Whether you’re new to crocheting or just need a project that works up quickly, this free crochet hat pattern for beginners is astonishingly easy. If you can crochet a rectangle, you can make this simple unisex beanie pattern! Get the full free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF for $2.75 here.
This 1.5 hour beanie crochet tutorial is part of an ongoing collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand Yarn. This post contains affiliate links.
Sometimes we want to sink our teeth into a nice beefy sweater pattern.
But other times it’s December 23rd and we realize we only have one thing for our dad/sister/grandma/mom to open on Christmas morning and like 12 things for everyone else.
Enter the one and half hour crochet beanie.
And when I say an hour and a half, I mean start to finish, including the time it takes to find the remote and cue up a movie on Netflix. This free beginner crochet hat pattern is as fast as it is easy. (See all my other free crochet hat patterns here!)
I’ve been really into crochet that looks like knit recently. (If you are too, you’ll love this collection of 15 free crochet patterns that knit and this “knit” crochet stitch video tutorial.) So when I set out to design this super speedy beanie pattern, I decided to give it a ribbed look that resembles the vibe of a classic knit cap. This is the crochet beanie I’d want if I were going ice fishing in Minnesota followed by dinner at my favorite ironic hipster hot dog stand.
The style of this free beginner crochet hat pattern is perfectly versatile for men and women. Want a little more slouch? Add a few chains at the beginning. Want to make it pint-size for your favorite kiddo? Make the initial chain a few inches shorter and work fewer rows in the rectangle. (You can find all my other free patterns for babies and children here.)
Because this beanie is so fast and simple, I think it would make a perfect crochet hat pattern for charity. (If you’re a charitably-minded sole, you might enjoy this free hooded blanket pattern as well.) And if you’d like to swap out the yarn to use something in your stash, just work a gauge swatch to determine how to make a rectangle with the same dimensions as the one in the pattern. I suspect two strands of worsted weight yarn held together might help you achieve a similar gauge to this Lion Brand Wool Ease Tonal yarn.
Thanks to LoveCrochet.com for providing the yarn and fur pom pom for this free beginner crochet hat pattern.
You can watch a full step-by-step video tutorial of this beginner crochet hat at Love Crochet here!
1.5 Hour Beanie
Free Beginner Crochet Hat Pattern
Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF for $2.75 here.
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View the step-by-step video tutorial here.
Need a last minute gift? Just learned how to crochet? Snowstorm blowing in? Whatever your situation, this extremely easy crochet beanie’s got you covered. It’s worked flat in a rectangle and then seamed to form a hat, making it a super speedy, mindless project to whip up in less time than it takes to watch a movie.
• Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal (Weight: 5/ bulky – 124 yds, 4 oz) – 2 skeins
– Colors pictured: Smoke (635-149) and Slate Blue (635-107)
• Tapestry needle
• Size L (8 mm) crochet hook
• Stitch markers or safety pins
• Fur pom pom or pom pom maker/small piece of cardboard
S: Young teen (approx. 18” circumference, unstretched
M: Most women and men (approx. 20” circumference unstretched)
L: Larger heads (approx. 22” circumference unstretched)
10 stitches = 4”
just over 4 rows = 4”
Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
dcblo – double crochet through the back loop only
tch – turning chain
st – stitch
sk – skip
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
rep – repeat
Overall Pattern Notes:
• Pattern is written in size S with M and L written in parenthesis. S (M/L)
• Hat is worked back and forth in rows. These rows will become the vertical ribs on the beanie.
• The ch 3 at the beginning of each row doesn’t count as a st.
• To adjust pattern to fit a child, chain fewer stitches at the beginning and work fewer total
• After Row 1, the double crochet stitches are worked only under the back loop of the stitch from the previous row. This is always the loop farthest away from you, regardless of which side of the crocheting is facing you.
Foundation Row: Ch 37.
Row 1: 1 dc in the fourth ch from the hook and each ch to end of row; turn. (34)
Row 2: Ch 3, dcblo in each dc to end of row; turn. (34)
Rep Row 2 16 (18, 20) more times to create a total of 18 (20,22) rows.
Fasten off, leaving a 24” tail.
Rectangle dimensions should be approximately:
S: 18” x 14.5″
M: 20” x 14.5″
L: 22” x 14.5″
• To determine the RS and WS of your fabric: If you’re right handed, the tail of your final row should be on the bottom left when the WS is facing. If you’re left handed, the tail of your final row should be on the top left with the WS is facing. (See photo above for reference.)
• To best disguise the join, seam is worked only through the chain stitches and the loop of each dc st that is closest to the seam.
Lay rectangle horizontally with WS facing up. Use stitch markers or safety pins to pin seam if desired.
Thread tapestry needle with tail from fastening off. Work from the top of dc st into top of corresponding ch. Then work from bottom of next ch into the bottom of the next corresponding dc. Continue like this through the top of one dc to the top of one ch and then through the bottom of one ch and the bottom of one dc. Repeat until end of seam.
Tie a simple sewing knot by inserting needle in crochet fabric to create a loop of yarn, then inserting needle through loop of yarn and pulling tight. This will prevent seam from puckering in next step. Do not trim yarn.
Using tapestry needle and strand of yarn leftover from previous seam, whip stitch around the top of the hat, working one whip stitch into each row. Tighten circle as much as possible and use tapestry needle to sew up any remaining opening in top of hat.
ATTACHING POM POM
Create a pom pom with a large pom pom maker or 2.5” piece of cardboard. See a step-by-step pom pom tutorial here.
Use tail leftover from seam to sew fur or yarn pom pom to hat.
Fasten off and weave in any remaining ends.
Pop your new one hour beanie on your head and get to work on making one for everyone you know!
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