Easy Crochet Beanie Pattern

Are you looking for a new and fun crochet hat pattern? Or maybe you’d like to learn how to make a crochet hat?

I am so happy to be able to finally release my newest free crochet beanie pattern, which is available in three hat sizes! I’ve also added a crochet flower with a button for those who prefer a little embellishment.

Either way, with this free beanie pattern, you can! With the step-by-step easy pattern, you’ll be making crochet hats in no time. I can’t wait for you to make this design!

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Yarn & Stitches IN a Crochet beanie

To be able to crochet this beanie, you’ll need four weight yarn and to have knowledge on how to make a double crochet stitch. That’s it! Learn more about each of those topics below.

Worsted Weight Yarn To Make a Beanie

For these swirl crochet beanies, I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice a four weight yarn, which is one of my favorite go-to worsted weight yarn picks! It is a 100% acrylic yarn that is easy to wash and dry, which makes it the best yarn for wearable projects. I also love all the variety of colors that it is available in.

I picked out some beautiful earthy colors in Olive, Linen, and Taupe for my hat, but with such a big selection of yarn colors, you can’t go wrong! Take a look at a few of my favorite ones below.

If you’d prefer to use a different yarn, Caron Simply Soft would be a perfect substitution since it is a similar worsted weight yarn.

Learn the Double Crochet Stitch

To make this hat, you will need to know how to make double crochet stitches. This stitch is a basic stitch and used within many patterns throughout easy crochet.

Learn how to make the double crochet stitch below, so you can make this beanie crochet pattern as soon as possible!

Double Crochet (dc): 

  1. Wrap the yarn over (yo) the hook, insert the hook into the specified st.
  2. Yo the hook again, draw the yarn through the st, so there are 3 loops on the hook
  3. Yo the hook again draw it through 2 loops, so there are 2 loops on the hook
  4. Yo the hook, draw it through the final 2 loops.

Ready to Get Started?

If you are ready to work up this free and easy crochet hat pattern, then read on down for the full, FREE crochet pattern & picture tutorial.

Free Crochet Beanie Pattern

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials

  • Crochet hook size J 6 mm. (Or use any size hook that is needed to obtain gauge)
  • 1 skein of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn. I used Olive, Linen, and Taupe or you can use any worsted weight (4) yarn.
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • 1 button (optional). I used a coconut shell button for my hats. They are my go-to buttons!

Crochet Abbreviations

  • ch= chain
  • dc= double crochet
  • st= stitch
  • fpdc = Front post double crochet (yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the dc on the previous row. Complete as you would for a regular dc.)
  • bpdc = Back post double crochet (yo and insert hook from the back to the front around the post of the dc on the previous row. Complete as you would for a regular dc.)
  • sl st = slip stitch

Gauge

  • Gauge is 8 stitches for every 4″
  • Please try to follow gauge as closely as possible for proper fit

Pattern Notes

  • The sl st do not count as a st in each round, skip them.
  • The flower pattern is at the end of the page and is optional for the hat.
  • Be sure to measure the person the hat is intended for to ensure proper fit.
  • The st count is stated at the end of each row
  • The pattern is written in standard US terms
  • Learn how to make a magic circle: Magic Circle Tutorial

Finished Hat Sizes

  • Older child – teen – adult (6+): 21″ circumference and 8″ length, unstretched
  • Child (18-24 – 5 years ): 18″ circumference and 7.5″ length, unstretched
  • Baby: 13″ circumference and 6″ length, unstretched

Pattern Steps

This pattern has a few different hat sizes available. Scroll down to the size you would prefer to make.

