This hat pattern will show you how to knit a hat with circular needles for beginners.
You won’t be scared to enter the bitterly cold weather in winter with this cosy knit hat.
Knit with Lion Brand wool ease thick and quick yarn in fig, this hat is so soft and cosy, it will be sure to protect you in the coldest climate!
Scroll down for the free pattern or you can purchase a printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.
This pattern is great for beginners, as it is an easy level pattern, and the techniques you will need to know are how to knit, purl, and K2tog, as well as knitting in the round on circular needles.
Knitting A Hat For Beginners
Many beginner knitters start off making scarves and then move on to making hats, but sometimes using those circular needles to knit in the round puts people off.
Using circular knitting needles is not as scary as you may think.
In this simple pattern, you will create ribbing for the brim and then knit every stitch in the round to create the stockinette stitch for the main body of the hat.
The hat is really quick to knit up too as it is made with super bulky yarn.
How To Knit In The Round
In this post, you will learn everything you need to know in order to knit your very first hat in the round.
There is a video tutorial, and step by step photographs, so you know that you are doing the right thing!
If you have never worked in the round before here is a video tutorial to help you get started – How To Knit In The Round.
Beginner Hat Pattern – Knitting In The Round
The Pattern download has the pattern with and without the photographs.
The hat knits up quickly in super bulky yarn, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.
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You can see a video tutorial showing you how to knit this hat on my YouTube channel here.
Skill Level – Easy
- Adult woman
- Hat length lying flat w/o pom = 9.5 inches
- Width lying flat = 9.5 inches
- To fit a head with circumference size – around 22-26 inches.
Gauge – 10 sts and 15 rounds = 4in/10cm in Stockinette stitch
The Supplies You Need…
To get started you need the following materials;
- 1 skein of super bulky/super chunky/14 ply yarn/yarn weight guide
- Lion Brand wool ease thick and quick in fig 146
- Set of 10.00mm (US 15) 16″ circulars
- Or a set of 10mm (US 15) 20″ circulars.
- Pom pom maker Clover 2 – 1/2 inch Large.
Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List
- Approx = Approximately
- Beg = Begin(ning)
- Cont = Continue(ing)
- K = Knit
- K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
- P – Purl
- PM Place marker
- Rem = Remaining
- Rep = Repeat
- Rnd(s) = Round(s)
- St(s) = Stitch(es)
How To Knit A Hat
- Casting On
Begin by casting on 38 stitches onto your circular needles using the thumb or long-tail cast-on method.
Both of those cast on methods will give you a nice stretchy cast-on suitable for a hat.
Watch a cast on tutorial here.
Once you have cast on 38 stitches, count and check that you have the right amount of stitches.
Here is what your cast on should look like below ->
- Joining In The Round
In the next step, you need to join your knitting in the round.
Place a marker at the join and be careful not to twist the stitches.
This is important as you need to join to be able to knit the hat on the circular needles with no seaming involved.
Watch knitting in the round tutorial here.
- Knitting The Ribbing
Once you have cast on your 38 stitches and joined in the round, you will need to start the ribbing section of the hat.
This is the stretchy section of that hat, which is there to make it easier to get on and off and to fit onto your head.
In this pattern, this is a simple 1 x 1 ribbing, which is knit one stitch, purl one stitch.
How to Knit 1 x 1 Ribbing ->
1st round: Knit
2nd round: K1, P1 (1 x 1 Ribbing)
Rep round 2 only and complete another 5 rounds of K1, P1 ribbing.
The ribbing section is like this – Knit one stitch / Purl one stitch.
Watch a ribbing tutorial here.
- Knitting The Main Body Of The Hat
Once you have completed the ribbing the rest of the pattern is really easy!
Every round after this is now knitted with the knit stitch.
When you knit every round on circular needles, it gives you stockinette stitch.
Knitting in the round has no wrong side rows, so there is no purling involved.
This part of the hat is the easy bit – take a look at the pattern below;
Round 7: Knit
Repeat round 7 (knit every round) until the work measures 8′′ from the cast on edge.
The longer you make the hat, the more slouch it will have.
I knit 8 inches of this hat, but you can knit more or less depending on how fitted or slouchy you want it to be.
- Finishing The Hat
To finish the hat, you need to decrease it with a really easy decrease method – K2tog.
K2tog means that you knit two stitches together, this is a commonly used way to decrease stitches.
This video tutorial will help you – How To K2tog.
Then there is no cast-off, you simply take a long tail of yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches, pull together and fasten off securely.
Here is the decrease section of the pattern;
Decrease as follows >
1. K1, K2tog – rep to the end of the round – to last 2 sts, K2
2. Knit to the end of the round.
3. K2tog, K1 – rep to the end of the round.
4. Break yarn.
5. Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely.
6. Sew in any loose ends.
- Stitching on The Pom Pom
Once you have closed the top of the hat and secured it, pull the long tail of yarn through the top of the hat.
Make a pom pom either from cardboard or with a pom pom maker.
I used a Clover 2 – 1/2 inch Large.
Here is how to stitch the pom pom onto the top of hat;
1. Push the needle with the yarn through it coming out of the top of the hat through the pom-poms centre.
2. Push it back through the pom and through the centre of the top of the hat.
3. Do this a couple more times, hiding the stitches that thread through the pom pom as you do it.
4. Once it feels secure, secure with a knot on the inside of the top of the hat.
5. Weave in any loose ends and cut the yarn.
- Weaving In The Ends
There will be a few loose ends that need to be weaved in – from the cast on of the hat and from stitching the pom pom into place.
To do this weave them along the edge of the stitches, so they are hidden and will not come out.
You can remove the stitch marker now and try on your hat.
You may also like this beginner pattern – How to knit a hat with straight needles – which is knit flat, worked back and forth.
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Happy Knitting! xoxo