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Basic Beanie Crochet Pattern Free for Beginners

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Learn how to crochet an easy double crochet beanie. This free crochet beanie pattern uses simple techniques for a beginner friendly hat pattern.

This free crochet hat pattern includes all the different sizes. The pattern includes newborn size and baby hat sizes, plus children, teens and adult beanie sizes as well.

Double crochet beanies work up quick and they’re so useful. This easy crochet beanie makes great baby hats for showers.

An easy crochet hat pattern is a must know for a new crocheter.

Double crochet beanie in beige yarn, scissors, crochet hook on grey speckled background.
Child size double crochet beanie in beige Red Heart Super Saver.

Easy crochet hat patterns are a gift go to for so many crocheters. We just love crocheting hat patterns for the babies and adults! These basic beanies make great gifts.

Read on for what you need to crochet this free pattern. The written pattern is below in all sizes.

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These sweet crochet flowers would be a lovely addition to a simple beanie.

Materials

Here are the supplies you’ll need to crochet a beanie. You’ll need #4 medium worsted weight yarn to crochet this beanie pattern.

  • Estimated yarn needed by size: 
  • Baby 0-3 mos (MC) ~75 yds/68m
  • Baby 3-6 mos (MC) ~80 yds/73m
  • Baby 6-12 mos (MC) ~85 yds/78m
  • Toddler (MC) ~90 yds/83m
  • Preschool ~93 yds/85m
  • Child (MC) ~95 yds/87m
  • Teen/Sm Adult (MC) ~100 yds/91m
  • M/L Adult (MC) ~105 yds/96m
  • 5mm US Size H-8 crochet hook, or hook needed to meet gauge.
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

Stitches and Abbreviations in US Terms

Here are the stitches and abbreviations I use in this hat pattern. Click on any link below for an in depth, step by step tutorial on the crochet stitch.

ch (s) – chain(s)

dc (s) – double crochet stitches

mc – magic circle (magic ring)

rep – repeat

rnd – round

sc (s) – single crochet stitches

sl st (s) – slip stitches

st (s) – stitch(es)

Notes

Ch 3 counts as the first dc. I prefer to use a ch 3 alternative, here is my favorite one.

Gauge

Gauge is how your hat will turn out the same size as the pattern’s (and fit!). If you need help on how to measure gauge start with this tutorial.

For a top down hat that’s worked in the round I like to provide the gauge in the round.

4” / 10 cm x 4” / 10 cm = 12 dc x 8 rnds

This indicates that the first 8 rounds of the pattern (which are a circle) will equal 4″ / 10cm across. So you can follow the pattern for your size to make a gauge swatch and compare it to this.

To see if you’re matching gauge earlier, Rnds 1-3 = 3.75” / 9.5 cm across.

Skill Level

Easy

This is the perfect hat pattern for beginners!

Construction

This hat is a basic double crochet beanie. You work it from the top of the hat down, in the round. 

This means you will join the last stitch of each round to the first stitch. Then you continue working in a circle. Use a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round to help you keep track.

How long does it take to crochet this simple beanie? It might take an hour for the largest size, and far less for the newborn hat!

To get the correct size beanie, I include a suggested age for each size that is paired with the head circumference. So if you’re able to measure the head circumference you can use that against these numbers below.

Fit

To fit age (head circumference): 

  • baby 0-3 mos (14”/35.6cm) 
  • baby 3-6 mos (15”/38cm) 
  • baby 6-12 mos (16”/40.6cm) 
  • toddler (18”/45.7cm) 
  • child (20”/50.8cm) 
  • teen/sm adult (21”/53.3cm)
  • med/lg adult (23”/58.4cm)

Adjustments

To make a slouchy hat you can crochet more repeat rounds to make your hat 1” – 3” taller. Add these after your last row of increases. This will give you the slouchy effect.

You can add a pom pom for a little flair. I love using my Clover pom pom maker*, but there are ways to make poms without one too.

Adding stripes is an easy and fun way to customize your basic hat.

Scroll down for the free crochet beanie pattern!

Double crochet beanie in beige yarn, scissors, crochet hook on grey speckled background.

How to Crochet a Basic Beanie for Beginners

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $2

Free basic double crochet beanie pattern in all sizes. These crochet hats are easy to make and gift.

Materials

  • #4 medium worsted weight yarn.
  • Estimated yarn needed by size:
  • Baby 0-3 mos (MC) ~75 yds/68m
  • Baby 3-6 mos (MC) ~80 yds/73m
  • Baby 6-12 mos (MC) ~85 yds/78m
  • Toddler (MC) ~90 yds/83m
  • Preschool ~93 yds/85m
  • Child (MC) ~95 yds/87m
  • Teen/Sm Adult (MC) ~100 yds/91m
  • M/L Adult (MC) ~105 yds/96m

Tools

  • 5mm US Size H-8 crochet hook, or hook needed to meet gauge.
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

Instructions

Baby 0-3mos Hat

Start with a magic circle, or ch 3, sl st to join into a circle.

