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Brilliant Beanie | Free Knitting Pattern

Your favorite fingering weight beanie is here! Grab a skein of your favorite sock weight yarn and knit a beautiful new lightweight hat. Enjoy!


  • 100 grams of any fingering weight yarn

  • Size 1 (2.25mm) needles, suitable for the method of your choice

  • Scissors and a yarn needle

  • Ruler to check gauge

  • Stitch marker suitable for knitting in the round


In order to ensure that the hat will fit its intended recipient, I suggest checking gauge.

32 stitches and 40 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch worked in the round.


CO: cast on

k: knit

p: purl

pm: place marker

beg: beginning

ea: each

st(s): stitch(es)

k2tog: knit two stitches together

*...*: repeat the instructions in the asterisks

Helpful Tutorials

Closing the top of a beanie:

Sizing Notes

  • This pattern is designed to fit baby-adults and distributed into three sizes that are written as S(M, L, XL). Each size measures approximately 16(18, 20, 22) inches when finished. Each size will fit many heads, so I recommend choosing the size that best suits your negative/positive ease preferences.

Pattern Notes

  • Find the yarn featured in this pattern here.

  • This beanie is worked in the round, so be sure to place a stitch at the beginning of every round.

  • You can use any method you would like to work in the round. I personally prefer using a 16” circular needle, then switching to magic loop/DPNs for the crown of the beanie.

  • This beanie is designed to be a bit slouchy, but instructions are provided if you would like to alter this.


Using smaller needles

CO 128(144, 160, 176) sts using the long tail cast on method, and pm to mark the beg of ea round.

Rounds 1-10(15, 15, 20)

*k1, p1* around

Proceed to Body Instructions


Using gauge/larger needles

Round 1

k all sts

Repeat Rounds 1 until the beanie measures 6(7, 8, 9) inches from the cast on edge. If you would like your beanie to be less/more slouchy, simply work less/more rounds.

Proceed to Crown Instructions


Rounds 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13

k all sts

Round 2

*k6, k2tog* around. 112(126, 140, 154) sts

Round 4

*k5, k2tog* around. 96(108, 120, 132) sts

Round 6

*k4, k2tog* around. 80(90, 100, 110) sts

Round 8

*k3, k2tog* around. 64(72, 80, 88) sts

Round 10

*k2, k2tog* around. 48(54, 60, 66) sts

Round 12

*k1, k2tog* around. 32(36, 40, 44) sts

Round 14

*k2tog* around. 16(18, 20, 22) sts

Round 15

*k2tog* around. 8(9, 10, 11) sts

Proceed to Finishing Instructions


Cut yarn, and weave through rem sts with the tail. Refer to this tutorial if needed.

Most hats are fine without blocking, since they will naturally shape to fit the recipient’s head over time. However, feel free to spritz the beanie, and place it on a head form to shape.

Lastly, enjoy and show off your beautiful new beanie, or gift it to someone special. If desired, share it on Instagram using the #thegracefultangle and tag @thegracefultangle!

I hope you enjoyed following this pattern! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to Don't forget to follow along on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook and to stay in the loop!

Until next time,

Amy Kate

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