This simple beanie is crocheted in the round from the top down. This hat matches several other accessories made using the same easy stitch pattern: a scarf, a headband, and a pair of simple fingerless gloves. You can see some of the other matching accessories pictured on this page.
Crochet Skill Level: Easy
Pattern Updates: This pattern was updated on 9/27/2012. If your copy is older than that, you may wish to print out the corrected version. I made two updates: one abbreviation was missing, and round 3 was incomplete; it was missing the instructions to sl st at the end of the round. I apologize for any confusion or frustration that resulted from these omissions!
The brackets  denote a set of instructions to be repeated.
In this pattern you'll be crocheting into chain spaces; these are abbreviated as ch-1 sp in the pattern. If at any point you have a hard time finding the chain spaces, try carefully poking your finger at the row of stitches from back to front. I find it easier to locate the spaces by touch than by sight.
- Worsted Weight Yarn: I tested the pattern for this beanie using Red Heart Super Saver. One 7 oz. skein of Red Heart Super Saver is a sufficient amount to crochet this beanie. To crochet my sample hat, I used about 2 ounces / 55 grams of Red Heart Super Saver yarn.
- Crochet Hook: Start by trying a size K crochet hook, but adjust hook size if necessary to get the correct gauge.
- Tapestry Needle: A tapestry needle is handy for weaving in ends when you are finished crocheting your beanie.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
- beg = beginning
- ch = chain
- ch-1 sp = chain-1 space, the space formed when you crocheted a chain stitch in the previous row
- ea = each
- rep = repeat
- sc = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- st = stitch
Gauge and Finished Size: The finished hat size is approx 20.5 inches in circumference, measured at lower edge. Note that the hat is designed to have a few inches worth of negative ease; the hat measurement can be a bit smaller than the wearer's actual head measurement. For example, my head measurement is about 22 inches, but the hat stretches to fit my head comfortably.
My sample hat has a radius (measuring from the center / top down to the edge) of about 6.5 inches. You can adjust this if you like by crocheting fewer rounds for a shorter hat, or more rounds for a longer hat.
Measurement after crocheting round 2: 2 inches in diameter.
Measurement after crocheting round 4: about 3 3/8 inches in diameter.
Measurement after crocheting round 6: about 4 1/4 inches in diameter.
How to Crochet the Beanie:
Round 1: ch 1, work 10 sc in ring. sl st to join the work to the ch-1 worked at the beg of the round.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in ea sc. Work 1 sc in sl st worked at end of round 1. You'll end up with a total of 21 sc sts. Sl st to join end of round to beg.
Round 3: Work 1 sc in ea st of round 2 below. Total: 21 sc. Sl st to join end of round to beg.
Round 4: [Work 1 sc in ea of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc.] Repeat sequence in brackets all the way around. Total = 28 sc. Sl st to join end of round to beg.
Round 5: [1 sc in ea of the next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc.] Repeat sequence in brackets all the way around. Total = 32 sc. Sl st to join end of round to beg.
Round 6: Work 1 sc in ea sc. Total = 32 sc. Sl st to join end of round to beg.
Round 7: [sc in next sc, ch 1] Rep sequence in brackets 31 more times for a total of 32. After the last ch st has been worked, sl st to join to 1st sc in round. Total = 32 sc and 32 ch sts.
Note: Up until this point, your hat has probably looked reasonably hat-like. Be warned that, while you are crocheting the next several rounds, the project may start to resemble some sort of strangely warped flying saucer. If it does, please do not be alarmed. This will indeed turn out to be a hat, although it might not start looking hat-like again until you've crocheted a bunch more rounds.
Rounds 8 and Up: [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next sc.] Rep sequence in brackets all the way around, for a total of 32 times. Sl st to join the end of the round to the beg.
Repeat round 8 until the beanie is the length you want it. I crocheted 24 rounds in all, but you should feel free to adjust this number to get the fit that works best for you (or the intended wearer). Keep in mind that you can put a safety pin in your active loop and try the hat on to see how it fits.
Finishing the Beanie:
End off, leaving about 6 inches of yarn for weaving in securely. Weave in any loose ends. Block if desired.
Be sure to check out our free patterns for the other accessories in this set!