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Crochet Men’s Beanie (3 Sizes Easy Pattern)

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Looking for a crochet men’s beanie tutorial that’s simple and easy to adapt? Look no further. Here is a tutorial that can be your next go-to guide to make a men’s beanie the simplest way possible.

By the way, men’s hat patterns are not always easy to find. Since most men like their beanies simple and comfortable, you will love how straight forward this pattern is.

It’s a forgiving project when it comes to experimenting. Would you rather make it with a bulky yarn? You got it, from a simple swatch you can figure out how many stitches you will need to adapt the pattern.

Close-up crochet men's beanie
Classic Crochet Men’s Beanie Close-up

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Materials needed for this Crochet Men’s Beanie 

Here are the basic supplies you will need to crochet this beanie:

  • 5.5 mm (US I-9) hook – I used a Tulip hook.
  • Worsted weight (#4) yarn – or any yarn weight you like (see “pattern variations” notes).
  • Yarn Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch marker (optional)
  • Pom Pom (optional)
Materials To Crochet Men's Beanie
Supplies and tools you will need

Best yarn for a crochet men’s hat

Yarns with some stretch will work best for this crochet men’s beanie pattern. I used I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby, which is a worsted weight (#4), 100% good quality acrylic.

The Color used was #74 Blue Spruce. And the amount was 3.22 oz (92 g), or 164 yds (150 m). Please refer to “pattern variations” if you would rather use another yarn weight.

Pattern variations

Wondering if you can make this crochet men’s beanie with a different yarn? Since this hat is made from a rectangle, it’s very easy to adapt. 

Make sure you have the head measurements you need. Then follow keep these tips in mind before you start:

Tip # 1: Measure head size

Use a measuring tape and take the circumference of the widest part of the head. From there, you can adapt the size with any other yarn weight and hook size you like.

As an example, if you’re making a beanie for a 23” (58 cm) head, the hat needs to be approximately 8.5” (21.5 cm) tall and 21” (53 cm) around the head.

Tip # 2: Consider negative ease

Ease in crochet means a garment or accessory needs to be smaller or larger than the actual body size. But for hats, you often need to leave a negative ease. What does that mean?

That means the hat needs to be smaller than the actual head circumference. When we use a ribbing stitch such as this one, it adds stretching, making it larger. So, you will need to make the beanie 2” (5 cm) to 3” (7.5 cm) smaller than the head.

a blue ribbed crochet beanie

Tip # 3: Make a swatch

The number of chains will determine the height of the hat, and the rows will determine the circumference. Please use the beanie pattern to crochet a swatch.

Typically, a crochet swatch needs to be at least 5 x 5 inches (13 x 13 cm), so you can determine how many stiches you have in a 4 x 4 inches (10 x 10 cm) square. 

From there, you can do the math of how many stiches you need for the actual height and to fit around the head.

Men’s beanie size chart

Instructions in the pattern will have the numbers for the below head sizes with the recommend yarn and hook size. But if you need to adapt the pattern, you can follow tips in the “pattern variation” section and this size chart:

Crochet Men's Beanie Size Chart

Would you rather make it slouchy? I know tastes will differ, but some men would rather have a bit of room towards the top. If that’s the case, you can add more chains in the foundation to make it slouchy.

Does this beanie need a brim?

You may be wondering: do I need a brim for this crochet men’s beanie? Not, necessarily. And the reason why you may not need a brim is because this ribbing technique creates a thick fabric. It’s like having a built-in brim, if you will.

But if you would rather make it with room for a folded brim, please make sure you add extra chains to your foundation. I would recommend adding chains to at least 2” to 3” (5-7.5 cm).

Close-up Crochet Men's Beanie Folded Brim
Beanie with a folded brim

Crochet Men’s Beanie Pattern

Please make sure you read through all the instructions and sizing information before you start. Although I didn’t make this hat with other types of yarn, you will probably be able to adapt it if you feel comfortable doing so.

Gauge won’t be crucial, but if you’re using a different yarn and hook size, it’s important that you make a swatch to find out how many stiches and rows you will need.

