Crochet Cat Ear Beanie/Sack Hat | Free Pattern & Tutorial

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Today, we’re making a cozy crochet cat ear beanie. It’s easy, quick to do, and perfect for beginners! In just a few hours, you can whip up your very own warm crochet hat. And this tutorial will walk you through every step.

crochet cat ear beanie

It’s getting colder where I live, which means I need something to keep my head warm and cozy! This crochet cat ear beanie does exactly that, and it’s super cute! For my cat ear beanie, I used acrylic yarn, which made it really, really warm. You can also make it in wool for a warm and breathable option!

If you’re ready to try your hand at crochet a beanie with the rounded top, you should check out this ribbed beanie pattern! This is a similar pattern, but is slightly more complex, with it not being a perfect rectangle and having some more different stitches. It does use half double crochets like this sack hat, so it could be a good choice for your next project after this one!

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This is one of the easiest things you can crochet! Basically, you make a rectangle, then sew along two sides to connect the ends and form the hat shape. It looks rectangular, but when you put it on your head, it’ll form these little ears!

Another pattern that is just a basic rectangle that you sew up are these fingerless gloves that are perfect for an absolute beginner! Since they are smaller than the cat ear beanie, it will work up faster and be even easier!

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Video Tutorial

You can follow along with my YouTube video to crochet your cat ear beanie! I have timestamps included to section the video and help you jump to any point you need to!

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25.5cm x 40cm rectangle

Notes and Tips

  • This crochet pattern uses US crochet terms
  • Make sure the stitch count is the same for each row to ensure straight edges
  • The chain 1 at the beginning of each row does NOT count as a half double crochet
  • Line up your rows with stitch markers to make seaming easier and more neat


ch = chain

hdc = half double crochet

blo = back loop only

sl st = slip stitch

st = stitch


Make a slipknot, then ch 61 (or your desired width for the beanie).

Row 1

hdc across, starting in 2nd ch from the hook (60)

Row 2

ch 1, turn, hdc across in blo

Rows 3 – 66

Repeat row 2 until the piece can fully wrap around your head with a slight stretch.

Joining Sides

ch 1, turn. Grab the piece from the middle so the ends lay on top of each other. Slip stitch through both layers through the front loop of each hdc on the top layer and through the bottom of each chain on the bottom layer. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Closing the Top

Sew the top closed using a whip stitch, matching the ridges on the top and bottom layers. Tie a secure knot to finish.


Hide the loose ends by pulling them inside the hat and weaving them under a few stitches using the yarn needle. Trim any excess yarn.

Turn the beanie inside out and fold up the brim. When worn, the beanie will form small ears at the top, which can be flattened or shaped as desired.

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