Free Modern Knit Beanie Pattern

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Modern Knit Beanie Free Pattern

I came up with this pattern for a fun, fashionable beanie while browsing through my book of knitting stitches.  I wanted to make something colourful, easy and quick – but a little bit different and more feminine from the typical knit hat.   If you are wondering who the model is, well its me!  It feels so strange using my photo, but I wanted to post the pattern as soon as I could for you guys so there was no time to find a better model.

Modern Knit Beanie Free Pattern

Free Modern Knit Beanie Pattern

Here is what you will need to make this beanie:

Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Yarn


19 Stitches, 27 Rows = 4 Inches in stockinette stitch




K: Knit

P: Purl

K2Tog: Knit two together


Cast on 88 Stitches.  Place the stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round and join being careful not to twist your work.

Rounds 1-10: K2, P2 (repeat until end of round) to make 2 X 2 rib stitch.

Round 11: Knit all stitches.

Round 12: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of round.

Round 13: Knit all stitches.

Round 14: *P1, K1; repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 11-14 until hat measures 5.5 Inches from top to bottom.

Start decreasing to shape the top of the hat:

Round 1: *K6, K2tog, repeat from * to end of row (77 stitches remaining).

Round 2: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of round.

Round 3: *K5, K2tog, repeat from * to end of row (66 stitches remaining).

Round 4: *P1, K1; repeat from * to end of round.

Round 5: *K4, K2tog, repeat from * to end of row (55 stitches remaining).

Round 6: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of round.

I switched to double pointed needles at this point.

Round 7: *K3, K2tog, repeat from * to end of row (44 stitches remaining).

Round 8: *P1, K1; repeat from * to end of round.

Round 9: *K2, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round (33 stitches remaining).

Round 10: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of round.

Round 11: *K1, K2tog; repeat from * to end of round (22 stitches remaining).

Round 12: *K2tog; repeat from * to end of round (11 stitches remaining).


Cut yarn (leave a long tail) and pull through yarn needle.  Thread through the remaining stitches and pull tight.  Secure and weave in ends.

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  • Reply Mixhelle September 24, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Thanks for the cute pattern!
    I do have a question: the pattern says k1p1 rib, but the photo is k2p2…
    Maybe the pattern has a typo?

    • Reply Leelee September 24, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Thanks so much for pointing that out! Yes, its a typo, I will fix it right away 🙂

  • Reply Christye October 5, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I did not see any yardage amount. Could you post the yardage ( again ) ? ????

    • Reply Leelee October 7, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Approximately 120 yards (I used just over half a skein that was 208 yards).

  • Reply gracy October 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    pls this is a very beautiful pattern, am a knitter from Nigeria, I don’t handknit but make use of knitting machine. can I make use of ds procedure as well

    • Reply Leelee October 7, 2015 at 10:17 am

      I’m sorry I don’t understand what exactly you are asking.

  • Reply Phyllis fischer October 16, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    When u say switch to double pointed needles does it mean 2 or 3?? Needles??

    • Reply Leelee October 21, 2015 at 10:08 am

      I used 4 double pointed needles when knitting in the round, but you could use 3 as well.

  • Reply Kathleen kilgour October 20, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    lovely pattern would like to knit it for myself and granddaughters but am in the UK can you tell me what the weight of wool I need to get here Thanks

  • Reply Carol Carr November 1, 2015 at 6:57 am

    I enjoyed knitting this pattern very muchI
    As a novice knitter I found the instructions easy to follow and I was proud of my finished cap !
    I chose the same color as the model .
    I am ready to start a new cap in a different color.

  • Reply Sara Messenger November 1, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I absolutely love this pattern! I want to knit a hat for my sister-in-law for Christmas. I had already picked out some beautiful yarn for her but it is DK. Is there a way to adapt this hat so that I can use DK or should I search for new yarn?

    • Reply Leelee November 1, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Sara, this hat requires a multiple of 11 for the decreases, but also a multiple of 4…. I can’t see a number of stitches working if you were to increase the stitch count. I think you would be better off using a worsted weight yarn and its important to also check that the gauge is correct.

  • Reply Brittany Baker December 21, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Hi, i recently made this hat and i love it. but its a bit too big is there anyway to make it smaller? how would i know what number of stitches to use. i need it for a head circumference of 21 inches

    • Reply Leelee December 28, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Brittany, I wouldn’t change the number of stitches to make it smaller since you need the exact amount to decrease at the top… you could use a smaller needle size and see if that makes it slightly smaller.

      • Reply Joan January 31, 2016 at 4:23 am

        Is it 5 1/2?from bottom

        • Reply Leelee February 1, 2016 at 9:35 am


  • Reply Ellen Buchenauer January 2, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I am going to try this pattern and send them to cancer centers in our area. Bet the ladies will love this pattern.

  • Reply Jill February 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Do you have to switch to double pointed needles or could you continue to use circular?

    • Reply Leelee March 3, 2016 at 8:09 am

      You will have to switch eventually as you will have too few stitches to fit on a circular needle.

  • Reply Shar Newman April 17, 2016 at 9:42 am

    “No time to find a better model” ?!? You are adorable and so is the hat!

    • Reply Leelee April 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you!! You are too kind 🙂

  • Reply sandie July 22, 2016 at 4:39 am

    I just made this for my daughter. So easy and really pretty, the texture makes it very special .Thanks so much for sharing! Of course now I have to knit one for the other daughter and me.. … 😉

  • Reply Kate Volkerling August 7, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Leelee,
    Thanks for sharing this great beanie pattern. I made it a few weeks ago and it turned out perfect. I was just wondering if you think I could use a different stitch next time to create a slightly different look. I was thinking of using either the seed stitch or American moss stitch after the 2×2 ribbing. Do you think that would work as long as I stuck to the multiples of 11 idea?
    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.
    Kind regards,

    • Reply Leelee August 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      I think that is a great idea! I would love to see the results!

  • Reply Robin White-Underwood December 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    This is an adorable pattern. My 66 quart bin just for 4 weight yarn is over flowing, so this is a great pattern for me to use up some of that yarn. Thanks for such a cute pattern, and you are a lovely young lady as well.

    • Reply Leelee December 12, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      You are most welcome Robin! Glad to hear you enjoyed the pattern.

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