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



Instructions

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.

Visit our charity crafts page for listings of groups in your area who collect and donate these knitted items to charity.

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Comments

  1. Jeanine Adank says:

    Way too big at 10 inches but easy to do.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

    • I had the same problem sand I redid it a dozen times with the same outcome so I actually add 2 stitches to make it come out right

      • You don’t need to add or subtract anything. It is {K2 P2 K2}, repeat until there are 2 stitches left, P2. It isn’t K2 P2.

  4. 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.

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

  6. Cindy Hildyard says:

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

  7. 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 :(

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

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

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. What is the gauge for this hat pattern?

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

  17. Did you knit with size 10 needles?

  18. Would anyone know how to alter this pattern to produce a toddler hat? It’s probably obvious but I’m just starting out and not too sure.
    Thanks

  19. I knitted this pattern, I used 76 stitches for it to come out at the end of the row p2. The length of the hat from ribbing to end of 10 inches is to long. It makes the hat to big. Will try another one and cut down the length to 7 or 8 inches. It is a very easy pattern to do and I really like it, and will change some of the stitches to make it fit. Thanks

    • peggy berry says:

      Thank you sissy, I couldn’t figure out how to end with a p2 for the life of me with the 74 stitches. so is 76 stitches to long also? would you have cut back to 72 for instance? any help would be appreciated. Peggy

  20. can not get this pattern

  21. I couldn’t get the one I wanted; kept getting stripe pattern and I wanted the turquoise one.

    • I’m looking for the pattern for the other hat, too. The knit pattern is more textured.

      • This isnt the pattern for the hat that is shown on the original page…do you have the pattern for the one shown on the AllFree Knitting page…

    • When you go to almost the bottom just below the red box that says subscribe in red it says knitting patterns. Click on this and the bluish hat is near the bottom. Just keep scrolling. That is where I found it.

  22. Valerie Sims says:

    Is this pattern the same as the purple hat shown on the initial page? only the pattern looks different, but when you click on pattern it brings you to this one. Hope this makes sense, but the pattern initially shown before you get here, looks a different pattern. Anyone help please.

    • Marjory Marks says:

      not sure what you mean by purple hat. I come up with a picture of a striped hat and the instructions are for that. Have knitted it plain and in stripes. up to you really. Love the pattern its so easy

  23. oops I just seen my answer. Please disreguard.

  24. Is this hat for an adult?

  25. If you’re doing a K2P2 pattern, don’t you need to cast on a number of stitches that you can divide by 4 so you end on P2? I’ve cast on and done the first row and it ends in K2.

    • Marjory Marks says:

      have now knitted about a dozen of these plain and striped and it is the easiest pattern you could hope for. six rows of ribbing then stocking stitch ie 1 row knit 1 row plain.. I just caste on 2 extra stitches. very adaptable pattern.

      • Marjory Marks says:

        woops that one row knit one row purl (not plain)

      • Yes, easy. But for those of us not-so-experienced knitters, it would be helpful if the instructions could be changed to read “Cast on 76 stitches.” It would have saved me time. As it was I had to pull everything off, cast the stitches on again and re-do the row.

        • Marjory Marks says:

          fair enough but I am not very experienced but have learnt the hard way and had to undo things too. Best of luck with your knitting its a great hobby.

        • It’s 74 stitches!! It’s K2 P2 K2 then K2 P2 K2, put simply K2 P2 K4 P2 K4 P2 all the way around, it ends in P2.

          • Yikes…..I said it wrong! It ISN’T K2 P2 across, it’s K2 P2 K2 then K2 P2 K2. You do the K2 P2 K2, 12 times and that leaves 2 stitches which will be P2.

  26. Renee Clutter says:

    Are the size 10 needles on straights, dpns, or circular needles?

  27. Brilliant Very easy to follow Thank You

  28. Okay don’t be stupid everyone. This is a good pattern. And if you can’t follow it then maybe you need a little more practice. It tells you what exactly to do for every row. Just simply follow it. That’s all.

