This Free Crochet pattern teaches you how to crochet a beanie for a child and how to adjust for sizing using the Zig Zag Puff Stitch.


Find more crochet stitches here on the category Crochet Stitches. 

Or more Beanie patterns here Crochet Beanies


Other patterns that use this stitch are:

Zig Zag Puff Stitch – in rows

Zig Zag Puff Stitch Finger less Gloves


Zig Zag Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern

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For this project Zig Zag Beanie you will need:

HOOK: 5 mm hook or size H hook for the US

YARN: 1 skein of worsted weight yarn, 4 ply US, 10 ply AU

100 grams / 3.5. oz

240 meters / 262 yards

-You will also need a tapestry needle.


The multiples of this stitch are 3


Special stitch: Puff Stitch (PS) insert your hook into the stitch and pull up a loop, YO repeat this 2 more times. You should have 6 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 6 loops. Ch 1 to secure.


Ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

sl st = slip stitch

st(s) = stitch(es)

sc dec = single crochet decrease

YO – Yarn Over

*= Repeat what is in between for row.


Other SIZES are an estimate. I have only made child size and this pattern will follow child size. If you want to make other sizes, you can try the beginning chain size below. Remember though other sizes are recommendations because I have not tested them, but I know I will be asked so this is my guess 😀 Good luck


For toddler size 1 – 3 years old try = chain 54

For child size 4 – 7 years old chain 60

8 years old and up try = chain 69






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To start: This pattern is in child size 

Chain 60 and sl st into beginning st.


Rounds 1 and 2

ch 1 and sc into same st. Sc in all sts (60)

Note: As picture shows below, make sure you sl st in correct beginning stitch. Always COUNT your STITCHES’






Round 3

Ch 3 and Skip 2 sts and dc into 3rd st. ch 2, and back up to do a PS into 1st sc of row. * Sk 2 sts and dc into the 3rd stitch, PS into the same stitch where you did the previous DC. * repeat for row. ( See below pictures to see how to end round )



To end row: Using your beginning ch 3 as a stitch, DC into it. Ch 2 and do your PS in the last DC stitch as normal. Sl st into top of Beginning PS. Ch 3 and turn your hat inside out.



Zig Zag Puff St Combined 1 Zig Zag Beanie 1 st rowZig Zag Beanie 1st row 2nd pic




Rounds 4 – 13 (10 Rounds)

Skip over to 2nd PS and dc, ch 2 and back up and PS into 1st PS. * skip next PS and DC into next PS. Ch 2, back up and PS into skipped PS * Repeat for row. Dc into last stitch and ch 2 and PS in previous PS. Ch 3 and turn.



Zig Zag Puff St Combined 2 Zig Zag Puff St Combined 3



Repeat for all 10 rounds. You can do more rounds if you want your hat to be a bit slouchy.





Once done it’s  time to reduce!


Round 1 of reducing

You want to ch 1 after slip stitching to end the row, on round 11, but do not turn your hat inside out. You should already be facing the Right Side of the hat.

Ch into first stitch, you will be only crocheting in the 2 stitches which on on the top of the puff stitches. And skipping the stitch in between.





Do this all the way around and at the end sl st into beginning sc. ( 40 sts )



Round 2 of reducing

ch 1 and sc into the same stitch. * sc dec, sc * repeat for round. Sl st in beginning sc. ( 27 sts )



Round 3 of reducing

ch 1 and sc into the same stitch. * sc in all sts around * ( 27 sts )



Round 4 of reducing

ch 1 and sc into the same stitch. * sc dec in all sts around * ( 14 sts )



Round 5 of Reducing

ch 1 and sc into the same stitch. * sc in all sts around * ( 14 sts )


ch 1 and cut a long tail to use to sew up your hat.


Turn Hat inside out and start to weave your tapestry needle into and out through the stitches to create a pull string to close up your hat. Do this until you reach the beginning st. Pull tight, create a few knots and hide tail.



Zig Zag sew up hat combined



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