No Bunching Crochet Ribbed Beanie | Free Pattern & Tutorial

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Crochet a warm and comfortable ribbed beanie with this pattern, ensuring a snug fit without extra fabric bunching. Learn how to crochet this fall and winter staple with this crochet ribbed beanie tutorial and written pattern! For an interactive, ad-free pattern, visit my Ribblr shop!

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Yarn Choice and Warmth

Crochet beanies are perfect for fall because they are super warm! You can hand select your yarn for ideal comfort whether you live in a freezing or warmer climate. This crochet beanie pattern is amazing at keeping your head cozy in chilly temperatures. I used acrylic yarn, which makes it really warm! You can also choose to use wool yarn for an equally warm, but more breathable beanie. Or, you can use cotton yarn for a very breathable and cool head accessory!

Perfect Fit Crochet Beanie

One of the key benefits of a crocheted beanie is the ability to create a perfect fit. Since the size of my head is smaller than average, it’s hard to find hats that fit me well. You can easily adjust the size to match your head’s exact measurements, ensuring that it’s neither too tight nor too loose.

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I also love that these crochet beanies are so customizable. You can choose your favorite color yarn and add on embellishments, allowing you to create a beanie that is truly one of a kind.

No Bunching Beanie

This is an amazing and unique crochet ribbed beanie pattern because it allows you to remove the extra fabric at the top of the head. With this slight alteration, the beanie can fit really comfortably and look great!

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Other Crochet Beanie Patterns

I also have another pattern for another ribbed beanie using this technique with a different stitch for a different look. Instead of half double crochet in the back loop, this beanie does it in the third loop!

Or, if this beanie pattern turns out to be a little difficult with the slip stitches, you can try doing this cat ear beanie instead, which does not have slip stitches and you make a basic rectangle!

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I prefer crocheting my own beanie over purchasing one at the store. Not only can you create a beanie that is uniquely yours, but you can also choose the colors and yarn type to match your style. I also find it to be much warmer than store-bought beanies and I love that you can customize it!

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Video Tutorial

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

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52 cm/20.5″ circumference x 26 cm/10.25″ wide


11 rows of 18 half double crochets makes a 10 x 10 centimeter square

Notes and Tips

  • This pattern uses US crochet terms
  • Measure your head and decide the size of your hat before starting
  • Account for the stretchiness of the ribbing (make it slightly smaller than your actual head size)
  • The chain 1 at the beginning of each row does NOT count as a stitch
  • Pull your loose ends to the inside of the hat and weave them in


blo = back loop only

ch = chain

hdc = half double crochet

sl st = slip stitch

st = stitch


Make a slipknot, ch45+1 turning ch

The length of your chain should be the length from your eyebrows up to the crown of your head, plus the width of the brim that will fold up.

Row 1

hdc40 starting in 2nd ch from the hook, sl st5

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Row 2

ch1, turn, sl st5 in blo, hdc40 in blo

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Row 3

ch1, turn, hdc40 in blo, sl st5 in blo

Rows 4 – 54

Repeat rows 2-3 until it can wrap around your head without stretching. End on an even row.

You are basically doing slip stitches on top of the slip stitches from last row and half double crochets on top of the half double crochets from last row.

Straighten the Brim

This part is optional. It just makes the sides of your rows straighter. Make sure to do your slip stitches looser than usual so it isn’t too tight. If you’re still having trouble with making them too tight, try doing single crochets instead!

Ch 1, sl st along the bottom edge.

Seam the Beanie

Fold the piece in half, sl st the ends together along the first and last row.

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If you prefer sewing, you can do that instead! Fasten off and leave a really long loose end to sew it up as well as close the top of the beanie.

Close the Top

Fasten off, weave the yarn through the top stitches to close the hole.

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Weave in Loose Ends

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. Enjoy your new, cozy no-bunch-beanie!

