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Basic Adults Knitted Beanie

Learn how to knit a beanie with this helpful tutorial. Knitting patterns for beginners have never been so practical or accessible!

By: Shellie Wilson from
Updated August 18, 2018
Basic Adults Knitted Beanie
Basic Adults Knitted Beanie
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This cute and easy knitting pattern for beginners is the perfect pattern to knit for charity. The Basic Adults Knitted Beanie is an adorable knit hat in a beautiful shade of steel gray blue. A sweet little flower applique adds a burst of floral freshness and charm. Made with the stockinette stitch, this is the perfect pattern for anyone who wants to learn how to knit a beanie.

Use a self patterning yarn and you'll look like a pro in no time. Since it's a fairly quick knit, make several to donate to your local hospital.

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Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Where Did the Beanie Hat Come From?

If you’re liking the beanie hat trend, then you may be curious to know where exactly this hat style came from. Beanie hats are worn most prevalently in the United States and Canada and refers to brimless hats that tightly hug the person’s head. Some are made from fleece while others are knitted. One trend was to have complementing colors adorning the beanies, which college students especially like and use to portray their school colors.

As for the term beanie, some say that the hat is named after the button that sits at the top of the hat because it is the size of a bean. Others consider the term "bean" as slang for head since the hat hugs the head so tightly. In early history, beanie hats were worn by blue collar laborers like welders or mechanics. The beanie hat was also worn by baseball players until the hat evolved with a visor to block out the sun. No matter where beanies come from, they sure are a great way to keep warm during the winter or just hide a bad hair day!

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LeI want to knit pretty. Hats for a cancer patient ave a comment...

I am new to knitting so i been doing a little research on this kind of stuff for the last few months now. Things like this i enjoy.

It would be very easy to customize this pattern, even just by changing the yarn!

I am new to knitting and need to know if the beanie is knitted on straight or circular needles.

This is knit on straight needles. If it was knit on circs, there wouldn't be a seam to sew at the end. I've done it both ways and find in the round to come out a bit too tight, it was much looser and easier on the hands with straight needles. hope this helps.

The pattern listed does not match the picture.

The pattern and the picture are correct-the hat pictured uses this pattern, you can see it since it is such a good picture.

head band

The pattern for this picture dies NOT come up!

Nice beanie pattern

if a pattern says to k5, then [k2tog, yo, k6], repeat. Do I repeat jonly what's in the [ ], and not the k5?

that's correct-you would only repeat what is in the square brackets.

When I copied the actual page of this pattern and took it to buy yarn I discovered it did not have the type of yarn or number of skeins needed. It also did not have the size needles to use. I came home and found the page again and the information was listed on the page before the actual instruction page. To make it more convenient all of this should have been listed on the pages you printout for the instrutions.

The pattern above was corrected to: R1 k2p2 R2 k R3 p How do you start and complete the decrease R2 k

I am looking for a plain "beret" type hat to knit with eyelash yarn. Looks like a fluffy "mushroom" top. Very cute for bad hair days. Anyone have one?

I am having trouble getting to the knitting instructions. When I reach the page I get the message that it cannot be opened, operation aborted. Nan

Hi neve 8777468, We just tested the link on our end and it seems to be working fine. We suggest you try clicking one more time on the link above that says "click here for knitting pattern," and let us know if the problem continues. Thanks! --editors of AllFreeKnitting

What do I think? I think this pattern has been here for MONTHS without the right directions. HELP!!!!!!

Someone posted that the pattern should be: R1 k2P2 R2 K R3P It certainly looks to be correct. Does someone know how and when to start the decrease?

pattern states rather clearly that you start the decrease when the hat measures 7". The k1, p1 ribbing is done for 6 rows and the stockinette stitch is done till 7", then the decrease is completed in 3 rows and the hat is finished.

Hi, mauieast 2528821. I'm sorry to hear of your trouble. I have two options for you: 1. You can contact the pattern designer directly for help. The designer is specified in the byline. 2. I might also suggest that you try posting your question to our sites Facebook page. It is monitored by the editor and is a great resource for helpful tips and suggestions from our Facebook friends; perhaps they can offer some guidance! Here is the link: Good luck! --Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Has anyone actually made this hat and had it look like the picture? I tried, using various comments by other, but no go.

Can somebody correct this pattern so it has the right # of stitches AND looks like the pattern on the pictured hat????? Thanks!

IMHO, and judging by the picture, there are 3 rows to that pattern: Row 1: K2, P2, to end Row 2: Knit Row 3: Purl Repeat these three rows for the pattern. Knit till your hat is the length you want it, then do the decrease rows.

How do you decrease with this pattern?

@rdbell1 3408708, We suggest you try contacting the pattern designer directly for help. The designer is specified in the byline. --Editor of AllFreeKnitting

When i have had trouble printing any patterns from this site, I just copy and paste the text and a pic of the finished item into a Word or Pages document and print from there. This helps eliminate extra ads and such. Saves paper and ink AND makes it much easier to follow! Just a tip for those who are having troubles printing the patterns here.

I am working on this beanie & find some confusion. When you finish doing rows 1-6, do you then go on to rows 7 & 8. Do you then go back to rows 1-6 until the hat if ready for the decrease area?

When you get to 10 inches by repeating rows 7 & 8 you then go to the line that states Start Decrease. The hat will become smaller every other row. Finish with a purl row across. Cut yarn at approximately 15 inches from end of row, stictch through every row until you are at the beginning row. This will create a nice warm hat. Decorate as you wish with a crocheted flower, or your favority acessory. Hope this is helpful

Very frustrating. I can't print the directions and i can't make the hat without the directions.

You may want to highlight the page as far down as the directions go, copy and past on a word document. Then save it on your computer or print it immediately for your pattern stash. I have copied and pasted, then deleted what I didn't want to be on the page and save before printing. Works great on my HP Vista. Hope this is helpful

cant print patterns and I follow instructions

cant print patterns and I follow instructions

cant print patterns and I follow instructions

I do not know why I cannot print out the free patterns. I have signed and all of the things I need to do, but I cannot print out. sschauss

Looking for a knitted bear hat do you have a pattern for one please?

The ad on the right from, is the exact style hat pattern I am looking for. Any luck with you having one like it? My granddaughter would like to be able to tuck her long hair into it, rather like a snood type hat.I love your page. It is great. Thanks. Jeanne.

This is the first time I signed on, and you know you are super good at it... I am super happy now and I sure do thankyou a lot to keep me busy... Diane

all i want is mens hat with a tossil on top

I am glad I wasn't the only one with a problem with this pattern. Will you run it again?

I just finished knitting the hat and I just made it 9" long and used the right size needle and it is to big for me and I am 75 years old and knit all the time. I was a little disappointed in the way it turned out. It does not look like the picture. Gerry Cummings

Barbra you think you need to repeat rows 1-8 until reaching 10" instead of repeating the k rows p rows On the decrease rows, do you knit together all of the stitches, halving the # each time? to knitting.

The directions and the photo for this don't seem to match. You have a repeat a k row and a p row for many inches yet the pattern looks like a rib.


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