on stitch pattern and stretchiness.

Size Chart for Ribbed Beanies

In the chart below, you can find average measurements for head sizes, according to the Craft Yarn Council. I’ve also included a column for finished hat size, accounting for that same 3″ of negative ease.

AgeHead CircumferenceHat CircumferenceHat Length
Newborn12″-14″9″-13″5″
Baby14″-16″11″-13″5.75″
Toddler16″-18″13″-15″6.5″
Child18″-20″15″-17″7″
Teen20″-22″17″-19″7.5″
Adult Small21″-22″18″-19″8.5″
Adult Medium22″-23″19″-20″9″
Adult Large23″-24″20″-21″9.5″

To make a well-fitting hat, crochet as many chains as you need to reach the appropriate hat length measurement. Add 2.5″ to this measurement to add a folded brim.

And then, crochet as many rows as you need to reach the appropriate hat circumference measurement.

yellow crochet beanie hat with a simple and modern stitch pattern for stretchy ribbing

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Ribbed Beanie Crochet Pattern

Skill Level: Beginner/Easy

Finished Size: Newborn through Adult – See Chart (above) for more sizes

For the purposes of this pattern, I will be making an Adult Medium, or a hat length of 12″ and a circumference of 20″.

Gauge: 12 sts and 7.5 rows per 4″. Check your gauge, and factor this into your size calculation.

Materials

Yarn Weight: Bulky weight yarn (Category 5). I used about 200 yds for an Adult Medium.

Crochet Hook:  K-10.5 (6.5mm) hook, or whichever size hook you need to meet gauge

You’ll also need: 

  • yarn needle
  • stitch markers, if desired
  • ruler or tape measure, if desired

Stitches and Abbreviations

Special Stitches

There aren’t any special stitches in this hat pattern. But, you should know that almost all stitches will be made in the Back Loops Only. You will see this abbreviated in the pattern as BLO.

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is written in US terminology.
  • The hat is worked flat, back and forth in rows.
  • Then, the finished flat piece is seamed to create a tube.
  • After that, one end is gathered to create the hat shape.

Pattern Instructions

Here’s how to crochet a winter hat for beginners.

First, I took my measurements. I want a brimmed hat with a finished length of 12″ and a circumference of 20″.

Row 1: Chain 36. Starting in the second chain from the hook, make 30 hdc. 5 sc. Turn. (35 sts)

Row 2: Chain 1. Starting in the same (first) stitch, 5 sc blo, 30 hdc blo. Turn. (35 sts)

Row 3: Chain 1. Starting in the same (first) stitch, 30 hdc blo, 4 sc blo, 1 sc. Turn. (35 sts)

how to crochet a stretchy crochet beanier with half-double crochet through the back loop

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the crochet piece measures 20″ along the long edge – or your desired finished hat measurement that you calculated earlier.

For my hat, I crocheted 36 rows total.

Note: Take this measurement along the long edge of half-double crochet stitches, not the long edge with the single crochet stitches. A fabric measuring tape is useful here, since it’s more flexible than a ruler.

Finishing: Seam the sides.

Hooray, you’re almost finished! Now that it’s time to seam the hat together, you have a choice between 2 seaming techniques.

Option 1: The first option is to seam the sides of the hat together with a simple slip-stitch seam. To make a slip-stitch seam, you’ll work a final row of slip-stitches through loops on both edges.

To do this: First, fold the crocheted rectangle in half, right sides out, with the working row in front. Make a final row of slip stitches – but insert your hook through both the back loop of the working row and the loop of the starting chain.

how to seam both long sides of a crochet hat to make a ribbed beanie

Option 2: Or, if you prefer, you can seam the sides together with a mattress stitch seam.

  1. Line up the two sides of the beanie, with the right sides facing outwards.
  2. Thread a yarn needle with the yarn tail that is about three times the length of the seam.
  3. Insert the needle under the first stitch on one side, then under the first stitch on the other side.
  4. Continue sewing the seam, moving back and forth. Try to match up the stitches as evenly as possible.
  5. Every few stitches, pull the yarn to close the seam. Try to keep an even tension, and don’t over-tighten.
  6. Once you reach the end of the seam, weave in the yarn ends.
how to gather the top of the hat to make a crochet beanie with a pom pom

Gather the top of the hat.

Pull yarn through the last loop and trim a long yarn tail. Use the yarn tail and a darning needle to make long-running stitches along the top edge of the hat.

Pull the yarn tail to gather the top edge of the hat, and pull it closed. You can knot the yarn tail to secure it. Weave in the ends.

the finish crochet winter hat with a folded brim and stretchy knit-look ribbing stitch

How to Attach a Pom Pom to a Crochet Hat

I love to finish beanies with a big yarn pom pom! They are easy to make and even easier to attach to crochet hats.

Pom-pom maker tools are relatively inexpensive and make really nice round pom-poms. I like this set because it comes with tools to make both small and large pom poms.

