How to Crochet a Beanie Hat for Beginners

Maria Dotz
by Maria Dotz
3 Materials
2 Hours

If you are a beginner crocheter, then this is the tutorial for you! Learn how to crochet a beanie hat by following along with me as I show a really easy way to crochet. I’ll just explain what I’m doing as I go, with no technical terms to confuse you. Are you ready to give it a try? Okay, let’s go!

Tools and materials:

  • Fuzzy yarn
  • Crochet hook (size 5mm)
  • Scissors
Beginning the crochet chain

1. Begin your crochet chain

Fuzzy yarn is a really good choice for beginner crocheters, because if you make mistakes, the fuzzy yarn is good at hiding them! But in this tutorial, I am using non-fuzzy yarn just because it’s much easier to see and follow along.

Start by making a simple slip knot with your yarn. 

How to crochet a hat

Insert your crochet needle into the loop of the slip knot, hook it around the yarn below the knot and pull it back through the loop. Make sure you don’t pull the knot tight.

How to crochet a beanie for beginners

Repeat that step 4 or 5 times.

DIY crochet hat tutorial

2. Start forming your beanie hat

Stick your crochet hook through the first loop you made. Pull the yarn through as you did with your previous stitches and then pull the hook and yarn through the loop on the other end to begin forming the circular shape of your hat.

Securing the tail

3. Secure the tail

Hook your yarn and the loose tail on your crochet hook and pull both through the loop.

How to crochet a hat for beginners

4. Proceed crocheting your beanie hat

Insert your crochet hook in the next loop in your circle, hook it around the yarn at the back and pull the yarn through the loop.

Pulling the yarn through the previous loops

Then pull that same yarn through the previous loops.

How to crochet

Hook the yarn once more, and pull it through your most recent loop. That extra stitch is how you will increase the size of your circle.

Full round of stitches in a circle

Repeat grabbing the yarn through the next loop and pulling it through that loop and the previous loop. Keep repeating that crochet stitch over and over again. After a full round of stitches, it will look like the crocheted circle in the image above.

That’s the basic stitch and you just keep going around and around and watching your circle grow.

Start of the DIY crochet beanie

Here is how it looks with the fuzzy yarn – you can see it looks much neater!

Crocheting the circle

Continue crocheting in the same manner until your circle is about 12 inches in diameter.

Crocheting the rim of your beanie hat

5. Crochet the rim of your beanie hat

Make one crochet stitch as you did previously. At this point, you don’t want to be increasing the size of your circle anymore. So, continue crocheting, but just pull the yarn through the next and then the previous loops. Do not do the extra stitch of yarn through the previous loop. 

Crocheting the rim of the beanie

Continue all the way around the circumference of the circle, and you will see how the rim of the hat is now turning in, because you haven’t increased the size at all.

Measuring the DIY crochet beanie

Continue working the rim in the same manner until the diameter of the inside of the hat is about 6 inches.

Tying off the ends

6. Tie off the ends 

When you are finished crocheting, cut off the yarn, pull it through your last loop and pull tight to knot it.

Weaving the loose ends back through the beanie

Use your crochet hook to weave the loose end back through your hat.

Finishing the crochet beanie

Do the same thing with the loose thread from the start of your hat, on the outside top.

How to crochet a beanie

How to crochet a beanie

If you’ve been following along, then congratulations! You’ve just made your first DIY crocheted hat and you should be very proud of yourself! Leave a comment to let me know if this was your first time crocheting, and how it worked out for you.

Suggested materials:
  • Fuzzy yarn
  • Crochet hook (size 5mm)
  • Scissors

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  • Maureen Maureen on Aug 13, 2022

    You are very confusing. Maybe say the name of the stitches and the quantity.