Free Easy Cat Ear Beanie

Hey y’all!

I made this pattern on accident. I was trying to make the “classic” cat ear beanie. Like this one here. But, I accidentally messed it up and did increases for 11 rounds when I wasn’t supposed to, and I looked like a jester from medieval times with how big my cat ears were. So, I decided that this can be a happy little accident, as Bob Ross would say, and I could make these giant shapeless ears into actual cute smaller ears by sewing them into shape. And thus, this free easy cat ear beanie was born.

This free crochet pattern is easy to make, and a beginner would be able to make it no problem. I’ll walk you through all the steps with photos along the way.

Read on for this Free Easy Cat Ear Beanie Crochet Pattern!

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Yarn and Stitches


I used weight 4 acrylic yarn. Specifically Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in the ombre deep teal color. I love acrylic yarn for hats because once you wash them they become super soft, it’s super cheap, and it’s super warm.

However, you can use whatever yarn you want, as long as it’s weight 4.

Stitches Used (US Terminology)

Slip Knot: tutorial by SarahMaker

  1. Create a slip knot on your crochet hook.

  2. Yarn over and pull through the slip knot loop, creating a new loop on your hook. This is the first chain stitch.

  3. Repeat these steps to create additional chain stitches: Yarn over, then draw the yarn over through the last loop on your hook to form a new chain stitch.
  1. Yarn Over (YO): Yarn over by bringing the yarn over the hook from the back to the front. The yarn should be positioned above the hook.

  2. Insert Hook: Insert the crochet hook into the stitch where you want to begin the double crochet.

  3. Yarn Over and Pull Through: Yarn over again and pull the yarn through the stitch. You should now have three loops on your hook.

  4. Yarn Over and Pull Through Two Loops: Yarn over once more and pull through the first two loops on the hook. This leaves you with two loops on the hook.

  5. Yarn Over and Pull Through Remaining Loops: Yarn over one last time and pull through the remaining two loops on the hook. This completes one double crochet stitch.

  6. Repeat: To continue making double crochet stitches, yarn over, insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through two loops, then yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops.

  7. End of Row: When you reach the end of the row, you’ll typically work a turning chain (usually two chains for a double crochet) before you start the next row. This turning chain helps create the proper height for the next row of stitches.
  1. Perform two double crochets in one stitch.

Increases are used to add stitches to your work and create a wider section.

  1. Insert Hook: Insert your crochet hook into the stitch that you want to create the slip stitch in.

  2. Yarn Over and Pull Through: Yarn over (wrap the yarn around the hook from back to front), and then pull the yarn through the stitch and through the loop on your hook in one motion. This is different from other crochet stitches, as you’re not creating any additional loops on the hook.

Slip stitches are used to join rounds, close gaps, or move your hook to a different location within your work.

When finishing an amigurumi piece, you’ll need to fasten off to secure the last stitch.

Cut the working yarn, leaving a tail, and pull the tail through the last loop on the hook, tightening it to secure the stitch.

Here’s a helpful video tutorial.

Cat Ear Beanie Crochet Pattern/Tutorial

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials and Tools

  • Weight 4 yarn
  • 5.0 mm Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle (for weaving in ends)
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Markers

How to Crochet a Cat Ear Beanie Steps

cat ear beanie on head

**Each increase is a double crochet increase.

**Chain 2 at the beginning of every round.

CH 80
Slip stitch into the first chain to create a loop.

** Don’t forget to chain 2 at the beginning of every round, last warning lol
DC around the loop.
Slip stitch into first DC

DC around the loop.
Slip stitch into first DC

DC around the loop.
Slip stitch into first DC

Slip stitch the top of the hat together so that it’s closed.

Sew the ears into shape. Make sure to sew where the stitch markers are in the photo.

The easiest way is to pinch them into shape while wearing the hat and looking in the mirror. You can place the stitch marker in where you’re pinching the hat. You can then double check the placement is where you want it when you take it off.

Cat beanie pinning locations

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And that’s all folks! 

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