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Hayride Beanie | Free Knitting Pattern

This fall-inspired beanie features the same colorwork design as the Hayride Socks, and uses squishy worsted weight yarn. Choose two of your favorite colors and have fun with this beanie!


  • 50 grams each of two colors of any worsted weight yarn. Sample uses Knit Picks Twill in Gold Rush(MC) and Sea Salt Heather(CC)

  • Size 8 (5.00mm) circular needles, suitable for the method(s) of your choice

  • Scissors and a yarn needle

  • Ruler to check gauge

  • Stitch marker suitable for knitting in the round


16 stitches and 24 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, worked in the round


CO: cast on

MC: main color

CC: contrast color

cdd: center double decrease

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:

Center Double Decrease Tutorial:

Sizing Notes

  • This pattern is designed to fit baby-adults and distributed into four 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 place a marker at the beginning of each 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.


CO 64(72, 80, 88) sts using the long tail cast on method, and pm to mark the beg of ea round.

Rounds 1-6(8, 10, 12)

*k1, p1* around

Proceed to Body Instructions


Rounds 1-3 (CC)

*sl 1, k3* around

Rounds 4-6 (MC)

*k2, sl1, k1* around


Repeat Rounds 1-6 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 repeats. Always end on a Round 6 repeat.

Note: On the last round, do NOT knit the last stitch. This is to prepare for the crown of the beanie!

Proceed to Crown Instructions


SETUP: Slip the last stitch from the previous round to the right hand needle, remove marker, slip stitch back to left hand needle, and replace marker. You’re simply moving the beginning of your round one stitch over to align colorwork.

Round 1 (MC)

*k3tog, sl 1* around. 32(36, 40, 44) sts

Round 2 (CC)

*sl 1, k1* around. 32(36, 40, 44) sts

Round 3 (CC)

*cdd, k1* around. 16(18, 20, 22) sts

Round 4 (CC)

k all sts 16(18, 20, 22) sts


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.

After blocking, top with a yarn or faux fur pom if desired! Find my favorite poms here.

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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