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Nice and Easy Beanie


Updated November 30, 2016
(6 Votes)


Nice and Easy Beanie

The Nice and Easy Beanie is a great staple for your cold weather wardrobe. Slip this easy-fit, neutral 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. The 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.

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.

Hat measures 20” (51 cm) circumference.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

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

Materials List

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

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

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.


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.

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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.

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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