Jumping Jelly Beans Free Knit Beanie Pattern

The is a quick and simple beanie pattern that uses the Hurdle Stitch.

Materials for Completion:

Needle: US Circular knitting needle size 13 and 4 US size 13 DPNs

Yarn: Super Bulky Weight (size 6), 1 skein ( 2 skeins if using tweed) approximately 60 – 80 yards

Designed specifically to be knit with Lion Brand Hometown USA 

Tapestry or Darning Needle

Stitch Markers

Crochet Hook

Measuring Tape


Lion Brand Yarn Hometown: 11 stitches x 15 rows = 4” x 4”


Medium (Toddler) – Approximate Circumference 16″ Unstretched

Large (Adult) – Approximate Circumference 17″ Unstretched


dpn  = double pointed needle

k =  knit

p = purl    

p2tog = purl two stitches together

rep = repeat  

sl1k1psso = slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass the slipped stitch over        

sl = slip stitches 

st(s) = stitch(es)

Directions: Knit in the round

Cast On 42 sts for medium (48 sts for large). 

Place marker, connect ends, being sure not to twist yarn. Be sure to leave at least a 6” yarn tail. I use the long tail cast on method, though any stretchy cast on method will work.

Start Pattern:

Round 1 – 7: k1, p1 to end.  

Round 8: knit to end.

Round 9: purl to end.

Round 10: k1, p1 to end.

Round 11: k1, p1 to end.

Repeat Rounds 8-11 until work measures between: medium 6.5″, Large 8″. Be sure to complete all 4 rounds before moving onto decrease, your last round before the decrease should be a repeat of round 11.

If you want a longer beanie, repeat rounds 8-11 an additional time, or as many times until you reach your desired length.

Start Decrease: Restart round count. 

Round 1: *sl1k1psso, k5 (k6) place marker, repeat from * until beginning marker. (36 sts, 42 sts, left)

Round 2: p2tog, purl to next marker, rep from * for each section until end. (30 sts, 36 sts left)

Round 3: k1, p1 to end.

Round 4: k1, p1 to end.

Round 5: sl1k1psso, knit to next marker, rep from * for each section until end. (24 sts, 30 sts, left)

Round 6: *p2tog, purl to next marker, rep from * for each section until end. (18 sts, 24 sts, left)

Round 7: k1, p1 to end.

Round 8: k1, p1 to end.

Round 9: knit to end. Remove markers. (18 sts, 24 sts, left)

Cut yarn leaving a 6″-8″ yarn tail, cast off by transferring all stitches onto tail yarn and cinch closed.

This pattern is very easy to follow with only 4 rounds that repeat. I created the pattern using Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn, but it can be knit up using other super bulky yarns as well, you just need to make slight adjustments to the number of 

I used Bernat Roving Yarn and buttercream Luxe Craft Alpaca Solid Yarn and both knit up really nicely. I just sized down my needle to a size 11 for both yarns and followed the pattern as is.

The PDF pattern is now available in my Etsy Shop, the pattern includes different ways to modify this beanie for different types of yarn too!

PDF Download on Etsy


Happy Knitting, 

Savla 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Jumping Jelly Beans Free Knit Beanie Pattern

  1. Kathy says:

    Hi, just made this hat on straight needles and I love it! My only suggestion is to change the pattern from purl to knit on row 9 and each row following that states purl to the end of the row. This is Hurdle Pattern- Row 1 K, Row 2 K, Row 3 K1 P1, Row 4 K1 P1. If you purl after the the first knit row you will have two ridge rows on one side and stocking stitch on the other side.

    • Savla says:

      Hello Kathy,
      I am glad you liked the pattern and thank you for the suggestion. The pattern is meant to be knit in the round, I should have stated that at the beginning. And yes, this is the Hurdle stitch.

    • Savla says:

      Medium (Toddler) – Approximate Circumference 16″ Unstretched
      Large (Adult) – Approximate Circumference 17″ Unstretched
      These sizes will vary depending on the type of yarn used, but this is about what size each beanie will measure before it is stretched. The stretch also will depend on the yarn used.

  2. Jo says:

    Hi….how would you incorporate elastic at ponytail opening? Also, lowering the hole for a lower version?

    Thank you soooooo much!!

    • Savla says:

      Hello, If you are trying to convert to a messy bun beanie and using elastic you can thread it through the live stitches instead of using the tail yarn, I haven’t converted this to a messy bun beanie before, but I would think you would want to repeat rounds 8-11 until your work measures 9″ then maybe stop when you get to decrease round 8.

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