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The Classic Ribbed Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern

The Classic Ribbed Beanie is one of the easiest crochet beanie or hat that you can learn to make! Not only it looks nice, but it is also super easy to make. The ribbed stitches give the crocheted fabric a stretchy feel and allow it to adapt to a variety of sizes.

Most ribbed crochet beanies are worked sideways. You make a flat rectangular panel and then sew it together at the ends to create a tube. It is then tied together at one end to make the top of the hat. The beanie requires only three basic crochet stitches – slip stitch, chain & single crochet. The simplicity of the instructions and stitches make this free pattern one of the best ones for beginners to learn crochet.

You can make a ribbed beanie using another ribbing technique that uses front post double crochet and back post double crochet stitches. This type of ribbed beanie is worked in the bottom-up direction. We will cover more details about this technique in another pattern soon.

classic ribbed beanie crochet free pattern

A classic Beanie is incomplete without the pompom on the top. You can make a single color pompom in the same shade or choose a contrasting color. You can also use multiple colored yarns to make the pompom to make it brighter! And, if you don’t want to make the pompom, you can even buy a faux fur pompom from Amazon.

Size of Finished Beanie

The classic ribbed beanie sizes for Baby, Toddler & Child are given below. You can also check out the head circumference chart from Craft Yarn Council.

Circumference (in.)14–1616–1818–20
Height with Pompom (in.)99.510



3″ x 1.5″ (7.6 cm x 3.8 cm) swatch with 5 rows of 10 single crochet stitches.

Pattern Notes

  • The pattern is written in US terms. 
  • Starting ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
  • The beanie is worked as a flat panel in rows of single crochet and then seamed to form a tube. Finally, one end is cinched together to form the top of the beanie.
  • Row 2 onwards each single crochet stitch is made in the back loop of the stitch in the previous row.
  • Stitch counts & measurements for the 3 sizes are given in the order: Baby (Toddler, Child).

Stitch Abbreviations

BLOback loop only
scsingle crochet
sl stslip stitch
st (s)stitch (es)

You can check out the standard crochet abbreviations on our blog.


ch 36 (39, 42)

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from the hook, * sc in next st; rep from * to end, turn. — 35 (38, 41) sc

Row 2: ch 1, * sc in BLO of next st; rep from * to end, turn. — 35 (38, 41) sc

Repeat Row 2 until you complete a total of 50 (58, 66) rows. You should now have a rectangular flat piece which measures approximately 10″ x 13″ (10.5″ x 15″, 11″ x 17″). Do not fasten off the yarn yet.

ribbed beanie 1
Seaming the beanie:

Turn your work after the last row, ch 1.

Fold the bottom of the rectangle from the short edge and place the first row on top of the working row (the last row where your working yarn is attached).

Insert hook into the first stitch of the first row and back loop of the first stitch on the working row and make a slip stitch loosely so that the beanie remains stretchy.

ribbed beanie 2

Continue like this for all the stitches in the row. Fasten off leaving a long tail of yarn.

At this time, the wrong side of the ribbed beanie is facing you. Take the tapestry needle & thread the yarn tail into it.

ribbed beanie 3

Insert the needle back and forth like a running stitch in every stitch of the top row. Once the yarn has threaded around the top of the beanie, pull tight (really really tight!) and tie a knot to secure it.

Take another round on the cinched top with the yarn in the tapestry needle and tie a knot again after pulling it tightly. Fasten off the yarn and weave in the ends.

ribbed beanie 4

Flip the ribbed beanie now so that the right side is now facing you and fold around 2” from the open end to form the brim of the hat.

You can choose to attach a pompom at the top or make it without one. Both ways, the beanie will look great!

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