Welcome to 12 Weeks of Beanies and Beanie No 7! We’ve over halfway through the series and this one is SO GOOD! This free knitting pattern for Beanie No 7 was created for my hubs so it’s extra long and cozy and a great free knitting pattern for a beginner knitter who wants to practice their knits and purls. The free knitting pattern is easy to memorize and easy to knit, making it a win all around! 

The beginner knitting pattern for Beanie No 7 was created specifically with length and warmth in mind, as well as keeping the hat budget friendly. I also wanted a hat I could knit up in a weekend, so using a thicker yarn was also a requirement. Lion Brand Wool Ease is a medium thickness yarn that is wooly and warm and also quite thick and squishy so it fit the bill quite perfectly.

FYI – the ENTIRE beanie series is FREE here on the blog. It’s a series of knit and crochet beanies that help you practice beginner stitches while still creating interesting and gorgeous fabrics. I chose beanie patterns to start with since they’re fairly quick and you’ll get some instant gratification from that! You can find the first free pattern for Beanie No 1 here, but don’t miss out when a new patterns drops! Sign up for my newsletter to be notified of new designs before anyone else,

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Instructions include:

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

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Construction + Fit/Ease

Beanie No 7 is constructed bottom up in the round.  You first cast on, join, and then work the brim ribbing. After the brim has been worked, you’ll work the body and then decrease for the crown. The hat has a negative ease of 2” to keep it snug and tight over your ears for maximum warmth.

Yarn Notes

I chose to use yarn from my stash that was a bit bulkier and had some wool content in it for warmth, so I ended up using Lion Brand Wool Ease, which is a wool/acrylic blend in a medium size 4 weight. That made this beanie project pretty budget-friendly, but sometimes you want to splurge on a special project, and this one would be great for that. Some great yarn choices for this beanie include:

$$$ Malabrigo Rios – a REALLY great superwash wool choice with some gorgeous color options

$$ Knitting for Olive Heavy Merino from the cutest online yarn shop La Mercerie

$ Lion Brand Wool Ease from Joann’s

Yarn Amounts

*FYI – The yarn amounts listed here include enough yarn to make 1 swatch in the stitch pattern.

  • Main Color: 2 skeins of Lion Brand Wool Ease in Natural Heather (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool), 3 oz (85g), 197 yds (180 m).


Size US 7/4.5 mm circular needles with 16″ cord

Size US 7/4.5 mm DPNs or 40″ cord for magic loop method at crown


1 stitch marker

Embroidery Needle for weaving in ends



14 stitches x 20 rows = 3” x 3” (I was in a hurry when I was swatching so I worked a smaller swatch!)

  • 4.6 stitches per inch
  • 6.6 rows per inch



Adult Size Large to fit head circumferences 22-23”

  • Finished circumference 20”
  • Height from Crown to Brim = 14”

Swatch Directions

Swatch in the round using the following instructions:

  • Foundation Row (WS): Co 32 sts.  
  • Row 1 (RS): Knit across. 32 sts
  • Row 2 (WS): Purl across. 32 sts
  • Repeat rows 1-2 (2) more times for a total of 6 rows of garter stitch. 
  • Row 9: K4, *K3, P1, repeat from * to last 4 sts, K4. 32 sts
  • Row 10: P4, *K2, P2, repeat from * to last 4 sts, P4. 32 sts
  • Repeat Rows 9-10 (14) more times for a total of 30 rows in broken rib stitch pattern with garter stitch edges.
  • Row 37: Knit across. 32 sts
  • Row 38: Purl across. 32 sts
  • Repeat rows 37-38 (2) more times for a total of 6 rows of garter stitch. Bind off. Block.

Stitch Abbreviations

  • CO = cast on
  • K = knit
  • K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
  • P = purl
  • P2tog = purl 2 stitches together
  • RS = right side
  • Sts = stitches
  • WS = wrong side


How to Join in the Round: The Yarnist tutorial

Knit 2 stitches together: Very Pink Knits tutorial

Purl 2 stitches together: Lion Brand Yarn tutorial



Foundation Round (WS): Co 93 sts. Join. 92 sts.

Round 1 (RS): *K2, P2, repeat from * around. 92 sts

Repeat Round 1 (13) more times for a total of 14 rows. 92 sts.

Move to Body


Round 1 (RS): *K3, P1, repeat from * around. 92 sts.

Round 2: *K2, P2, repeat from * around. 92 sts

Repeat Rounds 1-2 (35) more times for a total of 72 rows. 92 sts

Move to Crown



Decrease Round 1 (RS): *K2, P2tog, repeat from * around. 69 sts

Round 2: *K2, P1, repeat from * around. 69 sts

Round 3: *K2tog, P1, repeat from * around. 46 sts

Round 4: *K1, P1, repeat from * around. 46 sts

Round 5: *K2tog, repeat from * around. 23 sts

Round 6: K around. 23 sts

Round 7: *K2tog, repeat from * around ending with K in last st. 12 sts

Weave yarn through last 12 sts and pull tight to close. Knot closed.

Move to Finishing.


Weave in ends.  Block as desired.


Copyright Notes

It’s not nice to copy other people’s work so let’s not do that! All text and photos copyright 2023 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.


  1. avatar
    Mary says:

    I just discovered your blog. I appreciate your patterns not only because they are cute but because you include yarn choices and tutorial links. I am an experienced crocheter but a beginning knitter. Perfect to go through my yarn stash and hopefully widen my knitting skills.

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      Aw! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like that. I wanted to give people options for all budgets, and I want to make sure everyone can make the patterns. I’m also an experienced crocheter and a relatively new knitter so we will learn together! Thanks for stopping by.

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