Learn how to crochet a beanie for adults super fast with this easy, free crochet pattern using super bulk yarn and the waistcoat stitch (an easy variation on single crochet).
At the end of the post I’ll show you how to crochet your own easy beanie for adults out of any single stitch pattern.
Design Story and Inspiration for this Adult Beanie Hat
I designed this free crochet hat pattern as part of our annual Holiday Maker’s Challenge – an 8 week challenge where participants get 8 FREE pattern downloads to help them with their holiday making.
Items in the challenge have to meet these criteria:
1. Use stash yarn (this one uses super bulky #6)
2. Quick project
3. Well-received by recipients (who doesn’t love a handmade hat?)
Want to join us? There’s still time! Head over to this page to learn more.
Yarn Options for Crochet Beanies
For this hat, you will need one skein of super bulky yarn. I used one skein of Lion Brand Yarn’s Mandala Thick & Quick, which does the color changing for you.
You can use any super bulky yarn that gets gauge, and if you don’t have this yarn weight on hand, you can hold two or three strands of worsted weight yarn together. (I like to do this with different colors for a neat effect).
Adult Crochet Hat Pattern Details
This crochet beanie pattern uses the waistcoat stitch pattern, which is just a repeat round of the waistcoat stitch. It’s easy to learn and gives a great knit-like look.
Want to make it a slouch hat? Crocheted hats (including this one!) can easily be customized by adding more rounds to make the hat longer. This makes it a slouchy hat!
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick, 1 skein Garden Maze
Crochet Hook: 15.00mm
Notions: Fur pom pom, yarn needle/tapestry needle, scissors, stitch marker
Gauge: 6 sts and 6 rows = 4″ in hdc
Finished Size: Approximately 20″ head circumference (fits average adult head) and 7.5″ hat height
Crochet Stitches (Abbreviations)
Chain Stitch (ch)
Single Crochet Stitch (sc)
Waistcoat Stitch (wc) – worked same as single crochet except you will insert hook in between the “legs” of the stitch below.
Hat is worked from the top down beginning with the magic ring.
Do not join rounds with a slip stitch (sl st) – use a stitch marker to mark first stitch.
Easy Adult Crochet Hat Pattern
Make magic ring.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in magic ring, pull tightly to close.
Rnd 2: Work 2 wc in each sc – 12 sts.
Rnd 3: *Wc 1, 2 wc in next st; repeat from * around – 18 sts.
Rnd 4: *Wc 2, 2 wc in next st; repeat from * around – 24 sts.
Rnd 5: *Wc 3, 2 wc in next st; repeat from * around – 30 sts.
Rnds 6-15: Wc in each st around – 30 sts.
Rnd 16: Sc back loop only in each st around.
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Sew on pom pom, if desired.
Common Questions about Crocheted Hats
There are two main ways to construct a crochet beanie – from the brim up or from the top down. Working an adult beanie is the same as working a smaller one, you just have to use more stitches around.
You will find a wide variety of answers on this one, but an adult small is typically around a 20″ circumference and a large can be as much as 23-24″ circumference. The stitches will have some stretch to them, so I often make my hats an inch or two smaller than my actual head circumference.
- Yarn of choice
- Crochet hook appropriate for yarn. If unsure, check the yarn label for recommended hook size.
- Yarn needle
- Pom Pom (Optional)
First, choose your stitch pattern. For me, I wanted the waistcoat stitch.
- Make magic ring.
- Work stitch of choice into ring (the smaller the yarn weight, the more sts you should work into it. For worsted weight I use 8)
- Increase in each st around (work 2 sts in each st), which will double your stitch count.
- For the next rounds, you will work one more st in between the increases, so round three you would work (1 st, inc in next st) and the round after that (2 sts, inc in next st) and then (3 sts, inc in next st), repeating the instructions in parenthesis all the way around.
- Keep increasing until hat measures 6.25" across for 20" circumference or 7" across for a 22" hat circumference.
- Work even on that number of stitches (work 1 st in each st) until hat is 7.5-8" (the good thing is you can try it on as you go!). This number includes the brim if you are working one.
- For a slouchy hat, just work even for more rounds (I like to go to about 11" long or so).
Well, now you know how to crochet a beanit for adults, whether you use my instructions for the waistcoat stitch or you work a simple beanie on your own!
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