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.
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.
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?!
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.
- Knitting cast-on methods.
- Knitting Lessons
- How to cast on knitting.
- How to cast off knitting.
- How to knit the garter stitch.
- How to knit the purl stitch.
- How to knit stockinette stitch.
- How to read knitting patterns.
- Knitting abbreviations and terms.
- How to knit rib stitch.
- How to kit two stitches together – K2tog.
- How to knit in the round.
The Hektor – Men’s Hat Pattern
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
- 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
- 3 skeins of super bulky yarn in different colors (I used, dark grey, light grey, and white – Yarn Art Alpine Alpaca in 436, 433, and Alpine 334) Suitable for size 10.00mm (US 15) needles.
- Scrap yarns can be used, as you do not need a full skein of yarn for each color.
- However, whichever color you make the pom in will need to have more yarn available.
- Substitute yarn – Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Grey Marble
- Super bulky weight yarn /Super chunky weight yarn/14-ply yarn.
- Yarn weight guide
- 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.
Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations 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)
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.
- 1st rnd: *K1. K2tog, Rep from * to the end of the round.
- 2nd rnd: Knit to the end of the round.
- 3rd rnd: *K1, K2tog, Rep from * to the end of the round.
- 4th rnd: Knit to the end of the round.
- 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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