Basic Men’s Beanie
This video will show you the step-by-step instructions to make this very basic men’s beanie/skullcap. This is a great beginner pattern for those looking to work in a spiral. Plus its larger hook size makes it really fast to work up. You can finish one in a single evening.
Download the pattern below the video.
Left hand instructions click here.
Thank you for your simple tutorial for making this man’s beanie. My son loved it! I enjoyed your guided tutorial.
What yarn would be the equivalent to the yarn you’re using? Would a #5 or #6 bulky weight work and which would be the best out of the two sizes?
A #5 would be the closest. 🙂
So glad to find your tutorial. So impressed with how detailed you are at every aspect of crocheting. I am a new one and need all the help I can get. Just starting the men’s hat and hoping it does not turn out Like my last one. My last one was like a skirt and could not fit on the head. I know it’s in learning the craft. Thanks again for all your help.
Lol, a skirt. 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind words. 🙂
By going down a hook size will it make the hat about 20 to 21 inches?
THat should work. 🙂 Just measure the diameter of the crown before you start the beanie. It should be about 6.5″ across to get a 20/21″ beanie. 🙂
How would you do it with out the magic loop, i have tried it and it doesn’t work well for me, ty in advance.
You could CH 3 and then work 7 HDCs into the 1st CH (the skipped two will count as the first HDC). There will be a small hole where you work all the HDCs but it shouldn’t be too noticeable. 🙂
Hi, I am using Red Heart 4 weight, what size of crochet hook should I use?
Hi there, it is all going to depend on what it takes to get gauge. So try the recommended hook first for your gauge swatch. If there are too many stitches per inch, then go up a hook size, if there are too few, go down a hook size and keep doing that until your gauge matches what is on the pattern. This ensures the beanie will come out the same size. 🙂
Thank You so much for this video. My son wanted a merino wool beanie that was long enough that he could fold up so it would double over ears. Your video helped me do just that. Thank you again and look forward to watching and learning more. I have always struggled with hats but you made it so easy!
I’m so glad it helped. 🙂 THanks for leaving the kind words!
I love this pattern and your instructions and video are great and very easy to follow. I have made many of the beanies for my male friends. I have a close friend who runs a salon inside of a cancer center here. She works a lot with ladies who are losing their hair due to chemotherapy treatments. She mostly sells and styles wigs. I would like to make several of these beanies for these ladies and donate them via my friends salon. I guess my question is, is there a “general” size for a woman’s head? I was thinking of maybe just stopping with the increase of 4 with the crown and go with that as a general crown size, but how many rows do you think I should do? I know there’s probably not a perfect answer but I respect your knowledge and thought you might have a good idea. Thanks very much.
Thanks so much Mark. The 4 rounds should work. Just measure it across once you finish them. Then take the number and multiply it by 3.14 (pi) and see what the circumference will be. If it is close to 20″, that should be perfect for a women’s head. 🙂
Hi just to say I went to get pattern for mens hat but it very Blurred
Is it blurred on the page or once it is printed?
I just picked up crochet after 20 years off. I made this for my son, and grandson, and now friends and husband are requesting one. GREAT video GREAT everything, thank-you Happy Holidays
Thanks so much!!
thank you so much for answering me. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thank you again.
I still have yet to be able to figure out the magic loop. I keep practicing, but the stitches just don’t look good. So to avoid doing a magic loop, how many chains would I do? then I assume join, then start with Round one into the center? I am hoping you can answer this quickly as I am trying to get a couple of hats done for a friend for xmas. Thank you, Patti
HI there, what you can do is CH 3, and then HDC 7 times in the 3rd CH from the hook. The skipped two chains will count as the 8th HDC. Then continue with the pattern as normal. 🙂
Annelie al the way from South Africa! Thank you for the great site! Absolutely love it! One quick question….. If I use light worsted yarn will the amount stitches stay the same?
Hi there, yes you can use the same amount of stitches, you just want to adjust your hook to match gauge to keep the same size. You will need a larger hook to get the same amount of stitches per inch. 🙂
Thank you! ☺
Hi there this looks perfect to work up on my upcoming flight layovers 🙂 I am wondering if I worked up 2-3 more rows of the single crochet could the finished beanie be turned up ? Hope this makes sense.
You can definitely do that. I would add about two inches in single crochet to make a good flap. 🙂
I am left handed. I love that you provide left handed videos on the Roku. I have a problem with holding everything very tight. My single and half double stitches are always very tight. I made this beanie a couple of days ago. I used the K hook as suggested. However when I finished it would not fit my head or a 12 year olds head. It did fit an 16 month old head. It does not stretch. What can I do?
The easiest fix for crocheting too tight is to go up in your hook size. Then you can crochet normally (not trying to crochet looser) and the stitches will be bigger. I would probably go up at least two sizes for how tight you are crocheting. 🙂
Thanks however the larger hooks are a lot harder for me to crochet with it seems.
Hi! I came across your video and am relatively new to crocheting. Is heavy worsted yarn the same thing as bulky yarn? My local craft store seems to carry medium worsted and bulky, but not heavy worsted.
It is a strange weight. 🙂 It’s closer to medium worsted than bulky so I would go with that. It would be a more comfortable beanie to use a larger hook with the medium (makes is looser) than a smaller hook with the bulky (will make the beanie stiff). 🙂
Thanks for the quick response! I’ll definitely give it a try some time this week.
Hi! I love this hat and have made several! Thank you! Wondering if you can advise me on what to adjust to make sizing for women and/or kids? I’m new to crocheting, so not savvy with that yet!
Thanks so much! You can easily adjust it by making the crown (flat part) smaller. Whatever circumference you want for the finished hat divide that by 3.14 (pi) and the number you get is how far across the crown needs to be. For example a kids head might be 18″. So take 18/3.14 = 5.7, so you crown needs to measure close to 5.7 across before you start working your even stitches around. 🙂
I am trying to make this for newborn with 13 in head circumference do I still start out with 8 hdc?
Hi there, yes, you will start out with 8. You will just stop once the measurement across the crown measures about 4 1/8 inches. 13/3.14= 4.14 🙂