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I have a free beginner knitting pattern. This pattern is perfect for beginners and works up quickly. It is a great way to practice your knitting and purling because it uses a basic 1:1 rib stitch. It is also easily adjusted for size and height, depending on how you’d like to wear it.

Purchase the downloadable pdf in my Etsy shop here.

The Chapel Hill Beanie also makes a great gift knit because of how quickly it works up. There are endless possibilities to mix up the colors you use for this hat as well. Everyone can have a beanie that matches their personality!

This is also a great market project. Because the Chapel Hill Beanie only uses one skein of yarn and can be worked up in an hour it makes it a great option to include in a market. These are one of my best sellers along with the Cary Beanie when I go to markets.

Chapel Hill Beanie Knit with Joann Big Twist

As a beginning knitting pattern this hat requires minimal supplies as well. All you need is one skein of a super chunky (size 6) yarn. My favorites are Lion Brand Wool Ease, Thick and Quick or Joann Big Twist in size 6. I have also made this beanie with wool yarns and I enjoy Malabrigo Rasta and Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool.

For this project I used US 13 (9 mm) circular knitting needles. For knitting a beanie in the round I would suggest using knitting needles that have shorter cord. One mistake I made when I was learning to knit in the round was not knowing the importance of cord length. When the cord on your knitting needles is too long it makes knitting in the round much more difficult, especially if you’ve never done it before.

The cord length on the US 13 (9 mm) needles I use is 16 inches. This ensures that when knitting an adult beanie all the stitches you have cast on fit comfortably on your needles and cord making for a smoother knitting experience.

Knit with Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool

I also suggest a stitch marker that will fit on your needles for this project and any knitting in the round project. But if you don’t have a stitch marker, never fear! You can use a piece of scrap yarn (I would suggest yarn in a contrasting color from your hat) or, because this hat is based mostly on length until the decrease you don’t have to use one quite yet.

Let’s get into it!

Supplies/ Knitting Notions


Approximately 6 sts x 5 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches


  • CO – Cast On
  • K – Knit Stitch
  • P – Purl Stitch
  • K2tog – Knit two together


Cast on 44 stitches (or any multiple of 2 for a custom size) using your preferred cast-on method, and join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

*I suggest casting on an extra stitch to join invisibly in the round*

Round 1: K1, P1 around.

Repeat Round 1 until the hat measures approximately 8 inches from the cast-on edge for a standard adult size. Adjust the length as desired for a slouchier or more fitted look. For a folded brim knit until hat measures approximately 11 inches. Keep in mind that the ribbing creates a stretchy fabric, so the hat will naturally accommodate many head sizes.

Decrease Rounds:

Switch to double-pointed needles or magic loop method when necessary.

*Repeat Round 1 until hat reaches desired height


Round 1 *K2tog, [K1, P1] twice*

Round 2 *K2tog, P1, K1, P1*

Round 3 *K2tog*

To finish your beanie, cut yarn leaving an approximate 8 inch tail. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail and slip stitches off your left knitting needle. Cinch beanie tightly closed and weave in ends.

Feel free to add a pom!

Enjoy your new hat!