Basic Adults Knitted Beanie

This is a colorful pattern for a basic adults knitted beanie. Very easy to do and the beanie is finished in a couple of hours. Basic and easy!

Basic Adults Knitted Beanie

What you need

2 oz (50g) of bright colored worsted weight yarn or 8 ply


You need US Size 10 (6 mm) (conversion chart: knitting needles)

Cast on 74 sts
Row one: K2, P2, K2 across line, ending with P2.
Rows 2 to row 6: Repeat Row 1.
Row 7: Knit across
Row 8: Purl across
Repeat these 2 rows until hat is 10″ (25.5cm)from the start and, ending with a purl row.

Start Decrease
1st decrease row- K2 together across the row.
Next row: Purl
Next row: K2 together across
Last row: Purl across.

Cut a 12″ (30 cm) length of yarn, thread a yarn needle.

Carefully pull the last row of knitting from the needle and thread the needle through every stitch. Pull tightly then whip stitch the seam shut.

Add a Pom Pom or flower to the beanie and it is complete.

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  1. Giovanna Mancinelli says:

    How do you decrease? I don’t really understand that part.

    • Where it says K2 it means knit 2 together, so instead of sliding your needle through 1 stitch you slide it through 2 and knit them together

  2. I just finished making this basic adult beanie hat using worsted weight yarn size 10 needles casting on 72 stitches ( because I started with 74 but the k2 p2 across the row didn’t end with a p2 ) following the directions until hat is 10″ . It came out horrible !! Too big and awful ! I made baby hat – no problem ! I would not go with this pattern ! I will look for another pattern to make!!

    • It isn’t K2 P2 across. It’s K2 P2 K2, repeated. That leaves you with 2 stitches, and you do those P2. I struggled with this for hours before my Mom helped me figure it out. K2 P2 K2, K2 P2 K2…etc.

  3. I did cast 74 stitches and followed the pattern going across as follows k2 p2 across the first row and you do end on a k2 stitch! I read the reviews and SLOWLY followed it and that’s what it came out to. I’m going to start again with only 72 stitches so that the pattern will come out right.

  4. I am new to knitting too, wondering how much to decrease also…please help

  5. Cindy Hildyard says:

    I haven’t knitted since I was a child, long time ago. Very easy pattern to start me off again. Cheers :)

  6. I just did 6 rows and had to undo them as it definitely needs to be either adjusted down to 72 or up to 76 to end up with a ribbed pattern, I wish I’d read everyone else’s comments first :(

  7. I think the pattern would be better written as Row 1: *K2, P2, K2*, repeat 11 times, P2.

  8. How many times do I decrease? Until I don’t have any more stiches left. I am new to knitting and reading patterns.

  9. I have made one had to use 5-5 needles as i knit very loose but. It is very good pattern

  10. Just found this pattern and made it this weekend. Super quick, looks great, and an easy hat for beginners :)

  11. B. Gates says:

    If you do it as Amanda says… you do alter what the patterns says because you will have 2 K2 next to each other and it doesn’t say that in the pattern.. so if you do follow as the patterns says you will not end on a P2 with 74 sts

    If you do it as Amanda says… you do alter what the patterns says because you will have 2 K2 next to each other and it doesn’t say that in the pattern.. so if you do follow as the patterns says you will not end on a P2 with 74 sts

    • It says K2 P2 K2 across ending in P2. The P2 is the end of the row. Yes, there are knit stitches together, but if you follow the pattern ( K2 P2 K2 across ending with P2), each row is 74 stitches.

  12. I am sorry to disagree with you on the adjusting part. I just plotted it out and you DO need to make an adjustment of 2 stitches. If you count the K2, P2, K2 as 6 and then time by 12 you do end right, however, your next set would be P2, K2, P2 and end at stitch 72 as a P2. You need to be able to make the count divisible by 4. K2, P2 times 18 equals 72 stitches to end correctly with P2. I do love this pattern. Thanks for putting in out available for us to use.

    • If you do this pattern the way it is written, it is K2 P2 K2 (12 times) which leaves 2 stitches. The pattern states to make the last 2 stitches P2. This pattern is basically done in the round, in that each “row” starts with K2 P2 K2. It is not a continuous thing. EVERY row (rows 1 through 6) starts with K2 P2 K2 and ends with P2. If you do it the way I just said to, it follows the pattern. No adjustments need to be made, no adding or subtracting stitches.

  13. I co 74 sts and did the first row as directed but I end up with k2 instead of p2 what am I doing wrong?

    • To end a k2p2 row with p2, you need to co stitches at a number divisible by 4, which 74 isn’t. In order to make it work, you need to add or subtract 2 stitches. When I did it, I co 72 stitches and it worked fine. I am unsure why the original pattern says to co 74 when it also specifies ending with p2. Very confusing.

      • No, you don’t add or subtract anything. If you follow the pattern correctly, the round ends in P2. Think of it this way: *K2 P2 K2*, repeat from * until 2 stitches are left, P2. That is 74 stitches.

        • But surely that would leave you with p4 at the end?

          • No, you do 12 sets of K2 P2 K2 (total of 72 stitches), which leaves 2 stitches. Those last 2 stitches are P2. Trust me, I did it (and undid it) so many times I wanted to set it on fire lol. I called my Mom, she did a row and it came out wrong too. She asked me to read the instructions to her, then read them again. I was doing (as I assume everyone was) K2 P2 through the row. It’s K2 P2 K2, 12 times, which leaves 2 stitches for P2, for a total of 74 stitches.

          • Ohhhh I see now! That makes sense. Nice to see I wasn’t the only one confused haha.

          • If you guys are having so much trouble with the last 2 stitches.. just knit them or purl them.. or go back to knit one, purl one ribbing.. sometimes you just have to adjust ….not all patterns are perfect.. so you fix them. I have many patterns that I have adjusted for what I need them for and it works for me…

          • I think the point is that you don’t have to do any adjustments.

  14. What is the gauge for this hat pattern?

  15. why can’t i print it properly without changing download i already have pdf dorothy

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