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Ribbed Beanie Knitting Pattern {Unisex Mariner’s Hat}


This ribbed beanie knitting pattern is a great project for anyone who wants to make a hat that never goes out of style!

Wear it with the brim turned up for a fitted look or not for more slouch.

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can grab your printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.

ribbed mariner's hat

An Easy Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, k2tog, and knitting in the round.

Using mainly knit and purl stitches will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

If you have never knit in the round before you can watch my video tutorial here.

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Ribbed beanie hat knitting pattern

The Yarn I Used

I made the ribbed beanie using The Petite Wool in Olive, knit on size 6 mm (US 10) knitting needles.

This yarn is from We Are Knitters and comes in a range of lovely colors.

This yarn is very warm to wear as it is 100% Peruvian wool.

The yarn weight is bulky/chunky/12 ply.

You may also like this beginner ribbed beanie that was knit with The Petite Wool Spotted Mauve.

ribbed beanie
ribbed wool beanie

The Ribbed Beanie Knitting Pattern

Grab your inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern here.


The hat knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

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Skill Level – Easy

Size –

  • Adult woman/man
  • To fit a head with a circumference size – around 22-26 inches.
  • Length of the hat (lying flat and unstretched) = 11 inches
  • Width of the hat (lying flat and unstretched) = 6 inches

Gauge – 16 sts and 20 rows in 4×4 inches/10x10cm in 2×2 ribbing.

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The Supplies You Need…


  • 1 x The Petite Wool in Olive from We Are Knitters.
  • Each ball is 100 GR. Per 140 M.
  • 100% Peruvian wool.
  • The yarn weight is bulky/chunky/12 ply.
  • Yarn weight guide



Abbreviations /  Knitting Abbreviations List

  • CO – Cast on
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • K2tog – Knit two stitches together
  • P2tog – Purl two stitches together
  • Sts – Stitches
  • Rep – Repeat


  • CO 72 sts.
  • Place a marker, then join in the round being careful not to twist the sts.
  • Round 1 – K2, P2 – rep to the end of the round.
  • Rep round 1 until the hat measures 10 inches.

Shape The Crown

*You may need to switch to using double pointed for the decreases as the stitches become fewer.

  • K2, P2tog – rep to the end of the round.
  • K2, P1 – rep to the end of the round.
  • K2tog, P1 – rep to the end of the round.
  • K1, P1 – rep to the end of the round.
  • K2tog – rep to the end of the round.
  • K2tog – rep to the end of the round.
  • Cut a length of yarn and thread through the darning needle, pick up the stitches left on the needles and sew them tightly together.
  • Sew in any loose ends.
ribbed beanie hat

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  1. Would love to make this hat for my husband using a super bulky 06 yarn , how do I adjust the pattern, less stitches ? Smaller needles? Would love your feedback.

    Many thanks,

    1. Hello Donna,
      To make this hat with super bulky yarn you would need to go up in needle size – to 9mm (US 13) or 10mm (US 15) and cast on fewer stitches.
      Perhaps 40 stitches or 42, you would have to work out the ribbing pattern so that it is even.
      I hope that helps!

  2. Hello,
    Just made this hat for myself and I love it! Would you cast on the same number of stitches when making it for a man?

    1. Hello Ellen,
      I’m so happy you love the hat!
      Yes, this hat is unisex so will fit an adult head – man or woman.
      My husband wears this hat comfortably and so do I – with the same number of cast on stitches.
      I hope that helps!

  3. I’ve made this pattern twice now, and it’s awesome! So simple and turns out beautiful.
    I used size 10.5 16″ circular needles instead because that’s what I had on hand, and it turned out just fine. I followed the rest of the instructions exactly. I’m sure my end product was a bit looser than the original, but I like big hats anyway.
    The second time I made it, I used the 10.5 needles with slightly bulkier yarn, so I casted on 68 sts instead. Worked perfect.
    Great pattern, and I love that it’s been easy to make small changes to.

  4. Do you happen to have this pattern for straight needles? I’ve looked at your post for How To Knit A Hat With Straight Needles, but I like this 2×2 rib look better and I haven’t learned circular needles yet. I understand how to do the body but I’m worried I’ll mess up the decreasing and shaping. If you’d be willing to post that part of the pattern for straight needles, I’d be super grateful!

    1. Hello Margaret,
      I don’t have this pattern for straight needles, but I can try to help you out with the decreases.
      You could try this:
      P2, K2tog – rep to the end of the round.
      P2, K1 – rep to the end of the round.
      P2tog, K1 – rep to the end of the round.
      P1, K1 – rep to the end of the round.
      P2tog – rep to the end of the round.
      P2tog – rep to the end of the round.
      Cut a length of yarn and thread through the darning needle, pick up the stitches left on the needles and sew tightly together.
      Sew in any loose ends.
      It’s just a reverse of the instructions for knitting in the round.
      I hope that helps and let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

      1. I finally made this hat for my boyfriend (now husband!) over two years after originally posting. By the time I made it, I had circular needles and was able to knit it in the round, as intended. Thank you for your patterns and inspiration — I’m about to start another of your patterns for my next project!

        1. Hello Margaret,
          Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m so happy you enjoyed the pattern!
          Happy knitting,

          1. One question — do you have any tips for keeping the Petite Wool from fuzzing/getting a halo? The hat in your photo looks absolutely pristine, and mine got fuzzier than I would have liked. I was going to wash it in wool wash before blocking it, but wasn’t sure if you had any other tips to get it as professional-looking as your photo!

          2. Hello Margaret,
            I didn’t really have that problem when knitting the hat, but have seen it knitting sweaters with this yarn.
            Try not to handle it too much and to remove any excess pilling, you can use one of those disposable razors and lightly run it over the knitted fabric.
            That should help to remove any fuzz.
            Happy knitting!

  5. Hello Louise,just finished knitting this pattern. I adjusted for super bulky yarn and it looks wonderful and fits (yay). I like the look of the crown. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hello Sandra,
      Thanks so much for your feedback, I’m so happy you enjoyed the pattern!

  6. I made the hat with the a bulky yarn on size 10 needles and it was just too loose so I unraveled it. The yarn’s gauge says 11-14 stitches, 18-22 rows with US9-11 needles. So I used size 8 needles and made a swatch with your gauge and it was short by about 4 stitches or so. Do you think if I used size 8 needles and went up in stitches to 76 that it might work out? If I do that, won’t the decreases be way off in shaping the crown? I don’t have size 9 needles and maybe I just need to get them instead as I think I’d probably get the right size swatch.

    1. Hello,
      Everyone has a different gauge when they knit and it is not always the same as stated on the yarn ball band.
      The gauge in the pattern is the gauge I had from using The Petite Wool with size 6mm/US 10 needles.
      If you want to make the hat have a tighter fit, you can go down a needle size, but then the gauge and pattern measurements will also change.
      You could take a look at the mariner’s hat pattern on the site, which is knit with a smaller size needle.
      I hope that helps!

  7. I love this pattern, I’m planning on purchasing it to make hats for my family for Christmas. I was wondering how many hats you were able to get out of one skein? I am currently using this wool for a project and I feel like it goes a long way!

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hello Skylor,
      I’m so happy you like the pattern, I agree with you, I think this yarn does go a long way!
      You should be able to get maybe three hats from one ball of this yarn.
      I hope that helps!