Jul 3, 2010

Boys Town Beanie

After hearing the Boys Town football team head coach speak at a work function, I was inspired to knit a hat for each member of their high school varsity squad. Needing a simple pattern that would work well for a variety of teenage boys, and without the benefit of sizes on hand, I came up with a super stretchy hat that should fit just about anyone's head.

This is a one-size beanie — it fits my head about as well as it fits my husband's. Made this way on purpose, you can give it to a wide range of people and ensure it will fit.



  • One size US 9 / 5.5 mm circular needle, 16"
  • One set US 9 / 5.5 mm DPNs
  • One skein Red Heart Super Saver Solids {100% acrylic; 364yds/333m per 198g} for main color (MC)
  • Five yards Red Heart Super Saver Solids {100% acrylic; 364yds/333m per 198g for contrasting color (CC)
  • Darning needle


17 stitches = 4"


child (adult)


CC = contrasting color
CO = cast on
K = knit
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
MC = main color
P = purl
P2tog = purl 2 stitches together
Sts = stitches


With CC, cast on 76 {96} stitches. Join for working in the round.

Rows 1 - 3: With CC, k2 p2. Repeat around hat.

Row 4: Switch to MC. K2, p2. Repeat around hat.

Repeat k2, p2 ribbing with MC until hat measures 7 {10} inches from cast on edge.


Row 1: k2tog, p2. Repeat around hat.

Row 2: k1, p2. Repeat around hat.

Row 3: k1, p2tog. Repeat around hat.

Row 4: k1, p1. Repeat around hat.

Row 5: K2tog. Repeat around hat.

Row 6: Knit all stitches.

Row 7: K2tog. Repeat around.


Break yarn, leaving a 10” tail. Weave through stitches on needles, and bind off. Weave in all ends.


I’d love to see your finished hats! Tag your projects #shemakeshats on Instagram to share!


  1. How do you close the hole at the top? I would love to make these to donate but want to ensure I am doing it corretly

  2. Thank you for the Beanie Pattern. I looked at you other work and patterns, very nice...

  3. I just finished my first hat thanks to you! I only knitted 72 stitches though, I tried with 90 with a 16 stitches per inches gauge and it was way too big. Also I only knitted 7 inches. I guess I have a small head hehe! Anyway, it's perfect now!

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