Final Project: Classic Beanie


This is our final project for Crocheting 101, and be prepared, this is a bit of a doozy. It will likely take you a few days to finish your first beanie, but when you get good at it, you can finish one in just a few hours. In this Project, we’ll be putting together everything we’ve learned from Crocheting 101.

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What you'll create

This beanie pattern is designed to be multipurpose and can be worn as a slouchy beanie or a simple skull cap and I’ll be teaching you how to make it in sizes Extra Small to Extra Large so that it can fit nearly any head. I’ll also be teaching you how to make pom- poms to add to the top.

Anatomy of a beanie:

What you'll learn


The Pom Pom

What you'll need

Acrylic / Wool Yarn


Crochet Hook

Size I9 / 5.50mm

Darning Needle





Front / Back Loops Only

Other Useful Info


4 Rnds and 4 sts per 1” 

Worked in the Round

Brim worked in the flat

Rnds 1 – 13 should be the same regardless of the size. After Rnd 13 I’ll let you know how to make it different sizes. The size you’ll need depends on the size of your head of course. I have a bit of a tiny head, so for me, a small size fits snug to my head, and a medium size is just a slightly looser fit, which is also nice. When in doubt, go larger because an oversized beanie is more useful than an undersized beanie.

To get the same measurements as me, make sure your gauge matches. There should be 3 Stitches and 4 Rnds per 1”.

The Lesson


These boxes are checkboxes

These time codes correlate to the video for this lesson


The Body

Ch 2 or use the magic loop method

Rnd 1

Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook or into magic hoop (6)

Rnd 2

inc (sc 2) in each st (12)

Rnd 3

[sc 1, inc] repeat 6 times (18)

Rnd 4

[sc 2, inc] repeat 6 times (24)

Rnd 5

[sc 3, inc] repeat 6 times (30)

Rnd 6

sc in each st (30)

Rnd 7

[sc 4, inc] repeat 6 times (36)

Rnd 8

[sc 5, inc] repeat 6 times (42)

Rnd 9

sc in each st (42)

Rnd 10

[sc 6, inc] repeat 6 times (48)

Rnd 11

[sc 7, inc] repeat 6 times (54)

Rnd 12

sc in each st (54)

Rnd 13

[sc 8, inc] repeat 6 times (60)

Skip to Rnd N for Extra Small Size

Rnd 14

sc in each st (60)

Rnd 15

[sc 9, inc] repeat 6 times (66)

Skip to Rnd N for Small Size

Rnd 16

sc in each st (66)

Rnd 17

[sc 10, inc] repeat 6 times (72)
Skip to Rnd N for Medium Size

Rnd 18

sc in each st (72)

Rnd 19

[sc 11, inc] repeat 6 times (78)

Skip to Rnd N for Large Size

Rnd 20

sc in each st (78)

Rnd 21

[sc 12, inc] repeat 6 times (84)

You can repeat increasing Rnds for even larger sizes.

Rnd N

The number “N” is going to be used for a couple of things in this pattern and is different depending on the size beanie you made. Here’s how to find N:

N = (Final Stitch Count) ÷ 6

Here’s a quick cheat sheet to find N for each size:

XS = 10      S = 11     M = 12     L = 13     XL = 14

For the rest of the Body of the beanie:

Rnd N

sc in each st (?)

Repeat N Rnds or until you feel it’s long enough.

The Body should be just long enough to just barely cover your ears.

Before Rnd N

For style, during Rnd N, replace 2 Rnds of scs for 1 Rnd of dcs.

After Rnd N


The Brim

Ch N + 2
(XS = 12,      S = 13,     M = 14,     L = 15,     XL = 16)

Row 1

Turn, skip 2 chs and hdc in each ch down, but stop 1 ch before the end.

sc2tog by pulling 1 loop through the final ch and 1 loop through the connecting st on the beanie’s rim.

Working into rim sts, 3 (N + 3 sl.sts)

Row 2

Turn, skip 3 sl.sts, Working in BLO, hdc in each st up (N)

Row 3

Turn, ch 2, skip the chs.

Working in BLO, hdc in each st down, Stop 1 stitch early.

sc2tog by pulling a loop through the connecting loop and the connecting st on the beanies rim

Working into rim sts, 3 (N + 3 sl.sts)

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you reach the beginning brim chs you made prior to Row 1.

When you get to the end, there should be no more stitches on the brim for you to work into.

Cut the yarn leaving a long end for sewing together, ch 1 and pull the yarn all the way through.

Thread the tail on a needle and sew the brim together with a whip stitch by working into the beginning chs made before Row 1 and the back loops only (BLO)
from the sts of the last Row you made.

Make sure to pull it tight every now and then.

When you get to the bottom and there are no more sts to work into, hide the tail into a few stitches on the beanies rim and cut the yarn close to fully hide it.

Your beanie is now finished! Fold up the brim to wear it as a normal beanie, or leave it down to wear it as a slouchy beanie.

Continue to for a pom-pom...

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