Can’t get enough beanies for the cold days? Here is an easy beanie knitting pattern to whip up in a day. This pattern comes with a bonus; it has both men’s & women’s knit beanie designs for you to choose from, or knit both to make a pair of “His” and “Her” couple set.
Simply knit this easy beanie with your stashed yarn leftover from a previous knitting project. I knit the women’s easy beanie from the balance yarn of my raglan pullover.
The difference between men’s and women’s easy beanie patterns is on the bottom edge of the beanie. The men have a 2×2 ribbing band, whilst the women’s version doesn’t have a ribbing band. Instead, the women’s knit beanie started with the 3 bulging lines pattern straight away and added a decorative tab.
Knit Beanie Knitting Pattern
Keep reading ⬇️ for more details on how to knit a beanie
The men’s knit easy beanie appears to be in a slightly bigger size (21″ circum. x 10.65″ ) than the women’s (19″ circum. x 11″) even though the amount of stitch in a round is the same, this is because I used a slightly bulkier yarn than the women easy beanie.
The women have more rounds than the men’s design, again, due to the yarn, they seem to be in equal length. In summary, if you were to use the same yarn for both men’s and women’s knit beanies, please expect them to be the same width and the women’s beanie to be longer than the men’s beanie.
Materials & Supplies To Knit A Beanie Hat
The main supply for this beanie knitting pattern is yarn. Yarn choice is important as it will determine the final size of the knit piece, so please make a tension gauge to find out if the numbers of stitches and rows meet those values stated in the pattern. However, 1 stitch and 1 row more or short in this small project don’t hurt much.
For WOMEN’s beanie (on the right), I used a 4-ply worsted-weight yarn, Lion Brand Wool-Ease. The quantity needed is around 1 ball of Seaspray color, with a small quality of Chestnut Heather as a decorative tab at the edge.
The Knit Tension for the Stockinette Stitch pattern is 18 sts and 29 rows (to produce a square gauge of 4″/10cm) by using U.S. 7 (4.5mm) needles.
As for the MEN’s knit beanie, I used a slightly bulkier yarn, Scarfie, from Lion Brand. The quantity needed is only 1/2 ball of Taupe/Charcoal color. Getting a ball of this yarn will be enough to knit 2 beanies.
Since the Scarfie yarn is slightly bulkier, the knit tension is relatively looser than Wool-Ease yarn; 17 sts and 28 rows of Stockinette Stitch (to produce a square gauge of 4″/10cm) by using U.S. 7 (4.5mm) needles.
Besides yarns, other supplies you will need for this easy beanie knitting pattern are knitting needles, stitch markers, and a tapestry needle. For both beanie hats, use a 4.5mm circular needle and 4pcs. of 4.5mm double-pointed needle to knit, but for the MEN’s hat, another circular needle of 4mm is needed to make the ribbed band.
That’s me with the women’s knit beanie on the snowy street in Hokkaido last year. I was actually wearing a matching knit raglan pullover under the winter duck-down jacket. Also, I was keeping my neck and chest warm with the knitted zipper cowl, and a pair of matching knitted leg warmers as well (click the links for all the free knitting patterns). So glad that I was well prepared for that icy cold holiday with all these hand-knitted garments. Explore more of our free knitting patterns and our winter-themed crafts.
Happy Knitting and Keep Warm always!
- Start knitting and share your completed handmade on Facebook and/or Instagram. Remember to tag us, @craftpassion, so that we are able to see them.
- Pin it to Pinterest for future To-Knit List
- Share with your knitting groups for a knit-along event.
- Check out more free knitting patterns, especially the knit raglan pullover which uses the same yarn as the Women hat. Or, the zipper cowl neck warmers and leg warmers patterns to create a 3-piece set with Scarfie yarn.
