Speedy beanie knitting pattern

Beginning to work on that handmade pressie list? Elen Angharad’s speedy beanie knitting pattern is here to help. Whip it up and give to all your pals this Christmas.

Free beanie knitting pattern

Last minute pressie-buying panic setting in? Relax – whip up a couple of these super-speedy hats using our beanie knitting pattern. This chunky, stretchy hat will fit (and suit) most adults, and you can customise it by switching up shades, or adding a contrast colour pom pom. The ball of yarn used is enough to make two separate hats – ideal for express gift making or making mum and her little one matching beanies! Want to go the extra mile? Combine this beanie knitting pattern with some fox slippers and our scarf with pockets knitting pattern for the ultimate knitting bundle. They’d make a really sweet gift for knitters and non-knitters alike.

If you’re a newbie to knitting, try and keep your stitches as loose as possible. Many new knitters will knit very tightly which makes it difficult to knit the next row. We have a knitting for beginners guide to help you master the techniques used in this tutorial so you can make it even if you’re new to knitting. Beanie knitting pattern still too difficult? Check out our knitting kits blog post which has loads of hat-making kits that are designed for complete beginners and come with everything you need. 

What you’ll need:

• Cascade Magnum yarn, 100% Highland Peruvian Wool, 250g/112m per ball, one ball in Birch Heather (9564)
• 15mm (US19) straight needles
•Tapestry needle
• 65mm pom pom maker, available at Hobbycraft
• Scissors


7 stitches and 10 rows to 10cm (4″) over stocking stitch using
15mm needles

Abbreviation (UK)

st(s) stitch(es)
k knit
p purl
k2tog knit 2 sts together

Head to our knitting abbreviations chart and yarn weight conversion chart for more help. 

Finished size

Approx 36cm (14″) around the brim and 25cm (10″) high (excluding pom pom)

Speedy beanie knitting pattern

The hat is made in one piece from the brim to the top. The side seam is sewn and a pom pom added. Using the long-tail cast-on method will ensure the edge is stretchy. Cast on 32 stitches using the long tail method. We have articles specifically for how to cast on knitting and how to cast off knitting if you need extra help.


You Will Need

  • Knitting needles
  • Wool
  • Pom Pom makers

Step 1

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Rows 1-7 *k1, p1; repeat from * to end of row
Row 8 knit
Row 9 purl

Repeat last 2 rows 4 more times.
Start decreasing to shape the top of the hat.

Row 18 *k3, k2tog; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2 [26sts]
Row 19 purl
Row 20 *k2, k2tog; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2 [20sts]
Row 21 purl
Row 22 *k1, k2tog; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2 [14sts]
Row 23 purl
Row 24 *k2tog; repeat from * to end of row [7sts]

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Measure a 150cm (59″) tail of yarn and cut your hat away from your ball of yarn. Thread your tapestry needle with the yarn and pull through the live stitches on the knitting needle. Pull tight to secure the top of the hat.

Finishing with the pom pom

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Now use the rest of the tail of yarn to seam up the back of the hat using the mattress stitch technique. Weave in all the ends. You’re almost finished – now you just need to add a pom pom to your hat. We love using pom pom makers for speed but it’s just as fun to make your own from cardboard or around a fork. Pull the pom pom tail through the hole at the top of your hat and secure to the hat by weaving in the ends and pulling into a tight knot. For a more detailed pom pom tutorial head over to our how to make a pom pom post which is full of tips, tricks and videos.

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Thanks Elen for this sweet beanie knitting pattern. We do love a quick and simple tutorial. For more easy knitting patterns head to our free poppy knitting pattern and our premature baby hats knitting patterns.