Crocheted Ribbed Beanie – Free Pattern

For the first day of our Winter Whites series, I made my sewn  ribbed beanie into a crochet pattern!

It’s a beginner level pattern with some intermediate stitches that are really not too difficult to pick up.

I’ll give you a little picture tutorial at the end to help you out. You can also search Youtube for a video on “front post double crochet and back post double crochet” for more clarification. There are a lot of videos to choose from.

Ribbed Beanie Pattern
Skill Level: Beginner +
Size:  9-12 months. Go down one hook size for 6-9 month sized hat and up one hook size for 12-18 month sized hat. *The sizing is approximate.
Hook size: H
Yarn: about 150 grams of medium worsted weight
Gauge: 6.5 stitches to 2 inches

Abbreviations used in this pattern:
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet

Make a magic ring: chain 4 and sl st into the first chain.


Round 1: ch 1, hdc 10 times into the ring, sl st into top of ch 1, pull tail to tighten ring (10 stitches)
R2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each stitch around, sl st in top of ch 1 (20) – crochet tail into your stitches so that you won’t have to weave it in later
R3: ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in one stitch* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1  (30)
R4: ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in next two stitches* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1 (40)
R5:  ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in next three stitches* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1 (50)
R6: ch 1, 1 hdc in each stitch around, sl st in ch 1 (50)
R7-R14: ch 1, 1 hdc in each stitch around, sl st in ch 1 (50)
R15: ch 2, *bpdc, fpdc* repeat from *to* all the way around, sl st in top of ch 2. (50)
R16 – R18: ch 2, *bpdc, fpdc* repeat from *to* all the way around, sl st in top of ch 2. (50)

R19: ch 1, sc around in each stitch, sl st into ch 1 (50)
Fasten off and weave in ends. I like to use a tapestry needle so I can weave it in between the fibers of the yarn, making it even more secure and discreet.
I didn’t jump right up to this spot. I started at the bottom and weaved my way up and over and all around until I ran out of a yarn tail.
Here are some pictures of the fpdc and bpdc that create the ribbed bottom or band in the hat:
See where I point to a “post” in the stitch, in the pictures? You need to weave your hook behind the post for a fpdc (so the bump or post pops out to the front) or in front of the post for a bpdc. Once your hook is weaved through, double crochet normally.
The idea is simple, but it’s an intermediate stitch because pulling it through without dropping the yarn from your hook and maintaining consistent tension while doing it, takes practice. The more you do it, the easier it gets, and once you get going it’s not hard at all! :)
You can leave it as is, or put a nice big pom pom on the top. There are many methods for making a pom pom. You can use a store bought pom pom maker, two cardboard circles (harder to wind but produces less yarn waste), your hand, a fork, or a cardboard rectangle. I used the last method.
*Remember that the wider your cardboard is the bigger your pom pom will be. The more you wrap your yarn around, the denser it will be.

And here is how I attached it to the hat:

I don’t know about you, but I think the giant pom pom “makes” this hat.


Be sure to stop Kojodesigns for some snowy road fudge. Yum!


  1. says

    You've inspired me to make a hat for my little guy. I have a quick question: in row 17, which do I do? You have two sets of instructions. Do I somehow do both? I'm new to this crocheting thing, so any help you can give would be fantastic! Thanks for the cute pattern.

  2. says

    LOVED this pattern… I found it ended up a bit long (I may have lost count and added a few too many rows) so I just folded up the bottom. I made a rediciously big Pom Pom, and it's a hit ;) … now if i could only get my little one to keep it on … Thanks for the pattern :D

  3. Noo says

    Just made my first ever beanie. This one. It’s so cute. I used a different colour for the ribbed section which looks great too. Thanks for an awesome pattern. Easy to follow for a beginner. I crochet a bit tight though so only just fits my 6 month old. Just going to have to make another one. Oh no :)

  4. Teresa says

    Hello! It is a very cute hat! I an trying to make one for my 9 month old girl but I ended up with the increase rows laying very flat so that the hat resembles a fez, am I doing something wrong? I am just beginning to crochet

    • says

      hmmm…I’m not sure. The stitches should have decreased a bit or tightened at the ribbed part. Did you finish the pattern? If you are still struggling, if you have time to email me a picture. I will see how I can help. :)

      • Teresa says

        Oh you were right! When I got to the ribbed part the top magically shaped the correct way! Now it is such a cute hat! I would like to make many as gifts and one each for me and hubby so that we have matching caps, how can I make bigger sizes?

  5. rosalie says

    LOVE this beanie. How would I add to pattern to make one for a 5 yr. Old and an adult woman? This is the easiest pattern for a beginner like me. I want one for myself. THANKS

  6. says

    Thank you SO much for this tutorial!!! I’m a beginning crocheter and expecting my first baby next month. Just made THE cutest beanie following your beautiful step-by-step directions. Thank you!!!

  7. says

    This hat is so freaking cute! And I love the color you made. I tried to make one for my almost one year old, and just to be safe, I went up a hook size. Much, much too big. Hopefully it’ll fit in a year or so, but I’ll have to figure out a different way to make one his size! :) love the pattern so much, though, and you’re right–the Pom Pom COMPLETELY makes this hat!

  8. Kate says

    Delia…adorable pattern. My son gets all types of compliments on the one I made for him. I have a Etsy shop. Do you allow items made from your patterns to be sold in that avenue? Of course in the listing I would give credit for the pattern back to your blog. Thanks for any feedback!!

  9. says

    I made this hat for my son last Winter and I love it!! Your patterns are so easy to follow – thanks for sharing! I now have my eye on your slouchy beanie….. ;)

  10. Fran says

    Aw i love this! Do you think I could do this in an adult size? I am 15. Maybe if you could make a bigger pattern, or help me get some idea of how to do it bigger? I’m not too good at that sort of thing. Absolutely love your blog ;)

    Fran xx

      • nicole says

        ok thank you for your response. i love this hat i made a few for my daughter last year and would love to make it for some babies being born this year and my three older boys !!! i will play around with and see it i can get it !

  11. Odette Pineger says

    Hello Delia,
    My daughter in law who is having a baby in November has fallen in love with your pattern for a ribbed beanie…which is GORGEOUS….thank you. I am just about to order some wool, but thought that I would check that I need “150 ounces” of wool……that is over 4 kilograms. Do you mean grams…if so….that would still mean 3 balls of 50 gram wool????
    Please help???
    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    With thanks,
    Odette Pineger from Cambridgeshire UK

    • says


      You are right. I think I did mean grams. Thanks for catching that. As for how many balls or skeins, it doesn’t use the full 150 grams. That was just the size of my one skein. You might get three balls and then only use some of the third. The ribbing and tight construction of the hat, plus the oversized pom does use a lot of yarn. The pattern is also written in US terms, so you will have to convert stitches accordingly. I hope that helps! I am so glad your daughter in law likes the hat! :)


      • Odette Pineger says

        Thanks Delia for the very prompt and kind reply. I am so looking forward to making it and having a go at the new (to me) ribbing crochet stitch. My daughter in law has asked for me to make it in the same colour as yours. Really lovely. thank you again. Odette

  12. mary says

    the directions for the “magic ring” say to chain 4. however in the picture provided it looks like there are 12 chains? i think i may not be understanding correctly. would you mind trying to explain?

    • says


      Good question! I can see how that picture might be misleading. My apologies. That picture is after round one. So you chain four, sl st into the first ch…making the magic ring, then 10 hdc into the magic ring. I will fix the picture, because I can totally see how the picture looks contradictory. I hope that helps you in continuing with the project though!

      Let me know if you have any other questions.



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