An easy knit beanie pattern for every noggin (+ giveaway!)

If you’re an avid knitter, you may find you’re not always in the mood to take on a big project like a sweater, yet you’ve already knit enough scarves to keep everyone in the neighborhood warm. What’s a dedicated knitter to do? Knit Beanies!

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Fair Isle Roll knit beanie

If you’re new to knitting but don’t know which way to go after finishing your fourth scarf—Knit Beanies. (Learning to knit in the round is fun and you don’t have to worry about seams. Perfect!)

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Parry knit beanie

If you’re looking for a quick project as a break between big projects . . . you’ve got it—Knit Beanies!

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Cat Hat knit beanie

Knit BeaniesHats are stylish, functional, and fun—and popular with people of all ages. So no worries about making a wardrobe of beanies that will take over your closet. Knit one or two for yourself, then make more for your family and friends. Knit Beanies contains 20 patterns by top designers so you can find just the right style for everyone on your gift list—babies and toddlers, school-age kids, and kids at heart. We’ve included styles for both men and women, so no one needs to be left out. And if you start now, you can have a stack of hats ready before the holidays.

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Whale knit beanie

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Portland Birdie knit beanie

Most of the patterns require just one ball or skein, so you can use up your stash without having to find more yarn to match. Or splurge on a ball of a yummy new luxury yarn if that’s your heart’s desire. Go ahead, it’s just one ball. We won’t tell.

The projects in Knit Beanies are organized by yarn weight, so you can easily put sock yarn as well as DK, worsted, Aran, and chunky yarns to work. Some patterns are for variegated yarns, many are for solids, and all will delight your fingers as you work your way through this amazing assortment of headwear. Multiple images for each pattern show all the stitch details and textures, so there’s no guesswork. And with 20 patterns for just $19.99, Knit Beanies is a terrific value.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to Knit Beanies!


When it comes to knitting hats, how many have you made?

  1. None, but I’m excited to start knitting in the round.
  2. A few, but I need some new inspiration when it comes to patterns.
  3. Too many to count. Knitting hats is one of my favorite pastimes!

Share your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of the Knit Beanies eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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133 Comments

  • Hats are fun to knit. I have made many as part of a project to provide for the less fortunate children in our city. Their eyes light up so brightly when they see the selection available to them because of the multiple colors and styles. It makes me feel sooooooooooo good!

    —Bernadette Mendes on June 29, 2016
  • None, but I would like to start!

    —Cathy on June 29, 2016
  • Sounds like fun, lets get started

    —Hilda Krebs on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve made a few hats but nothing as cute as the ones here! I like the fact that the book has hats for various weights of yarn so we can use whatever we have on hand.

    —Dottie Macomber on June 29, 2016
  • A few.for adults . I love the whale beanie for baby and have been so inspired to knit for kids too . Thank you.

    —Diane B on June 29, 2016
  • I have knit several hats and love to wear them. Need inspiration for different patterns. My grandchildren would love some of the patterns in the book.

    —Bertha Mallard on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve made a few hats in the past and I would love to make the adorable whale hat for my granson!

    —Laurie on June 29, 2016
  • I am relearning to knit and have made a few hats. But I need to learn to knit in the round. So Knit Beanies would be helpful.

    —Barbara M. on June 29, 2016
  • 3 – too many to count. When my kids were swimming, I made hats for all the swimmers on the team (in team colors of course. It was a great way to pass the time while they were working out! I’ve also made beanies for the grandkids and now the great grands too. 🙂 Love that they are portable projects.

    —Susie D on June 29, 2016
  • 2. I’ve knit quite a few, but I would like some new patterns!

    —Diantha Howard on June 29, 2016
  • What fun looking patterns! I’ve knit a few for family and charity.

    —Kathy on June 29, 2016
  • I have knit a few hats over the years. Some flat and some in the round. I have been thinking of rounding up some new patterns and knitting some more hats.

    —Lori S on June 29, 2016
  • I’d love to learn how to knit and this seems like good beginner-in-the-round projects!

    —Claire on June 29, 2016
  • I already made a few but more inspiration doesn’t hurt. Wink,wink!

    —Marthese on June 29, 2016
  • I only learned to knit recently and have focused on socks. But, I have made little hats and sweaters for dolls…

    —Linda S on June 29, 2016
  • I knit two little hats for babies. With "Knit Beanies" that number would increase quickly. The patterns are so much fun!

