Easy Beginner Hat Knitting Pattern

super easy hat knitting pattern

This easy beginner hat knitting pattern is an excellent project for anyone who is learning how to knit.

Using knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

This knitted hat would take you around an hour or two to make (depending on how fast you knit!) and will be a cosy addition to your autumn wardrobe.

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Knitting In The Round

I made the hat using Classic Alize Lanagold yarn in grey (21) and knit on size 6 mm (US 10) 16″ circular needles.

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

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Easy Ribbed Hat Pattern

The hat uses basic knitting stitches – knit and purl, to create 2×2 ribbing for the main body of the hat.

If you are a beginner it will also introduce you to shaping through simple decreases (see the video for a full tutorial of how to decrease the crown of the hat).

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Beginner Hat Patterns

This easy hat knitting pattern is great for any beginners who are looking for an easy project, as it is perfect for practising 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/hats for women, please take a look at the other patterns in the women’s knitting pattern library.

Easy beginner hat knitting pattern

Free Hat Knitting Pattern

Make this easy hat with an easy to print out set of instructions, then come back and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Yield: Ribbed Hat - Adult Size

Easy Beginner Hat Knitting Pattern

Easy Beginner Hat Knitting Pattern
This easy beginner hat knitting pattern is an excellent project for anyone who is learning how to knit.
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy/beginner


  • 1 skein of bulky yarn suitable for size 6mm (US 10) needles.
  • (I used Classic Alize Lanagold in grey -21 - 49% wool/51% acrylic)
  • A good substitute for this yarn is - Lion Brand Heartland.


  • Set of 6mm (US 10) 16″ circulars
  • Stitch marker
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Tape measure


  1. CO 88 sts
  2. Place a marker to join, being careful not to twist
  3. Round 1 - K2, P2
  4. Rep round 1 until the hat measures 8.5". Depending on how the hat fits your head, you may want to make this a bit longer - 9" or more.

Shape The Crown

  1. K2, P2tog
  2. K2, P1
  3. K2tog, P1
  4. K1, P1
  5. K2tog
  6. K2tog

Cut a length of yarn and thread through the darning needle, pick up the stitches left on the needles and sew tightly together.

Sew in any loose ends.


Gauge = 5 rows - 1"

If you want to see how to shape the crown, please watch the video tutorial.


CO - Cast on

K - Knit

P - Purl

K2tog - Knit two stitches together

P2tog - Purl two stitches together

Sts - Stitches

Rep - Repeat

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Happy Knitting! xoxo

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