How to Knit a Beanie: Bean Around the Knitting Block

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Knitting a beanie is a fun and easy project for knitters of all skill levels. To knit a beanie, follow the same steps as a simple hat, but use ribbing for the brim. Ribbing is created by alternating knit and purl stitches to create a stretchy, elastic fabric that will fit snugly around the head.

Knitting a beanie may seem like an intimidating task, but it’s actually quite easy.

With just a few supplies and some basic knitting knowledge, you can create this cozy winter accessory in no time.

And don’t worry if you’re new to the craft — following the same steps as a simple hat ensures that anyone can make this beanie with ease.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your needles and let’s get started!

Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin, make sure to gather your needles, yarn, and any other materials needed to craft your cozy cap.

Start by selecting a yarn that’s suitable for knitting with the needles you’ve chosen. You’ll need enough yarn to measure around the circumference of your head.

To determine the size of beanie needed, use a tape measure or string and measure around your head where the brim of the hat should sit – this will be used as a guide later on when casting on your stitches.

It’s also helpful to find out which type of cast-on stitch best suits your project so that you can prepare for it in advance.

Once you have all these supplies ready, you’re set to start knitting!

Cast On Your Stitches

To start your journey of crafting a cozy head-hugger, cast on your stitches like you’re throwing the first stone in a pond – and watch the ripples grow! This process is key to creating an even knit beanie that fits snugly around your head.

Here are some things to consider as you cast on:

  • Gauge: Knitting gauge is critical for achieving the correct size of this hat. To determine the number of stitches to cast on, check the pattern instructions or measure and calculate using a ruler or tape measure.
  • Yarn Weight: Choose yarn weight based on how thick/thin you want your beanie to be. Yarn weights range from 0 (lace) to 6 (super bulky). Generally speaking, thinner yarns will require more stitches while thicker yarns will use fewer.
  • Number of Stitches: Once you’ve determined gauge and yarn weight, it’s time to calculate how many stitches you’ll need for casting on. Consider adding additional stitches if desired for extra slouchyness at the brim!
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Finally, with all these considerations in mind, it’s time to pick up those needles and begin casting on your stitches – one row at a time until you reach just past halfway around your desired circumference measurement. That way when we create the hat body later on, we can match up both sides perfectly!

Create the Hat Body

Now that you’ve cast on your stitches, it’s time to start shaping the body of your head-hugger! You’ll be using the same knit technique, but with a few tweaks for added texture. Let’s get started and make this cozy beanie yours!

To create the body of the hat, work in a basic stockinette stitch pattern: knit one row followed by purling one row. This will form an alternating pattern of knits and purls. As you continue to work in this stitch pattern, gradually decrease the number of stitches until you have reached a decreased size that will fit comfortably around your head. As you are working through each row, remember that decreases should be worked on every other row.

That is, when knitting a decrease row (a knit two together or slip-slip-knit) follow it up with a purl row before decreasing again. When finished with all of your decreases, bind off all remaining stitches as per usual. It may take some trial and error to achieve the desired fit for your head size but don’t worry – it’s worth it!

Once you reach this point in your beanie project, it’s time to move onto creating the ribbed brim for extra warmth and coziness around the ears. The next section outlines how to achieve just that; so let’s move ahead and transform this simple beanie into something truly special!

Create the Ribbed Brim

Crafting the ribbed brim of your hat adds an extra layer of warmth and coziness around the ears, so don’t worry – it’s worth the effort!

Start by learning some simple ribbing techniques. After casting on the desired number of stitches for your brim, alternate a knit stitch with a purl stitch in every row until you have reached the desired length of your brim. Make sure to count each row as you go along so that you can shape the brim into a circle evenly.

When shaping your brim, decrease one stitch at either end of every fourth row until you reach the circumference that fits comfortably around your head.

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Once you’ve finished shaping and knitting the ribbed brim, cut off any excess yarn and weave in loose ends using a tapestry needle.

Now it’s time to sew up the seam where both sides of your ribbon meet together. Make sure to keep all stitches tight with even tension throughout this process so that your hat looks neat when done. If needed, use pins or bobby pins to help hold pieces together while sewing them up.

When you’re finished sewing up all seams, give the entire rim one more look over before moving onto finishing touches like adding pom-poms or tassels if desired.

Don’t forget to tie off any loose ends from weaving in yarn after completing this step as well!

With just a few more steps left to complete your beanie project, it won’t be long until you have a warm and cozy piece of winter fashion ready for wearing!

Sew the Seam

Having completed the ribbed brim, it’s now time to join the two sides of your project together by sewing up the seam.

To do this, take one end of the hat and fold it in half lengthwise so that the wrong side is facing outwards. Take a tapestry needle threaded with yarn and stitch along the edge using a backstitch. Be sure to keep your stitches tight and secure as you go, but be careful not to pull too tightly or else your finished product will be distorted.

Once you reach the end of your seam stitching, tie off with a knot or use a special technique for seam finishing such as weaving in ends or using a slip stitch to secure them.

Now that you have completed sewing up the seam, it’s time to move onto adding an optional pom-pom decoration. The addition of a pom-pom adds an extra bit of charm and visual interest to any knitted beanie project while also providing an extra layer of warmth on cold winter days.

Taking these steps will ensure that you have created a beautiful, handmade beanie that can easily be passed down through generations!

Add a Pom-Pom (Optional)

For a whimsical touch, adding a fluffy pom-pom to your beanie is sure to add some extra personality and warmth!

There are a few different ways to make and attach pom-poms. The most common way is to make one with yarn. Start by wrapping the yarn around your fingers or an object like a cardboard circle many times until it’s thick enough for your desired size. Then, remove it from the object or slip off your fingers and tie a piece of yarn in the middle very tightly. You can then trim the edges until they are even and add texture by fluffing up the strands of yarn.

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Finally, attach securely to the top of your beanie using sewing thread that matches your beanie’s color scheme.

If you want something more durable than yarn, you can also buy pre-made faux fur pom-poms which are easier to attach since they come with loops instead of needing additional thread. You can find these types of pom-poms at craft stores like Michael’s or online retailers such as Etsy or Amazon. Simply loop them onto the top of your hat and adjust accordingly so they fit snugly yet comfortably on top of your head when wearing it.

If you’re feeling creative, why not try making a two-toned pom-pom? This involves winding two colors together in opposite directions when creating the ball shape before tying off in the middle with thread as mentioned earlier in this article. This technique will give you an interesting textured look that adds dimensionality to any beanie design! Plus, it’s an easy way to show off multiple colors without having too much going on at once – perfect for those who prefer subtlety over boldness in their style choices!

No matter what type you choose, adding a pom-pom is sure to bring joy every time you wear your handmade creation! With proper care and storage, these fun accessories have the potential to last just as long as any other part of your knitted beanie – giving it years’ worth of charm and character along with plenty of warmth during cold days ahead!


You did it! You’ve just knitted a beautiful, cozy beanie. The ribbed brim gives the hat an extra bit of personality, while the pom-pom adds a touch of fun and whimsy. Wearing it is like wrapping yourself in a hug – cozy, comfortable, and secure.

Plus, you get to enjoy that feeling of accomplishment each time you put it on your head. Congratulations! You’re now ready to take on any cold day with confidence and style.

Katherine Pearce
Katherine Pearce
Katherine Pearce is a knitting enthusiast and the founder of With a deep passion for the craft, Katherine aims to make knitting accessible to everyone, regardless of their skill level. Through, she provides online tutorials and resources to help others discover the joys of knitting and develop their skills.

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