Free Unisex Crochet Hat Pattern – Hannah Beanie

Free Unisex Crochet Hat Pattern – Hannah Beanie
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Unisex crochet hat patterns – we need more of them! Do you agree? Despite it’s name, the Hannah Beanie is a unisex crochet hat pattern. So why call it the Hannah Beanie?

I like to try to create ‘collections’ based on stitches or stitch combinations. This beanie uses the N stitch (please do not be intimidated by the name of this stitch).

I have the free on the blog Hannah ear warmer and cowl set that uses the N stitch. There is also a Hannah coffee cup cozy and a Hannah Washcloth. So I had to call this one the Hannah Beanie.

Hannah is the name of one of my sisters. She is a dog walker and every year she asks for more hats (she like to misplace hers). But there is a caveat – they all have to be red! Red is her favourite colour. One year I think I made her 9 beanies and received a photo of her wearing all 9 at the same time!

So the Hannah Beanie it was.

Inspiration behind the design

Hannah is not a girly girl. In fact I think the last time she only wears dresses to weddings! She certainly does not wear make up and her long hair is almost always in a functional pony tail.

So the beanie had to be simple, functional and warm.

Construction of the design

This unisex crochet hat pattern is worked from the brim up and in one piece so it is seamless. The pattern includes the option to create a double brim to really protect the ears from those cold winds!

If you are new to the N stitch don’t worry! I have both right and left handed video tutorials for this one. You will get into the rhythm of it quickly. You can see from the photos why this one is called the N stitch!

And you know I have you covered! I also have a video tutorial on crocheting a double brim, which you can find further down this post.

The Yarn

This hat is made with #4 weight yarn and a 4mm and 4.5mm hook.

For my red version I used HobbyCraft’s Women’s Institute Aran in red. This comes in 400g skeins and so it goes a long way! It also has a sheen to it, much like Caron Simply Soft. It is 100% acrylic and very easy to work with.

The periwinkle colour hat was made using Paintbox Simply Aran. This is another yarn that I always have in my stash because it is 100% acrylic, easy to wash and care for and feels so nice both when you are working with it and afterwards in your finished project. The colour range you can get is also fabulous.


The Crochet Cancer Challenge 2022

I decided to release this unisex crochet hat pattern as part of the Crochet Cancer Challenge 2022. This is my fourth year participating in this challenge and I am honoured to continue to be part of it!

Each October Christine from Sweet Potato 3 gets a group of designers together. We each design a hat to be released as a Free PDF Pattern for at least 24 hours. One hat is released each weekday in October with 2 on Saturdays, each from a different designer. The idea is that in return for your Free PDF Pattern you are pledging to make at least one of that pattern to donate to a local cancer unit / charity or family dealing with cancer.

I have again chosen to support oesophageal cancer with the periwinkle version of this hat. If you were around last year you will know that my Grandad, Newrick, had this type of cancer. Yet he always had a smile on his face for us kids. If you would like to know more about his story you can check out my post from last year here.

My Nana and Grandad

Get the PDF pattern!

You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern for this one in all of my shops:


The pattern specifics:

This unisex crochet hat pattern is written for adult sizes small (18″), medium (19″) and large (20″) and has a couple of inches of negative ease so it stays on your head comfortably.


·       Approx. 150-240 yds #4 weight yarn of your choosing depending on size made. 
·       4.00 mm and 4.5mm hook
·       Stitch markers (optional)
·       Scissors
·       Tapestry needle


8sts and 8 rows of the 2 row repeat of the N Stitch section is pattern is 2’’ x 2’’ with the 4.5mm hook


Pattern is written for several sizes – adult small, medium, large.

The circumference of your hat will be 18’’ (19’’/20’’) with a couple of inches ease in it, so the large should fit a head that measures 22’’ 

Due to the smaller hooks used for this one it is a warm one! This hat should be around 9.5 – 10 inches tall. To increase height repeat rows 3 and 4 before the decreases begin.

Abbreviations used:

·       Ch(s)–chain(s)
·       St(s)–stitch(es)
·       rep–repeat
·       sk—skip
·       fsc – foundation single crochet
·       hdc—half double crochet
·       sc – single crochet
·       sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
·       N St – N stitch (see special stitches)
·       Blo – back loop only
·       YO—yarn over
·       FO—fasten off 

Other notes:

·       Written in US terms.
·       Ch1 stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated.
·       Please ensure that you note how the sizes are differentiated as per the sizing information above. 
·       The body of the hat is worked in the round without turning.
·       Once you get to round 16 you MUST check what happens with the last couple of stitches in the round. We need to keep them stitch count as an even number so that the N Stitch rows work out

Special Stitches:

N Stitch:

The video tutorials for the N stitch are above.

