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FREE PATTERN: The Hopeful Slouchy Beanie

Hey hey hey you guys! Boy have I got an uber easy beanie pattern for you! One word: totally fun! Okay, that’s two words but I am really stoked about how much fun this pattern is!

The Hopeful Slouchy Beanie was created with the beginner knitter in mind. In fact it should have a second name, the Easy Slouchy Beanie. The pattern works up quickly and is an absolute joy to make. In a world filled with so much chaos, my hope and prayer is that as you knit this beanie, it’ll remind you to keep hope alive no matter what you’re facing.

So, without further ado, here’s the Hopeful Slouchy Beanie pattern for ya.

A printer-friendly and ad free PDF version of the pattern is also available on Ravelry and it’s free to download for a limited time, so head on over and grab your copy.


Intermediate beginner


15 sts and 22 rounds = 4″/10 cm in
stockinette stitches in the round using US 10/6 mm needles (wet block your swatch and let dry before measuring)


Child (Teenager/Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)

Circumference to fit: 19–20″ (20–21″, 21–22″, 22–24″) / 48–51 (51–53, 53–56, 56–61) cm
Finished height: 7.5 (9, 10, 10.5)” / 19 (23, 25, 27) cm



Any Chunky weight yarn that meets gauge. Sample was made with King Cole NEW Magnum Chunky in Pink Haze


89 (112, 131, 144) metres / 97 (123, 143, 158) yards


US 8/5 mm 16″ (40 cm) circular needles

US 10/6 mm 16″ (40 cm) circular needles

US 10/6 mm 12″ (30 cm) circular needles or DPNs

Notions: Stitch marker, darning/tapestry needle to weave in ends, pom pom if desired


CO – Cast on

K – Knit

K2tog – Knit two together

M1 – Make one

P – Purl

Rep – Repeat

Sts – Stitches

  • Please read through the pattern before you begin
  • Although it is designed to be slouchy, you can easily knit the beanie to your desired length
  • The brim of the beanie is designed to have a snug fit
  • If you decide to block your beanie, please note that after blocking, your finished size can vary due to a number of factors including type of yarn used, your knitting style and your blocking technique. Sample shown was not blocked
  • Have fun knitting!



With size US 8/5 mm 16″ (40 cm) circular needles, CO 52 (56, 60, 64) sts.

Place stitch marker and join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist stitches

*K1, P1; rep from * around for 6 (8, 8, 8) rounds

Switch to US 10/6mm 16″ (40cm) needles and work increase round once


Child size: K1, (M1, k3) 6 times, (M1, k2) 7 times, (M1, k3) 6 times, M1, k1

Teenager/Adult Small: K1, (M1, k3) 8 times, (M1, k2) 3 times, (M1, k3) 8 times, M1, k1

Adult Medium: K1, (M1, k3) 19 times, M1, k2

Adult Large: K2, (M1, k3) 8 times, (M1, k4) 3 times, (M1, k3) 8 times, M1, k2

You will have 72 (76, 80, 84) sts


Knit one round

Round 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end

Round 2: *K2, p2; rep from * to end

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: Knit

Rep round 1–4 until you get to roughly 1″ before your desired height or until your work measures 6.5 (8, 10, 10.5)” / 16.5 (20, 23, 24) cm from CO edge.


Round 1: K2tog around [36 (38, 40, 42) sts]

Switch to US 10/6 mm 12″ (30 cm) circular needles or DPNs when you see fit

Round 2: Knit

Round 3: K2tog around [18 (19, 20, 21) sts]

Round 4: Knit

Round 5:

Child size and Adult Medium: K2tog around [9 (-, 10, -) sts]

Teenager/Adult Small and Adult Large: K1, *k2tog; rep from * until end [- (10, -, 11) sts]

Round 6: Knit

Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Using a darning/tapestry needle, pull it through the remaining sts. Pull tight and weave in all ends.

Add a pom pom of your desired size or rock that baby without one, it works either way.

I really hope you enjoy making and rocking the Hopeful Beanie. I would love to see your finished project, please tag me in your photos on social media using #kunbidesigns and #hopefulslouchybeanie

Instagram: @handmadebykunbi
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Happy knitting lovelies!


  • Beginner knitter

    I would like to make the Hopeful slouchy beanie with worsted weight yarn but not very good at knowing how to figure this out. Can I just change needle sizes or do I need to change the pattern instructions, also? Help with this pattern would be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.

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