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Easy Hat Pattern | The Alexia


This seed stitch easy hat pattern is an excellent beginner project.

This will take you around a couple of hours to make (depending on how fast you knit!) and will be a cozy addition to your winter wear.

You can scroll down to view the free pattern or grab the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.

seed stitch knitted hat for women

An Easy Hat Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern and a quick knit 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 with circular needles.

Using mainly knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

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If you have never knit in the round before you can watch my tutorial with a video tutorial here. – How to join knitting in the round with circular knitting needles

*Please scroll down to see the free pattern*

The yarn I used…

I made the Alexia hat using a super bulky weight  (06) yarn – Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Fisherman and Grey Marble.

This was knit up quite quickly and used less than one skein of each – with quite a bit leftover.

Any super bulky weight yarn 06 will be okay to use for this pattern.

moss stitch beanie hat with pom pom

Seed stitch vs moss stitch – is there a difference?

If you have a British pattern then seed stitch and moss stitch are the same.

However, if you have an American pattern they are not classed as the same stitch (even though they look similar).

Seed Stitch

For example;

The Seed Stitch is knitted over an even number of stitches.

This is how you knit the seed stitch:

  • Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * across
  • Row 2: *P1, k1; rep from * across
  • Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pattern
Seed stitch knit example

American Moss Stitch

The American Moss Stitch is knitted over an uneven number of stitches.

This is how you knit the American moss stitch:

  • Rows 1 and 4: K1, *p1, k1; rep from * across
  • Rows 2 and 3: P1, *k1, p1; rep from * across
  •  Repeat Rows 1–4 for the pattern.

For this pattern, the stitch used is seed stitch (also known as British moss stitch).

American moss stitch example
slouch knit beanie with pom pom

The Alexia Easy Hat Pattern

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


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

This hat can also be made as part of a mommy and me set – you can visit the Mommy And Me Beanies | Knitting Patterns

mommy and me seed stitch beanies

Copyright Info

  • Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern. 
  • If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
  • Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
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Skill Level – Easy

Size –

  • Adult woman
  • Hat length lying flat w/o pom = 12.5 inches
  • Width lying flat = 10 inches
  • To fit a head with circumference size – around 22-28 inches.

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

moss stitch beanie hat pattern

The Supplies You Need…




Other Tools

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

  • Approx – Approximately
  • Beg – Begin(ning)
  • Cont – Continue(ing)
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit next 2 stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • M1 – Make 1 stitch
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)


  • Yarn A – Fisherman / Yarn B – Grey Marble
  • Cast on > 40 sts in Yarn A, join in the round and pm, being careful not to twist the sts.
  • 1st rnd: K2, P2 to the end of the round.
  • Repeat the above until the work measures 2.5′′ from the cast on edge.
  • Join in Yarn B.
  • Rnd 1: K1, P1* Repeat to the end of the round.
  • Rnd 2: P1, K1* Repeat to the end of the round.
  • Repeat the two rounds above until the work measures 8.5′′ from the cast on edge.
  • Decrease as follows >
  • P3tog, K1* – Repeat to the end of the round.
  • P1, K1 * – Repeat to the end of the round.
  • P3tog, K1* – Repeat to the end of the round.
  • Break yarn.
  • Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely.
  • Sew in any loose ends.
  • Make a pom and stitch it securely onto the top of the hat in a coordinating colour.

I love seeing your finished projects!

If you enjoyed making the hat, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

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I’d love to see your work!

Happy Knitting! xoxo

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  1. Do you have the Alexia hat patten in baby sizes. I thought I saw one. If. Not what do you suggest to make a 3-6 months. I have a pregnant mom who wants a matching g hat with her soon to be born baby girl

  2. Hi, I’m ready to start using Amazon Super Chunky but I like a tight knit and plan on using a 7mm circular needle. Could you suggest how many stitches to cast on? Thanks.

    1. Hello Susan, changing the yarn and needles size also changes the pattern – you can try casting on 72 stitches, which is the number of stitches I cast on when using size 6mm (US 10) or 6.5mm (US 10.5) needles. I hope that helps 🙂