Pattern notes and instructions

  • This crochet men’s beanie pattern was written using standard US terminology.
  • Pattern level of difficulty: Easy.
  • Skills you’ll needed: Chain (ch), single crochet in back loop only (blo), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), fasten off (FO), and basic hand sewing with the ladder stitch.
  • The ribbing in the pattern is created when you make the single crochet row in back loop only.
  • Turning chain 1 doesn’t count as a stitch.
  • The pattern contains instructions for 3 sizes: Teen, Small Adult and Large Adult. Written in this format and sequence Teen (Small Adult, Large Adult) – see size chart. When/if only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. 
  • Gauge: 13 sts x 18 rows of the pattern = 4” x 4” (10 cm), unstretched and before washing. Change hook size if needed to achieve gauge.
crochet hat gauge swatch
Gauge: 13 sts x 18 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm)

Stitch abbreviations

  • blo: back loop only
  • ch (s): chain (s)
  • FO: fasten off
  • RS: Right Side
  • WS: Wrong Side
  • sc: single crochet
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st (s): stitch (s)
  • yo: yarn over

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Crochet Men’s Beanie step by step

Finished Crochet Men's Beanie Laid Flat

With no further ado, here is the tutorial for this beanie. Don’t be intimidated by the intricate looking of this ribbing technique. It’s easier than it looks, and it’s such a fun pattern to work on.
Are you using a different yarn weight? The pattern can be started with any other number of chains, to your desired hat height. See “chart size” above for the recommended sizes.

Total Time: 2 hours

  1. Foundation

    hat tutorial

    Ch 25 (27, 31) – Leave a long tail for sewing later, about 30” to 35” (76 to 89 cm) should be enough.
    Add any number of extra chains if you want the beanie with a folded brim or slouchy. For reference, every 3.25 stitches will add approximately 1 inch to the beanie’s height.

    Row1 (RS): sc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch across, ch 1, turn 24 [26, 30]

  2. Crochet Row 2

    hat tutorial

    Row2 (WS): sl st across, ch 1, turn. 24 [26, 30]

    This the first row-repeat in the pattern and it is the wrong side of the beanie.

  3. Crochet Row 3

    hat tutorial

    Row3 (RS): sc in blo in the sl st row across, ch 1, turn. 24 [26, 30]

    Make sure you are inserting the hook in the very back loop only to create that thick ribbing. This will be the second row-repeat and makes the right side of the beanie.

  4. Repeat Rows 2 and 3

    hat tutorial

    Row4-76 [86, 94]: repeat instructions in rows 2 and 3 to these numbers. Or to the length of the rectangle that will make any other desired circumference you need for this crochet men’s beanie.

    FO. Cut the yarn. Leave a long tail for sewing later, about 30” to 35” (76 to 89 cm) should be enough.

  5. Sew the ends of the rectangle

    hat tutorial

    Thread the tapestry needle with the leftover yarn and sew the ends of the rectangle to form a tube. Use the ladder stitch to sew it. This will create an almost invisible seam for this crochet men’s beanie.

    First, insert the needle under both top loops of the first two stitches on the opposite side.  You will do this by drawing the needle from the RS to the WS, then back to the RS in next stitch. 

    Then, insert the needle in blo of next stitch back in the other side, doing the same you did in the previous step. 

    Repeat the process, back and forth, one stitch at a time. Make a knot to secure it at the end. If you have enough yarn left, you can do another row of stitches if you like. 

  6. Sew the top to close

    hat tutorial

    Pick one of the longer sides of the rectangle to be the bottom of the beanie and sew the other side to close the top. I picked the side of the rectangle with less stretch to be the bottom.

    Insert the needle in one top lop in the edge of every other rib around and pull the thread tight to cinch at the end.

    Go back and do one more row of stitches. This time, picking the “ribs” you left behind. Then, draw the needle to the inside of the beanie, do extra stitches if needed to close.

    Fasten off. Cut the yarn. Weave in the ends. Your crochet men’s beanie is done.

  7. Add a pompom (optional)

    blue crochet hat on a foam mannequin's head

    Most men I know don’t like hats with pom poms. But if they do, feel free to add one.
    And maybe you’re using the pattern to crochet the hat for a teenager girl or a woman that loves pom poms. 

Estimated Cost: 5.00 USD


  • Worsted weight (#4) yarn


  • 5.5 mm (US I-9) hook, Scissors

Materials: Tapestry Needle, Stitch Marker (optional), pom pom (optional)

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There you go! I hope you enjoyed this crochet men’s beanie pattern. At the time I’m publishing this blog post, fall is just around the corner.

If you’re like me, quick and easy projects at this time of the year are the best ones. This is when you crochet for gifts and for craft fairs. So, I get it how quick projects are the best ones for this occasions.

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