Taylor Swift’s 87 Beanie Knitting Pattern

Get the full knitting pattern inspired by Taylor Swift’s 87 Beanie that she wore while supporting boyfriend Travis Kelce at his football game.

My Sideline Spirit Hat Knitting Pattern replicates the handmade beanie gifted to Taylor by Kut the Knit, which was crocheted in Travis’ Kansas City Chiefs team colors, complete with his jersey number embroidered on its brim.

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Hand holiding the white and red knitted Taylor Swift's 87 Beanie Hat.

Sideline Spirit Beanie Hat Design (Taylor’s Version)

Knowing that Swiftie Knitters would love to create a similar version for themselves to sport, I’ve rushed this design to the top of my list to produce for you. Whether you’re proudly wearing or lovingly gifting, this sporty knitted beanie will be a prized accessory for years to come.

This knitted hat is created with a combination of these two easy knit and purl textures, both of which are included in my Knit Stitch Pattern Book:

Beanie Hat Size

This ribbed pattern is very stretchy, creating one size that fits most adults.

  • Fits Head Sizes: 21″ to 24″
  • Finished Hat Circumference: 20″
  • Finished Hat Height: 10″
Woman wearing white and red ribbed knit beanie with 87 embroidered and faux fur pom pom.

Gauge Swatch

13 stitches and 21 rounds = 4 x 4 in (10 x 10 cm) in the Seeded Rib Stitch, lightly stretched

Color Choices

My sample mimics the same white and red yarn colors that Taylor wore to cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs. This design can be easily customized in the team colors of your choice.

Skill Level: Intermediate

This project is perfect for those comfortable:

Active Time to Complete

This hat can easily be finished in a couple of sittings, taking approximately 8 to 12 hours to complete.

Knitted Bottom-Up

This hat pattern is knitted bottom-up from the brim to the crown.

Knitting process of the Sideline Spirit ribbed hat on a circular needle with red and white yarn colors.

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Knitting Supplies

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Yarn for Hat: Bulky Weight #5 Yarn

Knitting supplies include faux fur pom pom, red and white yarn, scissors, circular needle, double-pointed needles, and a tapestry needle.

Knitting Needles: Size 9 US (5.5 mm) 16-inch circular needle and set of 4 double-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge

Tapestry Needle


Stitch Marker: I simply use a scrap of yarn with a slip knot

Faux Fur Hat Topper (optional): You may wish to craft your own Faux Fur Pom Pom or purchase one pre-made

Yarn for Embroidered Number (optional): Stash Yarn in Aran or Worsted Weight #4
Yardage: Approximately 2 yards
Feel free to select any fiber and colors of your choice

Knitting Techniques

Knitting Pattern Instructions

The full knitting chart is available further down this page for those who wish to follow the directions visually.

Step 1: Cast On

CO 64 stitches onto circular needle with long-tail method. Place marker at beginning of the round and join without twisting.

Step 2: Ribbing Rounds 1 – 28

Seeded Rib Knitting Chart:

Knitting chart of the Seeded Rib Stitch in-the-round.

With MC, knit in the Seeded Rib Stitch:

  • Round 1: * K3, P1 *
  • Round 2: * P1, K1, P2 *

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 thirteen more times for a total of 28 rounds.

Step 3: Seeded Band of Color

With CC, we begin our color change with one round of clean Stockinette Stitch in order to remove purl dash lines that occur with textured patterns. I’ve designed the band of color with six rounds in the vintage Seed Stitch. We then finish it off with one round of Stockinette in our MC to prepare for the continuation of our ribbing.

Seeded Band of Color Knitting Chart:

Knitting chart of the Sideline Spirt Hat's Color Band in-the-round.

Switch to CC:

  • Round 29: Knit All
  • Rounds 30, 32, & 34: * K1, P1 *
  • Rounds 31, 33, & 35: * P1, K1 *

Step 4: Continue Ribbing Rounds 36 – 40

Switch to MC:

  • Round 36: Knit All
  • Round 37: * K3, P1 *
  • Round 38: * P1, K1, P2 *
  • Round 39: * K3, P1 *
  • Round 40: * P1, K1, P2 *

Step 5: Crown Decrease Rounds

Change to double-pointed needles when necessary.

Crown Decrease Knitting Chart:

Knitting chart of the Sideline Spirit Hat decreases in-the-round.
  • Round 41: * K2Tog, K1, P1, K3, P1 * (56 Sts Rem)
  • Round 42: * K1, P3, K1, P2 *
  • Round 43: * K2Tog, P1, K3, P1 * (48 Sts Rem)
  • Round 44: * P3, K1, P2 *
  • Round 45: * P2Tog, K3, P1 * (40 Sts Rem)
  • Round 46: * P2, K1, P2 *
  • Round 47: * K2Tog, K2, P1 * (32 Sts Rem)
  • Round 48: * P1, K1, P2 *
  • Round 49: * K2Tog, K1, P1 * (24 Sts Rem)
  • Round 50: * K1, P2 *
  • Round 51: * K2Tog, P1 * (16 Sts Rem)
  • Round 52: * P2 *
  • Round 53: * P2Tog * (8 Sts Rem)

STEP 6: Finishing

  • Cut yarn, run tail through all 8 remaining stitches, weave in, and cut
  • Weave in yarn ends
  • Add faux fur pom pom (optional)
  • Embroider custom initials or jersey number onto folded brim (optional)
  • Block to size, if desired
Embroidery of number 87 on a knit hat.

Full Knitting Chart

Full knitting chart of the Sideline Spirit hat pattern in-the-round.

Variations for Sports Team Colors

This pattern is easily modified to use other team colors of your choice. For our local San Francisco 49ers football team, I’m knitting another version using their colors of deep red, gold, and white.

I altered the pattern to include white stripes in the Garter Stitch, which is one round knit and one round of purl stitches. I reduced the contrasting color (gold) from 6 rows of seed stitch to 4 rows, then one more white stripe.

Knitted beanie in red, gold, and white colors with faux fur pom pom.

More Knitting Projects

My Football Softie is a super adorable quick-knit for game day. And if you love Taylor Swift, please check out my All Too Well-inspired knitting projects:

Original Crochet Beanie by Kut the Knit

The original beanie hat worn by Taylor during the December 17, 2023 Chiefs vs Patriots football game was custom crocheted by designer Kut the Knit. According to her social media, she sent her beanie to Taylor as a fan… isn’t that so exciting?!? She is currently sold out and is busy making more finished beanies to purchase on her shop page.

A big thank you to Taylor Swift for showing support of her dedicated fans, as well as the fiber arts community as a whole!

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