Size Option: Baby Crochet Beanie Pattern

Round 1: ch 3, 10 dc in 3rd ch from hook, (or use a Magic Circle) sl st to top of the first dc (10)

Crochet Beanie Swirl Hat Pattern by Easy Crochet
round 1 of Swirl Beanie Hat Crochet Pattern by Easy Crochet

Round 2: ch 2, dc in the first st, fpdc around the first st from the round before, *dc in next st, fpdc around the next dc from the round before, repeat from * around for a total of 20 st’s. sl st to top of the first dc. (20)

1st-round

Round 3: ch 2, dc in the first st, dc, fpdc (around fpdc of previous round), *dc, dc, fpdc (around fpdc of previous round), repeat from * around for a total of 30 st. sl st to top of first dc. (30)

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finishedround3

(After round 3, you will not be working into the st behind the fpdc)

Round 4: repeat round 3 until round 9. (30)

Round 5: repeat round 3

Round 6: repeat round 3

Round 7: repeat round 3

Round 8: repeat round 3

Round 9: ch 2, bpdc (around first dc of previous round), fpdc, *bpdc, fpdc, repeat from * around for a total of 30 st. sl st to top of first dc. (30)

Round 10: ch 1, sl st in first st, *sl st, repeat from *around for a total of 30 st. (30)

Finishing: Weave in ends throughout hat with a yarn needle.

Size Option: Child Crochet Beanie Pattern

Round 1: ch 3, 10 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to top of first dc (10)

Round 2: ch 2, dc in the first st, fpdc around the dc from the round before, *dc in next st, fpdc around the next dc from the round before, repeat from * around for a total of 20 st’s. sl st to top of first dc. (20)

Round 3: ch 2, dc in the first st, dc, fpdc (around previous round’s fpdc), *dc, dc, fpdc, repeat from * around for a total of 30 st. sl st to top of first dc. (30)

Round 4: ch 2, dc into the first st, dc, dc, fpdc (around previous round’s fpdc) * dc, dc, dc, fpdc, repeat from * around for a total of 40 st. sl st to top of first dc. (40)

(After round 4 you will not be working into the st behind the fpdc)

Round 5: repeat round 4 (40)

Round 6: repeat round 4 (40)

Round 7: repeat round 4(40)

Round 8: repeat round 4 (40)

Round 9: repeat round 4 (40)

Round 10: repeat round 4 (40)

Round 11: repeat round 4 (40)

Round 12: ch 2, bpdc (around first dc of previous round), fpdc, *bpdc, fpdc, repeat from * around for a total of 40 st. sl st to top of first dc. (40)

Round 13: ch 1, sl st in first st, *sl st, repeat from *around for a total of 40 st. (40)

Finishing: Weave in ends throughout the hat with a yarn needle.

Size Option: Older Child-Teen-Adult Free Crochet Hat Pattern

Round 1: ch 3, 10 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to top of first dc (10)

Round 2: ch 2, dc in the first st, fpdc around the dc from the round before, *dc in next st, fpdc around the next dc from the round before, repeat from * around for a total of 20 st’s. sl st to top of first dc. (20)

Round 3: ch 2, dc in the first st, dc, fpdc (around previous round’s fpdc), *dc, dc, fpdc, repeat from * around for a total of 30 st. sl st to top of first dc. (30)

Round 4: ch 2, dc into the first st, dc, dc, fpdc(around previous round’s fpdc) * dc, dc, dc, fpdc, repeat from * around for a total of 40 st. sl st to top of first dc. (40)

Round 5: ch 2, dc into the first st, dc, dc, dc,  fpdc (around fpdc of previous round), *dc, dc, dc, dc, fpdc (around fpdc of previous round) , repeat from * around for a total of 50 st. sl st to top of the first dc. (50)

(After round 5 you will not be working into the st behind the fpdc)

Round 6: repeat round 5 (50)

Round 7: repeat round 5 (50)

Round 8: repeat round 5 (50)

Round 9: repeat round 5 (50)

Round 10: repeat round 5 (50)

Round 11: repeat round 5 (50)

Round 12: repeat round 5 (50)

Round 13: repeat round 5 (50)

Round 14: ch 2, bpdc (around first dc of previous round), fpdc, *bpdc, fpdc, repeat from * around for a total of 50 st. sl st to top of first dc. (50)

Round 15: ch 1, sl st in first st, *sl st, repeat from *around for a total of 50 st. (50)

Finishing: Weave in ends throughout the hat with a yarn needle.

