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Free Pattern Friday – The Accidental Rib Beanie


The original Beanie I knit was an experiment making a Bulky yarn holding 4 strands of sock yarn together (see this post). The stitch pattern I used was a k2, p1 stitch. As I knit along I noticed I liked the look of the stitch pattern of the WRONG side better. When I finished up the beanie, I wove the ends into the right side and the wrong side now became the right side! That’s how the Accidental Rib Beanie came about!

The Accidental Beanie

by Lori A. Smith

The Accidental Rib Beanie is knit in the round using a Bulky yarn and minimal decreases at the top so it knits up super fast. I’ve included a cuffed or non-cuffed version in 3 child’s sizes and 2 adult sizes. The rib pattern makes the hat very stretchy, so it accommodates lots of head sizes.


  • 110 yards of a bulky weight yarn (I used Lion Brand’s Scarfie). If a Pompom is desired, it will require additional yarn.
  • One size #13 (9.0mm) circular needle (at least a 40″ length for Magic Loop) or set of double-pointed needles (you could also use a 16″ circular length and switch to DPN’s when you get to the decreases).
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.


  • 13 sts and 16 rows/4inches (in rib pattern/blocked)



  • Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult Small, Adult Large). Finished size – 11″ (13″, 15″, 18″, 22″) in circumference. When in doubt, size down as this hat is very stretchy.


  • CO       cast-on
  • PM       place marker
  • k          knit
  • p          purl
  • sts        stitches
  • rnd       round
  • k2tog   knit 2 together
  • p2tog   purl 2 together
  • BO        bind off


CO 36 (42, 48, 54, 69) stitches using your favorite stretchy cast-on (I used a long-tail CO). Join in the round without twisting stitches. PM to mark beginning of the round.

For Cuffed Version: *P2, k1; around for 2″ (2″, 3″, 3″, 3″) or desired depth of your cuff.

For Both Versions: Begin *K2, p1; around until piece measures 7″ (8″, 9″, 11″, 13″) or desired length.


  • Rnd 1: *k2tog, p1; around.
  • Rnd 2 *k1,p1; around.
  • Rnd 3 *p2tog; around.


Cut yarn leaving a long tail.,Using a darning needle, thread through remaining sts on your needles. Pull up tightly. Decide which side is going to be your right side (you may like the k2, p1 better?) Secure and weave in ends on whatever side you decided will be your wrong side. Assemble and secure a Pompom on top if desired.


Copyright 2108: You may use this free pattern however you wish. If you decide to use the pattern, please give me credit for the design by linking to this post. Thank you!


Happy Knitting!









Hi! I'm Lori! Welcome to my little corner of the blogging world! My hubby and I live on a small farm in Eastern Oregon with 5 cats (it's a LONG story), 3 horses and a mule. I work full-time as a department lead at the nursery department of a local hardware store. You'll discover I have wa-a-a-ay too many hobbies for the amount of "spare time" I have. So, I'll just keep muddling though this life.....

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