  1. Rnd 1. 12 dc into mc, sl st to join.
  2. Rnd 2. Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in the next stitch and in each st around, sl st to join. (24 sts)
  3. Rnd 3. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, *{2 dc in next st, dc in next st} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (36 sts) 3.75” circle
  4. Rnd 4. Ch 3, dc in each st around, join with sl st to first st.
  5. Rnds 5-11. Rep Rnd 4. ~5.5” tall

Baby 3-6mos Hat


Start with a magic circle, or ch 3, sl st to join into a circle.

  1. Rnd 1. 12 dc into mc, sl st to join.
  2. Rnd 2. Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join. (24 sts)
  3. Rnd 3. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, *{2 dc in next st, dc in next st} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (36 sts)
  4. Rnd 4. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next two sts, *{2 dc in next st, dc in each of next two sts} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (48 sts) 4.75”-5” circle
  5. Rnd 5. Ch 3, dc in each st around, join with sl st to first st.
  6. Rnds 6-12. Rep Rnd 5. ~6” tall

Baby 6-12mos


Start with a magic circle, or ch 3, sl st to join into a circle.

  1. Rnd 1. 12 dc into mc, sl st to join.
  2. Rnd 2. Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join. (24 sts)
  3. Rnd 3. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, *{2 dc in next st, dc in next st} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (36 sts)
  4. Rnd 4. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next two sts, *{2 dc in next st, dc in each of next two sts} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (48 sts) 4.75”-5” circle
  5. Rnd 5. Ch 3, dc in each st around, join with sl st to first st.
  6. Rnds 6-13. Rep Rnd 5. ~6.75” tall

Toddler


Start with a magic circle, or ch 3, sl st to join into a circle.

  1. Rnd 1. 12 dc into mc, sl st to join.
  2. Rnd 2. Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join. (24 sts)
  3. Rnd 3. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, *{2 dc in next st, dc in next st} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (36 sts)
  4. Rnd 4. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next two sts, *{2 dc in next st, dc in each of next two sts} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (48 sts) 4.75”-5” circle
  5. Rnd 5. Ch 3, dc in each st around, join with sl st to first st.
  6. Rnds 6-14. Rep Rnd 5. ~7” tall

Preschool

Start with a magic circle, or ch 3, sl st to join into a circle.

  1. Rnd 1. 12 dc into mc, sl st to join.
  2. Rnd 2. Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join. (24 sts)
  3. Rnd 3. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, *{2 dc in next st, dc in next st} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (36 sts)
  4. Rnd 4. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next two sts, *{2 dc in next st, dc in each of next two sts} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (48 sts) 4.75”-5” circle
  5. Rnd 5. Ch 3, dc in each st around, join with sl st to first st.
  6. Rnds 6-15. Rep Rnd 5. ~7.5” tall preschool

Child


Start with a magic circle, or ch 3, sl st to join into a circle.

  1. Rnd 1. 12 dc into mc, sl st to join.
  2. Rnd 2. Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join. (24 sts)
  3. Rnd 3. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, *{2 dc in next st, dc in next st} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (36 sts)
  4. Rnd 4. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next two sts, *{2 dc in next st, dc in each of next two sts} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (48 sts)
  5. Rnd 5. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next three sts, *{2 dc in next st, dc in each of next three sts} rep form * around, join with a sl st to first st. (60 sts) 5.75”-6” circle
  6. Rnd 6. Ch 3, dc in each st around, join with sl st to first st.
  7. Rnds 7-15. Rep Rnd 6. `~7.75” tall

Teen/Sm Adult

Start with a magic circle, or ch 3, sl st to join into a circle.

  1. Rnd 1. 12 dc into mc, sl st to join.
  2. Rnd 2. Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join. (24 sts)
  3. Rnd 3. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, *{2 dc in next st, dc in next st} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (36 sts)
  4. Rnd 4. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next two sts, *{2 dc in next st, dc in each of next two sts} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (48 sts)
  5. Rnd 5. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next three sts, *{2 dc in next st, dc in each of next three sts} rep form * around, join with a sl st to first st. (60 sts) 5.75”-6” circle
  6. Rnd 6. Ch 3, dc in each st around, join with sl st to first st.
  7. Rnds 7-16. Rep Rnd 6. `~8” tall

M/L Adult


Start with a magic circle, or ch 3, sl st to join into a circle.

  1. Rnd 1. 12 dc into mc, sl st to join.
  2. Rnd 2. Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join. (24 sts)
  3. Rnd 3. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, *{2 dc in next st, dc in next st} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (36 sts)
  4. Rnd 4. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next two sts, *{2 dc in next st, dc in each of next two sts} rep from * around, join with sl st to first st. (48 sts)
  5. Rnd 5. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next three sts, *{2 dc in next st, dc in each of next three sts} rep form * around, join with a sl st to first st. (60 sts)
  6. Rnd 6. Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next four sts, *{2 dc in next st, dc in each of next four sts} rep form * around, join with a sl st to first st. (72 sts) 7.25” circle med/lg adult
  7. Rnd 7. Ch 3, dc in each st around, join with sl st to first st.
  8. Rnds 8-16. Rep Rnd 7. `~8.5” tall

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