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Easy Crochet Beanie

Make this Easy Crochet Beanie which is made out of a rectangle folded in half. Pattern is available in size adult, child and toddler. I used Katia Prime Merino (double stranded) which works up very fast. Scroll down for my free pattern which includes a video tutorial.

Get the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free PDF version of this pattern on Etsy and Ravelry. The PDF is designed for printing and this way you can support me!

Easy Crochet Beanie

crochet youtube beanie free crochet pattern

About this design

A few months ago, YouTube/Google NL asked me to make 20 YouTube Beanies for the top 10 best videos and top 10 best music videos in 2021. Usually I don’t sell beanies, but I couldn’t say no to this amazing project.

After posting some photos, many people asked for a pattern. I decided my last project in 2021 would be making this tutorial + video.

About this pattern

The construction is simple: a rectangle folded in half and joined together with slip stitches. Thanks to the folded brim, the length of the beanie can be adjusted. This pattern is available in three sizes: adult, child and toddler.

About the yarn

After comparing hundreds of yarns, I decided to go for Katia Prime Merino. This luxurious yarn is available in many colors, including the perfect red that I needed for YouTube.

Below you can find some photos of the YouTube Award ceremony including my beanies. These awesome photos were made by Steven van Kooijk & BMfotografie.

Easy Crochet Beanie

crochet youtube beanie free crochet pattern


Katia Prime Merino (weight 3/ Light, 1 oz.¾ / 50gr, 131yds / 120m) which is worked double stranded
2 (2, 3) balls in color red (4)
or 60 (75, 105) grams of similar yarn

– Crochet hook 8mm (US L/11 hook)

– Tapestry needle

– Scissors


In inch

To fit head circumference16-1818-2021-23
Actual head circumference161820.5
Beanie width8910
Beanie length77.58.5

In centimeters

To fit head circumference41-4646-5153-58
Actual head circumference404552
Beanie width2022.526
Beanie length181922


11 blo hdc x 6 rows equal 4 x 4″ / 10 x 10 cm

Stitches & abbreviations

– st: stitch

– ch: chain

– sl st: slip stitch

– blo sl st: slip stitch worked in the back loop only

– hdc: half double crochet

– hdc blo: half double crochet worked in the back loop only


– This pattern is written in US terminology

– Pattern is worked in a flat rectangle. Sides are worked together with slip stitches and the top of the beanie is closed with a tapestry needle.

– Turning chain does not count as a stitch

– Directions for sizes are in parentheses such as “ch 27 (29, 34)” whereas ch 27 stands for toddler, 29 for child and 34 for adult size.

Video tutorial

Below you can find a video tutorial of this YouTube beanie.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Written pattern

** Note: You can purchase the ad-free PDF version of this pattern on Etsy and Ravelry. The PDF is designed for printing and this way you can support me! **

With hook size 8 mm and 2 strands held together, make a slip knot and leave a long tail end for seaming later.

Ch 27 (29, 34), turn

Row 1:
1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across, 1 sl st in last 2 ch, turn <25 (27, 32) st>

Row 2:
ch 1, 1 blo sl st in first 2 st, 1 blo hdc in each st across, turn <25 (27, 32) st>

Row 3:
ch 2, 1 blo hdc in each st across, 1 blo sl st in last 2 st, turn <25 (27, 32) st>

Repeat row 2 & 3 consecutively until you have a total of 25 (29, 33) rows. You can add/remove rows to make your hat looser/tighter.

Rectangle should measure after stretching (width x height):
Toddler: 9″ x 15.5″ / 23 x 40 cm
Child: 10″ x 17.5″ / 25 x 45 cm
Adult: 12″ x 20.5″ / 30 x 52 cm


Turn rectangle 90 degrees and fold in half with short sides together. Your long tail end should be on the right. Work the two sides together with slip stitches. Insert your hook in the front loop of the hdc (loop facing you) and chain. When you’re done, fold beanie inside out.

Closing the top

Use a tapestry needle and whip stitch (place approx. one stitch for each row) along the top edge of your hat. Pull the top of your hat as tight as possible to close the hole. Secure by adding a few extra stitches across the cinched top till it’s fully closed. Weave in your ends.

Pom pom (optional)

Optionally you can add a pom pom. Here you can see how to make a pom pom using a Clover pom pom maker.

Custom leather tags for hats and beanies

Tags add a finishing touch. I order my custom made tags from an Etsy store called Meroulo which is the most affordable option available on Etsy. You can mix and match your order with any color and size you want (haven’t seen other shops offering this) and they can print your name and/or logo (or both). They ship free worldwide and it took about 2 weeks for my order to arrive.


  1. Love the way you teach how to make this beanie. Thanks so much. Also – love your patterns.

  2. Love the hat! Am I missing a link to the awards? I’ll bet that was surreal seeing your creations at an event like that. Congrats.

  3. I’m sure there are a lot of patterns that are similar out there. But I love working up Wilma’s patterns. Easy to read and they turn out great!

  4. I have been crocheting this pattern that I thought was my idea for some years now. All my male friends and their children have them. I love to design crocheting patterns and do well at craft shows with them.I also design wall hangings of children’s birth, and also for weddings.

  5. Love this! Thank you for sharing your pattern with us. I plan on making some for the homeless shelter around our area.

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