The Leonidas Leopard Print Hat Knitting Pattern

intarsia beanie hat pattern
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I wanted to make and share a leopard print hat knitting pattern.

This unisex leopard beanie features a shaped crown and the perfect amount of slouch.

Keep warm and look awesome by making this men’s hat pattern that is really easy for any beginner knitters, this pattern uses basic techniques, including; knit and purl stitches.

Leopard print beanie hat

I made the hat using Alize Lanagold in black and brown, using two strands knit together. This made it suitable for size 10.00mm (US 15) 16″ circular needles.

Lion Brand wool ease thick and quick or something similar would also be fine to use – or any yarn that can be knit on size 10.00mm (US 15) needles.

I knit this hat on circular needles, so there was no seaming involved, just a few loose ends to sew in at the end.

leopard print beanie pattern

Men’s Leopard Print Beanie Hat Pattern

The hat pattern is easy to follow, knitting in the round on circular needles, you could knit this hat on DPN’s if it is your preference.

The hat uses basic stitches – knit and purl, to knit ribbing and then for the main body of the hat.

If you are a beginner it will also introduce you to intarsia and to shaping through simple decreases.

knitted beanie pattern

Men’s Beanie Hat Pattern

This easy hat knitting pattern is great for any beginners who are learning how to knit, as it is a great project for learning the basic knitting stitches.

The hat size can also be adapted if you want to make it smaller or larger, just measure the circumference of the recipients head and adjust the number of stitches you cast on.

If you would like to make more knitted items for men, please take a look at the other patterns in the men’s knitting pattern library.

beanie hat pattern for men


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Yield: Leopard Print Hat

The Leonidas Leopard Print Hat Knitting Pattern

Keep warm and look awesome in this leopard print beanie hat. This unisex leopard beanie features a shaped crown and the perfect amount of slouch.
Active Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Difficulty Intermediate


  • Chunky yarn in black and brown- for example Lion brand wool ease thick and quick in black and taupe.


  • 10mm (US 15) 16″ circular knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Tape measure
  • Stitch markers
  • Pom maker


  1. Cast on 56 sts (This is for an adult size)
  2. Place a marker and join in the round.
  3. Round 1 – *K2, P2* Repeat from * all around.
  4. Repeat round 1 for a total of 3 rows.
  5. Pick up second colour (brown) carry both yarns and follow the graph pattern – from right to left.
  6. Work the graph from the bottom up and repeat when you reach the 18th row.
  7. Work the graph for a total of – 20 rounds.

Leopard print chart

  1. Working with the black colour only, decrease as follows;
  2. *K5, K2tog* repeat from * all around.
  3. Then – *K2, P2* repeat from * all around. Repeat this for a total of 3 rounds.
  4. *K6, K2tog* repeat from * all around.
  5. Knit
  6. *K3, K2tog* repeat from * all around.
  7. Knit
  8. *K2, K2tog* repeat from * all around.
  9. Knit
  10. *K1, K2tog* repeat from * all around.
  11. K2tog all around.

Pick up remaining stitches and pull tightly together and stitch closed.

Make a pom in black or brown yarn and stitch to the top of the beanie.

Sew in any loose ends.


Abbreviations >

Approx = Approximately

Beg = Begin(ning)

Cont = Continue(ing)

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

P – Purl

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

St(s) = Stitch(es)

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