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  1. Hi Viv,

    Thank you for providing this tutorial! This is a super specific request and not sure if you’ll ever see this – I’ve been wanting to make hats using this tutorial as christmas gifts for friends/family, and was thinking of crocheting a small/medium sized heart into the bottom so that when it’s folded up, the heart shows on the rim. I’ve seen a lot of videos of people crocheting hearts separately, but are you able to provide a tutorial on how to use another yarn and crochet one into a piece instead of having it separate and then later sewing it in?

    1. Hi Andie,

      That sounds like a really cute idea! To crochet a heart into a pattern like this, I would add it using pixel crochet. It might be hard to get the details for such a small heart, so I would also recommend doing surface crochet around it. So just slip stitching around your heart to smooth out the graphic! I hope this helps!

  2. Thank you for this tutorial! I am excited to try it. How do I make it wider/longer for a bigger head circumference of 23 inches? Thank you.

    1. No problem! The sizing is based on how many rows you do, so you would keep doing rows until you can wrap it around your head without stretching. Once you fold up the brim, it will fit snugly!

  3. To tag on to the earlier question about making it bigger, do we also have to increase the number of slip stitches or is it just a matter of increasing the number of rows?

    1. Just the number of rows will determine the size! Doing more slip stitches will make it lay flatter, but won’t make much of a difference when you wear it

  4. hello! 🙂 wondering how much yarn was used for this beanie. a skein, more or less? i want to make it for a friend but have a little less than one skein in the color i want to use ! ty in advance :3

  5. hey viv!

    thank you so much for this easy pattern! i’m so excited to make one, it’s a gift for my dad 🙂 i was wondering what you would recommend doing to use different colors for the beanie, like stripes!

    1. Hi Brailyn! That’s so sweet; I’m sure he’ll love it! For this pattern, I would recommend doing 2 rows of each color. This is so you can drop the color and pick it up on the same side, and you wont have to keep cutting the yarn.

      1. Hello Viv,
        Great crochet patterns. I am a fairly experienced crocheted and like making the ribbed hats. However, I don’t seem to be able to keep the correct number of stitches, I nearly always loose one along the row. Any thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
        Thanks. Stephanie

        1. Hi Stephanie!

          In your very first row, I would recommend putting a stitch marker in your first and last stitch! Then, just make sure you put a stitch into that space and move it up to the next row.

  6. Hi! This is such a good tutorial and I love the fact that it doesn’t bunch at the top! Just wanted to ask when slip stitching the hat together along the row is it BLO or just normal slip stitches?

    Thank youu!!

    1. Hi, thank you! I like to slip stitch through the outer loops, so the front loop of the end in front and the back loop of the end in the back. I hope that makes sense! It’s probably clearer if you watch the video tutorial for it

  7. Hi, I would like to convert this pattern to DK yarn for a child. Do you have any suggestions, please?

    1. Sure! This pattern works for all yarn sizes. I would recommend measuring the length from their eyebrows to the crown of their head. Then chain that length + the length you want the brim to be. Then, work rows until it can wrap around their head without stretching. I hope this helps!

  8. Hi, Im noticing that at the edges (on both sides, the end of the beanie with the half double crochets & the top of the beanie with the slip stitches), its getting shorter & short each row, but im not missing any of the stitches at the end. There’s literally no more stitches at the end for me to crochet for me to extend it. Im not sure if im making sense.

    1. Hi! Yes, that makes sense. I think you still might be missing stitches, just the first or one/some in the middle. To check, count the number of stitches in your last row. If the last row has less than your first, then you missed stitches. If you have the same number of stitches, then your tension might have gotten tighter over time (which is less likely).

      1. Im having the same issue 🙁 always loosing one stitch even if doing it really slowly and counting every time

        1. Had this problem when I first started to crochet. Use two stitch markers. Put one in your first stitch on each side. That way you are sure to not miss it. Move it up with each row until you get use to seeing where the last stitch is.

  9. Hi! I’m having problems with closing the top neatly. I put the needle through all the stitches, but there’s still a small hole and the top looks really lumpy. What might I be doing wrong?

    1. Hi, I’ve had that problem before! I was always able to fix it by skipping stitches, so try skipping every other stitch when you sew up the top and see if that helps.

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