Two young girls modeling the Beehive Beanie crochet hat pattern in charcoal grey and mushroom.

The Beehive Beanie | Free Crochet Pattern

The Beehive Beanie is an easy crochet hat pattern that uses super bulky yarn, creating a quick project that works up in less than an hour. Obviously, it’s called the Beehive Beanie because it looks similar to a beehive! The bulky yarn creates a thick, warm hat, that’s perfect for a cold winter. The addition of a faux fur pom pom can really add that trendy touch, that everyone is loving these days.

The pattern is rated easy/intermediate because it uses post stitches. If you’re familiar with working around a post, the pattern will be very easy for you. If you aren’t familiar with post stitches, It’s the perfect project to try a new stitch.

The photo shown was made with Michaels Brand Loops and Threads Cozy Wool, but sadly it has been discontinued. Therefore, I recommended Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick as a fantastic replacement.

If you’re looking for a little more drape, you may try using Lion Brand Re-Spun Thick and Quick Yarn. It’s a tad thinner than Thick & Quick and definitely has more movement.


The instructions below are for an adult small/medium. It will fit a teen or adult with a head circumference of about 21″-22″. A full ad free PDF which includes an adult size Large/XL can be found in my Etsy shop.

The size of the pattern can be adjusted by adding or subtracting rows from the band, in increments of 4.  This will change your ending stitch count throughout, but the instructions will remain the same.  If four stitches are too much for the adjustment you need, I recommend going up or down a hook size.   

How to Measure a Head Circumference

To measure your head, use a flexible measuring tape, measure the circumference around the widest part of your head, typically just above the eyebrow.


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Skill Level

Easy / Intermediate

Stitch Key | US Terms

ch(s) – chain/chains
sl st – slip stitch
hdc – half double crochet
st(s) – stitch/stitches
rnd(s) – round/rounds
beg – beginning
blo – back loop only
hdc2tog – half double crochet two together
bphdc – back post half double crochet


Size 6, Super Bulky Yarn
Approximately 110 yards
I prefer Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick , (results will vary depending on yarn used)
J10/6mm Crochet Hook (or size to meet gauge)
M13/9mm Crochet Hook (or size to meet gauge)
Tapestry Needle
Flexible Measuring Tape
Optional Faux Fur Pom

Gauge | Working in Rows

10 hdc & 8 rows = 4 x 4 Inches with J Hook
8 ½ hdc & 7 rows = 4 x 4 Inches with M Hook

Please be sure to check your gauge before starting, as tension can vary greatly from person to person and depending on the yarn used.

Special Stitches

Back Post Half Double Crochet (bphdc)
Yarn over, insert hook from back to front around post of corresponding stitch below, yarn over and draw up loop, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Half Double Crochet Two Together (hdc2tog)
Yarn over, insert hook in stitch and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook).  Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, draw up a loop (5 loops on hook).  Yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on hook (one hdc2tog created).

Hat Instructions

-Pattern is worked in rows starting at band
-Beg ch/chs of each row does NOT count as 1st st, work 1st st in same st as beg ch/chs

Row 1.
With J hook, Loosely ch8, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, and remaining chs across, turn. (6hdc)

Row 2-36.
Ch1, working in blo, hdc in each hdc across, turn. (6hdc)
(band should have enough stretch to fit up to 22 inches)

Joining Band

Holding foundation chs and last row evenly together, sl st together, do NOT fasten off, turn band right side out and proceed to hat instructions below.

Video instructions on how to join a hat band can be found below:

Starting Body of Hat

-Pattern will now be worked in rnds
-Beginning chs of each rnd do NOT count as 1st st, work 1st st in same st as ch1

Rnd 1.
switch to M hook, ch1, working evenly along row ends, hdc around, sl st in beg hdc to join. (36hdc)

Rnd 2.
Ch1, hdc around, sl st in beg hdc to join. (36hdc)

Rnd 3.
Ch1, bphdc in each hdc around, sl st in beg bphdc to join. (36bphdc)

Rnd 4,5.
Repeat rnd 2.

Rnd 6.
Repeat rnd 3.

Rnd 7,8.
Repeat rnd 2.

Rnd 9.
Repeat rnd 3.

Rnd 10,11.
Repeat rnd 2.

Rnd 12.
Repeat rnd 3.
(height should measure approximately 7 ½ – 8 inches tall including band)

Rnd 13.
Ch1, *hdc in 1st two sts, hdc2tog, repeat from * around, sl st in beg hdc to join. (27hdc)

Rnd 14.
Ch1, *hdc in 1st st, hdc2tog, repeat from * around, sl st in beg hdc to join. (18hdc)

Fasten off leaving a long tail end, turn hat inside out, weave tail end in and out of the last row of stitches, pulling tight to cinch closed, weave in loose ends.

The Beehive Beanie with Faux Fur Pom Pom in Mushroom

Optional Faux Fur Pom Poms can be purchased from The Burlap Kitchen or Sierra’s Crafty Creations.

Your new hat is now complete, enjoy!!

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If you try the pattern, I’d love to see pics. Be sure to tag me @simplymadebyerin

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