How to knit a hat – You won’t be scared to enter the bitterly cold weather in winter with this easy beginner hat pattern!
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!
This pattern is great for beginners, as it is an easy level pattern, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, and K2tog, as well as knitting in the round, either on circular needles or on double-pointed 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.
In this post, you will learn everything you need to know in order to knit your very first hat.
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.
What you need
To get started you need the following materials;
- 1 skein of super bulky weight 06 yarn (LionBrand wool ease thick and quick in fig 146) suitable for size 10.00mm (US 15) needles.
- Set of 10.00mm (US 15) 16″ circulars
- Stitch markers
- Darning needle
- Tape measure
- Pom pom maker Clover 2 – 1/2 inch Large.
Step 1 – Casting On
Begin by casting on 38 stitches onto your circular needles using the thumb or longtail cast-on method.
Both of those cast on methods will give you a nice stretchy cast-on suitable for a hat.
Watch the video tutorial here – How To Cast On.
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.
Step 2 – Joining In The Round
In the next step, you need to join your knitting in the round.
This is important as you need to join to be able to knit the hat on the circular needles with no seaming involved.
Watch the video in this post for guidance.
Step 3 – 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
- Cast on > 38 sts, join in the round and pm, being careful not to twist the sts.
- 1st rnd: Knit
- 2nd rnd: K1, P1 (Rib)
- Complete another 5 rows of K1, P1 ribbing.
The ribbing section is like this
- Knit one stitch
- Purl one stitch
Repeat in each round that requires ribbing.
Step 4 – 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;
- Row 7: Knit
- Repeat row 7 (knit every row) 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.
Step 5 – Finishing
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 >
- K1, K2tog all around to last 2 sts, K2
- K2tog, K1 all around
- Break yarn. Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely.
- Sew in any loose ends.
Step 6 – Stitching On A 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;
- Push the needle with the yarn through it coming out of the top of the hat through the pom poms centre.
- Push it back through the pom and through the centre of the top of the hat.
- Do this a couple more times, hiding the stitches that thread through the pom pom as you do it.
- Once it feels secure, secure with a knot on the inside of the top of the hat.
- Weave in any loose ends and cut the yarn.
Step 7 – 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.
That’s it! You can remove the stitch marker now and try on your hat.
Beanie Hat Pattern
If you need a refresher for any of the basic knitting stitches – take a look here;
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.
This beginner hat pattern is great for anyone who is looking for their first knitting project.
It is also a mindless knit for any of you more advanced knitters out there.
Women’s Knit Hats
If you would like to make more knitted items for women, please take a look at the other patterns in the women’s knitting pattern library.
For more hats please visit the hat knitting pattern library.
You may also like these free patterns for adult-sized hats:
You can scroll down to see the free pattern below or you may choose to purchase the printable ad-free PDF version from my shop.
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This hat knits up quickly in super bulky yarn, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit. You are welcome to sell items knit from this pattern, I just ask that you give pattern credit to Handy Little Me and link to www.handylittleme.com in any listings. Thank you! Gauge – 5 stitches = 2″ Abbreviations > Approx = Approximately Beg = Begin(ning) Cont = Continue(ing) K = Knit K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together PM - Place marker Rem = Remaining Rep = Repeat Rnd(s) = Round(s) St(s) = Stitch(es) As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
This hat knits up quickly in super bulky yarn, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.
You are welcome to sell items knit from this pattern, I just ask that you give pattern credit to Handy Little Me and link to www.handylittleme.com in any listings. Thank you!
Gauge – 5 stitches = 2″
Approx = Approximately
Beg = Begin(ning)
Cont = Continue(ing)
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
PM - Place marker
Rem = Remaining
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
St(s) = Stitch(es)
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