Men's Knit Beanie
- Scarfie 78% Acrylic, 22% Wool (approx. 312 yards/285 per 150g ball) - Yarn Color: Taupe/Charcoal – 1/2 ball
Women's Knit Beanie
- Needles: 12″ or 16″ Circular needle U.S. 6 (4mm) and U.S.7 (4.5mm)
- Needles: Double Pointed needle U.S. 7 (4.5mm)
- Stitch Markers
- Tapestry needle
Scarfie – Stockinette Stitch: 17 sts and 28 rows = 4″ (10cm) using U.S. 7 (4.5mm) needles
Wool Ease – Stockinette Stitch: 18 sts and 29 rows = 4″ (10cm) using U.S. 7 (4.5mm) needles
Take time to make a gauge swatch to check your tension. Wash and block your swatch before measuring. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
k = Knit
k2tog = knit two together (decreasing st)
patt = Pattern
rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
ssk = Slip the next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto the left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together (decreasing st)
st(s) = Stitch(es)
MEN Beanie Knitting Pattern
Using U.S. 6 (4mm) circular needles and yarn A, 2×2 tabular cast on 88 sts. (Watch the video on how to do 2×2 tabular cast-on in a round). Insert a stitch marker at the beg of the round.
Round 1: k2, (p2,k2) to end.
Rep this 2×2 rib rows for 1.5″ (4cm).
Change to U.S. 7 (4.5mm) circular needles, *purl 2 rounds, knit 3 rounds, rep * for 3 times, knit 11 rounds, *purl 2 rounds, knit 3 rounds, rep * for 3 times. (41 rounds have been worked after the ribbing)
Continue to work on the Crown pattern of the beanie.
WOMEN Beanie Knitting Pattern
Using U.S. 7 (4.5mm) circular needles and yarn color A, long-tail cast on 88 sts. Insert a stitch marker at the beg of round. *purl 2 rounds, knit 3 rounds, rep * for 3 times, knit 11 rounds, *purl 2 rounds, knit 3 rounds, rep * for 3 times, knit 17 rounds. (58 rounds has been worked)
Continue to work the Crown pattern of the beanie.
Change to Double Pointed needle U.S. 7 (4.5mm)
Round 1: k4, k2tog, *k9, k2tog, rep * 7 times, k5. [80 sts]
Round 2 & 3: k all
Round 4: k4, ssk, *k8, ssk, rep * 7 times, k4. [72 sts]
Round 5 & 6: k all
Round 7: k3, k2tog, *k7, k2tog, rep * 7 times, k4. [64 sts]
Round 8 & 9: k all
Round 10: k3, ssk, *k6, ssk, rep * 7 times, k3. [56 sts]
Round 11: k all
Round 12: k2, k2tog, *k5, k2tog, rep * 7 times, k3. [48 sts]
Round 13: k all
Round 14: k2, ssk, *k4, ssk, rep * 7 times, k2. [40 sts]
Round 15: k all
Round 16: k1, k2tog, *k3, k2tog, rep * 7 times, k2. [32 sts]
Round 17: k all
Round 18: k1, ssk, *k2, ssk, rep * 7 times, k1. [24 sts]
Round 19: k all
Round 20: k2tog, *k1, k2tog, rep * 7 times, k1. [16 sts]
Round 21: k all
Round 22: ssk, rep 8 times. [8 sts]
Tab (for women beanie)
Using U.S. 7 (4.5mm) needles and yarn color B, long-tail cast on 9 sts.
Row 1 (RS): k all
Row 2: *p1, k1, rep * to end
Rep these 2 rows for 3.5″ (9cm), ending after Row 1. Bind off. Leave long tail for sewing.
TO FINISH OFF
Pick and sew all stitches from the needle, pull the yarn tightly to close the tip of the beanie.
Wrap and sew the tab to the bottom edge of the women's beanie.
Block the beanie to obtain the correct size.
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MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO KNIT A BEANIE
- Work on the 2×2 ribbing on the men’s beanie.
- The body of men’s beanie using Scarfie yarn. The Scarfie yarn gives an ombre effect for the beanie.
- Switch to the double-pointed needle to work on the crown of the beanie.
- Work till the last round of the easy beanie pattern before sewing to close the gap.
- Pick and sew all stitches from the needle.
- Pull yarn tight enough to close the gap on the tip of the crown. Fasten and hide the yarn end.
- For the women's option, wrap and sew the tab on the bottom edge of the easy knit beanie.
Block the beanie to obtain the correct size.
Both MEN's Knit Beanie (Left) and WOMEN's Knit Beanie on side-by-side.
Hope you have fun knitting this easy knit beanie!
Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximated.
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