Free Knitting Pattern: Simple Knitted Beanie

Simple Knitted Beanie

I knitted this beanie originally for the hubby, but it’s a bit short and doesn’t cover his ears. With the edge folded over, it fits Roman perfectly. It’s nice and stretchy and will fit for many years to come.

This simple knitted beanie was a quick make and I whipped it up on a 4hr car trip. It’s pretty much one size fits all, as long as you use a nice stretchy yarn.

You can find the pattern here on Ravelry.

You’ll need:
About 150m worsted weight yarn

Needles: Set of circular or double pointed needles. US size 8, or size to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 20 stitches = 10cm using 2k, 2p rib, unstretched
Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches (I used 72 stitches) place marker and join into a loop, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work k2, p2 rib in rounds for 18 to 23cm (depending on whether the hat is for a child or adult)

Decrease: Round 1: (k2, p2tog) around
Round 2 and 3: (k2, p1) around
Round 4: (k2tog, p1) around
Round 5 and 6: (k1, p1) around
Round 7: K2tog around
Round 8: K around
Round 9: (k2 tog) around

Cut yarn leaving a 30cm tail.  Thread tail through remaining stitches, pull nice and tight. Knot on inside of hat. Weave in all ends.


  1. Erin says

    I love this pattern, but just have one question about the weight of the yarn. On ravelry, it says bulky but on your pattern it says worsted weight.
    Thank you

    • abby says

      that is strange. I had a look on Ravelry and it also seems to mention the yarn I used (patons shadow tweed) as super bulky in another spot too. As long as you get the desired gauge then worsted, aran or bulky weight will be fine. I do not have any of the yarn I used leftover to measure its wpi. I hope that helps!

  2. says

    Brand new knitter here. This is the first hat I’ve ever done. Question about the pattern. On the decrease, when it says K2, P2tog, does that mean that every 2 purls become a single for the whole round? Or am I misunderstanding and only the last purl of the round should be decreased? Thanks so much for any help you can offer! Wish me luck!

    • abby says

      Yes, that’s right. Every 2 purls becomes one. So it’s K2, P2tog, K2, P2tog, K2, P2tog, K2, P2tog… to the end of the round. Happy knitting!

  3. Dolly says

    Hi if i wanted to make this for hubby then how many stitches should i cast off. 72 stitches that u used looks more for kids so am wondering how many stitches will do for an adult please

    • abby says

      Hi Dolly, it depends what thickness of yarn you are using and what size needles. The easiest thing is to make a swatch of your yarn and then work out how many stitches per inch you are getting. Then measure your hubbies head and work out how many inches you need. Multiply that by the stitches per inch from your swatch. I hope that helps!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *