How To Knit A Hat | Beginner Beanie Pattern

easy beginner beanie hat pattern

This beanie hat knitting pattern is an excellent project for anyone who is learning how to knit.

I wanted to share with you an easy hat to knit, that has a little bit of ribbing and a whole lot of slouch!

Not too bulky and not too light, this hat is comfortable to wear on those fresh fall days.

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How to knit a hat

How To Knit A Hat

The hat pattern is easy to make, with beginner knitters in mind.

Using knit and purl stitches, you will create ribbing, learning to knit in the round and it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

This knitted hat would take you around an hour or two to make (depending on how fast you knit!) and will be a cozy addition to your autumn wardrobe.

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Knitting In The Round

I made the hat using Classic Alize Lanagold yarn in brown and knit on size 5.5 mm (US 9) 16″ circular needles.

I knit this hat on circular needles, so there was no seaming involved, just a few loose ends to sew in at the end.

If you are new to using circulars, once you get used to them, they soon become your favourites to work on.

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Knit Beanie

The hat uses basic knitting stitches – knit and purl, to create 2×2 ribbing for the main body of the hat.

If you are a beginner it will also introduce you to shaping through simple decreases for the crown of the hat.

The hat can be worn as a slouchy beanie or with the cuff turned up for a better fit.

Slouchy Beanie Pattern

This beanie knitting pattern is great for any beginners who are looking for an easy project, as it is perfect for practising the basic knitting stitches.

The hat size can also be adapted if you want to make it smaller or larger, just measure the circumference of the recipients head and adjust the number of stitches you cast on.

For example, I cast on 80 stitches for an adult woman, but for a man, you may need to cast on 80 stitches or more.

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Knit Hat Patterns

If you would like to make more knitted items/hats for women, please take a look at the other patterns in the women’s knitting pattern library.

There are also hat patterns for women, men, baby and kids in the hat pattern library.

You may also like these free patterns for adult sized hats:

beginner beanie hat knitting pattern

Free Hat Knitting Pattern

Make this easy hat with an easy to print out pattern below, then come back and let me know what you think in the comments or leave a review!

Yield: Beanie Hat

Beginner Beanie Hat Knitting Pattern

Make a really easy beanie with plenty of slouch that is perfect for those fresh autumn days!
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy/beginner


  • Any medium (04) yarn
  • I used 1 skin of Alize Lanagold Classic in light brown


  • 5.5mm (US 9) 16" circular knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle
  • Pom maker


  1. CO B - 56, (T - 64, C - 72, A - 80) sts and join to work in the round
  2. K2, P2 (2 x 2 rib) for - B - 4.5 (T - 5, C - 5.5, A - 6) inches
  3. Knit every round until hat measures - B - 7.5, (T - 8, C - 8.5, A - 9) inches from the co edge.
  4. The hat will have a slouchy style from co edge.
  5. Shape crown:
  6. K4, K2tog to end, K4
  7. Knit
  8. K3, K2tog to end, K4
  9. Knit
  10. K2, K2tog
  11. Knit
  12. K1, K2tog
  13. Knit
  14. K2tog
  15. Cut yarn and sew through the rem sts and pull tight.
  16. Secure and weave in any loose ends.
  17. Add a pom to the hat and stitch into place.


Gauge - 16 sts x 20 rows = 4"

Sizes - Baby, Toddler, Child, Adult

Height of finished hat (adult) - 10" this has a little slouch.

If you don't want the hat to have slouch you can knit the height like this - 6, (7, 7.5, 8) inches.

The hat will have a more fitted style.


Approx = Approximately

Beg = Begin(ning)

CO - Cast on

Cont = Continue(ing)

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

P – Purl

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

St(s) = Stitch(es)

I love seeing your finished projects!

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Happy Knitting! xoxo

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