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My Brother’s Beanie

Crochet ribbed bobble hat with pompom

My brother is a nightmare to buy gifts for. He’s one of those people who buys everything he wants for himself. So the past couple of years I have made birthday presents for him.

Last year I made him the Studio Stripe Scarf (only in grey and without the stripe) and when I saw him last weekend to give him this year’s present he was wearing it. He teases me that it’s out of politeness but I think he actually wears it when I’m not watching too!! 😉

Anyway, this year I decided to make him a beanie as he has some follicular challenges now we are not so young!

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Me wanting to keep my brother’s beanie!

I wanted something classic and unfussy so that, like the scarf, he would actually wear it! So I decided to have a go at the classic ribbed beanie and “My Brother’s Beanie” was my take on it.

I wanted to keep the one  I made him so much that I made myself one… with a pom pom… and one for his girlfriend… and one for my sister… they are that addictive and are perfect one skein projects so ideal for last minute gifts.

I’ve shared some pics of the various versions I’ve made, all using aran / worsted weight yarns and a 5mm hook.

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Blue crochet ribbed beanie hat

Skills Needed

This is a simple pattern which assumes basic crochet knowledge

The hat starts by working into a magic ring (modification given) then working in rows into the back loop only

You can learn more about crochet hat construction in this tutorial.

Photo Tutorial

Note that I have now created a separate step by step picture tutorial to accompany this pattern which you can find here.


5mm hook

Approximately 170m of aran or worsted weight yarn. Pretty much any acrylic or wool yarn which meets the gauge will work with this pattern – it’s pretty forgiving!

This post may help you when choosing yarn.

For the petrol blue and mustard beanies I used 1 x 100g ball Leader of the Pac yarn from Hobbycraft which was also sufficient to make the Pom Pom for the petrol blue version.

The grey beanie you see uses Rowan Pure Wool Worsted which is a little less chunky but super warm!

Mustard ribbed crochet beanie with grey pom pom


This pattern makes an adult size beanie with a circumference of approximately 50cm / 20in and a length of 30cm / 12in (unfolded).  There is a lot of stretch in the stitch pattern so this will fit most adults.

I have added guidance directly after the pattern on how to modify the size if you want to make a shorter or smaller version.


15 sts x 9 rows in 10cm (4in) x 10cm (4in) of half double crochet (UK half treble) worked in the back loop only using a 5mm hook or size needed to meet gauge.

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Blue fluffy crochet bobble hat from Dora does
I love the fluffiness of this yarn, but I can’t promise with 100% certainty that the odd strand of fluff isn’t my cat’s contribution…

Pattern Notes

  • Please read through the pattern and all associated notes before starting your project
  • This pattern uses standard US crochet terminology (UK equivalents are given in brackets in the abbreviations list)
  • Numbers at the end of a row / round indicate the number of stitches in that row / round 
  • Turning chains do not count as stitches
  • Unless otherwise indicated stitches should be worked in consecutive stitches
  • The hat is worked from the top down, starting by working a small crown in rounds then working at right angles around the crown in rows until the two sides of the beanie meet.

Stitches and Abreviations (US Terms)

(UK Equivalent in Brackets)

  • BLO = back loop only
  • ch = chainhdc = half double crochet (UK half treble)
  • MR = magic ring – see special stitches for instructions & modification
  • rep = repeat
  • RS = Right Side
  • sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)
  • sk = skip (UK miss)
  • ss = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • WS = Wrong side

Special Stitches

Magic Ring (MR)

The magic ring is a technique used to start projects worked in the round, whereby you work stitches into a loop and pull the tail to close the centre. You can see a video tutorial here.

If you do not wish to use the magic ring, modify by chaining 4 and join to the first stitch with a slip stitch to create a loop. You will then work the required number of stitches into that loop.


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Pom pom safety warning

Pom poms can be a choking hazard if the small pieces of yarn come loose.

This hat is intended for adults only. I do not recommend handmade pom poms are added to hats or other items intended for use by babies, infants, toddlers or children.

Children, toddlers, infants and babies should never be left unattended with pom poms.

Mustard and grey pompom hat

The Pattern

You will start by creating the crown with a magic ring (MR) or chain 4 and join to first ch with a ss to make a loop.

