Macchiato Crochet Beanie Free Pattern

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If you want a delightful and quick free crochet pattern that uses a gorgeously soft yarn, the Macchiato Crochet Beanie is the perfect project. This cozy and stylish beanie is perfect for those who appreciate the beauty of crocheting in the round, eliminating a seam. Crafted with simplicity in mind, this pattern is ideal for both beginners and seasoned crocheters alike. And once you've master this quick crochet beanie, try working from bottom-up with the Juniper Knit-Look Crochet Hat, or step up your skills using colorwork with the Amanita Mushroom Hat Free Crochet Pattern.

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What you'll love about this beanie pattern.

  • Top-Down Construction - Easy to adjust the length!
  • Video Tutorial - The best kind of visual to keep you on the right track.
  • 5 Sizes - From Baby to Adult, this crochet hat is for all ages.

Why Crochet A Top-Down Beanie?

  1. Customization: One of the biggest advantages is the ability to customize the beanie easily. Starting from the crown and working downwards allows for on-the-fly adjustments to fit, making it easier to adapt the size to different head shapes and sizes.
  2. No Seams: Top-down construction eliminates the need for seams, creating a seamless and smooth finish. This not only enhances the overall aesthetic but also reduces the amount of finishing work required.
  3. Continuous Stitch Pattern: The top-down approach allows for a continuous stitch pattern, providing a consistent look throughout the crochet beanie. This is particularly beneficial for intricate or textured patterns, as there are no disruptions in the design.
  4. Easy Fitting: Since you begin at the crown, it's easy to try the beanie on as you go to ensure a perfect fit. Adjustments can be made in real-time, ensuring that the finished product is comfortable and fits well.
  5. Easy to Learn: For beginners, top-down construction can be easier to grasp than bottom-up methods. The simplicity of working in a continuous round from the top makes it a great starting point for those new to crochet.

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How To Get The Right Fit For Your Beanie

How do we know what size to crochet when it comes to a beanie? Aim for a hat circumference that is approximately 1–2 inches less than your head circumference. This intentional negative ease not only contributes to a snug and secure fit but also prevents your hat from slipping or feeling too loose.

Choosing a circumference slightly smaller than your head measurement ensures that the beanie will hug your head comfortably, providing a cozy and well-fitted look. This negative ease is especially crucial for maintaining the hat's stability during wear, preventing any unwanted slippage or discomfort.

And if you've fallen in love with this look, then you will love to know this beanie matches the Child Macchiato Crochet Sweater Pattern, and you can even make one for yourself with the Adult Macchiato Crochet Sweater or even the Macchiato Crochet Poncho Pattern.

The Macchiato Collection can be purchased on Etsy or Ravelry.

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Supplies To Crochet The Macchiato Beanie

WeCrochet Wonderfluff Bulky (5 Weight) in Finnley Heather, 70% Baby Alpaca, 23% Nylon, 7% Merino Wool; 142 yds/50g.

The use of Wonderfluff Bulky Weight Yarn adds a luxurious touch to the beanie, providing warmth without sacrificing style. The bulky weight yarn allows for a quick and satisfying project, making it an ideal choice for those looking to whip up a fashionable accessory in no time.

Yarn Quantities
(850; 950

Yarn Substitutions
Snuggle Puff
70% Pima Cotton, 30% Nylon
Brava Bulky
100% Premium Acrylic
Swish Bulky
100% Fine Superwash Merino Wool 137yds/100gS

Remember to always check gauge and drape when substituting yarns.

Crochet Hook
Size J (6.0mm) Crochet Hook, or hook to obtain gauge.

Yarn Needle
Removable Stitch Marker

Skill Level
Advanced Beginner


Baby (Toddler, Child, Teen, Adult)
To fit head circumference: 14-16 (16-18, 18-20, 20-22, 21-23)
More measurements are in schematic.

Finished measurements: 12 (14.5, 17, 19.5, 21)


Alt –Alternatively
BLO -back loop only
Ch -chain
FLO -front loop only
Hdc -half double crochet
Hdc2tog -half double crochet two stitches together
Inc. - increase

13 sts by 8.5 rows = 4” square

How to Crochet A Gauge Swatch
Working a gauge swatch will let you know if you will have the correct sizing for this pattern. A gauge swatch helps you practice the stitches used in this project and improve your stitch work for a flawless look.
Are you struggling to match gauge? Check out the blog post on What is Crochet Gauge and How To Fix It

Gauge Swatch Instructions:
Stitch pattern for gauge swatch: Ch 17, in second chain from hook hdc 1 in blo, hdc 1 in flo; repeat from * to * across, turn. Repeat these steps to make the gauge swatch with a ch 1 at the beginning of the row.

