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Ribbed Hat Pattern (Broken Rib Stitch)


This ribbed hat pattern is a great project for anyone learning how to knit in the round.

Not too bulky and not too light, this hat is comfortable to wear on those chilly days when you know the sun might come out later!

Scroll down to view the free pattern or grab the ad-free PDF from my shop here.

Ribbed hat pattern

An Easy-Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, k2tog, and knitting in the round.

Using mainly knit and purl stitches, you will shape the hat through simple decreases.

If you have never knit in the round before you can watch my video tutorial here. – How to join knitting in the round with circular knitting needles

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free ribbed hat pattern

The Yarn I Used

I made the hat using Classic Alize Lanagold yarn and knit on size 5.5 mm (US 9) 16″ circular needles.

You can find this yarn on Etsy or can substitute it with any worsted or aran yarn.

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

The stitch pattern I used for the hat is the broken rib stitch.

broken rib knit hat in neutral colored yarn
broken rib knitted beanie

More Hat Patterns

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

There are also knitted hat patterns for women, men, babies, and kids in the hat pattern library. – Hat Patterns

You may also like these free patterns for adult-sized hats:

side view of broken rib stitch hat

Ribbed Hat Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.


The classic ribbed hat knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

The broken rib stitch pattern gives a lovely texture to the knitted fabric.

The needles you use should be long enough to work in the round, or you can use a longer cable and the magic loop technique. (View tutorial – Magic loop knitting | step by step)

Copyright Info

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  • If you wish to share this pattern, only link to the pattern page.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
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Skill Level – Easy

Size Info

  • Baby, Toddler, Child, Adult
  • Height of finished hat (adult) – 10″ this makes a slouchy hat.
  • If you don’t want the hat to have a slouch you can knit the height like this – 6, (7, 7.5, 8) inches.
  • The hat will have a more fitted style.

Gauge – 16 sts and 24 rounds in 4 inches

The Supplies You Need…




broken rib stitch knitted beanie

Abbreviations /  Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • Approx – Approximately
  • Beg – Begin(ning)
  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue(ing)
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit the next 2 stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)

Pattern Instructions

  • CO B – 54, (T – 63, C – 72, A – 81) sts
  • Join in the round and pm, being careful not to twist the sts.
  • Round 3 – Knit
  • Round 4 – *K2, P1* rep from * to *
  • Rep rounds 3 and 4 until the hat measures B – 6.5, (T – 7.5, C – 8, A – 8.5) inches from the CO edge.
  • Decrease:
  • K2tog, P1 – rep to the end of the round.
  • Knit – rep to the end of the round.
  • K2tog – rep to the end of the round.
  • Cut a length of yarn and thread through the remaining stitches – pull tight and secure.
  • Weave in any loose ends.

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  1. I love it that you are modeling your own designs. Can you tell me the circumference of your head so I can get an idea of sizing? I’m looking for patterns that fit 20-23″ head. Thanks!!