Free Hat Knitting Pattern
The hat is worked from the bottom up, back and forth, with the seam at the back.
Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Decreasing: knit 2 together (k2tog); slip, slip, knit (ssk); slip 1 st, knit the next 2 sts together, then pass slipped st over (sk2p)
-Increasing: make 1 (m1)
Size: Hat circumference is 19 1/2" (50 cm) unstretched; hat stretches to fit most adult heads.
Height from edge of brim to top center of crown is 11" (27 cm)
Materials: Rowan (affiliate link) Felted Tweed Chunky super bulky weight yarn 55 yards (50 meters) / 50 gr, color 282 Midnight - 2 balls (MC)
Small amount of contrast color yarn of the same weight for the stripes.(CC)
Needles: straight US 10.5 (6.5 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Gauge: 12 sts x 24 rows = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm) in garter st.
- Yarn/tapestry needle
K – knit
P – purl
k2tog - knit 2 sts together
ssk – slip, slip, knit
sk2p - Slip next stitch, knit the next 2 sts together, then pass slipped stitch over.
St, sts – stitch, stitches
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
m1 - - (Make 1 increase) - Make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row knit (purl) it as a regular stitch.
MC – main color
CC – contrast color
The selvedge/edge stitches are worked here as follows: slip the first stitch and purl the last one.
Short Overview of the Pattern:
The hat is knitted from the bottom up, back and forth, with a fold-over brim. It features a seam at the back. The hat is worked in the garter stitch chevron pattern, with narrow stripes in a contrast color to emphasize the pattern.
On straight needles, with MC yarn, cast on 73 sts and knit 1 foundation row (this row is not counted).
Row 1 (RS): sl, k2tog, k5, (m1, k1, m1, k5, sk2p, k5) 4 times, m1, k1, m1, k5, ssk, p1. 73 sts.
Row 2 (WS): sl, k71, p1.
Repeat rows 1-2 fourteen (14) more times.
Row 31 (RS, decrease row): sl, k2tog, k4, (k7, sk2p, k4) 4 times, k7, ssk, p1. 63 sts.
Row 32 (WS): sl, k61, p1.
Row 33 (RS): sl, k2tog, k4, (m1, k1, m1, k4, sk2p, k4) 4 times, m1, k1, m1, k4, ssk, p1.
Row 34: repeat row 32
Rows 35-36: repeat rows 33-34.
Row 37 (RS, decrease row): sl, k2tog, k3, (k6, sk2p, k3) 4 times, k6, ssk, p1. 53 sts.
Row 38 (WS): sl, k51, p1.
Row 39 (RS): sl, k2tog, k3, (m1, k1, m1, k3, sk2p, k3) 4 times, m1, k1, m1, k3, ssk, p1.
Row 40: repeat row 38.
Rows 41-42: repeat rows 39-40.
Row 43 (RS, decrease row): sl, k2tog, k2, (k5, sk2p, k2) 4 times, k5, ssk, p1. 43 sts.
Row 44 (WS): sl, k41, p1.
Row 45 (RS): sl, k2tog, k2, (m1, k1, m1, k2, sk2p, k2) 4 times, m1, k1, m1, k2, ssk, p1.
Row 46 (WS): repeat row 44.
Row 47 (RS, decrease row): sl, k2tog, k1, (k4, sk2p, k1) 4 times, k4, ssk, p1. 33 sts.
Row 48 (WS): sl, k31, p1.
Row 49 (RS, decrease row): sl, k2tog, (k3, sk2p) 4 times, k3, ssk, p1. 23 sts.
Row 50 (WS): sl, k21, p1.
Row 51 (RS, decrease row): sl, k2tog, (k1, sk2p) 4 times, k1, ssk, p1. 13 sts.
Row 52 (WS): sl, k11, p1.
Cut yarn, leaving a 20" (50 cm) tail, Pull through all the remaining sts and secure.
Cast on, foundation row – MC
Rows 1-5 – MC
Rows 6-7 – CC
Rows 8-16 – MC
Rows 17-18 – CC
Rows 19-26 – MC
Rows 27-28 – CC
Rows 29-36 – MC
Rows 37-38 – CC
Rows 39-52 - MC
Fold the sides of the hat face to face. Sew them together, starting from the top of the hat. Stop 3” (7.5 cm) from the bottom edge. Turn the hat right side out and finish sewing, this time on the outside of the hat. This is the brim portion that will be folded up, so the seam will not be visible
Weave in yarn ends.