Flat Top Beanie Cap

This is going to be a beanie with a flatter top. This cap is the same as the Stripe Beanie Cap only the instructions for this cap are written for the spiral. I also have instructions written for this Beanie Cap with Stripes.

Skill Level: Easy Beginner

Flat Top Beanie Cap
MC = Magic Loop
SC = Single Crochet
CH = Chain
ST = Stitch


4 inches
= 12 Stitches
4 inches = 15 rows
Size I crochet hook
4-ply worsted weight yarn

Written by Teresa Richardson

MC - Magic Circle
You can also Chain 4 and join if you are not familiar with the magic circle

Round 1: CH 1, 10 SC in your magic circle or chain. Do not join.
(10 SC Total)

You will single crochet in the top of the beginning stitch with one continual round until the end of the cap is finished. You will want to mark your first stitch so you know approximately where a new round is beginning. There will be a shift to the left with your first stitch each round and a shift to the right with your yarn marker. If you change your marker each round, you will not notice the shift as much.

Round 2: CH 1, 2 SC in each ST around to the yarn marker. (20 SC Total)

Round 3: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 27 stitches. Continue around to the yarn marker. (27 SC total)

Round 4: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Continue around to the yarn marker. (27 SC total)

Round 5: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 36 stitches. Continue around to the yarn marker. (36 SC total)

Round 6: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Continue around to the yarn marker. (36 SC total)

Round 7: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 48 stitches. Continue around to the yarn marker. (48 SC total)

Round 8: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around,
Continue around to the yarn marker . (48 SC total)

Round 9: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 6 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 7 stitches for a total of 55 stitches.
Continue around to the yarn marker. (55 SC total)

Round 10-24: You will continue with a single crochet in each stitch for the remaining rounds. (55 single crochet total)

When you have completed the length of your cap, skip on stitch and join in the next stitch. Cut your yarn, sew in the tail.
Making the Cap Smaller:
  1. You can use an F, G or H hook without altering the pattern.
  2. Stop increasing after round 7 and continue on to form the sides of the cap
Making the Cap Larger:
  1. You can use a larger crochet hook
  2. You can make this cap larger by adding another increase round. At round 10, you will do 1 SC in ea of the next 5 SC, 2 SC in the next. (Approximately 65 single crochet total). Round 11-24 will be 1 SC in each stitch around. You can add more stitches or less stitches for a custom fit.


  1. is there any way you could post how to crochet mittens? you're movies have helped my roommate and i learn so many different things and it would be awesome to be able to make mittens too! thanks!

    1. People love the appeal of custom made products. OEM beanies designs are excellent options for people, but the problem is that sometimes designs get messed up in translation when the manufacturers get the designs. personalized beanies

  2. I have a request as well. A newsboy hat in HDC maybe? Good work on the hat. I also appreciate the lesson on changing colors.
    Question: When you are doing a project and you don't use all the yarn in the ball, how do you determine how much you have left? Weighing? Measuring the amount left? I find myself going back to get more yarn depending on the brand I buy.
    Oh one more tip request: I'm getting to the point where I have bits of leftover yarn. I would appreciate ideas for leftover yarn. Maybe open up to the group?

  3. Valencia, I have never looked at the amount of yarn before buying it. I always purchase more than I need, because I know I will use it up.

    I have a lot of projects on my crochet blog here for using up left over yarn. Granny squares are a great way to use up left over yarn. Flowers are another way. You can usually make a hat out of leftover yarn. I have added leftover thread with the yarn to give the hat a different look. You can make potholders. Magic Potholder There are a few ideas.

  4. Hannah, mittens are on my to do list.

  5. Thanks so much for the Flat Top Beanie Cap instructions. They have come in really handy! But I'm a bit stuck now that I've reached the end. I've increased to 55 stitches and done 55 SC in every ST all the way around, once. But you see I'm crocheting a hat for my boyfriend as a surprise, and he has a big(ish) head, and I'm wondering if I should keep increasing or if I should just follow the instructions for rounds 10-24. I guess my question is: how big is the flat top beanie cap (big enough for a girl's head, or a guy's?) and if I need to go bigger, how many stitches total will my next few rounds have (i.e. we increased from 27, to 36, to 48 to 55 to...then what?)? Thanks!

    and I'm a bit confused about size. I'm at the end o

  6. Ok this pattern does not work out if you do 48 and then single crochet in the next two and two single crochets in the 3rd all the way around you will get 64, not 55

  7. Lynn,
    I have a typo that I need to fix. The stripe beanie video tutorial is identical to this other than how the rounds are ended. Thank you for pointing this out. I will correct it.

