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If you need a quick gift idea, check out these free hat knitting patterns. Knitted hats are easy to make and good for a beginner. I’ve made knitted hats

Knitted Hat for Christmas for my Granddaughter

for my grandkids, daughter and myself. There are a couple of ways to knit a hat. You can use circular needles or the knifty knitter. Here I will focus on circular needles but there is a link to some knifty knitter hat patterns if you scroll down.

When choosing yarn to knit a hat, make sure it’s soft. Bulky Alpaca yarn makes a wonderful hat! Also, before you begin with your pattern, here’s how to figure the number of stitches to cast on for your hat.

How to Calculate Cast On for a Knitted Hat

  1. First, measure the circumference of the person who will be wearing your knitted hat. If the hat is a gift, measure someone of a similar age and sex.
  2. Find the gauge of your yarn. This is listed on the yarn label. For bulky yarn, you might have 4 stitches per inch.
  3. Multiply the number of inches in the circumference of the head by the number of stitches per inch in the gauge. For instance, if you want a hat to fit a head that is 22 inches around and your gauge is 4, multiply 22 by 4 to equal 88 stitches to cast on.
  4. Use an even number of stitches in the cast on so that when you get to the decrease for the crown of your hat, it will be easier to figure. So simply add or subtract one stitch if you come out to an odd number.

Free Hat Knitting Patterns – My Favorites from Around the Net


There are probably thousands of knitted hat patterns available on the Internet. When choosing  patterns to feature, I focused on easy knitting patterns which would be quick to make as a gift-or if a sudden cold spell leaves you hatless!

Here is a “no fail” hat for men from KnitAlongTogether. It has a nice ribbed stitch and the decrease is well explained. Would fit any guy on your list.

Sarah White at About.com lists many knitted hat patterns on her site. Here’s an easy ribbed hat pattern for a man and you can check out her others while you are there.

Here’s an easy knitting hat pattern by Kathy North on her blog PiecebyPiece. She offers pattern versions for different sizes and also a striped version.

Judy Gibson offers “The Simplest Hat of All” on her blog. It’s a beanie style of plain stockinette stitch which would be great for a beginner.

This knitted hat by Jean Kaori for the Minako Cap uses two yarns, alternating thick and thin, with stockinette and simple garter stitching. This may not qualify as strictly “easy” but the results are beautiful and make a very unique looking hat. I think a beginner could do it with the well defined instructions. Jean also has a scarf pattern to match on her blog. Check out the photo on her blog and you’ll be sure to want one of these hats to keep you warm this winter.

Here’s an easy hat pattern from Alison which only uses knit, purl and stockinette. It has a little rolled brim that’s cute.

Basic Striped Hat by Shiri Designs. This would be nice for the man in your life.

Easy Rolled Brim Hat Pattern from Crazy Aunt Purl. Lots of nice “how to” photos with this one too.

There are dozens more easy hat knitting patterns but many will simply be a repetition of the ones I’ve listed here. Once you’re ready for an intermediate hat knitting pattern, check out Knitting Pattern Central which offers dozens of hat knitting patterns, from easy and beginner to more difficult.

If you’d like to knit a hat using the circle loom, or knifty knitter, you can find more information here.

Here is another article from my site on Knitted Hat Patterns for Kids

Knitted baby hat pattern

If you’d like to knit a baby hat, find instructions here for a cute knitted hat I made for my new grandaughter.

Thanks to Twilight, Slouch hats are also very popular. I came up with a great Slouch hat pattern, plus links to other patterns for the slouch hat which  you can find here.

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