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How to Crochet a Beanie Hat

If you are looking to make an easy crochet beanie, this is the beanie for you. For this beanie, instead of going in circles based on the size of the head you are crocheting it for, you make a rectangle, then crochet the two ends together. This pattern can be adjusted for kids and adults, with or without a brim, and you can even add a fuzzy pompom ball on top. The possibilities really are endless for this beanie hat.

How to Crochet a Basic Beanie Hat

Beanie hat isolated on wooden table

I am going to start by showing you how to crochet a basic beanie hat using this rectangle method. Once you know how to make the basic hat, adding a brim or pompom really are just simple additions to jazz up your beanie. Here is how to crochet a basic beanie hat.

Materials:

  • Yarn- (I used medium weight, but have used a bulky weighted yard that turned out great!)
  • Crochet hook recommended for your yarn (If your yarn has a label, it usually has the recommended hook listed)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

Instructions:

  1. For a basic beanie that does not have a brim, measure the head from the crown to the bottom of the ear lobe. This will be how long your starting chain will need to be. My 24 year old son is who I made this beanie for. His head was 24 inches around and 9 inches from crown to lobe. This should give you some idea of the size of this hat.
  2. To begin, I made a chain 9 inches long (when counting stitches, my yarn and hook size made 32 stitches). To keep your rectangle squared, it is important to count your stitches so that you do not skip or add any stitches.
  3. At the end of your chain, add one chain, then place your hook into the first back post of your chain closest to the chain stitch you just made and create a single crochet stitch.
  4. Make another single crochet into the next back post and continue this down the row. When you have completed the row, chain one, turn your project and then go into the back of the first stitch (the last stitch from the previous row) and create a single crochet.
  5. Repeat creating a single crochet into the back of each stitch in this row until you reach the last stitch. For the last stitch in the row, go through the whole stitch- both together (front and back) and create the last single crochet of this row.
  6. To begin the next row, chain one, turn the project, and single crochet into the back of the first stitch (the last stitch from the previous row). Repeat single crocheting in the back of each stitch until you reach the last stitch. For the last stitch, go through the whole stitch- both together (front and back) and create the last single crochet of this row.
  7. Repeat making rows until your project has reached 16 to 18 inches long. This hat is very stretchy. It fit my son with a head of 24 inches around comfortably. If you want it loose fitting, make it up to 20 inches long.
  8. Once your project it long enough, you will attach the two ends together by placing your hook though the front and back of the first stitch on the first edge, then through the back of the stitch on the 2nd edge. Pull the yarn through and create a slip stitch. Go though the whole second stitch of the first edge (front and back of the stitch) then through the back of the second stitch of the second edge. Repeat to the end of the seam.
  9. At the end of the seam, cut your yarn about 12-16 inches long and tie off.
  10. Load a yarn needle onto the piece of yarn that is still attached to your hat. Weave the needle in and out of the top edge of the hat to close the top of the hat. Once you have reached all the way around, pull the yarn tight and tie off.
  11. Leave the needle attached to the hat and go back and forth a few times through the top edge that you just sewed together. You want to make sure there is no opening in the top of the hat. Tie off, trim your yarn, and turn your hat right side out.

Fold Up Brim Beanie for Kids

Beanie hat with fold up brim and pompom on a wooden table

To create a beanie for kids with a fold up brim, you make the hat just like you do for the adults, but with a few modifications. You will want your chain longer, but your project itself shorter on the length of the rectangle. Here is how you make a beanie for kids with a fold up brim.

Instructions:

  1. For a kids beanie with a fold up brim, measure the head from the crown to the bottom of the ear lobe and add 3 inches. This will be how long your starting chain will need to be. This size fit my 3 year old and 5 year old grandsons with no problems.
  2. To begin, I made a chain 11 inches long. To keep your rectangle squared, it is important to count your stitches so that you do not skip or add any stitches.
  3. At the end of your chain, add one chain, then place your hook into the first back post of your chain closest to the chain stitch you just made and create a single crochet stitch.
  4. Make another single crochet into the next back post and continue this down the row. When you have completed the row, chain one, turn your project and then go into the back of the first stitch (the last stitch from the previous row) and create a single crochet.
  5. Repeat creating a single crochet into the back of each stitch in this row until you reach the last stitch. For the last stitch in the row, go through the whole stitch- both together (front and back) and create the last single crochet of this row.
  6. To begin the next row, chain one, turn the project, and single crochet into the back of the first stitch (the last stitch from the previous row). Repeat single crocheting in the back of each stitch until you reach the last stitch. For the last stitch, go through the whole stitch- both together (front and back) and create the last single crochet of this row.
  7. Repeat making rows until your project has reached 14-15 inches long. This hat is very stretchy. It fit my 3 year old grandson with a wide brim, and my 5 year old grandson comfortably, with a slightly smaller fold up of brim.
  8. Once your project it long enough, you will attach the two ends together by placing your hook though the front and back of the first stitch on the first edge, then through the back of the stitch on the 2nd edge. Pull the yarn through and create a slip stitch. Go though the whole second stitch of the first edge (front and back of the stitch) then through the back of the second stitch of the second edge. Repeat to the end of the seam.
  9. At the end of the seam, cut your yarn about 12-16 inches long and tie off.
  10. Load a yarn needle onto the piece of yarn that is still attached to your hat. Weave the needle in and out of the top edge of the hat to close the top of the hat. Once you have reached all the way around, pull the yarn tight and tie off.
  11. Leave the needle attached to the hat and go back and forth a few times through the top edge that you just sewed together. You want to make sure there is no opening in the top of the hat. Tie off, trim your yarn, and turn your hat right side out.

Adding a Pompom to a Beanie Hat

Adding a pompom to a beanie isn’t as hard as you might think. Sheep & Stitch has a great YouTube tutorial on how to make a pompom. Once your pompom is made, you just need to attach it by sewing it into the top of the beanie where you stitched it closed.

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