As of 2015, some easy knit beanie patterns include the Seven Dwarves beanie and the basics adults knitted beanie. Both of these patterns are available for free online.
The Seven Dwarves beanie pattern offers the knitter a list of needles needed and the weight of the yarn to complete the project. A link to the pattern is provided so the knitter can download the pattern and print it.
The basics adults knitted beanie includes the needle gauge sizes and suggestions along with the weight of the yarn needed to complete the project, as well as a link to the downloadable version of the pattern. The included picture shows a hat with a rainbow of colors, and knitters can choose one color or a variety.