    Kathy on June 29, 2016
  • 2 – a few … I think hats are also great projects to try a new technique or intarsia/fair isle/cable design. I am currently finishing a hat made from double knitting–a first attempt with that technique for me. The hats in this book look great! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    Jean-Sophie on June 29, 2016
  • I have knitted many hats. one of my favorite things to make to give. I would love the book for new ideas

    —sara upchurch on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve made a few hats, berets, beanies, and even the Dead Fish Hat from Ravelry! Knitting in the round is so relaxing. These are some seriously cute hats!

    —Jean Blythe on June 29, 2016
  • I think I’ve only knit five or six hats and some of those were when I was in High school. Your hats are cute.

    —Judy Maggio on June 29, 2016
  • Having six kids I have made too many hats to count. Now with a bunch of grandchildren I’m in the knitting hats business again.

    —Vicki Krausz on June 29, 2016
  • I like to keep a knitting bag always filled with a current easy project. I find easy hats are perfect for working on when you have waiting time. I’m always looking for easy simple patterns and this book looks interesting.

    —Penny Squirrell on June 29, 2016
  • One! And am eager to learn how to do more. Would love to win this book.

    —Nona on June 29, 2016
  • I haven’t done a lot of hats but I became obsessed one year to make everyone in the family a knitted sweater. Got it done but will NEVER even think that way again. Everyone thought I had totally lost my mind, don’t think I got a piece of it back when I recovered, I still seem to knit in my sleep.

    —connie b on June 29, 2016
  • None,but I am excited to start knitting in the round. Thank you!

    —Denise on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve made several but am always seeking new patterns.

    Kimberly Bower on June 29, 2016
  • None, but I’m excited to start knitting in the round.

    —Susan N. on June 29, 2016
  • #2 is my comment- I now have 3 granddaughters to knit for- fun beanies would look sooo cute on them.

    carol on June 29, 2016
  • Too many to count. I knit at least 3 this past Christmas vacation for quick very last minute gifts in about 2 hrs each. I have as storage bag full stored of all different sizes & yarns.

    —Anne on June 29, 2016
  • I have knitted a few, but it has been a while. I am ready to try something new.

    —Cindy on June 29, 2016
  • I love the baby hats very clever

    Dawn on June 29, 2016
  • Ive knitted lots of beanies, most recently for the homeless in our area…it is a great way to use up existing yarns.

    Gail G on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve knit many, many hats and beanies for my children and grandchildren. Easy to make, don’t take a long time and easy to make them any color.

    —Edith on June 29, 2016
  • a few – I like them because they are quick and useful! But I LOVE my circular needles, so getting to use them to knit in the round sounds like a faboo idea!

    —Kate W. on June 29, 2016
  • Haven’t made too many hats in my knitting….mostly baby or toddler hats. They’re quick and fun to make and can take anywhere to work on, especially dr’s office or car getting service. And since I have 5 great granddaughters some of these would be adorable for them

    —Carole Tutko on June 29, 2016
  • I’m in the middle. I’ve knitted hats many years ago & always enjoyed working in the round. Time to get out the knitting needles again!

    —carol gearey on June 29, 2016
  • Love the hats and would love to win the book.

    —Debrielle on June 29, 2016
  • I have crocheted a hat before, but never knitted one. I would live the chance to win this book and try my hand at making one of these adorable hats! With such a variety, I know I’ll find one I love. Thanks for this opportunity!!

    —Suzie Ellis on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve knit a few hats and have a long queue of others I want to knit. I saw a few more from this book to add to the list! I would love to win this. Thanks for having a giveaway!!

    —Kathy on June 29, 2016
  • Never knitted one- but collect yarn(s) 😉

    —Karen on June 29, 2016
  • I love making beanies. But often make them too small or I think their head is a lot bigger than it is. I have to find a happy medium.

    —Chris Rose on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve knit a fair amount – fun pirate skull caps, helmet liners and some baby caps. Would love some new inspiration. this could do the trick. Thanks.

    —Marie on June 29, 2016
  • The last hats I made in the early 60s,were made with the hoop looms that my husband’s grandfather made in his woodshop. He made three different sizes and that kept me busy for many hours at night. This book appears to have so many darling styles and tempting to try the knitting needles again or get my sister, the knitter, busy!

    —Betty on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve always had a problem with knitting and certainly can’t

    —Irene Cabello on June 29, 2016
  • Too many to count. Love knitting hats for babies nd kids.

    —Ginny Over on June 29, 2016
  • I can’t knit for beans and have tried,I had no luck with knitting anything "baby".

    —Irene Cabello on June 29, 2016
  • I guess I’ve knitted about 10 hats.

