Free Knit Beanie Pattern

Thread Head Knits Rainbow Sherbert Super Bulky Yarn

The Kindness Beanie

Free Knit Beanie Pattern designed for donations for Hat Not Hate

If you have been following me for the last couple of years you will know that I have been knitting beanies for the #HATNOTHATE campaign. I like to create a beanie design to share for free on my blog and this year I have the Kindness Beanie. This years beanie is super squishy and is a pretty ideal beanie for donations, as it is very stretchy and the large size beanie can fit Youth – Adult  making it ideal for school-aged children. Pictured below is a almost 6 year old and a 17 year old both wearing the same beanie. The beanie is a bit big for my son, but fits comfortably enough for him to wear it, and the fit on my daughter is pretty perfect.

The Beanie is knit in the round and is seamless. The pattern is easy to memorize with only 2 rounds to repeat and uses only a few beginner/intermediate techniques. If you need help with the special techniques in this beanie I have video support to help you along the way. Videos are listed at the end of the written pattern and included as links in the PDF.

I also have a few different printable tags available for free to go with donations, you can find the free downloads by clicking on these links

2020 Hat Not Hate Printables

Free Hat Not Hate Beanie Tags – 2019

#HatNotHate is Lion Brand Yarn Company’s anti-bullying campaign where they encourage people to make and wear handmade blue hats to help increase awareness of the terrible impact of bullying. This year they are collecting 100,000 blue hats. You can find out more about this campaign and where to donate hats by visiting

Download the FREE PDF Pattern for additional modifications for knitting in other sizes and with other types of yarn.

Video support towards end of post

Materials for Completion

Needle: US Circular knitting needle size 11 (optional 4 size 11 DPNs)

Yarn: Size ‘5’ Bulky Weight 1  skein

Designed specifically to be knit with Lion Brand Color Made Easy, though other size 5 Bulky yarns will work and I have a few listed in the PDF version of the pattern

Tapestry or Darning Needle

Stitch Markers

Measuring Tape

Gauge: 13 stitches x 16 rows = 4” x 4” flat stockinette swatch using Color Made Easy

Size: Small (Baby/Toddler) 

Medium (Toddler/Child)

Large (Youth/ Adult)


dpn  = double pointed needle

k =  knit

k2tog  = knit two stitches together

p = purl

rep = repeat

sl1wyif = slip one stitch with yarn in front of work.

st(s) = stitch(es)


Cast on

  • 48 stitches for Small
  • 56 Stitches for Medium and 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 cast on method will work.

Start Pattern

Round 1 – 6:  k1, p1 to end. 

Round 7: *sl1wyif, p1, rep from * to end.   

Round 8: knit to end.

Round 9: *sl1wyif, p1, rep from * to end. 

Repeat Rounds 8 and 9 until desired length. Be sure to complete both rounds before moving on to decrease. 

Small – Until work measures 5.5”- 6.25”

Medium – Until work measures 6.25 – 7””

Large- Until work measures 7”-8” 

Start Decrease: Restart round count. If at any time it is too difficult to knit on the circular needle switch to DPNs. 

Round 1: *k2tog, k6, rep from *to end.  (49, 42

Round 2: *sl2wyif, p1, (s1wyif, p1) two times. Rep from *to end.

Round 3: *k2tog, k5. Rep from *to end. (42, 36

Round 4: *sl1wyif, p1, rep from *to end. 

Round 5: *k2tog, k4. Rep from *to end. (35, 30

Round 6: *sl2wyif, p1, s1wyif, p1. Rep from *to end. 

Round 7: *k2tog, k3. Rep from *to end. (28, 24)  

Round 8: *sl1wyif, p1, rep from *to end.

Round 9: k2tog to end  (14,12

Cut yarn, leaving at least 6” for weaving in. Thread yarn tail onto a darning needle and transfer all stitches from circular needle onto darning needle with yarn tail. Cinch closed and weave in.

Add a pom-pom or leave as is.

I hope you have enjoyed this pattern. If you knit one please share with me on social media, I love seeing what people make using my patterns. You can share by tagging me @savlabot or using #Savlabot

Support Videos

Full Video – each section is broken down in individual videos in the pattern.

Yarn used in the support videos is a super bulky yarn from Thread Head Knits, the yarn is so nice to work with and is one of my new favorite yarns. Find her on Instagram Thread Head Knits Co.

I was able to work this beanie up with a few different yarns and you will find the modifications for Super Bulky yarn and knitting double stranded in the PDF download.

I really hope you have enjoyed this pattern, it was such a fun pattern to write up and I even enjoyed making these videos. If you have a minute, I would appreciate it if you would visit my Etsy Shop, sales on tags and other printables help me out a lot so that I can keep adding free patterns like these on my blog.I am hoping if I can continue to make sales in my Etsy Shop to help me with my finances I can continue to add freebies to my site that are ad free.

Thank you so much 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Free Knit Beanie Pattern

  1. Yvette says:

    I’m a new knitter but I want to try this beanie. I’ve got the exact yarn you suggest but I’m wondering if I can knit this flat. I’ve never used double point needles before, and this scares me a bit. Lol

    • Savla says:

      Hello Yvette,

      This is a pretty easy pattern to knit in the round. I do not have suggestions for it being knit flat. The beanie is knit using circular needles and you can use double pointed needs if you want but it isn’t necessary. I rarely make hats knit flat, circulars are my preferred method. I would suggest giving it a try, they seem scary but I think after a few tries you can get it. When I started knitting I quickly started using circular needles and I almost always use them for all projects, even things knit flat lol. I have a video towards the bottom of the post that takes you through each step, that may help to try and knit along with the video.

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