If you’ve been scouring the internet for a easy knitted beanie pattern – free, then search no more! Put down the phone and pick up those needles. It’s time to cast one! Dino Jammies has the cutest knit stripes, a smidge of purled textured and a super fun (and optional) pompom. And it’s perfect for beginners and experienced knitters alike!
Read through to get the FREE knit hat pattern!
1. Knit Stripes are the Bomb!
I love knit stripes for one big reason—they add a lot of visual appeal and pretty much zero work on your end. You’re still just knitting in the round.
The contrast color (CC) stripes in this easy knitted beanie pattern (free) are just 2 rounds high, so you don’t have to cut the main color (MC) ever. And if you know how to carry yarn up the back, you could avoid extra ends on every knit stripe.
Knit stripes are also a great way to use up scraps!
2. This Easy Knitted Beanie Pattern is Packed with Color & Texture
Well this quick knitting pattern starts with a 2/2 ribbing, which I love because it helps keep the hat tight over cold ears. I chose to work this in a third color just because I love how it pops! But you can totally knit this with your CC or even your MC!
I also through a little texture into this easy knitted beanie pattern: free because quite frankly, I can get bored knitting around and around without anything to do. So it’s got this cute little purl blips that add a ton of texture and visual interest for just a few purls on 1 row out of 10!
And finally, there’s the pompom. I mean, do I really need to say more? But if pompoms are not your thing, then you don’t have to make one, it’s just that simple!
3. Because It’s Free!
Really? An easy knitted beanie pattern for free?
Well, you get one size for free. If you’d like all three sizes plus inline instructions for making the beginnings and ends of your stripes invisible, aka a jogless join, then you can grab a copy of the premium pattern on Ravelry for just $2!
You can’t even get a cup of coffee for that!
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What’s with the Weird Name: Dino Jammies?
When my son (who’s now 2 years old—I can’t even believe it!) was a baby, he had the most stinkin’ cute pair of pajamas. They had stripes in perfect shades of blue and grey with the most adorable little dinosaur sewn onto the front in gold.
I fell in love with those little pajamas (probably in large part due to the smiling little guy inside them) and designed an easy knitted beanie pattern, free, in their honor.
The Knitty Gritty Details
I’ve provided the details for all 3 sizes, should you choose to grab the premium copy, but the easy knitted beanie pattern: free only includes instructions for the 16”/40.5 cm hat!
Unstretched Circumference – 16 (17.75, 19)”/40.5 (45, 48.5) cm
Height – 7.25 (8.75, 9)”/18.5 (22, 23) cm
MC – 75 (95, 100) yds/70 (85, 90) m – worsted weight
CC1 – 35 (45, 50) yds/30 (40, 45) m – worsted weight
CC2 – 40 (45, 55) yds/35 (40, 50) m – worsted weight + additional yarn if making the optional pompom
Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok (100% Fine Highland Wool) 123 yds/112 m, 1.75 oz/50 g – less than 1 skein each:
MC – #1305 October Sky
CC1 – #1304 Grey Harbor
CC2 – #1316 Spun Gold
Needles and Notions
US 5/3.75 mm – 16”/40 cm circulars
US 6/4.00 mm – 16”/40 cm circulars & Magic Loop or DPNs – preferred method for small circumference knitting
Pompom maker (optional)
Techniques to Indulge In
Knitting in the round
2 x 2 ribbing
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The Dino Jammies Knitting Pattern
Using US 5/3.75 mm needles and CC2, CO 104. Pm and join in the round.
Round 1-13: * K2, p2, rep from * around.
Switch to US 6/4.00 mm needles.
Round 14: K to 1 st before m, sl1.
Body of Hat
Attach MC. (When switching colors, leave MC attached and dangling in the back.
Round 1-4: Pick up MC, K around.
Round 5: * P2, k2, rep from * around.
Round 6-9: K around.
Round 10: Attach CC1, K around.
Round 11: K around, cut CC1.
Round 12-15: Pick up MC, K around.
Round 16: * K2, p2 rep from * around.
Round 17-20: K around.
Round 21: Attach CC1, K around.
Round 22: K around, cut CC1.
Rounds 23-29: Repeat Rounds 1-7.
Round 1: * K13, pm, rep from * around.
Round 2: K around.
Round 3: Attach CC1, * k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, rep from * around – 96 sts.
Round 4: K around, break CC1.
Round 5: Pick up MC, * K to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, rep from * around – 88 sts.
Round 6: K around.
Round 7: * K to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, rep from * around – 80 sts.
Round 8: K around.
Round 9: * K2, p2, rep from * around.
Round 10: * K to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, rep from * around – 72 sts.
Round 11: K around.
Round 12: * K to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, rep from * around – 64 sts.
Round 13: Attach CC1, k around.
Round 14: * K to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, rep from * around. Break CC1 – 56 sts.
Round 15: Pick up MC, k around.
Round 16: * K to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, rep from * around – 56 sts.
Round 17: K around.
Round 18: * K to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, rep from * around – 48 sts.
Round 19: * P2, k2, rep from * around.
Round 20: * K to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, rep from * around – 32 sts.
Round 21: K around.
Round 22: * K to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, rep from * around – 24 sts.
Round 23: Attach CC1, k around.
Round 24: * K to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, rep from * around. Break CC1 – 16 sts.
Round 25: Pick up MC and k around.
Round 26: K2tog around – 8 sts.
Break yarn. Using a tapestry needle, feed the yarn through the live sts and pull tight. Feed through a second time and then weave in ends.
Optional: Make pompom using pompom maker. Tie on pompom.
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Have You Cast On Yet?
No? What are you waiting for? It’s got scrappy stripes, simple texture, it’s easy, and it’s free!
Before you go tell me, who will you make this adorable hat for?