Free Pattern: Simple Knit Beanie

I don't know about you, but it's been a cold couple of weeks here in Ontario, Canada.

And with the lockdown and closures, it's been hard to get out and get some exercise. One of the best ways to keep warm during the winter is with a knit hat.

A selfie of two sisters, with brown hair and glasses wearing knit hats (one yellow and one black) against a white background.

A knit hat doesn't need to be fancy and many people prefer a simple beanie (or toque for us Canadians) to keep warm during the colder months.

So I thought I would share a simple pattern for a knit hat that is easily customizable to fit your noggin.

So grab some yarn and some needles and let's get knitting!

A yellow knit hat laying flat on a wooden background with fallen leaves around it.

Pattern Name

Simple Knit Beanie


Me (Nicole Thomas)


Loops & Threads Charisma Tweed (100% Acrylic) 93 yards (85 metres)/ 3 oz (85 g) per ball


16 stitches by 24 rounds in 4 inches/ 10 cm of stockinette stitch.


5.0 mm / US 8 and 6.0 mm /US 10

16 inch /40 cm circular and/or double-pointed knitting needles (or size required to obtain approximately gauge).

Other Tools

Tapestry needle, scissors, stitch marker.

Finished Measurements

Brim Circumference (unstretched) - 16 in / 40 cm

Length (brim to crown) - 9 in / 22.5 cm


Adult (head circumference 22 in / 55 cm)

Pattern Notes

The size can be adjusted by adding or subtracting an even number of stitches.

This pattern is for a fitted style beanie or toque. If you want a slouchier fit, add approximately 2 in / 5 cm to length before working crown decreases.

The brim is worked in 1 by 1 ribbing; this can be substituted with 2 by 2 ribbing (*k2, p2, around). If you are changing the cast on number, make sure the number of cast of stitches is divisible by 4.

The length of the brim can also be customized. If you want a longer brim, adjust hat length as necessary. If you want to do a folded brim, double the length of the ribbed section then continue to work the pattern as written.


C/O - cast on

BOR - beginning of the round

k - knit

p - purl

St st - stockinette stitch

st/sts - stitch/stitches

Pattern Instructions

With smaller needles, C/O 64 sts.

Join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist your sts. PM to mark BOR.

Work in 1 by 1 ribbing (k1, p1 around) for approximately 5 to 6 rounds.

Switch to larger needles.

Work in St st until the hat measures approximately 6 in / 40 cm from C/O or approximately 2 inches / 5 cm less than the desired length.

Crown Shaping

R1: *k6, k2tog, rep to end.

R2: k to end.

R3: *k5, k2tog, rep to end.

R4: k to end.

R5: *k4, k2tog, rep to end.

R6: k to end.

R7: *k3, k2tog, rep to end.

R8: *k2, k2tog, rep to end.

R9: *k1, k2tog, rep to end.

R10: *k2tog, rep to end.


Break yarn.

Using a darning needle, thread the tail through the remaining sts and pull tight.

Weave in all ends.

A white knit hat laying flat against a wooden background with fallen leaves around it.

And there you have it! A simple knit hat to keep you warm this winter.

What I love about this hat is its simplicity! You can work it up in no time and make matching or colour coordinating hats for your entire family.

I hope you enjoyed this project. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions about this free pattern.

Looking for more of a challenge? Check out one of my other hat patterns available in my shop or on Ravelry.

Until next time, happy knitting!


A woman with brown hair and glasses wearing a black knit hat and black coat, against a white background.

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