Fairy Tale: Slouchy Beanie Pattern

Remember how I was raving about the Fairy Tale yarn I used in last week’s pattern? Well, I’m still crazy about it and once I finished the gloves, I had to make something else with that yarn too. So, I made matching slouchy beanie for my niece using that beautiful Knit Picks Brava in Fairy Tale! This slouchy beanie pattern is so easy to make that I whipped it up in one night. It starts off with a basic rib, a textured seed stitch body, and a nice giant pompom to top it all off. Continue reading for the full slouchy beanie pattern.

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Fairy Tale Slouchy Beanie Pattern


  • MC- 1 ball of KnitPicks Brava Worsted in Fairy Tale
  • CC – 1 skein of Crafter’s Secret in Passport
  • US #8 (5.00mm) 16″ circular needles
  • Stitch markers
  • tapestry needles
  • Large pompom maker (optional)


This slouchy beanie pattern is written as I made it for my niece in a kids’ large (10-18yrs) but additional sizing are in parentheses. Be sure to check that you have the right size when you start and everything else works out!

Kids’ large (child 3-10,  adult small, medium, large, XL)

For more specific measurements and a guide for getting hat sizes right every time, check out my Ultimate Guide to Sizing Hats!


1. With the CC, cast on 90 (80, 110, 120, 130, 140) stitches using a long tailed cast on. Being careful not to twist the stitches, join to work in the round and place a stitch marker.

2. *Knit 1, purl 1* all the way around. Continue working in k1p1 ribbing until the cuff measures 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 5.5) inches from the cast on edge.

Switch to MC.

3. *Purl 1, knit 1* around until the last 2 stitches. K2tog.

4. *Knit 1, purl 1* around.

5. *Purl 1, knit 1* around

Repeating rounds 4 and 5 to creates the seed stitch texture for this slouchy beanie pattern. Continue working this pattern, repeating round 4 and 5 until your beanie measures 6 (5.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5) inches from where you attached the main color yarn.

6. *Knit 1, p3tog* around.

7-8. Work 2 more rounds of seed stitch, purling the knits and knitting the purls from the last round.

Repeat round 6-8 two more times, and 3 more times for the XL size.

Trim the yarn so that you have a long tail and thread that tail through a tapestry needle. Bring the needle with the tail yarn through the remaining stitches and slide the stitches off the needles. Pull to close the top of the hat and secure the tail with a knot. Weave in any loose ends and trim the excess yarn.

To Finish:

Now, just add a pompom to the top of the beanie to finish it off. You can either use a pompom maker to create one, DIY your own using embroidery hoops or your hand (tutorial here), or attach a ready made one. I made mine using the Clover Large Pompom maker and the CC yarn.

No matter how you make the pompom, be sure to sew it on securely to the beanie. I like to take my time and go around the base of the pompom, making sure that it doesn’t wobble too much when I shake the hat around a little. Once you attach the pompom, you’re done!

Related: Fairy Tale Convertible Gloves Pattern

Oh, and BTW…

I love this slouchy beanie so much; the color, the texture, and just how easy it is to size makes it the perfect pattern for beginners. Beanies are a great way to learn to knit because you can make them as simple or as complicated as you want. Personally, I love using the “body” section of a beanie to try out new stitches and textures. If you’re interested in learning more about knitting beanies or knitting anything, you should check out Craftsy.com for online classes (both free and paid!). There are even two courses for how to knit hats.



This weekend (1/13/2017-1/15/2017), Craftsy is having a BOGO sale on all their courses! This includes courses on everything from knitting and crochet to photography and watercolor painting. So, take a look and see if there’s anything you like because this is the best time to get a course!

I’m going to be trying this sweater knitting course myself, but haven’t decided on the second yet. Take a look around and let me know what course you’re interested in!

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