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Basic Knitter’s Slouchy Beanie – Free Knit Beanie Pattern

Happy Fall Y’all! With Labor day over, it’s very hard for me to not want to jump right into Fall. I’m not really one for an extended summer, if only because Fall in Michigan can be so short! So I want to get it started ASAP. Plus, I don’t know about you, but I am all about pumpkin and apple everything, sweatshirts, and cozy knits! So I figured introducing a free knit beanie pattern now would be the perfect time.

Whether you are prepping for Fall/Holiday markets, or just want to make yourself something cozy as winter approaches, the Basic Knitter’s Slouchy Beanie is perfect. It has the perfect amount of slouch, and looks great with or without a pom on top! Plus, the fold over brim will help keep you warm on even the coldest days.

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Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is written to fit an adult – See the Finished Dimensions section for the specific size
    • If you are interested in the other sizes (Newborn, 3-6 Months, 6-12 Months) Toddler (1-3 years), Child (3-10 years), or Adult Male), they are all available on the inexpensive PDF, which you can purchase from Etsy or Ravelry!
  • The beanie is worked continuously in the round which is why I recommend using a stitch marker to help you note each row as you finish it.

Needed Materials


  • CO: Cast On
  • St(s): Stitch(es)
  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl

Gauge & Finished Dimensions

Gauge: 4″ Sq = 9 sts x 13 rows of knit st in the round

Finished Dimensions: 16″ in Circumference & 13″ Tall

The Pattern

Using the Long Tail CO method, CO 40 sts.

Join and work all following rows in the round.

Rows 1-20: K1, P1 around (or until brim measures 6″ long).

Rows 20-48: K around (or until beanie (including brim) measures 13″ tall).

Cut off a long tail (I like 8″ or so) and weave your tapestry needle and yarn through all of the loops on your needles. Once your yarn is threaded through all of the loops, remove your needles from the loops, and pull on your yarn tail to cinch the top of the beanie tight. Weave your needle back and forth, around and through the top cinched part of the hat to secure. (Brittany from b.hooked does a great job of explaining this technique in her Basic Beginner Knitted Hat (Beanie) Tutorial on YouTube)

Finish off by weaving in your ends and attaching a pom if desired!

See, that wasn’t so hard now was it?! Now, if you wanted, feel free to go up to 9 or 10mm needles for a chunkier feeling beanie, add more K1,P1 rows to the brim for a thicker double brim, or or add more knit rows in the middle for a taller/slouchier beanie. This knit beanie pattern is 100% customizable to whatever size you need. Newborn through adult male sizes already calculated for you and available via the pdf in my Etsy and Ravelry shops!

Interested in an ad free pdf of this knit beanie pattern? Feel free to check out my Etsy or Ravelry stores!

Or pin this knit beanie pattern to one of your Pinterest Boards to save it for later!

When you finish your Beginner Knitter’s Slouchy Beanie, make sure to share it on Instagram, use the hashtag #beginnerknittersslouchybeanie, and tag me so I can see it and share it! I hope this becomes a favorite knit beanie pattern that keeps you warm and cozy all winter long!

As always, all my love!


PS. Don’t miss the matching Basic Knitter’s Cowl! Cowls are the perfect winter accessory and who doesn’t love a matching set?!

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