Nice and Easy Beanie Pattern


Nice and Easy Beanie Pattern

This simple hat pattern is a great knit gift for beginners to make!

Nice and Easy Beanie Pattern

The Nice and Easy Beanie is a great staple for your cold-weather wardrobe. Slip this easy-fit, neutral cable knit beanie on with any outfit and brave the elements while still looking stylish. This is an easy knitting pattern made with smooth and comfy yarn. Before you know it, you will have a wonderful knit hat you'll want to wear again and again.

This knitted beanie has a relaxed look and feel. You will find yourself reaching for it every time you walk out the door this fall or winter.

This hat is also great for beginners who want to make the transition from knitting their first hat with a simple pull-string top to a pattern that has shaping and other more advanced techniques. Give this pattern a try and tell us what you think in the comments below. It's a fairly simple pattern to work, so it's great for those last-minute Christmas presents.

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Notes and Materials

Difficulty: Easy

Knitting Needle Size: 8 or 5 mm

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

Gauge: 17 sts = 4” (10 cm); 26 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Broken Rib pattern.
*CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished Size: Hat measures 20” (51 cm) circumference.

Materials List:
RED HEART® Soft®: 1 ball 9440 Light Grey Heather
Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5mm [US 8]

Note: Beanie is worked back and forth in rows beginning at the lower edge. Side edges are sewn together to form back seam.

Red Heart Soft Yarn in Light Gray Heather


cm: centimeters
k: knit
k2tog: knit 2 sts together
mm: millimeters
p: purl
p2tog: purl 2 sts together
st(s): stitch(es)
tog: together
* or **: repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated

Pattern Stitches

1x1 Rib (over even number of sts)

Row 1 (Right Side): *K1, p1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts as they appear to end of row.
Repeat Row 2 for 1x1 Rib.

Broken Rib (over even number of sts)

Row 1 (Right Side): *K1, p1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for Broken Rib.


Cast on 86 sts.

Lower Ribbing
Work in 1x1 Rib until piece measures about 1” (2.5 cm) from beginning; end with a wrong side row.

Work in Broken Rib until piece measures about 8” (20.5 cm) from beginning; end with a wrong side row.

Shape Crown

Decrease Row 1 (Right Side): *K1, p1, k1, p2tog, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k2tog, p2tog; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2tog – 61 sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Decrease Row 3: *K1, p1, k2tog, p2tog; repeat from * to last st, k1 – 41 sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Decrease Row 5: *K2tog, p2tog; repeat from * to last st, k1 – 21 sts.
Rows 6 and 7: Repeat Rows 4 and 5 – 11 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining stitches and remove stitches from needle. Pull to gather and close top opening. Sew side edges together for back seam.


Weave in ends.

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This knitted beanie hat has a very casual, weekend hiking kind of look to it. It looks like a perfect hat to wear with casual outfits or for a day of hiking or biking. It takes very few materials to make this hat and it uses very basic stitches so that makes it a good starter project for a beginner.

Can I use 10 1/2 size needles for this project? Also my head is 22" circumference so does the pattern need to change for that?

No, you won't be able to go up that many needle sizes and expect it to turn out correctly. This is a rib pattern so it will have a decent amount of stretch to it, so using the 5mm needles you won't have to change the size to accommodate a slightly larger circumference.

I am always collecting hat patterns since I do a lot of knitting for charity. Hats are always needed. Thanks to the other for the notes. I prefer knitting in the round as well. This will be a quick hat to knit up and I can figure out how to make it smaller and larger if need be. Thank you.

Hi Tricia I'm new to knitting and wondered if you could help advise me how many stitches I should use if I want to make this pattern bigger for a mans size? Many thanks Sue

How many stitches would you cast on to knit in the round? I hate seaming. Seems to ruin the item.

I made it in the round and added 4 stitches to prevent it from becoming too tight.

This hat is a perfect cold weather accessory. It can be worked up in every color to match any outfit and because it is a hat it is also a fast project, which I love because I am very impatient. The pattern stitch is also perfect for both genders so with some math you could make a set for your whole family.

Hello...have not knitted in a while now but, suddenly have an itch to knit a hat...this one is very pleasant on the eyes (and brain)....shall start it today ) Thank you for posting this....

What a wonderful site. I haven't knitted for years but I think I am going to get out my knitting needles and get started again. I have two new great granddaughters and I would love to knit them some sweet little dresses. I would love some more videos showing the baby dresses.

Great basic beanie pattern, great for charity knitting. I can see myself making a few in different colors to give away as gifts, too.

So easy and stylish too. I'm going to make several of these for myself and for quick gifts. Definitely going in my save file.

Can I knit this on circulars?

I don't see why you couldn't. You could knit back and forth then sew the seam or you could join and knit in rounds. If I were you, I would rewrite the pattern before starting in rounds to keep from getting confused. It's pretty simple so it shouldn't take any adjustment as long as you keep track of rows or rounds on the decrease portion.

I've done it both flat and with circulars. Knitting it in the round I found I had to add 4 stitches otherwise it was too tight. You do have to amend the pattern to knit the round. I also found it was quite sloppy and did not stand up as well to show off the slouchy affect without the seam, so it does somewhat come down to personal preference.

correction to comment-had to amend to knit the 2nd round.

So easy to knit and so warm to wear . knitted this in an afternoon.

This is super cute! I'd love to wear this during the fall and winter to keep warm (and stylish).


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