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Men’s Hat Pattern | The Hektor


This simple striped men’s hat pattern is an excellent advanced beginner project.

The basic beanie shape is enhanced with stripes and topped with a fluffy pom.

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can grab a printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.

Men’s Hat Pattern The Hektor

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 also complete simple decreases to shape the crown.

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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Striped men's knit hat with pom pom

The Yarn I Used…

I made the hat using Yarn Art Alpine Alpaca which is suitable for size 10.00mm (US 15) 16″ circular needles.

Lion Brand wool ease thick and quick yarn or something similar would also be fine to use – or any yarn that can be knit on size 10.00mm (US 15) 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 three colors used to make the classic hat were all neutral colors I had leftover in my stash from making other hats.

What better way to use them up than to create another hat?!

Slouchy beanie hat for men
striped knit men's hat with pom pom

The Hektor – Men’s Hat Pattern

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


The hat knits up quickly in super bulky yarn, and the simple design with color changes makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

The hat has a slightly slouchy fit with a ribbed brim for extra warmth.

This hat would make a great gift and you can change the color of yarn to any color you have in your stash.

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Skill Level – Easy

Size –

  • Adult medium.
  • The hat measurements are approx 10 inches in width at the widest part (the brim) and around 10 or 11 inches long w/out the pom pom.
  • Head circumference around 24-26 inches.

Gauge – 10 sts and 15 rounds = 4 inches/10cm

The Supplies You Need



  • 10.00mm (US 15) 16″ circulars
  • Please note – you may have to change your needles for the decrease of the hat if working on the circulars becomes too tight.
  • This would mean using a set of size 10 mm double-pointed needles (DPNs).
  • If you do not have those, you could use a 60cm/24′′ cable and use the magic loop technique.


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

  • 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

Yarn A = Dark Grey / Yarn B = Light Grey / Yarn C = White

  • Cast on > 42 sts in Yarn A, join in the round and pm, being careful not to twist the sts.
  • 1st round: K1, P1 – rep to the end of the round.
  • Cont to knit in K1, P1 rib until work from CO edge measures 2 inches.
  • Next round: Knit
  • Cont to knit every round in Yarn A until the hat measures 3.5 inches from the CO edge.
  • Next round: Change yarn color to Yarn B then knit every round until that color block measures 3 inches.
  • Next round: Change yarn color to Yarn C and knit that color block for 1 inch.


  1. 1st rnd: *K1. K2tog, Rep from * to the end of the round.
  2. 2nd rnd: Knit to the end of the round.
  3. 3rd rnd: *K1, K2tog, Rep from * to the end of the round.
  4. 4th rnd: Knit to the end of the round.
  5. 5th rnd: *K2tog, rep from * to the last stitch K1.
  • Break yarn.
  • Draw the end through rem sts and fasten securely.
  • Sew in any loose ends.
  • Make a pom pom and stitch it securely onto the top of the hat in a coordinating color.
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  1. Hello. thanks for the pattern but difficult to resize as I don’t know the swatch size (stiches and rows) or size of the hat in the pattern. Could you please advise. Many thanks.

    1. Hello Ingrid, the gauge for the hat is around 10 sts and 15 rounds = 4 inches/10cm. The hat measures approx 10 inches in width at the widest part (the brim) and around 10 or 11 inches long w/out the pom pom. I hope that helps πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks so much for this great, simple pattern! I made this hat in red with two grey tones (I skipped the pom pom) for a co-worker. I used Cascade Lana Grande which is 100% wool, and cast on 44 instead of 42 because he’s on the larger side. We’re delivery drivers, so we spend all day on our trucks and outside in all weather. It’s been cold and snowing and he wears his hat every day! It’s a fantastic basic pattern for a man’s hat.

    1. Hello Tania, thanks so much for your comment, that’s great, I’m so happy you liked the pattern and that the hat has been useful for your co-worker πŸ™‚ You need to make yourself one now! πŸ™‚

  3. Help please. I only have size 13 circular needles and one skein of chunky yarn HOMESPUN … can I make a boy aged 11 or 12 years old with what I have on hand? I’m in a crunch for Christmas!

    1. Hello Rosalie, if you have 9mm/US 13 needles and Homespun yarn, the hat should knit up fine, using the pattern instructions and measurements. πŸ™‚

  4. I just finished knitting this hat! It was my first knit project. My husband has a large head so I was worried at first about the size but it turned out perfect!