Welcome to 12 Weeks of Beanies! We’re on Week 3 of free crochet patterns and if you’re looking for a free knitting beanie pattern, Beanie No 3 is the perfect pattern! The free knit pattern Beanie No 3 is the third in a series of crochet and knit beanie patterns designed with the beginning knitter or crocheter in mind. You can find the free crochet pattern for Beanie No 1 here which starts the 12 week series.

Beanie No 3 was designed with texture in mind! Knit from the bottom up, it uses a size 4 medium/worsted weight hand spun yarn from my stash and two easy knit/purl stitch patterns to create a really interesting textured beanie. It’s my first time using this stitch pattern and I think it would look great in a sweater or cowl pattern now that my Beanie No 3 is finished! I really love the elevated stitches through the crown that are created from the hat decreases.

For this free crochet pattern I’ve included several tutorials to make it easier for you, including a great new method for casting on – the German twisted cast on. I’ve just recently learned this cast on and it’s SOOOOOO good! It’s really similar to the long-tail cast on with an extra little step included that makes the cast on super stretchy, which is just perfect for a beanie brim (or sock cuffs!). I’ve also included a tutorial for how to join in my favorite method to knit in the round, and another one for how to decrease using the SSK, or slip-slip-knit method. Basically, if you can knit and purl, then you can totally make Beanie No 3!

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AND I have a little surprise for you too – I plan to make these 12 beanie patterns into an eBook that you can purchase from my website or on Ravelry.com once they’ve all been published here on my blog. The eBook will be professionally formatted, include a range of sizes for each beanie pattern, and be a great collection of beanies you can refer to every year for personal and gift crocheting or knitting.

Instructions include:

  1. Construction + Fit/Ease
  2. Yarn Notes
  3. Yarn Amounts
  4. Needle Size
  5. Notions Required
  6. Gauge
  7. Sizes
  8. Hat Schematic
  9. Swatching Notes & Directions
  10. Stitch Abbreviations
  11. Special Stitches
  12. Tutorials
  13. The Beanie Pattern!
  14. Finishing Notes
  15. Copyright Notes

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Construction + Fit/Ease

Beanie No 3 is constructed bottom up in the round.  It starts with the German twisted cast on, joins into a circle, and then the brim is worked. The body is worked next, and then decreases are made at the crown.  The hat has a negative ease of 2” to keep it snug and tight over your ears for maximum warmth.

Yarn Notes

Since one goal of this project is to use up some stash yarn I’ve got and also to work in some handspun yarns, I dug into my yarn closet and found this great medium/worsted weight (size 4) yarn to use for Beanie No 3. This yarn is made of 100% mixed Blue-Faced Leicester sheep wool so it’s nice and warm. It’s only the third handspun yarn I’ve made so it’s got some bumpy texture to it, which I love. By using a heavier yarn it works up pretty quickly, so this beanie may be one you end up making over and over! I know you may not have a stash of handspun yarn sitting around, so I’ve included links to my favorite medium/worsted size 4 yarns which include:

$ Caron Simply Soft from Joann’s – this one should match gauge and it’ll give a more polished look since it’s smooth acrylic. It’s also …. very soft! LOL!

$ Wool of the Andes Worsted from Knit Picks – if you want that wooly texture and feel, this is gonna be your yarn of choice.

$ – $$$ Love Crafts Worsted Weight Yarns – LoveCrafts carries a wide range of worsted weight yarns in all sorts of price ranges, colors, and fibers that would work for this beanie.

Yarn Amounts

*FYI – The yarn amount listed here includes enough yarn to make 1 swatch + the hat

Main Color: 1 skein handspun yarn, 100% merino wool, 135 yards/80 grams


US Size 8 (mm) 16 inch circulars for the body

US Size 6 (mm) 16 inch circulars for the brim

*NOTE: You can also use DPNs or a 40 inch circular to do the magic loop method. Magic loop tutorial is below.


1 stitch marker

Embroidery Needle for weaving in ends


20 stitches x 28 rows = 4”x4”

  • 5 stitches per inch
  • 7 rows per inch



Adult Size Medium to fit head circumferences 20-22”

  • Finished circumference 18”
  • Height from Crown to Brim = 12”

Swatch Notes

Because you’ll have different gauges when you knit flat versus knitting in the round, it’s important that you knit your swatch in the same way that you’ll be knitting your item. Since this hat is knitted in the round, you should also knit your swatch in the round. Check the tutorial section on how to swatch in the round if you’ve never done this before.    

Swatch Directions

This swatch is worked in the round.

  • Foundation Row 1 (RS): CO 32 sts. Knit across.
  • Row 2 (WS): Knit across.
  • Repeat row 2 three more times.
  • Row 6 (WS): K4, p24, k4.
  • Row 7: Knit 4, *k4, p2, repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.
  • Repeat rows 6 and 7 (17) more times for a total of 36 rows in pattern.
  • Rows 8-11: knit across.
  • Bind off and block swatch.

Stitch Abbreviations

  • BOR = beginning of round
  • CO = cast on
  • K = knit
  • P = purl
  • RS = right side
  • St = stitch
  • WS = wrong side

Special Stitches

No special stitches for this beanie!


Swatching in the Round: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzC6N4SGhos

German Twisted Cast On: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcwmCuIylII

How to Join for Knitting in the Round: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXJpwbE0mtk

How to SSK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg1ykku04is

How to Magic Loop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mqIqRdJc68&t=58s



Foundation Row 1 (RS): CO 91 sts. K around. Join. Place BOR marker. 90 sts.

Round 2: *K2, P2, repeat from 8 around. 90 sts.

Rounds 3 – 14: Repeat row 2. 90 sts.

Move to Body.


Round 1 (RS): *K4, p2, repeat from * around. 90 sts.

Repeat Round 1 (55) more times for a total of 56 rows.

Move to Crown Decreases.

Crown Decreases

Round 1 (RS): *K2tog, K2, p2, repeat from * around. 75 sts.

Round 2: *K3, p2, repeat from * around. 75 sts.

Round 3: *SSK, k1, p2, repeat from * around. 60 sts.

Round 4: *K2, p2, repeat from * around. 60 sts.

Round 5: *SSK, p2, repeat from * around. 45 sts.

Round 6: *K1, p2, repeat from * around. 45 sts.

Round 7: *SSK, p1, repeat from * around. 30 sts.

Round 8: *K1, p1, repeat from * around. 30 sts.

Round 9: SSK around. 15 sts. 15 sts.

Round 10: SSK around to last st, k1. 8 sts.

Move to Finishing.


Cut yarn leaving a very long tail. Using the embroidery needle, weave the tail through the remaining 8 live stitches and pull to close. Tie a knot to keep the top closed, then weave in the ends.  Block.

Now enjoy your Beanie No 3!

Copyright Notes

It’s not nice to copy other people’s work so let’s not do that! All text and photos copyright 2022 by Regarding Yarn.  No part of this pattern may be duplicated or sold.  Final products made from this pattern are for personal use only and may not be sold.