Easy Beanie Crochet Pattern

This easy beanie crochet pattern is a great beginner project. It uses basic stitches to create a fun ribbed texture that’s anything but basic. If you can crochet a rectangle you can make this hat. (yay for easy)

a free easy beanie crochet pattern perfect for beginners

The free crochet pattern is written in 6 sizes to fit babies all the way up to men. There are also 2 styles of this ribbed beanie, fitted or slouchy.

My daughter, Everly loves a fitted beanie. Brecken, my son, thinks the slightly slouchy fit is cool.

kids wearing crocheted ribbed beanies

Another way to style this ribbed beanie is to make the slouchy style and fold the brim up to create a fitted brimmed beanie. So many options with this one. You’re sure to find a fit the whole family will love.

a ribbed beanie with large pom pom and slouchy crochet beanie

Let’s chat about yarn. I chose a lightweight #3 DK weight yarn for a couple of reasons.

  1. I like a lightweight hat for babies.
  2. The ribbing was spaced too far apart with the thicker yarn. I tried this stitch pattern with different yarns and it looks best in the DK weight.
a crocheted hat that's easy for beginners

What you Need To Know

  • Back Loop Half Double Crochet
  • Front Loop Half Double Crochet
  • How to crochet in rows.
  • How to seam the top of a hat closed using a running stitch.

Let’s get started with this easy crochet beanie pattern!

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What You Need

Gauge

Gauge: 20 hdc x 13 rows = 4” square Tutorial all about gauge

Helpful Tips

  • Chain 1 at the beginning of the row does NOT count as a stitch. Work the first hdc in the first stitch of the row and work the last hdc in the last stitch, not the turning chain. 
  • The pattern is written for the smallest size with the larger sizes in parenthesis.
kids crochet hats in all sizes

Special Crochet Stitches

  • FLO Crochet in the front loop only across the entire row.
  • BLO crochet in the back loop only across the entire row.
  • FLO and BLO Tutorial
Head
Circumference
Fitted Hat
Height
Slouchy Hat
Height
Hat Width
0-6 months14″-16″6.5″8.5″6.5″
6-12 months16″-18″7″9″7″
Toddler18″-19″7.5″9.5″7.5″
Kids20″-21″8″10″8″
Womens21″-22″8.5″10.5″8.75″
Mens23″-24″9″11″9.5″

Abbreviations( US Crochet Terms)

  • BLO= back loop only
  • ch(s)=chain(s)
  • FLO=front loop only
  • hdc=half double crochet 
  • st(s)=stitch(es)
wooded area with girl wearing a fitted crocheted beanie

Badlands Beanie Fitted Style Crochet Pattern

Ch 34(36,39,41,44,46)

Row 1: 1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn. 33(35,38,40,43,45)sts

Row 2: ch 1, FLO hdc in each st across, turn. 33(35,38,40,43,45)sts

Row 3: ch 1, BLO hdc in each st across, turn. 33(35,38,40,43,45)sts

Alternate repeating rows 2 & 3 until your piece measures 13”(14”,15.5”,16”,17.5”,19”) long.

Fitted Final Rectangle Measurements 

  • 0-6 months 6.5” high x 13” wide
  • 6-12 months 7” high x 14” wide
  • Toddler 7.5” high x 15.5” wide
  • Kid’s 8” high x 16” wide
  • Women’s 8.5” high x 17.5” wide
  • Men’s 9” high x 19” wide
kids slouchy crochet beanie with pom pom

Badlands Beanie Slouchy Style Crochet Pattern

Ch 44(46,49,51,54,56)

Row 1: 1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn. 43(45,48,50,53,55)sts

Row 2: ch 1, FLO hdc in each st across, turn. 43(45,48,50,53,55)sts

Row 3: ch 1, BLO hdc in each st across, turn. 43(45,48,50,53,55)sts

Alternate repeating rows 2 & 3 until your piece measures 13”(14”,15.5”,16”,17.5”,19”) long.

Slouchy Final Rectangle Measurements 

  • 0-6 months 8.5” high x 13” wide
  • 6-12 months 9” high x 14” wide
  • Toddler 9.5” high x 15.5” wide
  • Kid’s 10” high x 16” wide
  • Women’s 10.5” high x 17.5” wide
  • Men’s 11”high x 19” wide 

Sewing It All Together

Fold the rectangle in half so the first and last row are on top of each other. Slip Stitch together the first and last row to form a tube. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. With a yarn needle, weave the tail back and forth along the top edge of the rows. Pull tight to close the top of the hat. Add a pom pom and weave in the ends.

top of crocheted beanie sewn closed

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a free beanie crochet pattern that's for beginners