This mariner’s hat knitting pattern will work up into the perfect ribbed beanie!
The hat is stretchy as it is knit all in the rib stitch, so will fit a variety of adult head sizes.
You can make it with a turned up cuff, or wear it with a bit more slouch.
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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 would take you around an hour or two to make (depending on how fast you knit!) and will be a cozy addition for the colder weather.
How To Knit A Hat
I made the hat using Classic Alize Lanagold yarn in dark grey and knit on size 5.5 mm (US 9) 16″ circular needles.
I knit this hat on circular needles, so there was no seaming involved, just a few loose ends to sew in at the end.
If you are new to using circulars, once you get used to them, they will soon become your favourites to work on.
The Knitting Basics
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 for the crown of the hat.
The hat can be worn as a super slouchy beanie or with the cuff turned up for a better fit.
To make this hat you will need to know the following:
This mariner’s hat 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.
For example, I cast on 80 stitches for an adult, but for some people, you may need to cast on 80 stitches or more (or less, for example, 75 sts if they have a small head).
Mariner’s Cap Pattern
This mariner’s cap is perfect for fall days walking through the park, wearing on the way to work or even for a day on the water!
Wherever you want to wear this hat, it will be sure to keep you warm and toasty, protecting you from the cold winds and high seas.
As you can see in the photographs below, the old fortress in Corfu, Greece made an appearance, if you have ever visited this little Greek island, you will know of the beauty that surrounds us.
Knit Hat Patterns
If you would like to make more knitted items/hats for men, please take a look at the other patterns in the men’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 men’s hats:
Mariner’s Hat Knitting Pattern
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Skill Level – Easy/beginner
- Any medium (04) yarn
- I used 1 skein of Alize Lanagold Classic in 521
- yarn weight guide
- 5.5mm (US 9) 16″ circular knitting needles
- Tape measure
- Darning needle
- Stitch markers
- CO 80 sts, join in the round and pm, being careful not to twist the sts.
- K2, P2 (2 x 2 rib)
- Rep – K2, P2 every round until hat measures – 11 inches from the co edge.
- Shape crown:
- K2, P2tog, to end of rnd
- K2tog, P1, to end of rnd
- K1, P1, to end of rnd
- K2tog, to end of rnd
- K2tog, to end of rnd
- Cut yarn and sew through the rem sts and pull tight.
- Secure and weave in any loose ends.
This hat knits up quickly 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 – 16 sts x 20 rows = 4″
Sizes – Adult/man
Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List
Approx = Approximately
Beg = Begin(ning)
CO – Cast on
Cont = Continue(ing)
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
P – Purl
PM – Place marker
P2tog – Purl two stitches together
Rem = Remaining
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
St(s) = Stitch(es)
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