This is a top-down beanie. We will be working in rounds and joining. And then turning after each round for the unique stitch pattern. After increasing for the crown of the head, we will then be working the length of the hat along with a round of puff stitches. Lastly, we will end with a join-as-you-go ribbing. A pompom can be placed on the top for extra style.

Special Stitches
Puff Stitch: Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch/space. Yarn over again and pull up a long loop. (Yarn over and insert your hook into the same stitch/space. Yarn over again and pull up a long loop) two more times (7 loops on the hook). Yarn over and pull through the first 6 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining loops.

Established stitch pattern (est st pattern): hdc 1 in blo, hdc 1 in flo; repeat from * to * around increasing by placing two stitches in indicated stitch.

Magic Circle: Start by creating a loop with your yarn. The tail of the working yarn will be over the working end. Insert your hook into the loop from behind. Yarn over and pull through the loop. Ch 1, Work all of your indicated stitches into the loop. Pull the tail end of your yarn to close the loop. Pull firmly to fasten the loop closed, this end will be weaved in and fastened off.


  • A ch 1 at the beginning of a row is not counted as a stitch. Using a stitch marker at the beginning of each round is recommended.
  • This beanie is worked from top down with a ribbing edge. We will crochet in the round turning at the beginning of each new round; place a stitch marker in the last stitch of the round to help keep track of first and last stitches.
  • Before you dive into your project, take a moment to identify the stitch and row counts that match the size you're making. By highlighting or marking them, you'll save time and effort later on. Trust us, this small step will make a big difference in your crochet journey!

This Pattern Uses Standard US Terminology

Video Tutorial for the Free Crochet Beanie

Watch how easy and beginner friendly it is to work up this crochet piece with a tutorial.

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How to Crochet A Bulky Crochet Beanie

Top of The Crochet Beanie

Rnd 1: Working in the MC hdc 8, join. | 8 sts

Rnd 2: Turn and ch 1, *2hdc in blo, 2hdc in flo*; repeat from * to * around, join. | 16 sts

Rnd 3: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern increasing every 2nd sts alt., join. | 24 sts

Rnd 4: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern increasing every 3rd sts alt., join. | 32 sts

Rnd 5: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern increasing every 4th sts alt., join. Baby size stop here and go to Beanie Length. | 40 sts

Rnd 6: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern increasing every 5th sts alt., join. Toddler size stop here and go to Beanie Length. | 48 sts

Rnd 7: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern increasing every 6th sts alt., join. Child size stop here and go to Beanie Length. | 56 sts

Rnd 8: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern increasing every 7th sts alt., join. Teen size stop here and go to Beanie Length. | 64 sts

Rnd 9: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern increasing every 16th sts alt., join. Adult size stop here and go to Beanie Length. | 68 sts

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Beanie Length

Rnd 1: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern without increasing, join. | 40 (48, 56, 64, 68) sts

Repeats: Repeat Round 1 for 1 (2, 3, 3, 2)more rounds. At this point including the set up, round totals are: 6 (8, 10, 11, 12)

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Puff Section

Rnd 1: Turn and ch 1, skip the first st, hdc in the next, work a puff st into the skipped st around the hdc; repeat from * to * around, join.| 40 (48, 56, 64, 68) sts

Rnd 2: Repeat Rnd 1 (Puff Round).

Rnd 3: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern without increasing, join.
Total rounds at this point including set up round: 9 (11, 13, 14, 15)

Beanie Ribbing
The ribbing will be worked in rows and perpendicular to the hat body.

Row 1: Ch 5 (5, 6, 6, 7), in blo slip st in second chain from hook and across to body, sl st 2 sts on the body (these do not count as sts), turn. | 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) sts

Row 2: Skip the two sts from the body, in blo sl st in each st across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, in blo sl st in each st across, sl st 2 sts on the body, turn.

Repeats: Repeat Rows 2-3 around the bottom of the beanie body.
Join last row to beginning row by slip stitching through blo of first and last row at the same time with the WS facing.

Handy Blocking Tip

Blocking hats can feel tricky due to the shape, but don't over think it. Either lay flat to dry or find a sports ball similar to the shape of a head. The key is to not stretch the hat, we want negative ease.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Attach a pompom to the top of the hat if desired.
For a dual pompom Add between rows 4 & 5.
Want to make your own faux fur pompom? Check out this quick Faux Fur Pompom Tutorial.
Lightly block and wear.

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You can also finish off this beanie with a yarn pompom or leave it without for a simple look. This works up so fast with the bulky weight yarn, you will want to make one for all your family and friends. And if you've enjoyed working with bulky weight yarn, check out the Macchiato Wreath Crochet Tree Skirt.
This also makes a great last minute gift to crochet. And if you love the softness of this yarn, then you can create and cuddle up with the Be My Bunny Crochet Ami, it also uses Wonderfluff Yarn! Happy crocheting during these chilly months.

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