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Kids Beanie Hat Pattern (Adorable & Easy DIY)


This adorable kids’ beanie hat pattern is the perfect pattern for a beginner knitter.

The simple beanie hat is a basic hat your little one will love wearing almost as much as you’ll love seeing him or her in it.

Scroll down to view the free pattern or you can purchase a printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.


Kids Hat Knitting Pattern – Easy Level

The kid’s hat pattern is easy to follow, there are two options for you, knitting in the round or knitting the hat flat.

The hat uses basic stitches – knit and purl, to create ribbing and then stockinette stitch for the main body of the hat.

I made the hat with super bulky/super chunky/14-ply yarn, which knits up fast!

You can even complete this hat during one movie.

Related Post: How To Knit A Hat For Complete Beginners (+ Video Tutorial)

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Kids hat knitting pattern

Knitting The Hat – What You Need To Know

If you are a beginner knitter this pattern will introduce you to shaping through simple decreases.

If you are new to knitting then knitting the hat flat on two needles will probably be easier for you.

If you are a little more experience, then knitting the hat in the round will probably be preferred.

If you would like to know how to knit a hat in the round, take a look at this post here – How To Knit A Hat With Circular Needles.

How many stitches do you cast on for a child’s beanie?

For this pattern, you will cast on 30 stitches for a baby and 34 stitches for a toddler, you could even cast on 36 stitches for a child and 38 for a teen.

The Needles

  •  I used 10 mm (US 15) knitting needles.
  • If you are knitting in the round, using 16-inch circular needles is needed to accommodate the number of stitches.

The Yarn

  • I used 1 x skein YarnArt Alpine Maxi in Grey 334 for the hat with a coordinating color for the pom-pom.
  • This yarn is a wool/acrylic blend and very soft to the touch.
  • You can substitute this yarn with any yarn that is super bulky/super chunky/14-ply yarn.
  • A good substitute is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.
kids knit beanie
kids knit beanie

Kids Beanie Hat Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.


The hat is a quick knit – in super bulky yarn, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

This easy hat could be made in red for a Christmas hat that little kids will look super cute wearing!

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Skill Level – Easy

Gauge – 8 sts / 12 rows – 10cm (4″)

Size – baby 14″ / toddler 16″

Grey kids beanie

The Supplies You Need



Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • Approx – Approximately
  • Beg – Begin(ning)
  • Cont – Continue(ing)
  • DPN’s – Double pointed needles
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit next 2 stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • St, St – Stockinette stitch – work one row knit, one-row purl
  • 1×1 ribbing – *K1, P1  – rep to the end of the row or round.
kids knit beanie


Knit in the round (on circular needles):

  • Cast on – 30 sts (baby) / 34 sts (toddler), pm and join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
  • Round 1 – Knit to the end of the round.
  • Round 2 – K1, P1 (rib) to end of round – complete a further 5 rounds of ribbing.
  • Round 7 – Knit to the end of the round.
  • Repeat round 7 – (10 / 12 times).
  • Decrease for the crown as follows – (You may need to use the DPNs now)
  • K1 then K2tog repeat to 1st before the end of the round, K1 (16, 18) sts.
  • Knit to the end of the round.
  • K1 then k2tog, repeat to 2 / 1 sts before the end of the round.
  • Knit to the end of the round.
  • Cut yarn and pull tight to secure.
  • Sew in all ends.
  • Make a pom pom (or use faux fur pompoms) and stitch it on the top of the hat.

Knit flat (on straight needles):

  • Cast on – 30 sts (baby) / 34 sts (toddler).
  • Row 1 – K1, P1 (rib) to end of the row.
  • Continue to work in 1 x 1 ribbing for a further 4 rows of ribbing.
  • Row 5 – Knit to the end of the row.
  • Row 6 – Purl to the end of the row.
  • Repeat rows 5 and 6 – (10 / 12) times (ending with a purl row).
  • Decrease for the crown as follows –
  • K1 then K2tog repeat to 1st st, before the end of the row, K1 (16, 18) sts.
  • Purl to the end of the row.
  • K1 then k2tog, repeat to 2 / 1 sts before the end of the row.
  • Purl to the end of the row.
  • Cut yarn and pull tight to secure.
  • Seam the edges using an invisible seam.
  • Sew in all ends.
  • Make a pom pom (or use faux fur pompoms) and stitch it on the top of the hat.

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Happy Knitting!

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  1. Hi! I absolutely love the picture of this hat, and I’m trying to make it for my daughter. I’m a little confused about the repeat row though. If I’m supposed to do the K1 then K2tog repeat across the hat, it’s impossible to do it 12 times like the pattern says. Can you help me?