    —MoeWest on June 29, 2016
  • I have knit a number of hats but love some of the kids hats in this book! Can’t wait to get started for next winter.

    —Cindy on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve knitted over a hundred hats, but we don’t call them "beanies". Here in Canada they’ve always been called "toques".

    —Cathy Willoughby on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve knit (or crocheted)more hats than I can remember! I’m always looking for more exciting patterns to use! This book seems like a winner!

    —Roberta Kennedy on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve knitted half a dozen or so hats but I need some new inspiration when it comes to patterns. Nothing too difficult, though, because I’m easily intimidated by lots of instructions.

    —Catherine on June 29, 2016
  • I knitted a lot of hats. I knit hats every year for my church bazaar. I have made them for the local homeless shelter and have made them for other charities. They are quick and easy and are frequently my project between large projects.

    Bonnie Trahan on June 29, 2016
  • A few, but I need some new inspiration when it comes to patterns. I have several family members who have asked them as Christmas gifts. This book is something I need.

    —JaniceCarole on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve been strictly a straight line knitter! but these are so cute!1\

    —Pamela Reim on June 29, 2016
  • None, but I’m excited to start knitting in the round.

    —Gwendolyn Clark on June 29, 2016
  • have knit a few, but these new patterns are quite appealing! Thanks for the chance to win the book!1

    —carol d. on June 29, 2016
  • Have done larger pieces in the round. Nice to not have seams.

    —Lynne on June 29, 2016
  • I knitted many hats with matching mittens and scarves along with slippers when our children were little. Haven’t knitted in years but need Inspiration to start up again for grand children.

    —Marianne from TN on June 29, 2016
  • I am new to knitting and have just learned to knit in the round, next is Fair Isle which will lead to my first hat…

    —Chris on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve knit only a couple of hats. These paterns are so cute. Would love to win. My birthday is tomorrow. Hint. Hint.

    —Robin Crittenden on June 29, 2016
  • More than a few – I like to make small hats for the local hospital maternity ward as each baby gets one and the local charities that hand hats and scarves out when the weather gets especially cold in winter always need a new supply. The patterns in this book look great and I would love to try them.

    —Pati de Broekert on June 29, 2016
  • I have knit a few hats for myself and others – "lucky" to live in a climate where we really need warm hats! Thanks!

    —Joanne on June 29, 2016
  • Many, many hats. They are great Christmas gifts. And fun to do.

    —Bernice on June 29, 2016
  • I have knit three hats so far. I am a beginner knitter and I found hats to be a fun project.

    —Karen on June 29, 2016
  • I have knit more than a few hats for my husband and myself. I’m always looking for new patterns.

    —Noreen on June 29, 2016
  • I have knitted three so far.

    —Karen H. on June 29, 2016
  • I have knit many hats and have even crocheted a few. As you say, you get all the pleasure of knitting a pretty and useful thing without the extensive time and materials commitment. Everyone loves to receive a hat!

    —Susie on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve knit a few. What exactly classifies a knit hat as a beanie? LOL

    —Diana Salmon on June 29, 2016
  • Have not done much knitting, and certainly not beanies but am thinking that knitting would be an easy to transport craft and also easy to do while sitting watching TV or at the cottage. Hope I win a book to get started on something.

    —Gloria Curry on June 29, 2016
  • I have knit more than a few hats, but am always looking for more patterns. Your new book looks great and I like that it is organized by yarn type.

    —Sandy Steinke on June 29, 2016
  • I have knit quite a few hats. Hubby needs the extra insulation and it seems all my friends are having babies which is a perfect excuse to bust out those circular needles!

    —Kim Lewis on June 29, 2016
  • I have made over 100 hats. I have given them to children at Christmas, the homeless veterns, family, cancer patients. I recently had heart surgery. I am still recovering. I can still sit quietly and knit more hats. I am working on a variegated girls hat now.

    Naomi on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve knit a few but am stuck in a rut. With a new grandbaby in the works, I think that these hats would fit the bill. Exciting.

    —Margaret Andrews on June 29, 2016
  • I don’t do as much knitting as I used to years ago, but still haven’t given up on making knitted items. The patterns are adorable, would make great gifts. A good book to own.

    —Cynthia Fedak on June 29, 2016
  • Inever though I’d knit on circulars but once I got the hang of it I now even do baby hats on two circulars so no seams.Homeless need hats in winter and it so much quicker on a circular.

    —Thelma on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve knit too many hats to count, but I always know someone who needs a new hat.

    —Mary Hawthorne on June 29, 2016
  • I have made some hats, but I think these are so cute — probably would be better received than my first attempts! Haha!

