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Monthly Free Pattern: Basic Beanie

Updated: Feb 13

The “Basic Beanie” pattern, which includes additional size charts, video tutorials & more, is also available as a premium PDF download on Ravelry.

If you’re looking for a basic beanie crochet pattern to fit all your needs, then this is the pattern for you!

There’s nothing “basic” about this beanie,

so don’t let the name fool you.

The premium PDF pattern includes a variety of options for making multiple sizes and textures, including a size chart so you can confidently make the perfect beanie in any size from Preemie to Adult XL.

The PDF for this basic beanie also includes links to video tutorials explaining how to create the basic stitches and the differing results based on how and where the stitches are placed making it perfect for beginners and experienced crocheters alike.

Option 1: Worked into full/normal st area.

Materials Yarn: #4/Worsted Weight Yardage: 150-175yds Hook: 5.5 mm Stitch Markers, Scissors, Darning Needle

Stitches & Abbreviations US Terminology ➤ * * = Repeat stitch pattern between * * ➤ Ch# = Chain number of times specified ➤ St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches ➤ SS = Slip Stitch ➤ SC = Single Crochet ➤ DC = Double Crochet

Option 2: Worked into BLO (Back Loop Only)

Notes & Special Instructions ➤ Chains at beginning of a round/row NEVER count as a stitch. ➤ Total number of stitches per round/row in (#) at end. ➤ I tend to crochet TIGHT, so you may need to adjust your hook size to accommodate. First DC Options: In this pattern, the 1st DC st in rows/rounds will always be noted as a regular DC. There will be NO Chain instructions on rows/rounds beginning with a DC. **Use your preferred method for 1st DC stitch of these rows/rounds.** 1 – Chainless Beginning DC: This is the technique I prefer to use & this pattern is written using it. I use this same technique for 1st DC/FPDC/BPDC of rows/rounds. Moogly Video Tutorial for Chainless Beginning DC stitch 2 – Stacked SC: Stacking 2 SC will result in a similar look to a DC st without added bulk of a Ch2. Brianna K Video Tutorial for Stacked SC 3 – Ch2: This will get your sts to height of a DC & then place a regular DC in 1st st of row/round. TIP: To hide Ch2 join seam: Ch2, SK 1st (join) st, work 1st DC of rnd in next st, work remainder of rnd as indicated, working last st of rnd over Ch2 into 1st (join/skipped) st of rnd. ➤ I suggest using the invisible join for a seamless look when finishing off.

Option 3: Worked into FLO (Front Loop Only)

4″ Square Gauge: 13 DC x 7 Rows Finished Size: Preemie – Adult XL

Option 4: Altermated working into BLO & FLO

Basic Beanie Pattern Adult Sizes: M/Lg/XL


Depending on where you place the DC sts, you can achieve different looks/texture:

1 - Working into full/normal st 

2 - Working into BACK Loop Only (BLO)

3 - Working into FRONT Loop Only (FLO)

4 - Alternating every stitch between BLO & FLO

5 - Mix things up:  Work crown in normal st & then work body in different st(s).


See chart on page 1 for suggested sizing adjustments for smaller sizes.

It is helpful to place a st marker in 1st st of rnd to know where to join & to place 1st st of next rnd.

At end of each round (rnd):  SS join to 1st (marked) st of rnd and do NOT turn.

You can stop increasing on any rnd to achieve different size & proceed to Rnd 8.

Measure diameter (distance across center) at end of rnd to determine sizing at that point.  


Magic Circle     OR    Ch6 & SS to join circle     OR    Ch3 & work Rnd 1 into 1st Ch made

Rnd 1:

REMINDER:  Pattern is written using a chainless beginning DC. Use your preferred method for 1st DC throughout pattern.  See “Notes & Special Instructions” for alternative options.

12 DC in circle.     (12)

Cinch circle closed.

Rnd 2:

TIP:  On back/inside of hat, secure tail with a SS around 1 or 2 sts & then crochet over beginning tail as you work each rnd to hide your end.

2 DC in 1st and each st around.     (24)

Rnd 3:

2 DC in 1st st, 1 DC in next st. 2 DC in next st, 1 DC in next st.  Repeat around.     (36) 

Rnd 4:

1 DC in 1st st, 1 DC in next st, 2 DC in next st.  1 DC in each of next 2 sts, 2 DC in next st.  Repeat around.     (48) 

Rnd 5:

1 DC in 1st and each st around.  (48)

Rnd 6:

2 DC in 1st st, 1 DC in each of next 3 sts.  2 DC in next st, 1 DC in each of next 3 sts.  Repeat around.     (60) 

Rnd 7:

Work this rnd according to Adult size you are making.


1 DC in 1st and each st around.  (60)


1 DC  in 1st st, 1 DC  in each of next 8 sts, 2 DC  in next st.  1 DC  in each of next 9 sts, 2 DC  in next st.  Repeat around.     (66) 


1 DC  in 1st st, 1 DC  in each of next 3 sts, 2 DC  in next st.  1 DC  in each of next 4 sts, 2 DC  in next st.  Repeat around.     (72) 

Rnds 8-end*:

NOTE:  *Repeat this row as many times as needed to reach desired height of beanie. 

End of Rnd st count will be the same as last increase rnd & remain the same from this point on.

1 DC in 1st and each st around. 


Ch1, 1 SC in 1st and each st around. 

Use an invisible join, fasten off, & weave in ends.

This pattern is for personal use. You may NOT alter, sell, copy, transfer, trade, distribute, or claim this pattern or its images as your own. Feel free to sell finished products made with this pattern. Please credit @MarshaYarnDoodles as the pattern designer. This pattern is property of: @MarshaYarnDoodles. © 2023

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