31 Free Hat Knitting Patterns- Stay warm this winter with these 31 free hat knitting patterns (most of them are beginner-friendly) for the whole family.
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31 Free Hat Knitting Patterns
Knit on circular needles, this kid’s ski mask is sure to keep them warm no matter what the weather.
This knitted balaclava covers the face, ears, and head, providing warmth and protection from the cold. It can be worn over the nose or under the chin.
This hat is knit using 2 strands of yarn at the same time to provide extra warmth!
What is Double Strand Knitting?
Double strand knitting is a technique where two strands of yarn are held together and worked as one while knitting. This technique creates a thicker and more durable fabric than using a single strand of yarn. It can also change the appearance of the fabric, making it look more substantial, fluffy or warm, depending on the types of yarns used.
This woven hat knits up fast thanks to the bulky yarn and large needles!
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 knit and cable stitches. It is knit flat on straight needles and them seamed.
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. I used a super fine sock yarn because I loved the self-striping colors.
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.
This bunny hat is ideal for beginners since it is knit on single point needles using basic rib and garter stitches. The ears are knit separately and then sewn on. This is a fast & fun project that will keep your little one toasty on cool Spring mornings.
Double Strand Knit Hat- use two strand of yarn at the same time to create this hat that is twice as thick as regular knitting and provides insulation and warmth.
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.
A Nordic-inspired hat with a festive snowflake motif.
This hat features a wide brim and a round of snowflakes. The snowflakes are created using a technique called colorwork (or stranded) knitting. 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. It may seem awkward at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really fun!
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.
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.
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.
Scrap Yarn Flat Knit Hat for Kids- a warm, earflap hat that’s knit using leftover yarn. This pattern is ideal for beginners!
This kid’s hat is a quick and easy knitting project that makes use of scrap yarn. It features earflaps and a colorful pom pom. The body is a combination of garter and stockinette stitches. This hat is knit flat and then seamed.
A pretty, textured hat in an easy to knit stitch!
This hat is knit in the round. If you’ve never tried the Hurdle Stitch before, it’s easy! It created using alternate knit and purl stitches This hat is a fast knit thanks to the super bulky yarn and large needles.
A fun topper for kids, 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.
Fast, fun and beginner-friendly!
The zig zag pattern is created using a basic combination of knit and purl stitches.It’s knit using super bulky yarn and circular knitting 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.
If you can knit a scarf, you can make this hat!
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 kids hat features a wide brim and it’s topped with a fluffy pom pom.
An easy project in the prettiest self-striping yarn.
This Thick and Quick Hat Knitting Pattern is a fast project that’s suitable for beginners (as long as you’re comfortable using circular and double point needles). It features a wide, ribbed brim and a slouchy shape.
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.
The finished piece is sewn together at the side and the top is tied off. The rib pattern ensures that the hat stays snugly put on little heads.
A classic, ribbed beanie with an easy trick for switching colors when rib knitting!
Changing colors when rib knitting creates yarn bumps from purl stitches that show on the right-hand side. The simplest way to get cleans stripes is to knit a row when changing color. Then, on the next row proceed to knit in ribbing. The single knit row isn’t visible and the stripes won’t have any bumps.
A classic design in a fun self-striping yarn!
This Newborn Ribbed Hat Knitting Pattern is a basic design that lets the yarn shine. I used Loops & Threads Facets Stones which comes in really beautiful colorways. It’s medium weight and so soft! This pattern uses double point needles, other than that it’s pretty simple to knit. The wide ribbing ensures that the hat fits well and it stays on little heads.
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.
A fun topper for kids, featuring a round of foxes.
These foxes 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”). Since the fox design is simple, this is an ideal pattern for knitters who are new to colorwork.
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.
The entire beanie is knit flat on single point needles. There are no decreases or shaping. The stitches are a combination of knit and purl. Once you’re finished knitting, the side and top seams of the hat are sewn. A simple running stitch is created at the top to gather.
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.
Simple knit and purl stitch mimic cable knitting in this beginner-friendly pattern.
This faux cable knit pattern is a simple knitting technique that creates lovely textured stitches that look like knit cables and you don’t need a cable needle to make them.
This 1 Hour Baby & Kids Hat Knitting Pattern is perfect for creating a quick gift. It’s warm, cozy and it only takes about an hour to knit thanks to the large needles and super bulky yarn.
This 1 Hour Baby & Kids Hat knitting pattern is knit on circular needles. It features a rolled brim and a cute pom pom on top. I’ve included sizes 1-7 years.
This classic ribbed hat makes a great gift for the man in your life!
This beanie features a wide foldover brim. The stretchy ribbed texture makes it suitable for many head sizes. It is knit on circular needles and requires minimal crown shaping. The rib stitch is created by knitting 2 stitches and purling 2 stitches.
This hat is created by using knit and purl stitches to make a ribbed stitch pattern. It’s knit on circular knitting needles and it’s suited for beginners
Perfect for beginner knitters! Knit this basic beanie on straight needles in one evening.
This Flat Knit Hat Knitting pattern uses straight needles which are perfect for those who aren’t comfortable with circular needles yet. It’s so easy to make! There’s some minor shaping at the top, but other than that, this hat is knit almost like a scarf.
This hat is knit in rib stitch and it has a foldover brim.
This knit flat hat is made using chunky yarn and large needles. I think it took me under 90 minutes to make, which in the knitting world is a quick knit!
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