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Aspen Beanie Crochet Pattern

One of my favorite things to crochet right now are beanies. Most of my beanie patterns are fairly intricate and can take a bit of time to work up. I designed this beanie to be quick and easy. It works up faster than most other beanie crochet patterns because of the super bulky yarn and a large crochet hook.

This beanie is so warm and fluffy and works up in only an hour! This pattern is great for beginners because it only uses a few different types of stitches. The main stitch used is a half double crochet in the back loop only (hdcBLO), which give this beanie its ridges.

Things You Will Need

One skein of super bulky weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Yarns Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Grey Marble)

Size L hook (8.00mm)

Tape measure

Tapestry needle


Faux fur pom-pom (Optional)

Skills & Abbreviations

ch – chain

hdc – half double crochet

hdcBLO – half double crochet back loop only

ea – each

st(s) – stitch(es)

* * – repeat anything inside the asterisks

Special Stitches

Here is a quick tutorial on how to crochet a half double crochet in the back loop only (hdcBLO).

Normally when you crochet a hdc, you will work it into both loops of a stitch from a previous row (the front loop and the back loop). For the hdcBLO, you will only be working your hdc into the back loop. Here is an image to help show which stitch you will work into.

Pattern Notes

For this pattern, I used one skein of Lion Brand Yarns Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Grey Marble, which is a super bulky (size 6) yarn.

You may need more than one skein, I’ve noticed that some skeins aren’t enough. There have been a few times where I’ve needed two skeins for this pattern.


6 hdc = 3 inches

*You may have to adjust your hook size to match my gauge for your beanie to end up in the correct size.

Additional Sizes:

My beanie pattern is worked in an adult small size, which will fit anyone with a head circumference between 20″ and 23″ as the yarn is super stretchy. I have a 22″ head and this beanie fits me perfectly. If you are using a different yarn type, check out this other post where I give general hat measurements. If you are using Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease yarn, you can adjust your beanie size by matching one of the following measurements.

Newborn: 9″ in length, 8″ in height

6-12 Months: 13″ in length, 9.75″ in height

1-3 Years: 14″ in length, 10″ in height

3-5 Years: 15″ in length, 10.5″ in height

6-10 Years: 16″ in length, 11″ in height

Adult Small (& Teen): 17″ in length, 11.25″ in height

Adult Medium: 18″ in length, 11.75″ in height

Adult Large: 19″ in length, 12″ in height

This size chart has been modified for this beanie pattern. Again, to view a general beanie and hat sizing chart, check out my blog post, “Hat Sizes for All Ages.”

NOTE: The length is the width of the beanie. The number of rows you add will determine your beanie length. The height measurement is the total height your beanie needs to be, 3 inches has already been added for the brim. Your foundation chain will determine the height of your beanie. You can add more or fewer chains to your foundation chain to alter the “slouch” of your beanie. For example, if you want a slouchier beanie, add 5 more chains.



Row 1: in the 2nd ch from the hook, hdc, then hdc24 across, ch1, turn (25)

Row 2: hdcBLO25, ch1, turn (25)

Row 3 – Row 25: repeat row 2

You should be left with something like this:

The finished rectangle size for an adult sized beanie should be around 17″ x 11″

Next, you will need to sew your beanie closed. I use my tapestry needle and stitch it up as neatly as possible.

Next, sew the top closed and weave in your yarn ends. You can sew the top closed by weaving your needle and yarn in and out around the top opening, then just pull it closed just like you would with a drawstring bag. I like flip my beanie inside out to hide any imperfections from stitching it closed.

Now, all you have to do is add your pom-pom and you’re done! I like to give mine a good fluff to see the final result!

If you have any issues with this pattern or have any questions, please reach out to me through this post, or email me at

About Author

Hi! My name is Chrysta and crocheting is my hobby and passion.


  • Linda
    October 5, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    I’m new at crocheting was wondering how many stitches to cast on for a size 22 inch head.

    • Chrysta Silver
      October 5, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Linda!
      For your starting chain, you should chain 26 if you are using super bulky yarn and a size L (8.00mm) hook as mentioned in the pattern. The 25 rows will make up the circumference of the hat that goes around the head, that size should fit a 19-21″ head. I would suggest adding two additional rows (27 total) for a size 22″ head πŸ™‚ That way the hat won’t have to stretch too much.

