How to Crochet a Beanie Hat for Beginners

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A crocheted hat is the perfect solution to a bad hair day! Hats are quick to make and can be made in assorted yarns for different seasons, such as wool, acrylic and cotton.

Things You'll Need

  • How much yarn you need for an adult hat (20-22 inches in circumference) is dependent on the yarn's weight. The directions in this project are for a worsted-weight yarn.
  • Yarn, approximately 225-275 yards (Pick a smooth yarn rather than one with lots of texture if this is your first beanie.)
  • H (5mm) or I (5.5mm) (Hook is dependent on the yarn's weight.)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or tape measure

Create a Ring and Work in Rounds

  • Make a slip knot and place it on your hook. Chain 4 stitches and make into a ring by slip stitching the last chain to the first chain.
    Round 1: Chain 2 and work 11 double crochet stitches into the ring for a total of 12 stitches, including first chain 2.
    Round 2: Chain 2, 1 double crochet in the same place, 2 double crochet in each of the next 12 stitches, slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total count of 24 stitches.

  • Round 3: Chain 2, 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch. Repeat from to , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 36 stitches.
    Round 4: Chain 2, 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in each of next 2 stitches. Repeat from to , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 48 stitches.

    Round 5: Chain 2, 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in each of next 3 stitches. Repeat from to , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 60 stitches.

    Round 6: Chain 2, 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in each of next 4 stitches. Repeat from to , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 72 stitches.
    Round 7: Chain 2, 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in each of next 5 stitches. Repeat from to , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 84 stitches.
    Round 8: Chain 2, 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in each of next 6 stitches. Repeat from to , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 96 stitches. This should be the crown size for a women's hat. (Crown measures 7 inches in diameter.)
    Round 9: Chain 2, 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in each of next 7 stitches. Repeat from to , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total of 108 stitches. This should be the crown size for a men's hat. (Crown measures 7.5 inches in diameter.)

  • Round 9 until the end: Chain 2, 1 double crochet in each stitch all the way around. Slip stitch last stitch to the top of chain 2. This begins the development of the hat's height. Continue working in this manner until you have 9 inches (for a women's hat) and 9.5 inches (for a men's hat) from the center of the crown to the bottom edge. Add a few extra rounds to make a fold-over brim.

Tips & Warnings

  • Tip #1: Pick a smooth yarn rather than one with texture for your first project. Crocheting with textured yarns is a bit tricky.
  • Tip #2: If making this for a person with cancer (as a chemo cap), use only cotton or a cotton/silk blend. Wool and acrylic are too scratchy to sensitive skin.
  • Tip #3: If making this as a gift, make it from acrylic yarn. Some folks are allergic to wool. There are some great acrylic and cotton blends on the market!
  • Tip #4: Always measure the diameter of your crown after completing a round. Bulky yarn works up faster than worsted or sport.
  • Tip #5: If your circle is curling up on itself into a quasi-bowl form, then go up a hook size. If you are working with an H, switch to an I. Your tension is too tight.
  • Tip #6: Have fun! Make stripes. Add a bow or buttons for embellishment.
  • Photo Credit LIndsay Obermeyer Lindsay Obermeyer
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