Option: Flower Pattern

Round 1: ch 2, 10 sc in 2nd chain from hook. sl st to top of first sc.

Round 2: ch 2, 3 dc’s in 1 st st, sl st in next st, * ch 2, 3 dc’s in next chain, sl st in next st. repeat from * for a total of 5 petals. sl st again to first sl st of round. Cut yarn, leaving a 6″ piece.

Finishing: attach the button to flower with yarn. Attach the button flower to the hat with an extra 6″ piece of yarn securely. weave in ends with a yarn needle.

Crochet Beanie Pattern


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You Are Done With Your New Beanie!

I hope you enjoy making this hat pattern as much as I did! If you liked this one, you’ll probably love the Emily Diagonal Beanie Pattern too! When you do make these, please share pictures on Instagram with the hashtags #swirlhat or #easycrochetcom, so I can see your creations! If you need any clarification, please feel free to ask in the Easy Crochet Facebook Group! I am more than happy to assist in any way possible.

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76 Comments

  1. Gayle MacLeod says:

    Hello, I know it says that after the 5th row you won’t be working in the FPDC, but the picture of the hat looks like that stitch is continued throughout the hat. Am I missing something?

    Thanks, Gayle

    1. Hi Gayle.
      You won’t be working into the stitch behind the fpdc. In the previous rounds, we used the stitch behind the fpdc and the actual fpdc to work into.

      -Krista

      1. Gayle MacLeod says:

        Thank you. Do you have a video of working into the stitch behind? Or do you recommend someone else’s video? I did a FPDC and not into the stitch behind for the first 5 rows (beginner here)

      2. Hi Gayle,
        I am going to work on a video of that part of the beanie, since I am actually making another one as a gift! 🙂 I’ll have it up within the next few days! (hopefully!)

        -Krista

  2. Lovely pattern. Making small baby first then will make more sizes. Thank you for this pattern. Easy to do and works up quickly.

  3. Quick question: I’ve started this hat and I’m on round 5 – do all of my DCs go into the first stitch, or do I put one in each and then an extra one when I get to the FPDC? I’ve been doing the latter, and now I’m concerned that it’s the wrong way. Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Jessica,
      It’s one double crochet into each of the stitches. Next make a front post double crochet around the fpdc from the round before. If you’d like to post a picture or ask more questions, please feel free to join our FB group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/easycrochet/

      Happy Crocheting!

      Krista

  4. I love this pattern! It was easy for me to follow and it worked up fast. Thank you for all your effort to make this pattern available.

    1. You are welcome Kate! I am so glad you loved it. 🙂

      Happy Crocheting!

      Krista

  5. Yvette O'Brien says:

    How do I print this pattern please? I can’t see a “print’ button anywhere!

    1. Hi.

      I suggest using printfriendly.com and occasionally I will have a PDF version of my patterns in my shop shop.easycrochet.com for purchase.

      Happy Crocheting!

      Krista

  6. I have tried a zillion times and I can not get the round 4. Don’t know what stitch to skip. Would be much more clear if you just wrote out the instructions out for round 4 rather than saying to skip the stitch behind FPDC.
    Love this hat, just can’t make it.

    1. Hi Renee,

      All that means is that when you FPDC it leaves an open st behind it because you are working around the stitch and not into it.I just wanted to remind people to not crochet into that open stitch and skip it when working the pattern. I fixed it in the pattern.

      Krista

  7. Blessings By Charity says:

    I have made this pattern twice I love it but I do have one complaint. I made the largest size which is said to be big enough for a adult but when I use a sizing chart it only big enough for a toddler unless it’s a adult with a very small head. Average adult head is 21-23 in circumference this measures at 18 in.

    1. Hi!

      What is your gauge? It is so important for these types of patterns. You should have approx. 8 stitches for every 4 inches of the pattern.

