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Favourite Bulky Ribbed Beanie

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Free Knitting Pattern

The basic ribbed beanie is a cold weather classic. The simple style keeps you cozy warm and is a favourite for both the guys and the girls.

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This one is knit up in a bulky weight and is super quick and easy to make. It is one of my go-to beanies, one size fits most, has an awesome stretch, and looks great on everyone. A folded rim covers ears and adds extra warmth and coziness on cold days. Knit up one or knit up a bunch, I hope it will become one of your favourite beanies too.

I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky Superwash for this pattern (affiliate link, see statement at the top of the post). I find it is not as thick as other bulky yarns but still has a really nice weight to it. It seems to be in between a bulky and an aran, which makes it the perfect thickness for this beanie. The pattern starts with a tighter gauge for the rim before switching up to larger needles. This keeps the folded rim in place. A quick decrease on the crown gives a nice round shape at the top. The rim can be unfolded for a fun slouchy look too.

The Pattern


Wool of the Andes Bulky Superwash in Marble Heather
(affiliate link, see statement at the top of the post)
You will need approximately 135 yards

Needles and Tools

US 8 (5 mm) 16″ circular knitting needle

US 10 (6 mm) 16″ circular knitting needle

US 10 (6 mm) Double Point Needles

Stitch Marker

Darning Needle


4″ = 16 stitches and 20 rows on US10 (6mm) needles in K2, P2 ribbing


Circumference 22″-24″ (56cm -61cm)

Length 9.5″ (24cm) folded, 11.5″ (29cm) unfolded


CO – Cast On

DPNs – Double Point Needles

K2tog – Decrease one by knitting the next 2 stitches together

P2tog – Decrease one by purling the next 2 stitches together


CO 80 stitches on US8 (5 mm) circular needle

[K2, P2] repeat to end, place marked and join the round

Work 11 rounds of K2, P2 ribbing

Switch to US 10 (6 mm) circular needle

Work 36 more rounds in K2, P2 ribbing

Begin Decrease Rounds – Switch to DPNs when needed

Next Round: [K2, P2, K2, P2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: [K2, P2, K2, P1] repeat to end

Next Round: [K2, P2tog, K2, P1] repeat to end

Next Round: [K2, P1] repeat to end

Next Round: [K2, P1, K2tog, P1] repeat to end

Next Round: [K2tog, P1, K1, P1] repeat to end

Next Round: [K1, P1] repeat to end

Next Round: [K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: [K2tog] repeat to end

Cut the yarn and run it through the remaining 10 stitches and into the center with a darning needle. Sew a couple stitches on the inside of the beanie to keep from getting a hole.

Weave in Loose ends. Wash and block.

© 2021 Heather Pelletier – Handknit Hugs
Do not copy, re-distribute or sell this pattern either in whole or in part.
You may sell products made from this pattern – credit would be appreciated.

Thanks so much for checking out this pattern, I hope it becomes one of your favourite ribbed beanie patterns as well. Comment below if you have any questions of feedback. Want me more sizes? Let me know. I would love to see your finished hat. Share your project on Ravelry or tag me on Instagram @handknithugs #favouriteribbedbeanie

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Maria Keller
Maria Keller
2 years ago

I would love if you could provide how tall the hat should be in inches before starting decrease rounds.