How to knit a simple hat

Hello again and welcome along. A fab way to look great, save money and learn a skill is to get those knitting needles out. They are super cheap to buy from Ebay or ask a relative if you can have some of theirs. Once you have learned to knit and purl you can make scarves until the cows come home but eventually, you are going to get bored.

A great place to start

So here is a simple pattern to knit your very own hat, they make fab gifts as well if Christmas is going to be  a tight one and once you get into it, you should be able to knock one out in a few days. This pattern is for people that can cast on and off and can knit and purl. The hat can be as deep or as shallow as you like, i like my hats like hipster beanies, lots of extra room!

Materials Needed:

  • 3 oz of 4 ply wool in any color
  • #8 or #9 Knitting needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations for this project:
Stitch = st
Stitches = sts
Stockinette/Stocking Stitch = St st
Knit 3 stitches together = k3tog
Ribbing of knit 1, purl 1 = 1 x 1 rib

Instructions for knitting your hat:

  • Cast on 86 sts to your knitting needle.
  • Work in 1 x 1 rib until your work measures 1 inch long.
  • Row 1. Knit 86 sts.
  • Row 2. Purl 86 sts.
  • Carry on with this until your hat reaches the size you want and finish on a purl
  • To shape the top of the hat;
  • Row 1. *Knit 3 sts., then k3tog, (To do this, simply do a knit stitch but instead of sliding your right needle under only one of the stitches on the left needle, slide the right needle through three stitches and knit them all together as you would have done with the one.)right to the end.
  • Row 2. Purl as normal
  • Keep decreasing your stitches by knitting 3 and purling as normal till you reach the last 3 stitches (or the smallest amount you are left with, your stitches might be a bit out)

Finishing your Hat:

  • Measure about 15 inches of yarn from your last stitch and cut yarn.
  • Thread the large yarn needle with the yarn end.
  • Pull the knitting needle out of the last 3 stitches.
  • Send the yarn needle through the 3 stitch loops.
  • Pull the yarn until you can no longer pull and the last stitch loops disappear into what makes the top of the hat.
  • Fold the hat, right sides together and bottom edges even.
  • Start sewing the hat edges together with the same needle and yarn from the top of the hat down to the bottom edge.
  • Tie a secure knot when you reach the bottom edge.
  • Turn the hat right side out.


Here is my finished product

You might notice the band near the top, that is where i got my knits and purls mixed up, but you wouldn’t know it was a mistake to look at it. Give the hat a go with different colours and patterns.
BBV out.

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