  8. Nicki L Heckenlively says:

    Wanted to thank you for a great hat pattern!! I made one last night and just LOVE it! Thank you so much for sharing this pattern : )

  9. Lois Tregarthen says:

    Sorry! My computer kept jumping to the child’s pattern. I can see the 50 stitches now.

  10. Lois Tregarthen says:

    The adult hat has only 30 stitches and the child hat has 40. There are no increases after row three!

  11. Love this pattern! So clear and easy to read and of course it looks gorgeous!!

  12. I’m making the crochet hat with the cable pieces that come around. It’s very pretty and easy enough to make, I’m just a little confused with round 6, where it’s repeat round 5 but skip the stitch before, (or something like that)
    What does that mean?

  13. Just made this in the infant and had to add about 3 or 4 inches more. Made the largest size with Caron Simply Soft and a 7mm hook and came out perfect….but, the first two sizes don’t have the bpdc, fpdc row before the slip stitch? I have made a couple with the Bernat Pop, #4 but definitely a heavier yarn and came out fine with the 6mm hook. Love the pattern, style and so fast to make up..Going to start on the child size now!

  14. HI krista the swirl hat
    I have made this hat a lot. so on my last hat the post stitch has started to twist, took it lots of times it just keeps twisting. I have it there it look Good like a beanies. But I like the curved look. Does that make sense. The 1st two were great. Read the pattern over and over. Please help

    1. Hi Pamela,
      I am not sure why it did that. I haven’t had that happen before. Do you have a picture?

  15. Hi Krista
    I figured it out! Thank you so much for the pattern!
    Donna

  16. Hi Krista
    Thank you for sharing the pattern. I was just reading through it and also the comment section. I was wondering how you can do a front post double crochet around a dc you just crocheted? Don’t you have to go around the stitch from the previous row? Thank you for your clarification. : )

  17. Would love to buy this pattern for $1.99 but cannot find where to place the order! Please reply Thank You The one with the fpdc, I forgot the name

    1. HI Jean,
      I am working on updating alot of my older patterns into easier to read PDF’s and this one is not quite available again yet. Sorry about that!

      Krista

  18. Hi! How to I make this bigger? I made the adult size and it barely fits my 8 yr old? It looks fine but its pretty small? I’m kinda new to this….

  19. I’m good, except at the beginning of each row. Does the chain 2 count as a stitch, because it seems I have an extra stitch in that first section of each row.

  20. Hi I have a question. I am following this pattern to a T and all my stitch count is correct but my beanie doesn’t look like the one in the photo. ?? As I am crocheting it it’s flat and round ?? Is it supposed to start like that. Towards row 6 it starts to round off but not like how yours flows down evenly. It’s almost bulky like a crown ? What am I doing wrong ?

  21. If I skip the fpdc then I’m not sure how I will end up with the pattern that the picture shows??!!

    1. Hi Rhonda,

      You will fdpc around the fpdc from the previous round but skip the stitch behind it. Hope this helps!

      Krista

  22. Christina Garman says:

    Made this pattern and love it. Planning a few more for Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Beautiful pattern! I am confused by the term ” skip the stitch behind each fpdc from this round”. Can you give me more info? Maybe state in another way please? Thanks so much 🙂

    1. Hi Katie,
      It’s just the actual FPDC stitch you will skip (it looks like its behind it) I will make sure to reword that so it is easier to read. 🙂 Hope this helps!

  24. Holly W in NC says:

    Thank you for a great pattern! I made several in hunter green, dark grey, and a deep chocolate. I added a few extra rows to give them a bit more slouch, and left off the flowers, and they look masculine enough for the guys on my gift lists!

    Such a versital pattern!!!

    Thank you!

  25. Susan Macfarlane says:

    Just about to finish this pretty hat! Thank you….how many chains to start the flower….

    1. Hi Susan,

      For the flower you start with a ch 2, then do 10 sc in 2nd chain from hook. sl st to top of first sc.
      Hope this helps!

      Krista

  26. If in row 5 you were adding 10 on from the last row, how can you repeat row 5 for rows 6, 7, etc.. and still end up with 50? Mine has been growing by 10 each time. This is for the older child/teen/young adult by the way!

