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Tie Up Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern

Do you have the problem that when making beanies or hats they sometimes do not come out to be the right size and you have to frog the entire thing or just sell it as a different size? Well, I have the solution for you that allows you to change the hat size as you make it.

Using my technique, I created the TIE UP BEANIE. Its starts with a rectangle (as if you were making a scarf) and then turning it into a beanie or hat or even a messy bun/ponytail beanie. It works for all of them. With the only difference of having it tied up like shoe laces in the back of the beanie.

It does not just look, it is very functional. It can be made lose or snugly. It is your choice. I am in love with this beanie. Furthermore, I also used the shortened cable stitch making it even elegant on top of being functional.



I have never seen this before anywhere. But that does not mean I was the first with this idea. Tho I hope so 😛




You will need:

  • 5.0mm hook
  • Tapestry needle and scissors
  • Worsted weighted yarn, I used premier yarns Deborah Norville Collection Everyday yarn (in color really red)

Gauge: 1 cable stitch x 3 rows (2 hdc & cable stitch row + 1 sc row) = 1 square inch

Stitches used (click for video tutorial):


NOTE: These instructions are for a teen/adult head, but you could make it smaller or larger by just stopping earlier or extent it more. This beanie is not made a typical way, in fact it is made by making a rectangle first and then sewing up a part of the beanie permanently together, and the rest of the beanie is tied up like shoe laces using a string, band, or like me a braided yarn tie.

The first thing you need to know is the head circumference of the person you are making the beanie for. Furthermore, you will also need to know the height of beanie. So the length (longest part) of the rectangle will be the head circumference plus a 1-2 inches depending how lose you want the beanie to sit on the hat.

The shorter part of the rectangle will be the height of the beanie plus 1 or more inches depending on whether you want the beanie to be snuggly on the top of the head or be slouchy. Also as the top of the beanie is sewed up tied, you could also leave it partly open and use it as a messy bun/ponytail beanie.


With red yarn and a 5.0mm hook make a foundation single crochet (fsc) chain with 32 stitches plus a chain 1 as a turning chain. If you have trouble making a foundation single crochet chain (video tutorial here), make a normal chain of 33, turn, make a sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and sc in each chain across, ch1, turn. But I really recommend you know the foundation single crochet as it will look better in the end.

Row 1: 1 hdc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (32 sts)

Row 2: 1 hdc in the first 2 stitches, *1 cable stitch using the next 4 stitches (see video or photo tutorial for more help on that), 1 hdc in the next 2 stitches, repeat from * till the end, ch 1, turn (32 sts)

Row 3: 1 sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (32 sts)

Repeat rows 2-3, as many times as needed, I made it about 19 inches long stopping after row 3

Last row: 1 sc in each stitch across, (32 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a long piece of yarn to sew part of it together.

Turning the rectangle into a beanie:

Fold the rectangle in half, having the right side inside. Sew part of the short side together until you reach the second cable stitch (counting from the side you fastened off).

You can now either fasten off and weave in the end, or like me, work your way back (by sewing) to the top of the beanie opening (the opening that was created by sewing part of the beanie together).

Now use that part of the yarn or a new piece of yarn and sew the opening of the beanie either shut closed for a typical beanie or sew it partly closed together by not pulling it so tied that it is all the way closed and leaving a hole so that it can be used as a messy bun/ponytail beanie.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Now you still have an opening on the other side of the beanie. First turn the beanie right side out. Then either use a certain string, yarn or band of your choice, or like me braid yourself on, by cutting 9 pieces of yarn in the length of 1 yard (can be longer if you want it to hang down longer) and having 3 pieces of yarn per braid string and make them into a braided long tie.

Finally weave the tie, band, string or whatever you used through the holes next to the cable stitches, starting at the point where you stopped sewing the beanie (where my finger is on the left picture below) together, as you would for a shoe for show laces.

You can weave it differently too, I just weaved it in that way and tied it up on the bottom in a knot. Now you are finished and can wear the beanie, sell it or gift it.


Shortened cable stitch picture instructions (video tutorial is here and on the bottom of this pattern):

NOTE: These pictures below are just to learn the cable stitch as it is not the complete length of the actual beanie size! I mentioned posts 1-4 below, always work from 3 to 4, then 1 to 2!

After doing the fsc and one row of hdc: placing 2 hdc in the first 2 stitches of row 1

After adding 2 hdc and skip 2 stitches (numbers 1 and 2) and place 1 fpdc onto posts 3 and 4 (seen on the right bottom picture)

After placing 1 fpdc onto each post 1 and 2

After finishing the cable stitch, place 1 hdc in the next 2 stitches

Now, repeat this process until the end of the row, then crochet one row of sc’s as mentioned in the instructions, then follow the steps of the next row (1 hdc in the first 2 stitches), then do the cable stitch again, this time onto the fpdc from 2 rows down.

After finishing the cable stitch for posts 3&4 and 1&2, as well as 1 hdc in the next 2 stitches




It uses a special stitch that I call the shortened cable stitch. Don’t be scared about the way it sounds, it is actually very easy and once mastered is very fast to create. I have below a video that can help you with the stitch (not a full tutorial, only helps to learn the stitch).

Here is also the Video tutorial for the Shortened Cable stitch:

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Tie up Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern was last modified: August 4th, 2017 by Nicole Riley


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