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Easy Knit Hat Pattern for Beginners (Knit and Purl Only!)

I've been knitting for years. My latest project is this super cute (and easy!) hat.

This is my newest hat creation to go with my favorite winter coat.

This is my newest hat creation to go with my favorite winter coat.

Simple Knit and Purl Hat

I may have been knitting for years, but I like easy projects. I'm not crazy about knitting in the round or working with double-pointed needles. But give me my straight needles, and I am happy.

My latest project is this easy-to-knit hat. I wanted a simple, non-fussy pattern that created a hat with some character—and this pattern fit the bill.

This hat pattern is made to fit an adult. It is not tight-fitting. In fact, I made it long so that the top of the hat slouches in the back a small amount. The result is a comfy hat that can be part of your casual winter wear. It's also a youthful hat and makes a great gift for teenagers.

There is now a matching pattern for fingerless gloves—make the set!

Here is the hat after it has been knit but not yet assembled.

Here is the hat after it has been knit but not yet assembled.

Hat Pattern

Yarn: Medium (4) worsted yarn. I used 1 skein of Vanna's Choice color Mustard by Lion Brand Yarn.

Knitting needles: size 9 (5.5 mm)

Cast on 70 leaving a long tail for sewing up the seam.

Hat brim:

  • Row 1: K2, P2 across.
  • Row 2: P2, K2 across.
  • Knit rows 1 and 2 three times (6 rows total).

Body of the hat:

  • Row 1: Knit across.
  • Row 2: Purl across.
  • Row 3: Knit across.
  • Row 4: Purl across.
  • Rows 5 to 8: Knit across.
  • Knit hat body rows 1 through 8 five times.
  • Knit every row until the hat measures 10 inches long. Bind off and leave a long tail for closing the top of the hat.
I pin the hat into place before I sew up the seam.

I pin the hat into place before I sew up the seam.

Sew Up the Seam

To put the hat together, lay it out on a flat surface. Bring the right sides together so that the wrong side is facing you. Pin the side edges together, making sure the knit stripes are matching. Sew up the side of the hat, starting at the brim.

The top of the hat is now tied off.

The top of the hat is now tied off.

Weave and Tie Off

Use the bind off tail, and weave it in and out of the last row. Pull tight to gather the hat's top and knot in place. Weave in the ends. Turn right side out again, and you're done!


Loretta on January 26, 2019:

Made last week. Loved it. Perfect size for girl or young adult. Made it in gold with a gold/ brown faux fur.

Anna on October 08, 2018:

Im a beginner. When you say, Sew up the seam, do you mean sew with a sewing machine?

Palma on December 02, 2017:

I have made this hat a number of times. It is my go to hat.

Everyone likes the simplicity of the look.

Rebecca on January 07, 2017:


Does this hat take the entire skein? I have an almost full skein, but since I'm a beginner, I didn't want to start the project and not be able to finish it!

Thanks for creating a apattern I might be able to make as a beginners!

Mary on July 22, 2016:

Looking forward to knitting this hat, and the fingerless gloves shown will look great as a set! Thank you!

Morag on August 27, 2015:

Thanks lots for this pattern! So easy and quick! Did it in black, my daughter' s favourite colour for accessories. Really comfy and gorgeous, thanks again, Morag

brit on February 11, 2014:

Why don't you make a video for beginner knitters?

Emma on December 09, 2013:

Could you do this pattern on circular needles?

Janice57 from Pittsburgh, PA on March 06, 2012:

Well I just started knitting last November and have been looking for some easy, nice patterns. I made this hat and it was easy, fun, and came out really nice. Love it! It only took me two days to finish and I am starting another one. Thank you for the pattern.

Melissa from Canada on October 28, 2011:

Looks good think I will try making this.

daisyjae from Canada on October 17, 2011:

This looks like a nice easy to make hat. I might try it later, i am a beginner and am looking for stuff that is easy to do. Rated up & useful

craftdrawer on October 17, 2011:

Although I know how to knit, I crochet more than knit. Maybe I will give this pattern a try since it seems easy enough!!!