Hat Pattern Knit | The Willow

Easy knit hat pattern

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

I wanted to share with you an easy hat to knit, that has two colours and a little bit of stranded colourwork.

This hat is perfect for the colder weather, as it has been knit with super bulky yarn, in Hayfield Chunky Tweed (knit with two strands together) and a mustard yarn.

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Easy Hat Knitting Pattern

The hat pattern is easy to make, with beginner knitters in mind.

Using knit and purl stitches, you will create ribbing, learning to knit in the round and it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

This knitted hat has two colours, so if you have never knit with more than one colour, it will also introduce you to stranded colourwork.

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Stranded Knitting

Fair Isle knitting, which also known more accurately as stranded knitting, is a technique for working two (or more) colours of yarn in the same row.

The colour changes in Fair Isle are close together, as this allows you to simply carry the yarn you aren’t knitting with across the back of the piece as you go.

You will pick up each strand as you need it and this leaves a strand of yarn on the inside of the work.

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Knitted Beanie Hat

I made the knitted beanie hat using two yarns – Hayfield Chunky Tweed in Crigglestone 180, knit with two strands together.

As an alternative, you could use the colours wheat or oatmeal in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn.

I also used a mustard yarn I had leftover in my stash for the top of the hat, which was also knit with two strands together.

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The Knitting Basics

The hat uses basic knitting stitches – knit and purl, to create the ribbing for the brim of the hat.

If you are a beginner it will also introduce you to shaping through simple decreases for the crown of the hat.

To make this hat you will need to know the following:

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Hat Knitting Patterns

This hat is perfect for fall or winter days walking through town, wearing to the park when walking your dog!

Wherever you want to wear this hat, it will be sure to keep you warm and toasty, protecting you from the cold winds and icy temperatures.

I love wearing a beanie in the winter and my favourite is The Aphrodite Hat – I wear this all the time.

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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 hat patterns for women, men, baby and kids in the hat pattern library.

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

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Free Hat Knitting Pattern

Make this beanie hat with the easy to print out pattern below, then come back and let me know what you think in the comments or leave a review!

Yield: The Willow Beanie Hat

Knit Beanie Hat Pattern | The Willow

Knit Beanie Hat Pattern | The Willow
The hat pattern is easy to make, with beginner knitters in mind. Using knit and purl stitches, you will create ribbing, learning to knit in the round and it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping. This knitted hat has two colours, so if you have never knit with more than one colour, it will also introduce you to stranded colourwork.
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy/beginner
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • 1 skein of super bulky yarn - Hayfield Chunky Tweed in Crigglestone 180 / knit with two strands together or as an alternative wheat or oatmeal in LionBrand wool ease thick and quick yarn
  • 1 skein of super bulky yarn - mustard
  • Super bulky weight (06) – 106 yards.

Tools

  • Set of 10.00mm (US 15) 16″ circulars
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Tape measure
  • Pom pom maker

Instructions

Yarn A - Main colour (wheat) / Yarn B - Accent colour (mustard)

In Yarn A - CO 36 sts

Join in the round being careful not to twist.

K2, P1, *K3, P1, K3, P1* rep from * to * to the end of the round.

*K1, P3, K1* rep from * to * to the end of the round.

Rep the last two rounds until the brim of the hat measures 2 inches.

Cont to knit every round in Yarn A until the piece measures 4.5 inches from the co edge.

K2 Yarn A. K1 Yarn B - add in the accent colour by knitting the next st and knitting with the accent colour.

*Tip - when you knit with the accent colour (yarn B) don't pull tight, so that you will be able to see the stitches*

Knit the round with Yarn A

K1 Yarn B, K2 Yarn A, rep to the end of the round.

Knit round with Yarn B

K2 Yarn B, K1 Yarn A, rep to the end of the round.

Knit round with Yarn B

K1 Yarn A, K2 Yarn B, rep to the end of the round.

Cont to knit every round in Yarn B until the hat measures 8.5 inches from the co edge.

Decrease the crown; K2tog to the end of the round.

Cut a length of yarn and thread through the darning needle, then thread through the rem sts on the needles and pull up tight.

Secure the top of the hat by pulling together and fastening off inside of the hat.

Sew in any loose ends and make sure you secure the accent yarn that is loose on the inside of the hat.

Add a pom pom if you wish.

Notes

Measurements - Height w/o pom = 9 inches / Width (flat and unstretched) = 9 inches

The hat size is for adults and 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.

For example, I cast on 38 stitches for a woman, but for some people, you may need to cast on 40 stitches or more (or less, for example, 36 sts if they have a small head).

Gauge = 7 sts in 2 inches

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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4 Comments

  1. Susan
    January 7, 2019 / 7:17 am

    I like the brim on the Willow but would be using one color (Lion Hometown USA Chicago Charcoal) for the entire hat. I assume I would continue kitting until 8.5 inches from co edge and then decrease. Is that correct? I’m starting to knit again after 40 years, and this is my first hat. So glad to have found your site!

    • handylittleme
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 11:07 am

      Hello Susan! If you use one colour for the hat, you are correct in thinking to knit until the hat measures 8.5″ from the co edge. If you are knitting on circulars and it is for yourself, you can always try it on when you reach that point to see if you want it to be any longer. I do that to see if it has the right fit or if I want it to have a little more slouch. I am so happy you like my site, thanks so much for visiting! 🙂

  2. Cheri
    March 2, 2019 / 3:55 pm

    I LOVE your site! I appreciate your organization and attractive layouts. And your patterns are beautiful!

    • handylittleme
      Author
      March 2, 2019 / 4:07 pm

      Hello Cheri, thank you so much for your kind words and for taking a look around 🙂 Happy Knitting!

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