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Crochet Basic Top-Down Beanie (Any size) Pattern & Tutorial

Updated: Jan 14, 2022

I posted a basic newborn tutorial for a friend a few years ago. I wanted to provide an updated video which includes all sizes. I finally got around to making this video since today is July 4th and i'm not working!

For this tutorial, I used Knitter's Pride's Dreamz Single Ended Crochet Hooks. They are very comfortable to hold and work with. I loved using it for this project. I know that my crochet hook is good when I can finish a project without pain! I actually have their Dreamz Interchangeable Tunisian Hooks as well. You can check that out in my last post, Tunisian Lace Stitch Tutorial.

Please visit any of my shops if you would like to purchase the ad-free inexpensive PDF pattern in a convenient tri-fold format for on-the-go crocheting.





  • ch – Chain

  • st(s) – Stitch(es)

  • sl st – Slip Stitch

  • beg – Beginning

  • rep – Repeat

  • sc – Single Crochet

  • dc – Double Crochet

Basic Chart
Download PDF • 215KB


The beginning chain 2 does not count as a chain stitch. Use the chart above (or download the PDF here) to determine when to stop increasing. If you are still unclear watch the video below.

Increase - This means you will work 2 dc sts into one st.

PATTERN Round 1 - Start with a magic ring (Video Tutorial) OR ch4, sl st to the first ch to form a circle. ch2, 12dc into ring/circle. sl st to the beg dc (12 sts) Round 2 - ch2, 2 dc into each st around. sl st to the beg dc (24 sts) Round 3 - ch2, *1dc in the first st, 2dc in the next. Rep from * around. End with an increase. sl st to the beg dc (36 sts).

Note: Start measuring your circle after each round. You may need to stop here for newborn size. Round 4 - ch2, *1dc in the next 2 sts, 2dc in the next. Rep from * around. End with an increase. sl st to the beg dc (48 sts).

Round 5 - ch2, *1dc in the next 3 sts, 2dc in the next. Rep from * around. End with an increase. sl st to the beg dc ( 60 sts).

Round 6 - ch2, *1dc in the next 4 sts, 2dc in the next. Rep from * around. End with an increase. sl st to the beg dc (72 sts).

Depending on what size you're making, this is how you will continue the increases for each round.

Round 7: increase every 6th st

Round 8: increase every 7th st

Round 9: increase every 8th st

Round 10: increase every 9th st.... and so forth.

Stop increasing when the diameter of your circle measures the "Stop Increase at" measurement for the size you're making (see above chart).

You will now work each round without increasing.

Start with a ch2 & working 1dc in every st around. sl st to first dc.

Repeat this round until your piece measures the "Height" measurement for the size you're making.

Brim | You may use a crochet hook 1 size smaller for a tighter brim

ch1, work 1sc in every st around. Place marker on first st to keep track of the beg of your rounds. You will work in a continuous round (without sl sts) until you're happy with the width of the brim. Sl st to the next st (marker) when done.


Fasten off and weave in ends on the inside of beanie.

Add a Pom Pom if you like!


Basic Top-Down Beanie

Video Tutorial



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JJ White
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Jan 21
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This is my third beanie/tuque, and I can't express how happy I am to have found this site. And they turned out so nice, folks actually want to wear them.😆 From now on my beginner's guide number one choice! Thank you Mrs. Phanessa❣️


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I love the sizing chart you made -- great help!! This is a really nice beanie for a boy!! If I wanted to make it more "slouchy" would I just continue to DC without increasing until it was longer than the recommended height?? Thanks so much!!

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