      1. I just realized what I was doing wrong! I was on the wrong row! Thank you for making me look at the the row numbers correctly! I’m on row 7 and somehow didn’t realize that I needed to repeat that row instead of the decrease row.

    1. Hello, the hat size in the pattern is for a baby or toddler – for a child of 5yrs – you would have to increase the stitches you cast on so that the circumference is about 20-21 inches. You could increase the cast on stitches to 36 or 38 and measure to see. Thanks for visiting the blog and if you have any other questions, please email handylittleme@gmail.com.

    1. Hello, I used 1 skein for the hat and some leftovers/scrap yarn for the pom. I used a large clover pom maker – 3 3/8 inch for the pom. I hope that helps and thanks for visiting! 🙂

  2. Next question. I’m on step 9
    K1 then K2tog, repeat to 2/1 sits before the end of row ?
    Kinda got that but then step 10
    K2, K1, K2, K1, K 2. What does that mean ?
    Right now I have 10 stitches on the needle.
    Thanks for your help

    1. Hello, in round 9 – the 2/1 sts refers to the size – because it depends on if you cast on 30/34 sts for the size you want. In the next round, you may have 10 sts if you made it for the larger size – and originally cast on 34 sts. You can knit those two stitches and then finish the hat. I hope that helps and thanks for visiting! 🙂

  3. Hi, I was wondering what step 10 means? I knitted the larger size, so have 10 stitches left. I also knitted on 2 needles instead of in the round – beginner and didn’t want to get too complicated! (so am up to a row of purls) thanks!

    1. Hello, in step 10, if you are knitting flat and not in the round, change the knits to purls and you should be okay! So row 10 would be – P2, P1 to thend of the row – then P1 for the last stitch. I hope that helps! Thanks for visiting 🙂 Louise

      1. Thanks for the reply! Does that mean purl 2 together, then a single stitch, then 2 together etc? Sorry, am new to all of this!

        1. Hello Lisa, in row 9 – you do the decreases by K2tog – knitting two stitches together. In row 10 – you are purling 2 stitches, purling 1 stitch and repeating that. You are not decreasing again on this row. I hope that helps! 🙂

  4. Thanks for the pattern! I have a question about step 10 – K2, K1, K2, K1, K2… is this the same as just knitting the whole row?

    1. Hello! yes, it is – thanks for pointing that out – yes you should knit all of row 10. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

    1. Hello Elly, I would think that 34 sts will fit the head of a 6 year old if you use super bulky yarn and the recommended needle size in the pattern. If you were going to use a different weight of yarn matched with different sized needles, then you would need to cast on extra stitches. I hope that helps! 🙂

  5. Hi! For step 7 on straight needles, do I repeat rows 5-6 ten times each or five times each for a total of 10 rows? Also, is step 9 actual two steps (a row with the decrease and then a row of knit)? Thanks! This is a great hat, I’m very new to knitting so I’m just a little confused!

    1. Hello Alyson, for step 7 on straight needles – yes you repeat rows 5 and 6 10 times for the smaller sized hat and 12 times for the larger sized hat. Step 9 – K1 then K2tog repeat to 1st st before the end of the row, K1 (16, 18) sts – means that you K1, K2tog to the last st, then knit that last stitch. I hope that helps! 🙂

  6. I am very new to knitting…I’m using circular needles and for step 5 it says, “repeat round 7 10/12 times” Does that mean I continue to knit 12x? (I used 34 sts.) Eek, hope that makes sense.


    1. Hello Rae,
      If you cast on 34 sts, you will rep round 7 – 12 times.
      The latter number in the instructions is for the larger size.
      I hope that helps!

  7. Hello,
    Thanks so much for this pattern. I love the look of the hat. I’m a bit confused. (I’m a beginner, but you’ll probably guess that by my problem!) my 1×1 rib at the start of the pattern is looking like moss stitch. Do you know what I’m doing wrong?
    Any advice, much appreciated!
    Thank you

    1. Hello Rosie,
      When you knit the 1×1 ribbing – you K1, P1 to the end of the row or round.
      Then on the next row or round you repeat this – you will K1, P1 again on top of the stitches you just knit.
      So you are knitting the knit stitches and purling the purls.
      I hope that helps!

  8. Hi Louise,
    I love this pattern and am wanting to share it with some high school girls learning to knit and making hats for St. Jude’s.
    So, for a youth size, what would be the instructions for knitting in the round (steps 1, 5,7, & 9.) and knitting flat (steps 1,6, 8, & 10)?