26 Free Hat Knitting Patterns for the whole family. Most are beginner-friendly!
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26 Free Hat Knitting Patterns
Knit on straight needles, this textured kid’s hat features rows of knit and cabled stitches. This hat features a wide, folder brim and narrow rows of alternating narrow knit and cable stitches. It is knit flat on straight needles and them seamed.
This hat is a textured combination of ribbing and garter stitches. It’s colorful, cozy, and topped with a fluffy pom pom. This hat is knit on straight needles with minimal shaping at the crown.
A classic beanie featuring a round of woodland owls. This owl hat is a great introduction to stranded knitting since the design is simple. Stranded knitting involves using two colors of yarn to create a pattern. The yarn that isn’t being used is carried across the back of the work.
A classic, ribbed beanie with an easy trick for switching colors when rib knitting! No more jogs!
New to cable knitting? This flat knit hat is a great first pattern to try! This flat knit cable hat features rows of thin cables. If you’re new to cable knitting- don’t be intimidated! They’re actually quite simple to work. For this pattern, you slip 2 stitches on the cable needled bring it to the back of your work. Then you knit 2 stitches and 2 from the cable needle.
New to knitting? Learn how to knit a hat on straight needles using this easy-to-follow video tutorial. Sizes for both kids and women. Perfect for beginner knitters!
This Diamond Knit Hat Pattern is deceptively easy! The diamond pattern is created using alternating knit and purl stitches. This hat features a ribbed brim and a slouchy shape. This hat can be knit in an evening thanks to the super bulky yarn and large needles.
The perfect cold-weather toddler hat, knit using Lion Brand’s Mandala Thick & Quick yarn. This toddler hat knits up in a few hours. It’s knit on circular needles and the crown is shaped on double point knitting needles. It features a ribbed brim and the rest of the hat is knit in the round. The finishing touch is a big, fluffy pom pom.
This woven hat knits up fast thanks to the bulky yarn and large needles!
This cozy hat will keep little heads warm even on the coldest days. Beginner-friendly hat pattern! This earflap hat makes a great gift and it can be completed in an evening thanks to the super bulky yarn and large knitting needles. It’s an easy knit that’s suited for beginners.
Beginner-friendly knitting pattern with a textured design. This textured design may look intricate, but it’s actually beginner-friendly. The woven design is created using a series of alternating knit and purl stitches.
This simple knit beanie features a wide ribbed brim with a shaped crown.
Cozy and warm kid’s hat adorned with a fun moose motif. This Fair Isle hat features a wide rib brim and a round of moose. The moose are created using a technique called colorwork (or stranded) knitting. Stranded knitting involves using two colors of yarn to create a pattern. The strands that aren’t being used are carried across the back of the work (called “floats”). It may seem awkward at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really fun!
A Nordic-inspired hat with a festive snowflake motif. This hat features a wide brim and a round of snowflakes.
A classic knit hat adorned with festive, colorwork evergreens. This hat is a simple two-color design that’s suitable for beginner knitters.
The ultimate cold-weather hat knit using Lion Brand’s Thick & Quick yarn. Beginner-friendly pattern.
This men’s beanie features a rib stitch design and a wide brim. This easy knit hat can be completed in an evening thanks to the super bulky yarn and large needles.
An easy hat that knits up in 3 hours using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn! This ear flap hat is a fun and fast knit that can be completed in an evening. The hat is knit flat and then seamed when finished.
This toddler hat features a wide garter stitch brim with ear flaps. It’s ideal for keeping little heads warm. This hat is knit on flat needles and then seamed. The ear flaps are knit first and then additional stitches are cast on.
A fast & easy project that’s ideal for beginners!
If you’re looking for a knitting pattern for the coziest winter hat, look no further! This Chunky Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern features a ribbed design with a folded up brim and ear flaps adorned with braided ties.
This hat is knit in the round, using 2 strands of yarn at the same time. Doubling up the yarn is one of my favorite easy ways to add texture and interest to an otherwise simple design. If you’ve never tried knitting with two strands at once, don’t worry- it’s easy. You just have to make sure that knitting through both loops when you make a stitch.
This Knot Top Baby Hat Knitting Pattern fits snugly on the head and it has a cute knot detail on the top. It’s knit using 2 strands of yarn at the same time.
A classic beanie featuring a round of cute foxes. Knit on circular needles using worsted weight yarn.
If you can knit a scarf, you can make this hat! This hat features a ribbed brim and a slouchy shape and it is knit on straight needles.
Beginner-friendly slouch hat knit in classic garter stitch. This hat is knit on circular needles using worsted weight yarn.
This basic beanie makes a great gift for the man in your life! This beanie features a wide ribbed brim and a shaped crown. The ribbing is created by using knit and purl stitches to make a ribbed stitch pattern. This hat is knit on circular knitting needles and it’s suited for beginners. This is a simple knit and one of my many easy knit hat patterns.
If you can knit a rectangle, you can make this baby hat! This knitting pattern is as easy as they come! There’s no crown shaping, or decreasing and it’s knit flat on single point needles. This hat is the perfect project for beginner knitters looking to move beyond basic scarves. This pattern is also great for charity knitting because it’s such a breeze to make.
This pattern is perfect for beginner knitters who want to move beyond the basic scarf. This hat is as simple as you can get! It’s knit on single point needles using the garter stitch (knit every row). There’s no shaping at the crown. You make a rectangle, sew the side seam, and boom! you have a hat!
This Easy Spiral Hat Knitting Pattern is fun projects that knits up fast thanks to the super-bulky yarn and the large needles. The spiral design looks intricate, but it is made using only knit and purl stitches. If you can knit in the round, you can make this hat!
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