      • Linda
        October 5, 2020 at 3:47 pm

        TY. I am using same yarn and hook as in pattern.
        Have a good day and thanks again.

  • Marlee
    October 12, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Just finished mine & im obsessed!!!!!! Thank you for the awesome pattern! Think I know what my whole family is getting for Christmas!

    • Chrysta Silver
      October 13, 2020 at 4:04 pm

      Hi Marlee!!
      Yay!! Thank you so much, I’m so happy you loved it! This is definitely my favorite pattern this year!

  • Hannah Cansino
    October 13, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Hello! I am a beginner and i’m still pretty new to reading the directions. My question would have to be is after you ch1 what does β€œturn (25)” mean?

    • Chrysta Silver
      October 13, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Hannah!
      The β€œturn” lets you know that’s it’s time to turn your work to start crocheting in the other direction. At the end of each row in parenthesis I like to note how many stitches are in that row. So that row should have 25 stitches across, it helps ensure your project stays on track πŸ™‚

  • Chris Cain
    October 14, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    I need to make this hat for a 6 month old. How many chain do I start with and how many rows?

    • Chrysta Silver
      October 15, 2020 at 8:16 am

      Hi Chris!
      For your starting chain, I would recommend chaining until the length of your chain is around 7.5 inches. Six-month-olds have an average head circumference of about 17″, so I would recommend continuing your rows until the width of the beanie laying flat and unstretched is around 16.5 inches. I hope that helps!

      • Tanis
        October 18, 2020 at 3:36 pm

        Hi Chrysta!

        What dimensions would you recommend for a 10 month old?! πŸ™‚
        Thank you!

        • Chrysta Silver
          October 23, 2020 at 12:05 pm

          Hi Tanis!

          For a 10-month old, I would recommend crocheting your starting chain to about 8-8.5 inches. I would then recommend continuing your rows until the beanie is about 17 inches long. Of course, if you have the dimensions of the child’s head, that would be the best in determining the size you need. πŸ™‚

  • Sandra
    October 14, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    How do you close up the top so it is rounded rather than square?
    Thanks very much

    • Chrysta Silver
      October 15, 2020 at 8:09 am

      Hi Sandra!
      When you are closing the top, you want to take the tail of your yarn that’s left at the top of your beanie, or use a new strand of yarn and weave the yarn with a needle all the way around the top. You can weave in and out at 1/2 inch or 1 full inch increments. Once you have gone all the way around, you pull the yarn and tie closed πŸ™‚

    • Sandra
      October 15, 2020 at 11:18 am

      Thank you Chrysta mine turned out just great thanks for the pattern I think I’m going to make for for Xmas presents. If I wanted to make a child size say 3-4 year old how many chain and rows would be best?

      • Megan
        December 9, 2020 at 2:18 pm

        I’ve tried this pattern a few times now, I keep getting to 25 rows and only at 15″x11″, what am I doing wrong?

        • Chrysta Silver
          December 10, 2020 at 8:49 am

          Hi Sandra,

          It sounds like maybe I crochet looser than you do! I just added a gauge to this post, I apologize for not adding it sooner! Every 6 half double crochets are 3 inches in this pattern. Since you are getting 11″ on your beanie height, you shouldn’t have to change that, but it does sound like you may have to add a few extra rows to reach 17″. I hope this helps!!

  • Sandra
    October 16, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    How many chain and rows would you need to make a cold size say 3-6 year old
    Thank you Chrysta appreciate it

    • Chrysta Silver
      October 23, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Sandra!

      I would recommend crocheting your starting chain until it is around 10 inches long, and I would recommend continuing your rows until the length of the beanie, unstretched, is around 18-19 inches long. πŸ™‚

  • Sue
    October 22, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    I loved the pattern and it went quickly, but I ran out of yarn and have 3 more rows to go. No more of the marble colour at my store! Next time I will buy 3 balls and make two! It was a good practice one.

    • Chrysta Silver
      October 23, 2020 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Sue!

      I hate it when that happens, but it’s definitely great practice! I’ve noticed that certain brands of bulky sized yarn do seem to have a shorter length for sure.

  • Kathleen Swensen
    October 22, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you so much for your pattern! My kids are loving the ones I made them! I am having trouble figuring out what size to make a relatives kids as I am shipping it and cant use their heads to measure! lol! She has a 2, 3 and five year old. I think for the 5 y/o I could have a finished flat piece of 17 x 10.5 inches. Do you think that would work? What about the 3 and 2 year olds?
    Thank you so much!

