Knitted Rolled Brim Beanie Hat – Free beginners pattern

For my quick and easy Beanie hat I used some fabulous ‘Crofter DK’ yarn and a pair of 4.5mm needles. I love this yarn at it gives you a Fair Isle effect without the hard work – perfect for beginners.

Step 1. Cast on 90 stitches.

Step 2. Work in stocking stitch (knit one row then purl the next) until your work measures 20cm from your cast on edge.

Your knitting should grow pretty fast  – after 2 and a half hours mine looked like this:

Front / Right / Knit Side

Back / Wrong / Purl Side

As you will see your knitting will have perfect roll to it  – just what you need for your rolled brim!

A few more hours and you will hit that 20cm point!

Step 3. To shape the crown of your hat:

Row 1: (Knit 7, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times until you get to the end of your row. You should have 80 stitches on your needle.

Row 2  – and all other even rows purl.

Row 3:  (Knit 6, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times. You should have 70 stitches left.

Row 5:  (Knit 5, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times (60 stitches remaining).

Row 7:  (Knit 4, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times (50 stitches left).

Row 9:  (Knit 3, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times (40 stitches to go!)

Row 11:  (Knit 2, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times (30 stitches)

Row 13:  (Knit 1, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times (20 stitches)

Row 15:  (Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times (10 stitches should be left on your needle).

Break off your yarn to leave a 25cm tail and thread through your remaining 10 stitches with a blunt yarn needle. Pull the yarn tail to draw your stitches together.

Fold your hat in half wrong side together and stitch together your seam with a mattress stitch.


Did you know a Beanie hat is also called a Toque?

You can easily alter this pattern to get a different look.

For a ribbed edge:

Row 1 – (Knit 2, Purl 2) repeat from beginning to end.

Row 2 – (Purl 2, Knit 2) repeat from beginning to end

Repeat row 1 and 2 for 4 times then continue in stocking stitch until your work measures around 16cm before you shape your hat (as Step 3 above).

For a Bobble hat – just add a pompom!

Although your hat should fit most adult / teen heads, you could always make it bigger (or smaller!) by using larger (smaller needles), extra (less) stitches or a chunkier yarn.


53 thoughts on “Knitted Rolled Brim Beanie Hat – Free beginners pattern

  1. Hi, love your pattern, ,made it over and over. Now would like to try something a little more challenging. Could you add a pattern for a sweater please.
    Thanks again’

  2. Great pattern have made two one plain dark mauve with glitter in garter stitch and one plain one in stocked stitch lovely very pleased

  3. Hi. If I wanted to make a 24inch beanie for a man, around the head, how many would you cast on for this pattern?using dk wool.quite new to knitting but this looks like a pattern simple to follow. Thank you

    • How about making the knitted hat pattern larger? Depending on the size of the man’s head, cast on some extra stitches and a few extra decrease rows.
      You could either try on casting on 100 stitches and then start off your decreasing by a row of (knit 8, knit 2 together) repeat 10 times, followed by a row of purl before you carry on the pattern as normal, or

      Cast on 110 stitches and when your hat is deep enough to the following before you decrease as per pattern:
      – (knit 9, knit 2 together) repeat 10 times
      – next row, purl all stitches
      – (knit 8, knit 2 together) repeat 10 times
      – next row, purl all stitches
      – carry on decreasing as per pattern (you should have 90 stitches)

  4. Hi I love this pattern!!! I am using Plymouth baby alpaca ampato yarn. It states 4 stitches ans inch on size 8 needles. I will be using size 6 needles. Will I still be casting on 90 stitches? So confused!!! Barbara.

    • Hi Barbara, I think you will need to cast on my stitches as your it sounds like your wool and needles are thinner (if the 6 for mm rather than imperial size. It sounds like it would be best if you look up a different pattern that suits your yarn and needle size as my pattern would end up coming out really small. A good place to look is on Ravelry you can select patterns according to yarn, needles etc. The drops website also has lots of free patterns. X

    • If you knit the first 6 stitches normally, then slide your needle into both stitch 7 and 8, wrap your yarn around your needle, pull back the yarn through both stitches to give you a new loop/stitch on your needle then slide the old stitches 7 and 8 off. There are lots of videos on you tube which are quite good if you get stuck.

    • 0it is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool

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  7. thanks for the pattern, i am going to knit this for my daughter who is 27yr, you wouldnt by any chance have the same pattern for a 6 to 12 month old baby, many thanks Jan

  8. Good Morning! Thank you for leaving a message on my blog! I am so glad you did because you have inspired me sooooooooo much! So many things I want to try! Your patchwork ….. I love that, I may have a go for a small wall hanging in my kitchen ….. your crochet hearts ….. yes they are on the hook This Morning! But I have never liked to knit …. no, it just never grows fast enough. I used to have a knitting machine …. now That Was a quick knit :o) BUT that is about to change soon, because I am determined to have a go at this beanie for the Autumn. So I want to say a Big Thank You to you, and please drop by again. Oh by the way, I had almost decided not to blog any more, but by your visiting me you have inspired me to keep on.
    Have a lovely creative week :o)
    best wishes, Val xx

    • Thanks Val for your lovely feedback and for sharing your work on your blog. Its great to see what people are up to, I love the way blogs are used as an e-‘craft and share / knit and natter’. I can’t wait to make some more granny squares so I can have a go at your fab bag.

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