  29. I used 72 stitches and it came out great! Love the pattern! It gives beginners like me something to be proud of, despite our experience levels prior to attempting this project!

  30. I am fairly new to knitting and this hat looks great! I could really use some further direction on the decrease pattern there. Does that mean I’m knitting two together across the entire row or does that mean I am knitting two stitches together then finishing the row like normal? If someone could help me out that’d be great!

    • easy as. knit two together all across row to decrease then purl back then knit two together across next row should have about 18 stitches left to thread wool through. have made lots of these always look great especially in stripes. Mix the size of stripes up for added interest

  31. I just finished my first beanie hat following the pattern it came out very well, (I”m a beginner). I am going to start my second one. I’m very excited about it!!

  32. This looks like a perfect hat to knit for adult friends for Xmas. Thank you very much for the pattern … it’s easy and pleasant to knit, I believe.

  33. This looks like a very easy but attractive hat to make. I can’t wait to try it.

  34. Loving the pattern… but need help im only beginner :) the decrease K2 across the row does that mean across the whole row…. wont we be left with no stitches PLEASE HELP….

  35. Ok so I’m a beginner and totally don’t understand this at all.

  36. Did not like this hat. Way too big for me but it will keep me warm.

  37. Actual pattern:
    Row 1 k2 p2
    Row 2 k
    Row 3 p
    Knitting this pattern for 10 inches before you start to decrease makes the hat way too big.
    How do you start the decrease with the corrected pattern? Please help!! This is my fourth attempt.

  38. Can someone clarify the pattern before I start this project? I am a member of Project Linus and knit blankets but I would like to make these beanies with my left over stash for other charities. Thanks for the great website!

  39. More instrutions for this pattern would have been helpful. I added two stiches to make the pattern come out right. If there are other changes it would be helpful to add them.

  40. Wrong amount of stitches, you need to add or eliminate 2 stitches on the first row. It appears that the main part is done in stocking stitch (according to pattern) How do one get the ribbed effect??

  41. The pattern is really simple, and just what I was looking for! However, the image given does not fit the hat. (Looks nothing like the finished product)

  42. will make lots of this easy pattern .its looks smart as well

  43. hanks for the pattern. I am looking for a pattern that is doubled than sewed at the top

  44. hanks for the pattern. I am looking for a pattern that is doubled than sewed at the top

  45. thanks for the easy-looking pattern. i am a bit confused, though; its an 8 row pattern i think. not 2 , as mentioned in the instructions?

  46. This is a nice website! Thanks so much for the pattern. I have lots of yarn and am excited about making these hats.

  47. I really enjoyed this pattern except I had to add two stitches in order to end with P2. The 2tog was easy except I miss read the instructions and did a row of 2tog and purl until I only had two stitches left then pulled the yarn through it. My hubby did not know I made a mistake and thought my hat was a work of art! :)

    I can’t wait to start making bunches of them to hand out in these trying times! thanks!!!

  48. This Beanie will be a good way to use up the left over yarn. Some could be quite interesting. Thank you for the pattern.

  49. Just copied the instructions by hand and can hardly wait to get started with this simple beanie. Looks simple enough even for a beginner like me.
    Amelia

  50. will try the pattern. Sounds simple enough to produce many for charity. It’s a very kind idea. Thanks

  51. i love knitting..hats, scarfs,mittens .. mostly socks

  52. Thanks for having a great site for us knitters.

  53. the instructions are clear and precise. Love it!!!!!

  54. For the beginning, in order for the pattern to end on with a P2 you need to cast on either 72 or 76 stitches. That seems to be a problem I had anyway.

    Great pattern though. Thanks for sharing.

  55. this is the first knitted beanie i’ve made. The Instructions were perfectly simple and the pattern makes a great hat.

  56. Loved it !

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