    • Chrysta Silver
      October 23, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Kathleen!

      I’m glad your kids love their beanies!! Figuring out sizes can be difficult for sure, it’s always best to know their head size, but there are some pretty standard dimensions that work most of the time. Typically, children between the ages of 1 and 3 will have a head circumference of about 16-17 inches. Children between 3 and 10 will be around 17-19″. So I think that your size of 17″x10.5″ is perfect for the 5-year-old and maybe just make the beanies for the 2 and 3-year-old just slightly shorter. 16″x9″ would probably fit them great! πŸ™‚

      • Katie Swensen
        October 23, 2020 at 2:20 pm

        Thank you so much!!

        • Chrysta Silver
          October 24, 2020 at 4:29 pm

          Of course!! <3

  • Kaitlyn
    November 1, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Hello. I am using the same yarn but crochet hook size 9mm. Do I need to add to my chain to make sure it is gonna be big enough? I doing them for adult women. Any suggestions would be great

    • Chrysta Silver
      November 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Kaitlyn!

      Since you are using a larger hook, you will probably need less chains. I would suggest ensuring that your starting chain is between 11” to 12” long. πŸ™‚ You may also need to crochet fewer rows. I would go off measurements for that as well. The average adult head is between 21” to 22” so I would keep adding rows until the length reaches 19” to 20”,so the beanie will fit more snug. You can always measure with your own head as you near the end (that’s what I like to do when I’m in doubt!)

  • Kaitlyn
    November 1, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you Chrysta

  • Sofia
    November 3, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    I have some leftover yarn and I’m not sure if there is enough to make a whole hat, I don’t want to run out halfway! Do you know around how many yards you used for this pattern?

  • Mary
    November 6, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    May I ask what size Pom Pom you used?

    • Chrysta Silver
      November 9, 2020 at 11:17 am

      Hi Mary,

      I got these pom-poms off Etsy from the shop NaptimeKnitterDesign. I ordered mine in size large, which I believe are around 4 inches in diameter. They are also super easy to attach because she adds four strings for secure attachment.

  • Tina
    November 8, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    How do you stitch it together? Do you wear it back and forth or weave it through the stitches?

    • Chrysta Silver
      November 9, 2020 at 11:16 am

      Hi Tina,

      I will sometimes use a slip stitch to put the beanie together, but that will create a slight seam. If you only slst through the back loop on the side nearest you and the front loop only on the side furthest from you, then the seam will be less noticeable. If you want to ensure that there is no visible seam, then I would recommend trimming your yarn and leaving a long tail to then sew the beanie closed with a tapestry needle.

  • Caroline
    November 9, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Where did you find the pom poms?

    • Chrysta Silver
      November 9, 2020 at 11:14 am

      Hi Caroline,

      I ordered my pom-poms on Etsy, the shop is called NaptimeKnitterDesign. I ordered mine in size large and they arrived pretty fast. They are also super easy to attach because she adds four strings for secure attachment. πŸ™‚

  • Yvonne Marie
    November 10, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    I have tried this three times and I still do not get 17″ or enough to fit an adult. Any suggestions on something to try? Thank you in advance!

    • Chrysta Silver
      December 10, 2020 at 8:52 am

      Hi Yvonne,

      I finally added a gauge to this pattern, it sounds like compared to a lot of others I do crochet looser. The gauge is 6 hdc = 3 inches. You could match the gauge, or simply add more rows until your length does reach 17″. I hope this helps!!

  • Amber
    December 7, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Hey Chrysta!

    I was excited to make this hat last night and some how i manages to mess it up lol. I’m guessing I must have did my stitches too tight because after 25 rows it only measured like 13 inches and the chain was around 10 inches . Do you suggest crocheting a little more loosely?


    • Chrysta Silver
      December 10, 2020 at 8:51 am

      Hi Amber!

      I just added gauge to this pattern finally, 6 hdc = 3 inches. You could either crochet more loosely to match the gauge, or you could add additional rows to the end to reach the 17″ length. Either would work great! πŸ™‚

      • Amber
        January 26, 2021 at 8:23 pm

        thank you so much! I’ll try it again!


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