Crochet Beanie Hat with Cables Free Crochet Pattern

Oct 13, 2021 | Crochet for Charity, Crochet patterns

A crochet beanie hat with cables is a free pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home!

crochet beanie hat pattern

Last year was my first year participating in the Crochet Cancer Challenge hosted by my designer friend Christine at Sweet Potato 3.  It was such an amazing experience and I was so thrilled to be participating in such an amazing charity event that I couldn’t wait to sign up again for this year’s challenge.

As many of you may already know, early this summer we were given absolutely devastating news.  Our beloved granddaughter Julianna “Nina” was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  If you would like to read more about our beautiful girl you can read all about her and her initial diagnosis.

As you can imagine, our lives were turned upside down and inside out immediately.  We were given just a few weeks to spend with her without any treatment.  Any possible treatment would not have prolonged her life in any meaningful way.

Unless a miracle happens (which we are praying for every day!) we will be saying goodbye to our little girl.  So, we have spent these months enjoying every second with her.  Today she is still going strong playing and enjoying the things all little girls love.  

So participating in this year’s Crochet Cancer Challenge has been particularly poignant.  I wanted to honor this precious little girl that means so much to us.  Our bright and shining, beautiful little Nina.

crochet faux cable beanie free pattern

My Nina Bean Beanie is grey for brain cancer awareness.  So many children each year are diagnosed with brain cancer and each one is a bright and shining light in their family as well.  

Crochet Beanie Hat Pattern Details

This free crochet hat pattern is worked flat side to side in turned rows to make a rectangle shape.  You are crocheting your ribbed brim right along with the hat – not adding it later.  Once you have the desired width you will fold the rectangle together, seam, close the top of the hat and add a pom pom to the top.

If you need help with any of these steps I have complete tutorials to help:

Mattress Stitch for sewing your hat’s seam
Sewing the top of a hat closed
You should be able to view the complete Nina Bean Beanie Tutorial here but if you are having trouble viewing it here, you can also find it on YouTube.  Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get notified whenever I post a new video.

I am using Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn* which is a medium worsted weight yarn that is soft 100% acrylic yarn for my hat.  One of my favorite affordable soft yarns.  

The stitch is a faux cable stitch combined with ridges for a lot of texture. The faux cable stitch is very unique and fun – actually made with single crochets worked into chains between skipped stitches.  A very easy way to create a faux crochet cable!

You are creating the ridges by working slip stitches in the front loop of your stitch for one row and then working a half double crochet stitch in the unused loop in the next row which creates the beautiful textured ridge row.

One of my favorite things about this design is that you are crocheting the “ribbing” of your hat as you are working your hat.  No need to add ribbing on at the end.  Just fold and sew!

If you prefer slouchy style you can easily adjust the pattern to make this a more slouchy style hat.

The Nina Crochet Beanie Hat pattern is also available as an ad-free, printable PDF. You can purchase the individual pattern for the crochet beanie pattern, or if you love PDFs, you might want to check out my Lifetime Membership. It’s an awesome deal! Never pay for one of my PDFs again!! (Or, scroll down for the free version!)

Purchase the ad-free pdf of the Nina Beanie pattern for a small fee.  Thank you so much for supporting my work! 

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You may also like the following free crochet hat patterns at Nana’s Crafty Home:

  1. Marjorie Hat free crochet pattern
  2. Winter Park Hat free crochet pattern
  3. Bubble Gum Pop Hat free crochet pattern

Nina Bean Crochet Beanie Pattern Hat free crochet pattern

Pattern written in US crochet terminology


  • I Love This Yarn, Weight 4/Medium (100% acrylic 7 oz / 199 g) 
  • Light Gray Color
  • 3.5 oz / 178 yds (child)
  • 4.5 oz / 228 yds (adult small)
  • 5.0 oz / 255 yds (adult medium)
  • 5.5 oz / 280 yds (adult large)

Size I/ (5.5 mm) crochet hook size
Pom Pom (optional)
Tapestry Needle

crochet faux cable beanie free pattern

Approximate finished size: 

Child: 8” height x 20” width of rectangle at top of hat before sewing (20″ circumference)
Adult Small: 9” height x 21” width
Adult Medium: 9” height x 22” width
Adult Large: 10” height x 23” width

Gauge:  13 rows in pattern = 4”; 16 hdc sts = 4”


WS = wrong side
RS = right side
ch(s) = chain(s)
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
sk = skip
BLO = back loop only

Notes about pattern:

  • Hat is worked flat from side to side as a rectangle, folded and seamed together.
  • Stitch and row counts are listed according to size child (adult small, medium, large)
  • To adjust height, add or subtract chains in multiples of 3.
  • Stitch count remains the same unless otherwise stated.

Recommended Tutorials:

Mattress Stitch for seaming your hat

How to sew the top of a hat closed

Nina Bean Beanie Complete Video Tutorial

Pattern Instructions:

Ch 33 (39, 42, 42)

Row 1:  (WS) hdc in third ch from hook (skipped chs do not count as st), hdc in each ch to end. Turn. 31 (37, 40, 40)

Row 2:  (RS) (working in front loops), sl st in each st to end.  Turn.

Row 3:  ch 1, (working in unused back loops of row before last), sc in first st, hdc in each remaining st to end.  Turn.

Nina Bean Beanie process 1

Row 4:  For ribbing, sl st in front loops of first 10 sts; working in both loops, *cable: ch 3, sk next 2 sts, hdc in next st, turn, sc in each ch of ch-3, sl st into the top of the sl st for first cable or hdc for remaining cables at base of ch-3, turn; working behind cable, hdc in each 2 skipped sts,* repeat from * to * end.  Turn.  10 sts + 7 (9, 10, 10) cables.

Nina Bean Beanie process 2
Nina Bean Beanie process 3
Nina Bean Beanie process 4

Row 5:  (skip cables) ch 1, sc in first st, 2 hdc in next hdc st, *hdc in hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc, skip cable;* repeat from * to * to last 10 sts, hdc in unused back loops of row before last in last 10 sts.  Turn.

Row 6:  (working in front loops), sl st in each st to end.  Turn.

Row 7: ch 1, (working in unused back loops of row before last), sc in first st, hdc in each remaining st to end.  Turn.

Rows 8 – 63 (67, 71, 75):  repeat rows 4 – 7.

Row 64 (65, 72, 76): repeat row 4

Row 65 (66, 73, 77): repeat row 5

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

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Fold ends of rectangle together, with WS facing, sew together with mattress seam stitch.  Sew top of hat closed.  Note: top of hat is opposite ribbing.

Attach pom pom, if desired.

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crochet faux cable beanie free pattern


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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!