But, there are many ways to make pom-poms without a pom-pom maker. You can make them with your hand, a toilet paper roll, or a cardboard cut-out template.

And, if you’d like to use one of those cute faux fur pom-poms, here are some I’ve tried and recommend. They come with a small elastic loop that you can use to attach them to your hats.

Chunky Ribbed Crochet Beanie

Chunky Ribbed Crochet Beanie

Yield: 1
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: 5

How to crochet a classic ribbed beanie with bulky weight yarn. You'll love this quick and easy pattern that will teach you everything you need to know to crochet a modern winter hat.

Materials

Tools

Instructions

  1. Row 1: Chain 36. Starting in the second chain from the hook, make 30 hdc. 5 sc. Turn. (35 sts)
  2. Row 2: Chain 1. Starting in the same (first) stitch, 5 sc blo, 30 hdc blo. Turn. (35 sts)
  3. Row 3: Chain 1. Starting in the same (first) stitch, 30 hdc blo, 4 sc blo, 1 sc. Turn. (35 sts)
  4. Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the crochet piece measures 19.5″ along the long edge – or about 1/2″ shorter than your desired finished hat measurement you calculated earlier.
  5. To seam: Fold the crocheted rectangle in half, right sides out. Work the last row of stitches, following the pattern, through loops on both edges.
  6. Gather the top of the hat: Fasten off and trim, leaving a long tail. Using the yarn tail and needle, sew long running stitches along the top edge of the hat. Pull yarn to gather and close the top edge. Make a knot to secure it, and weave in the remaining ends.

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Aster

Friday 15th of March 2024

10/10 tutorial. Unfortunately, I misread the instructions and two rows in realised that the foundation chain actually wasn't supposed to be the length of the circumference... and now my foundation chain is almost 60cm (I still added the estimated 2.5" to make it foldable)... Anywho, I am making a wizard hat

Megan

Thursday 7th of March 2024

Hello!

I'm almost done making this beanie, and I love the pattern overall--simple, pretty, nice texture, easy to follow, clear sizing instructions. All wonderful stuff, thank you for sharing it! I'm just having some trouble with closing the top of my beanie.

I sewed both sides together across the top using a running stitch (I think!), but when I pull my yarn tight, the top of my hat bunches up in a smile shape. In the picture you have here (the one without the pom-pom), it curves the other way, like a rainbow (or the top of someone's head, haha). How do I make mine do that? Sewing is my weakest crochet skill, so I'm wondering if maybe I misinterpreted the instructions. I used a yarn needle to pull the yarn back and forth from the front of the beanie to the back of it, inserting through both layers of the hat/both sides of the tube at the same time. I went straight forward and back, not looping over the top or anything. Is that right? When I only pull the yarn end a little bit, my hat looks too flat and rectangular at the top compared to yours, but when I pull it more, the hat curves the wrong way. How do I make mine nice and convex like in the picture?

Thank you so much!

Sarah Stearns

Friday 8th of March 2024

Hi Megan, From your comment, it sounds like you are sewing two layers of fabric together with the running stitch - is that right? If so, I think that's where things are going wrong. Instead, you'll want to use the running stitch to make back-and-forth stitches through just one layer of fabric, all the way around the top of the beanie, in a circle. Then, when you pull on the ends of the yarn, the top of the beanie should cinch closed like a drawstring.

Loris

Saturday 10th of February 2024

This is a fabulous design. I wanted a nice stretchy hat to wear on bad hair days, and this pattern is a great success! My friends thought they were knit hats because they have so much stretch.

In fact, I can’t seem to stop making them. I’ve made 8 of these now in the past month, and am donating to families in need.

I did make a few alterations. As someone else mentioned, I did the hdc through both loops on the brim edge to make it a bit firmer.

I use a hook one size larger for the starting chain, then switch to a smaller hook for the rest of the hat.

I also did some changes to reduce the bulk to make the crown easier to cinch tight. I changed the last 2-3 sc’s to slip stitches. For larger hats, I also did a short row every 3rd pair of rows, this really helped a lot to trim the crown down.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful hat!

Sarah Stearns

Sunday 11th of February 2024

Thanks for all your notes Loris!

Kari

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

What a great design, thanks for sharing. I'd only ever crocheted a scarf (and so long ago I needed a refresher on how to single crochet) yet I knocked this out in just a few hours today?! When I started I figured I'd just do a bit for practice before undoing it all, but next thing I knew I had a great new hat I can't wait to wear. Very pleased with myself!

I used two 50g balls of acrylic worsted weight yarn and a 4.5mm hook. 48 stitches tall, and 40 rows in circumference (20 inches).

Tomorrow I'll be making another in wool. At this rate I'm going to have a whole wardrobe of warm beanies in a week! Thanks again for the great instructions.

Ceridwen

Sunday 10th of December 2023

I made the beanie in gray since the granddaughter this is for likes neutrals and black. It worked up quickly and was easy to make. Thanks for a nice pattern. :)

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