    —Jacque on June 29, 2016
  • I have only recently rediscovered my love of knitting! It would be wonderful to have some beanie patterns to knit for family and friends which are easy to complete.

    —JudyG on June 29, 2016
  • I have knit several hats including some that I felted and shaped. I haven’t tried knitting beanies, but I’d love to!

    —Linda B on June 29, 2016
  • The first thing I ever knitted my now husband of 25 years, was a beanie when i was 21! I got so frustrated with it that half way through I Threw it on the open fire! I hasten to add that I have knitted many of them for him & my three children since. I haven’t knitted for a while so it maybe i should do another one – maybe life & beanies are circular.haha

    Well it definitely sounds as if they may be circular for you, Suzanne – thanks for the giggle! 🙂 –Jenny

    —Suzanne Keal on June 29, 2016
  • #2. I’ve knitted a few, but I need patterns to charge up my creative needles to clicky click and make new hats for all my loved ones! I’d love to have the book! thanks for all your great giveaways!

    —Sarah on June 29, 2016
  • Couldn’t count how many I’ve knit for the homeless. They are always in demand here in SF as the weather is so inconsistent. The outreach program I was donating them to wanted only black acrylic beanies. When I got tired of those, I knit whatever I want and pass them out myself or just leave them around. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Kitten With A Whiplash on June 29, 2016
  • I would love to work on a project that encourages me to knit in the rounds — but not too time-consuming or difficult –so a hat sounds just right.

    —Regina Harris on June 29, 2016
  • I am definitely #3! I love to knit and hats are my favorites! They are so much quicker than sweaters so you can try out lots of new yarns, and stitch patterns. I looked through more of the photos inside this book and there are some really gorgeous patterns. I would love to win, thanks!
    My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com

    —Amanda B. on June 29, 2016
  • None, but I’m excited to start knitting in the round.

    —Karen on June 29, 2016
  • The only thing I have knitted so far are dish clothes, but am ready to move on to other things. I would love to be able to knit my own hats. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book.

    —Wanda Bennett on June 29, 2016
  • I have made two – hoping to learn more about knitting caps! thanks!

    —Lee on June 29, 2016
  • None, but I’m trying to dispose of my mother’s yarn stash. Maybe this will force me to go back to knitting. Those hats are all yummie!

    —stephane woodward on June 29, 2016
  • None but excited to start knitting in the round

    —Rose Landon on June 29, 2016
  • None, I’ve only knitted scarves so far but would love to try!

    —Katy M on June 29, 2016
  • a few .. less than a dozen…. I don’t knit fast or well but practice every now and again….

    —Tonie Peterson on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve never knitted a hat. These patterns look very inviting.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

    B from Canada

    —B from Canada on June 29, 2016
  • Over the years I’ve probably made a couple dozen various size hats. Some of those hats were donated to our local wig bank, women’s shelter, to the local homeless, for my grandbabies & other family members

    —Jean on June 29, 2016
  • I haven’t knitted any hats yet, but I’m looking forward to trying some of the ones in this book. I’ve knitted socks and mitts before so I’m comfortable knitting in the round.

    —Andrea Johnson on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve only knit one so far but definitely want to do more!

    —Vi on June 29, 2016
  • I’ve crocheted lots of hats, but only a few knitted ones. I would love some new knit patterns!

    —Barbara Colvin on June 29, 2016
  • I have made a few, but it was quite a while ago. This book looks like it would give me the inspiration to make some more.

    —Maureen Haynes on June 29, 2016
  • I have knitted a few hats over the years, including baby bonnets but would love to make a cute beanie with ears for my grand daughter.

    —ELIZAJANE on June 29, 2016
  • I’d love to start!

    —Nell on June 29, 2016
  • I have made a few, but wish to refine my skills so that they don’t have that "dorky home-made look"!! (According to some teens’ reactions!)

    —Linda Taylor on June 29, 2016
  • Been working on finding pattern that will work and see if can fit more than one size – adult and kids winter hats for hunting and just getting out- also baby sizes- for newborns, and larger – then there are the softest ones for the preemies and chemo patients – that is the one trying to get going now- think these will work well for most of these- thanks

    Martha Hood on June 29, 2016
  • None, but I am excited to learn how to knit.

    —Debbie Chenoweth on June 29, 2016
  • Haven’t knitted beanies for years, although I worked with a lovely lady called Aunty Beanie!

    —Rhona Thomson on June 30, 2016
  • Hats are one of my go to projects. I love new ideas and the fair isle and the second pictured hat in the article are probably going to be in my to do list now. lol as well as that whale hat it’s so totally cute!

