This post will show you how to knit a hat with straight needles for complete beginners, working flat, back and forth.
This is a great project for anyone who is learning how to knit.
Scroll down for the free pattern or you can purchase your printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.
A Basic Level Knitting Pattern
This is a basic beginner-level pattern for those of you who are new to knitting and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, and casting on.
Using mainly knit and purl stitches will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.
Not too bulky and not too light, this hat is comfortable to wear on any occasion and it is unisex too!
The Yarn I Used
I made the hat using The Petite Wool in Spotted Mauve, knit on size 6 mm (US 10) knitting needles.
This yarn is from We Are Knitters and comes in a range of lovely colors.
This yarn is very warm to wear as it is 100% Peruvian wool.
Each ball is 100 GR. Per 140 M.
The yarn weight is bulky/chunky/12 ply.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for any beginner knitters.
There is a video tutorial to help you to seam up the hat.
You can view it on my YouTube channel here.
How To Knit A Hat For Complete Beginners
The PDF has the pattern with and without the step-by-step photographs.
You may also like this fall version of the hat in three colors – Candy Corn Hat Knitting Pattern.
The hat knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.
If you like this pattern you may also enjoy this baby hat pattern which is the same and available to make in three sizes: 0-3 months/3-6 months/6-9 months.
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Skill Level – Basic
Size – Women’s/ Men’s Medium.
Height of hat lying flat and unstretched – from the cast-on edge to the top of the hat – 11 inches. Width of the hat – 8 inches.
This hat is unisex and will fit a head circumference of around 22-26 inches.
Gauge – 16 sts and 20 rows in 4×4 inches/10×10 cm in main body ribbing.
Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List
- CO – Cast on
- Cont – Continue(ing)
- K – Knit
- K2tog – Knit next 2 stitches together
- P – Purl
- P2tog – Purl next 2 stitches together
- Rem – Remaining
- Rep – Repeat
- RS – Right side
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
- WS – Wrong side
How To Knit A Hat – Step By Step
- Cast on and knit the brim of the hat.
Cast on 72 sts
Row 1: (RS) – P1, K2 – rep to the end of the row.
Row 2: (WS) – P2, K1 – rep to the end of the row.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until the piece measures 3 inches from the cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.
- Knit the main body of the hat.
Row 1: (RS) – K1, P2 – rep to the end of the row.
Row 2: (WS) – K2, P1 – rep to the end of the row.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until you have worked 10 inches from the cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.
- Decrease the top of the hat.
Row 1: K1, P2tog – rep to the end of the row.
Row 2: K1, P1 – rep to the end of the row.
Row 3: K2tog – rep to the end of the row.
Row 4: Purl – rep to the end of the row.
Row 5: K2tog – rep to the end of the row.
Row 6: Purl – rep to the end of the row.
Cut yarn leaving a tail of around 15 inches.
Thread through the rem sts and pull up tight.
- Seam the beanie using the mattress stitch.
The last step is seaming the two edges of the beanie together.
There is a video tutorial on my YouTube channel here to show you how to do this.
I used a seaming technique called the mattress stitch.
This allows you to create an invisible seam in your knitting so you don’t see where the edges meet.
To do this you:
1. Place the edges together – line them up.
2. Start at the top of the hat, with the right sides facing you.
3. Thread your needle and secure the top of the hat first with a stitch.
4. Then start to push the needle through the first stitch on one side of the fabric edge.
- Continue to seam using the mattress stitch.
5. Then move over to the other side and push your needle through the first stitch.
6. Pull them together and continue to seam picking up an edge stitch on one side and again on the other as you go.
7. You can pick up stitches every one bar or two bars on the edges – this is up to you. I generally pick up every 2 bars.
8. Just be careful that what you do to one side of the knitting should also be done on the other side to keep them even.
- Seaming the brim of the hat.
9. When you come to the brim of the hat, you need to turn this over – so the right sides are facing you to seam.
10. This is so you get an invisible seam on the right sides of the knitted fabric.
11. When you have finished seaming, secure your yarn on the wrong side and weave in any loose ends.
12. Your hat is now ready to wear.
Next, Learn To Knit A Hat In The Round
You may also be interested in learning how to knit a hat in the round.
This pattern has a step-by-step photo tutorial to show you how to knit your first hat in the round – How to knit with circular needles for beginners.