    1. Hi Jessie,

      For the rows after row 5 there isn’t an increase in stitches so it will always be 50. 🙂 Hope this helps.

      Krista

  27. I love the look of the hat but it did not end up looking nothing like your hat. I’m confused on if you are suppose to put 2 st in same loop, what do you mean by “around the last” fpdc (is it the whole stich from the last rnd? It took me 30 min to get to rnd 4 because I had to take it down. All becaus I didn’t have the right number of stiches. Sometimes short sometimes to many. I’m pretty proficient in reading crochet directions but I just had a hard time with this one.

    1. Hi Talitha,

      I am not sure what you mean when you stay you are supposed to put 2 sts in same loop? Which round are you referring to with that question.

      As for the “around the last” I think you are referring to round 4? If so you then you dc then fpdc around the dc you just did.

      Let me know if this helps.

      Krista

  28. Christina says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for the free pattern. I’m a bit stumped though…I just finished making the child hat, in the same type of yarn, with a J hook. I followed the pattern to the T. But the finished hat measured the same as your baby hat. It’s a lovely baby hat! But I would like to make it for my 3 year old daughter. Any insight would be helpful! Thanks!

      1. Christina says:

        Hi Krista! My gauge was way off so I finally figured it out with different hooks. When I had started, my gauge was pretty spot on but something must have happened while I was making the hat! Very easy pattern to follow otherwise! Thanks for replying back 🙂

      2. Hi Christina,
        I’m glad it worked out for you and you are welcome! 🙂

  29. row four says to repeat from *. None listed on the pattern in row 4 for Child or adult. Looks great so far. Thanks:)

  30. Hi, love this pattern but I am having a challenge with the gauge. Is it 8st in 4 inches? If so then I have to use a N hook. I am using yarn ww no. 4.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Ana,
      It is 8 st’s in 4 inches. You can try increasing your hook size 1 or 2 sizes to see if that helps.

  31. Mary Jane hagler says:

    For the life of me I cannot come up with the amount of stitches you do for each row.

    Is there a video on this hat…….???? It is very pretty……and for some reason I come up with way too many stitches…….

    Please email rush…….need this for a gift
    Thank you you are very talented

    1. Hi Mary,
      You may be dc into the fpdc stitch mistakenly by adding stitches.

      Krista

  32. I am curious about the top of the hat…does it have a big hole where it was joined, or did you use a magic circle?

    1. Hi Robin,
      There is no open space at the top. You can use a magic circle if you wish instead to start your hat.
      Krista

  33. I am so glad you love this pattern Carissa! Congrats on a new baby! How sweet!! <3

  34. Hi!

    I’m following the pattern exactly (I think – but I am new to crochet!) & i end up with too many stitches before the 1st fpdc. Does there need to be as many dcs at the start if there is a chain 2? It doesnt say that the chain 2 counts as a stitch but I don’t understand where the chain would disappear to!

    I’ve tried the baby hat size and left out one of the dcs before the * from round 2 and it worked!

    Where am I going wrong?

    Love the ribbing… It’s my 1St attempt!

    1. OK – so I think I’ve just realised that these are American terms?! I’m British! So where you say double crochet I should be doing a British treble?! I’m going try it to see…

      1. I have been crocheting for many years but this pattern has me stumped. So is it up to us the crocheter on how to figure out the increase? (ie row 2) I see you just give the type of stitch but don’t state how many should go in each stitch to come up with 20. Would love to make this hat but not understanding how this pattern is written. Any clarification would be sweet.
        Thanks 🙂

      2. Hi Jen,
        I fixed it so it reads clearer. I am also going to do a picture tutorial to help make it easier to understand. Hope this helps! 🙂

        Krista

  35. I’m confused about how to go from 10 st to 20 st? Is there some way you could explain that to me please? Thank you! It’s a great pattern!!

    1. Hi Kenzie,
      In the second round you are doing double the amount of sts than the first. Hope this helps.

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