If you prefer the written instructions they are:

Sk 1 st, hdc in the next st, insert hook from the top to the bottom of the front loop only of the skipped stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through one loop, YO, insert the hook back into the st you did the hdc, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through all 4 loops on hook. 

Camel Stitch:

YO, insert hook into the THIRD loop of the HDC from the previous row (this will be a horizontal bar below the two loops you normally work into. If working in the round, it will be on the INSIDE of your work). Pull up a loop, YO and pull thru all 3 loops on your hook. 

You can find our video tutorial on how to do this here : 

The Pattern:

For the brim: 

Using a 4mm hook and working in rows.

Row 1 –           Fsc 20 OR Ch 21 sc in second ch from hook and each ch across. 

Row 2 –            Ch1, turn, sc blo in each st across.

Row 3 –           Repeat row 2 until brim measures 18’’ (19’’, 20’’)

Hold the first and the last rows of the brim together and ss blo across to join. Note: if you ss through both loops the join will be bulky. You can decide which side is the right side (the side you prefer) before doing the next step.

Do not FO

My video tutorial for how to crochet a double brim if you would like to check it out:

Starting each hat: 

Using a 4.5mm hook and working in the round

Round 1-        Fold the brim in half around the longest side. Note: You will need to make sure your crochet into both sides of the brim for this round!

Ch1, hdc 72 (76, 80) evenly around. SS to join.

Round  2 –     Ch1, camel st (also known as hdc in the third loop) in same st and each st around. SS to join. (72, 76, 80)

Round 3 – Ch1, starting in the same st N stitch around (see special stitches) SS to join. (36, 38, 40 N sts)

Round 4 –      Ch1, sc in first st and each st around. SS to join.

Rounds 5-14 (16, 18) – Rep rounds 3 and 4 another 5 (6, 7) times.    

Round 15 (17, 19) –   Rep round 3 once more.

Round 16  (18, 20)-   Ch1, sc in first 5 sts, sc2tog, *sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog*. Rep from * to * 9 (9,10) times and 

  • If working small or medium – sc in last 2 (6)
  • If working size large you will have 3 stitches left, sc in next st, sc2tog, 

SS to join.        (62, 66, 68 sts)

Round 17 (19, 21) –   Ch1, starting in the same st N stitch around (see special stitches) SS to join. (31, 33, 34 N sts)

Round 18 (20, 22) –   Ch1, 

For the medium size only: sc2tog across the first 2 sts and then follow the rest of the row as per below

For Small / Large sizes: sc in first 4 sts, sc2tog, *sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog*. Rep from * to * 9 (9, 10) times and 

  • For size small sc in last 2 sts
  • If working medium – sc2tog over last 2 sts
  • If working large  – sc in last 2 sts

SS to join.        (52, 54, 56 sts)

Round 19  (21, 23) – ch1, starting in the same st N stitch around (see special stitches) SS to join. (26, 27, 28 N sts)

Round 20 (22, 24) –   ch1, sc in first 3 sts, sc2tog, *sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog*. Rep from * to * 9 times THEN

  • For size small sc in last 2 sts
  • If working medium – sc in last 4 sts
  • If working the large sc in the last 6 sts

SS to join.        (42, 44, 46 sts)

Round 21 (23, 25) –   ch1, starting in the same st N stitch around (see special stitches) SS to join. (21, 22, 23 N sts)

Round 22  (24, 26) – ch1, sc in first 2 sts, sc2tog, *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog*. Rep from * to *  9 times for all sizes and 

  • For size small sc in last 2 sts
  • If working a medium or large – sc in the last 6 sts.

SS to join.        (32, 34, 36 sts)

Round 23 (25, 27) –   ch1, starting in the same st N stitch around (see special stitches) SS to join. (16, 17, 18 N sts)

Round 24 (26, 28) –   ch1, *sc2tog*. Repeat from * to * 

If working a medium do not sc2tog for the last 2 sts, work a sc in each st. 

SS to join. (16, 18, 18)

Round 25 (27, 29) –    ch1, *sc2tog*. Repeat from * to * around

SS to join. (8, 9, 9)

Leave a long tail to close the top of the beanie, FO

Sew top of the beanie closed from the inside.

Sew in ends.


I hope that you enjoyed making this unisex crochet hat pattern as much as I did! Don’t forget to tag me in you makes on Instagram and Facebook!