  8. I have the same size issue. I have started out using a J hook hoping to get a bigger hat. so far I am at round 13 and it's just starting to curl. I am not sure of the size on round 24. I think I have tight stitches which cause me to have a smaller hat. Will let you know.

  9. Pricey,
    I know that Susan Bates hooks are smaller so that will make a difference in the size. I am going to put the gauge on this pattern.

  10. Hi, Any chance you'll post a video of this hat? I've been looking for spiral hats, I don't understand what 'shift' to the left or right mean :(
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom!!!
    Happy Holidays!

  11. greentina,
    I can do a video for this cap. Thank you and Happy Holidays.

  12. Hi. I'm trying to crochet this hat and I'm a bit confused. You say to single crochet in each stitch, but in the video for the spiral striped hat, which basically is the same hat I think, it looks like you are making a single crochet in each single crochet. What am I getting wrong? Thanks. (Love, love, love your videos and blog).

  13. ...and if it is the top of the stitch, is this the front loop or the back loop? Thanks.

  14. Panagiota,
    Thank you. Single crochet and stitch mean the same thing. It is just wording. Sometimes I say stitch, sometimes I say the name of the stitch.

    The crochet hook goes through both loops. You can go through the front or back if you want to give it a different texture look. There are 3 ways to insert your hook through the top of the stitch. All ways are correct.
    1. Front Loop
    2. Back Loop
    3. Both Loops

  15. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I'm very new at this, so I apologize for the silly question. Panagiota

  16. Hi. Any chance of posting a video of this hat? I've tried to make it four times unsuccessfully. I'm doing something wrong in trying to make it bigger. Also, the top ripples. Thanks!

  17. Anonymous,
    I will add a video for this cap to my projects.

  18. I made three different beanies...The third one, was the perfect beanie...because I followed your instructions. I love your videos and the magic circle. Thanks for doing what you do sistah. Aloha and Mahalo

  19. I followed the instructions for a bigger hat, but have produced something more suited to a baby size :( am going to try again with chunkier wool and a larger hook. It started to curl on round 3, is that why?

  20. Vicki,
    If it started to curl on round 3, it sounds like there may have been some increase rounds missed. Some of it could be yarn, tension and hook size. There should be approximately 55 stitches.

  21. I'm not sure how to explain this. I'm having a hard time getting the sides to start. It seems that if I fold the hat in half, I should have a flat bottom, but it is in a wide "u" shape. I am on round 13. Suggestions?

  22. Kimberlee,
    Continue on crocheting. As long as you do not do any more increases, it will start to shape in to a hat.

  23. Hi Teresa
    It would be great if you could include the gauge on all your patterns. I found this really useful, as I think I stitch quite tightly, and I can get an idea of what size hook I should use. Perhaps also mention gauge in future videos.
    Love your videos, I can finally crochet because of them :-)

  24. I have just gotten back into crocheting and I have been making a lot of hats for my nieces and I want to make some for my nephews. Do you think this would be a good pattern to use to modify and add a brim. I want to make a hat with a brim for my 4 year old nephew, but I am having a hard time finding a pattern that works well. I would just take this one and add a brim. Do you think that will work.

    Thanks for all your help!

  25. Hi Teresa - I recently took up crocheting again after a couple previous attempts a few years ago that ended in frustration (it's kind of a long story). This time, however, I was determined to really learn & I found your youtube channel & blog. I have made so far 2 flat top beanie caps & I've been getting compliments from others on them. I'm starting to enjoy crocheting again thanks to you. Your videos especially are very helpful & the way you present everything is so clear. I'm going to try next the basketweave scarf that you posted 1/2009. You're great! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  26. Thank you Helene, I wish you much continued success with crochet and a Happy Holidays.


  27. Hi Theresa..

    Great patterns and video as always! I have a question about the end and the beg of the rows. You say to ch 1 at the start of a new row (when going around in a spiral). After chaining 1, what is the next stitch worked? 2 away from the hook or the next occuring stitch? I always get the beg and end of crochet fouled up! thanks... Pat at the Jersey Shore

  28. I can not find the instuctions for the crochet beanie hat, the hat you are crocheting in brown yarn. Is it on here somewhere and I am just missing it.


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