The Simple folded brim beanie knit pattern is a pattern you can use for free, but please know that it was not tech edited or test knit. It’s just a simple folded brim beanie knit pattern. And best of all, it’s quick and easy to knit. Enjoy!
I was in the mood to knit up a beanie, but I wanted it to be a rather quick knit – so bulky weight yarn was on my mind. I went scrounging through my stash and found this lovely fuzzy red yarn. It is Plymouth Aireado in the colorway Garnet. Instantly, I knew this would make a lovely and soft beanie.
My daughter is constantly buying commercially knit beanies. Do you know how upsetting that is to a knit mom?!?! I feel my blood boil every time I see one of those monstrosities in my house. How can you raise a kid right, in hand knit beanies, made with quality yarn like Malabrigo Rios, only to have them turning to this junk? The horror! The HORROR!
Commercial knit hat investigation
I took one of her more favorite monstrosities and studied it. It’s not that I want to compete. But, I do want to know what it is that she likes about these.
First, I notice, subpar yarn. The yarn is a little plastic-y and very stretchy. Like, was this beanie a leotard in a previous life?
Second, I notice other design elements. Working from the bottom up, I notice the folded brim. One thing her commercially knit beanies have that my beanies never have is a folded brim.
Maybe if I made her a folded brim, she would stop picking up these commercially knit hats to throw in my face? Perhaps what she needs is a hand knit beanie with a brim so that she can finally be at peace. Or maybe, but much less likely, I should just get over it.
Not today. Not today. Today, we are going to rid my daughter of her rebellion and commercially knit beanie buying obsession!
One other small consolation I give myself with these commercially knit beanies, they usually have weird holes in them. On purpose. Obviously, she shops at Hot Topic. Now, if I knit a beanie and there was a huge gaping hole in it – I wouldn’t sell that to anyone. But … It’s a thing.
The third thing I noticed about all her commercially knit beanies, they are all stockinette. All of them. The brim sometimes is ribbed, but mostly it’s stockinette stitch city.
Finally, I looked closely at the closing of the hat. And between you and me – it’s kind of gross. They just sewed it together in an x shape at the top. No decreases! None!
Hand knitting hat decisions made
First, no arguments here. My yarn is way better quality. Hands down. Gurl, you know I am at the yarn store feeling all the yarns, checking for softness, squishiness, and all good things.
Second, folded brims. I can’t even deny that a good solid folded brim looks excellent. It’s a inconvenience of time knitting something that is “already done”, but ok. So, I decide I can make a solid folded brim.
Third, I decided to knit the brim in a 1×1 rib, and the main hat in stockinette stitch. Again, this will mimic the look of the hats she brings into my house that were commercially (machine) knit.
Finally, I can do a hat closing that mimics the harsh lines of her commercial knit hat. Since the seaming is kind of a … design element … question mark … ? I decided to go ahead and make bold decreases and also just do four decrease areas so it stands out.
All the things I used to knit my beanie…
I’m going to give you the details of what you need down below, but I wanted to give some details on the yarn, etc., so you can try to match it if you really love the way this beanie looks.
I used the Plymouth Yarn Aiereado in colorway Garnet 0023. This is not your regular bulky weight yarn. Because, it is airy, extremely light, and very fluffy. Kind of reminds me of Wonderfluff by Knit Picks. It creates a beautiful halo and is amazingly soft.
For my knitting needles, I decided that I didn’t work any increases. Obviously, one way to get your hat to have a tighter brim and a more relaxed body is to use two sizes of knitting needles. Based on my yarn weight, I decided to go with 5.5 mm knitting needles on the brim, and then 6 mm on the main body of my hat. You can choose to just use one size and not switch.
Also, I knit my beanie using a large cable so that I could use magic loop method. This is my favorite method for knitting in-the-round. I do use DPN’s for socks, or when I just want to feel extra magical.
Of course, you will need scissors and tapestry needle, you can add a pom pom too if you want.
Simple Folded Brim Beanie Knit Pattern Lite
- 1 5.5 mm knitting needles DPN or circular as preferred
- 1 6 mm knitting needles DPN or circular as preferred
- 1 Scissors
- 1 Tapestry Needle
- 122 yards Bulky weight knitting nedles
- With smaller needles, CO 72 sts, join in the round. Place BOR marker.
- Work 1×1 rib pattern for 2 inches (*k1, p1* around). Knit one round. (this is to make the foldable brim stay in place easier…. )Work 1×1 rib pattern for 2 inches (*k1, p1* around).
Main Stitch Pattern
- Switch to larger knitting needles. *K* all rounds until desired hat height.(remember that the brim will fold, so be sure to not include that in your hat height).
- RND 1: K7, pm, CDD, *k15, pm, CDD*, until 8 sts remain, k8RND 2: *K*RND 3: *K to one st before m, CDD*RND 4: *K*Repeat RNDs 3 & 4 until you have 8 sts on your needles.
- Cut a tail, using a tapestry needle thread it through the live stitches and close the hat. Weave in ends and block as desired.
I hope you enjoy knitting this Simple Folded Brim beanie. And, if you use this pattern, be sure to give me a shoutout on SM. I’m on IG @ozzylosiknits #ozzylosiknitdesigns
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