Round 1: Ch2 (does not count as a st here or throughout), work 8hdc into the MR, ss to top of first st to join, turn. 8 sts

Round 2: Ch2, *1hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st,* 4 times, ss to top of first st, turn. 12 sts

Now we will move to work rows at right angles around the crown

Row 1 (WS): Ch40, 1hdc in 3rd ch from hook and next 31 sts, 4sc, 2ss, ss into first st on Round 2 of crown, turn. 38 sts

Row 2 (RS): Sk 1 ss, 2ss in BLO, 6sc in BLO, 29hdc in BLO, 1hdc through both loops, turn

Row 3: Ch2, 32hdc in BLO, 4sc in BLO, 2ss in BLO, ss into the same st in Round 2 of the crown, turn

Row 4: Rep Row 2

Row 5: Ch2, 32hdc in BLO, 4sc in BLO, 2ss in BLO, ss into the NEXT st on Round 2 of the crown, turn

Row 6: Rep Row 2

Rows 7 – 48: Repeat rows 3 – 6, working around the crown until the two sides of the beanie meet.

Crochet ribbed bobble hat with pompom

Joining and finishing

To join, ss through the back loop of each stitch in the row you just worked and the front loop of the starting ch, matching stitch for stitch.

Fasten off, sew in ends

Add Pom Pom if desired

Size Adjustments

If you want to change the length of your beanie (this one leaves space to fold over or wear slouchy), you can do so by changing the number of stitches in Row 1.  

Note that you should keep the single crochet and slip stitch sections as written as this creates the crown shaping. Adjustments should only be made to the number of half double crochets worked.

If you want to change the circumference of your beanie, you can work fewer rows around the crown.

As the pattern is written, you slip stitch into each crown stitch twice which equates to 4 rows for each crown stitch (4 x 12 = 48 rows). There are two ways to reduce the number of rows to make a smaller beanie:

1) You can work more or fewer stitches into Round 1 and 2 of the crown:

For example if you only had 10 stitches in Round 2 of the crown and worked the pattern as above (4 rows for each crown stitch), you would only have 40 rows.

2) You could alter the number of times you slip stitch into each of the crown stitches:

For example, instead of slip stitching twice into each crown stitch, you could slip stitch into the first crown stitch only once, the second twice, the third one once and so on, so you would end up with 36 rows. Or, for example, you could slip stitch 3 times into every 4th row which would give you 6 extra rows and a larger beanie.

Free crochet beanie hat pattern

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  1. Hi there, first off, thanks for posting this pattern 🙂
    Second, I’m a bit confused about the Row 2 Sk1 ss instruction. Does this mean missing doing a slip stitch and crocheting into the next stitch along? Or is there a slip stitch over the previous row but not into the stitch?
    When I do the first, I have to crochet into the turning chain at the end of the row in order to maintain a stitch count of 38. But you said the ch2 does not count as a stitch throughout, so I’m not sure if I should be using it.
    Thanks, a crochet beginner.

    1. You miss the slip stitch you made when you ss into the crown (at the very end of the previous row). This way your stitch count should remain the same on the rows.
      You don’t crochet into the turning chain. The first stitch made in rows working from the brim to the crown are worked into the last stitch or the previous row. I hope that helps!

  2. When I turned up the bottom the lines were curved and not straight with the rest of the hat. What did I do wrong?

    1. Hi, I’m not quire sure what you mean – do you mean when you folded the brim, the lines of ribbing didn’t align? It may be that a gentle blocking would help this if that’s the case. I can’t quite visualise where there would be a curve other than at the crown, it’s hard for me to say without seeing the work! (Feel free to drop me an email with a photo if that would help)

  3. I would like to make this a bit bigger…23 in to 25 inch (my men have big head). Can you advise how to do this?

    1. It will stretch to fit, but you can make it larger by adding more rows. Just slip stitch a couple of extra times into the crown, trying to space your extra rows evenly around.

  4. Hello, I am making this tobogan for the second time. Everything was perfect the first time I made it! For the second time, I by mistake bought some weight three yarn. Would it be ok to use it here?

    1. Hi, yes, it could still work. You’ll need to work more rows (weight 3 is about DK if m memory serves – I’m not so used to using numbers!). Add some more stitches to the crown and increase your row count until the brim reaches the desired circumference.