Free Knitting Pattern: Headspin Beanie Winter Hat

This textured beanie makes a fashionable winter hat and can be created in so many colors, it'll make your head spin! ** An ad-free printable PDF version of this pattern is available on Ravelry.

This beanie is such a fun and easy make.  I love colors and textures and when both come together, it’s win-win!

Charcoal and Arctic Ice colorways

Yarn: Super Bulky Size 6 – personally, I love Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.

Color: Fisherman (also shown in Fisherman and Fossil and Black and Arctic Ice versions)

Needles: 10mm, 16″ circular – personally, I love my bamboo Clover Takumi knitting needles


K1 = Knit 1

P1 = Purl 1

K2tog = Knit 2 together

sts = stitches

Headspin Hat

  • Long tail cast-on: 40 sts (alternatively, you can use any multiple of 4 for knitting in the round. Mine is 4×10=40 because I’ve found 40-44 with a 10mm needle makes a decent adult-sized hat brim that’s not too tight.
  • Rows 1-6, Ribbing: K1, P1 around (40 sts)
  • Rows 7 and 8: [K3, P1 repeat around 10 times] (40 sts)
  • Rows 9 and 10: P1, [K3,P1 repeat around 9 times], K3 to end the round (40 sts)
  • Rows 11 and 12: K1, P1, [K3,P1 repeat around 9 times], K2 to end the round (40 sts)
  • Rows 13 and 14: K2, P1, [K3,P1 repeat around 9 times], K1 to end the round (40 sts)
  • Rows 15 to 22: Repeat Rows 7 to 14 (40 sts)
  • Rows 23 to 26: Repeat Rows 7 to 10 (40 sts)
  • Row 27: [K3, K2tog, repeat around 8 times] (this reduces your total to 32 sts)
  • Row 28: K1 around (32 sts)
  • Row 29: [K2, K2tog repeat around 8 times) (this reduces your total to 24 sts)
  • Row 30: K1 around (24 sts)

Finish: Cut an 8″ tail and thread through then cinch closed.

Pom is optional, of course! Enjoy 💕


Here are a couple additional color ways, Arctic Ice with Charcoal brim and Fossil with Fisherman brim. For these, I changed colors for the body color, starting with Row 7.

6 thoughts on “Free Knitting Pattern: Headspin Beanie Winter Hat

  1. Brenda Viens

    Hi. I am interested in knitting this with 44 stitches. How does that change the pattern?

    1. becciebcreative

      It just adds another repeat, increase repeat number (if 40 is 10 repeats, 44 is 11 repeats), hope this helps!

  2. Brenda Viens


  3. SueEllen

    I’d like to make Arctic Ice colorways. I knit very loose. Can you give me gauge for this. I have to use a smaller needle and want it to fit well.

    1. becciebcreative

      Hello, my gauge is very slightly different when I use 8mm, 9mm, or 10mm needles. If a person wants a slightly tighter fit, I will choose a smaller needle. Or if they have a slightly smaller head than “normal” I will also use a smaller needle.
      My 10mm gauge is 4″ = 14 rows, 4″ = 9 stitches
      My 9mm gauge is 4″ = 14.5 rows, 4″ = 9.5 stitches
      My 8mm gauge is 4″ = 15 rows, 4″ = 10 stitches
      Hope this helps – since there are quite a few variables that factor into which needle I choose (head measurements, tighter or looser fit desired), I am working on an “About Gauge” post right now, will be posted by this weekend. Stay tuned!

      1. Susan Sheldon

        Thanks for your reply. I think this will be helpful to me.

I'd love to hear from you, comments or questions are welcome!

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