    —Shanna on June 30, 2016
  • 2- a few but I need some inspiration on patterns. I learned to knit in the round recently and loved it! Did my first fair isle project and can’t wait to do more!!

    —Sarah Morton on June 30, 2016
  • I knit hats year round, both for family and for local charities. When I taught school, I also taught kids to knit and crochet during their lunch recesses, and received many donations of year from parents and members of the community. Because the teacher who replaced me didn’t want to continue the practice, I brought the yarn home and have been making it up into hats ever since. We live in an area of cold winters, so I’m always looking for new patterns and ideas to brighten someone’s day with a pretty new hat.

    —Judy Folden on June 30, 2016
  • A few years ago, a couple of my friends and myself made 50+ knitted hats for premature babies and donated them to a local hospital. They were so tiny and so cute made in all different colors.

    —Charlene on June 30, 2016
  • #1 – none yet, but I need to make the cat hat for my granddaughter!!

    —Gwen Wehner on June 30, 2016
  • none yet but learning to knit is a bonus, Its cold out back south Australia.

    —Jo Duckworth on June 30, 2016
  • 2. I’ve made a few hats, but haven’t been knitting for quite a while ever since I discovered quilting! But it’s the middle of winter where I live, and I really like that fairisle beanie featured at the beginning. I think it’s time to have a hunt through the yarn stash!

    —Mez on June 30, 2016
  • A few, & I need more inspiration! I used to do lots on a round loom, but am trying to branch out from that!

    —Jeannine on June 30, 2016
  • None I always crochet. I knit a little bit but have crocheted lots of hats for chemo patients and premature babies.

    Thank you for the opportunity to expand my crafting.

    Patty

    —Patty Bertrand on July 1, 2016
  • None but this would be a great way to start!

    —Cathy Wilson on July 1, 2016
  • I’ve knit a few for my grandchildren but alas my children and other family members always shun hats even thought we all live in the Buffalo area. Maybe some new ideas may change their minds?

    —Mary Smith on July 1, 2016
  • I’ve knit a few hats. I really like the fact that this book has patterns for lighter weight yarn. I really enjoy knitting, but live in Florida and am always looking for lighter patterns.

    —Tawney M on July 1, 2016
  • Just one, but I’d like to try some more!

    —Mary on July 1, 2016
  • #3 I knit a lot of hats for charity. I am always looking for new patterns to knit.

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on July 1, 2016
  • I have knit about 10 hats. I like to knit hats because they are faster to knit than a sweater. I enjoy seeing them worn by the family that I knit them for.

    —Cindy Schultz on July 1, 2016
  • I knitted a couple of hats many years ago but none since. This book looks like a great inspiration to make some more!

    —Carol on July 1, 2016
  • Haven’t kept count, but have given away far more than I’ve kept. I’m always on the lookout for more patterns. Love lace, Fair Isle and cables, but stay away from simple garter or stockinette.

    —Carolfitz on July 1, 2016
  • I’m always up for a new and unique hat or beanie and there’s a ton of great ideas here I can’t wait to get started on.

    —ckachel on July 1, 2016
  • A few but I need some new inspiration. They have made some good Christmas gifts for grandchildren.

    —Nancy A on July 1, 2016
  • I have knit a few hats, but they all start to look the same after awhile. I love to make them for babies and toddlers.

    —joyce on July 1, 2016
  • Answer #2. I’ve made some and will be making more.

    —Jo Anne on July 1, 2016
  • Too many to count. In addition to gifts for friends and family, I’ve sent boxes of hats to charity orgs for newborns. I would love to get some new patterns!

    —Pearl on July 1, 2016
  • Number 2, but that will change very soon as we head towards the cooler months and the requests start again lols

    —Janet G on July 2, 2016
  • I once made beanies for members of the high school band my husband directed, so I guess #3 for me. Thanks for this generous giveaway!

    —bookboxer on July 2, 2016
  • Too many to count. Knitting hats is one of my favorite pastimes!

    —Carmen N on July 3, 2016
  • I have never knitted a beanie but would love to try!

    —Debbie Miller on July 4, 2016
  • I am just starting to knit, so none so far, but tons made with crochet!!

    —anna donato on July 4, 2016
  • I’ve made a few hats! those beanies look very cute

    —Allison CB on July 5, 2016
  • I knitted too many to count. I’m always looking for new inspirations.

    —Debora Buskey on July 8, 2016
  • I have only made one hat so far but I have made other items.

    —Sarah Oswald on July 8, 2016

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