How To Knit A Beanie – Simple Pattern For Beginners

Here is a super simple free knitting pattern and easy way if you would like to know how to knit a beanie. if you know how to do garter stitch, you will be able to knit this up with ease and in less than an afternoon.

This is the ideal project for the beginner knitter.

How To Knit A Beanie

how to knit a beanie

This beanie, unlike the ones above that are done in ribbing, is done in garter stitch. The shape is the same and you can add a pom pom to the top of the beanie if you wish.


5 x 25g balls of double knitting wool in your colour or colours of choice.

4mm knitting needles

Yarn Needle


To fit any average sized head. The finished length is 23cm with the brim of the hat turned back.


You can see all the knitting abbreviations here.


17sts and 36 rows = 10cm knitted in garter stitch.

Let’s Knit It:

Using 4mm needles cast on 78 sts.

Work in g st (every row k) for 25cm.

Shape Top:

Dec Row 1: k1, *k2tog, k5, rep from * to end 67 sts.

Next and every foll alt row: k to end.

Dec Row 2: k1, *k2tog, k4 rep from * to end, 56 sts.

Dec Row 3: k1, *k2tog, k3, rep from * to end 45 sts.

Dec Row 4: k1, *k2tog, kk2 rep from * to end 34 sts.

Dec Row 5: k1, *k2tog, k1, rep from * to end 23 sts.

Dec Row 6: k1, *k2tog, rep from * to end. 12 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a long end. Thread cut end through the rem sts, draw up tightly and secure end.


Use yarn end to joing the back seam with right sides together. Reverse seam for 5 cm for the brim. Turn back the brim.

Optional Extra:

Cut out a 90mm circle and make a pom pom for the top.

You could also make a couple of pom poms in different colours and secure with a press fastener for a quick change, according to what you are wearing for the day.

how to knit a beanie

And that my fellow knitting friends is how to make a beanie and a really simple one at that.

If you want to churn out beanies by the dozen, you may want to look a buying a loom knitting machine like this one.

7 thoughts on “How To Knit A Beanie – Simple Pattern For Beginners”

  1. I’ve never been able to successfully knit a beanie – the patterns I have come across usually make use of circular needles which for the life of me I have just never been able to figure out. Thank you for this quick and easy pattern for knitting a beanie, I will give it a a go since we are heading into winter now! 

    Do you have any tutorials on how to use those circular needles?

  2. This looks easy enough for anyone to knit a beanie! Coming into winter in Australia, I think I might give this a go. I don’t suppose you can guide on how to do a pony tail hole, instead of having a pom pom? I just can’t envisage how to finish it off, but I’d love to have the pony tail hole. Thank you!

    • If you want a ponytail hole, then you simply don’t draw the last row of knitting in so tightly so that it closes up. Leave a hole instead for your pony. You could also simple cast off the last row and when you sew the hat up leave a hole for the pony.

  3. This actually sounds like a pretty good opportunity for me to knit my wife a beanie this year for Christmas. She always love gifts that have a personal touch and this would be perfect. 

    From reading your tutorial it seems like something one can easily learn to do and doesn’t require too many materials, I could knit these beanies while watching TV or something. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

  4. With Amazon selling beanies like hot cakes in some seasons, it becomes important for some people to know that knitting a beanie and even become good suppliers to people who need them may be a worthwhile venture.

    The training provided has elaborated on using fingers as a guide as well as ensuring that the beanie is not loosely knitted with some parts being tighter than others.

    The explanation on how to get into the rhythm and testing the tensions with the needle plus paying attention to the mood, a well-knit beanie will be a good product. 


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