Free Knitting Pattern: My Favorite Simple Knit Hat

Updated: Jan 11, 2021

My Favorite Simple Knit Hat is exactly what it sounds like -- an extremely simple knit hat! This pattern creates a formula for knitting a super bulky weight hat in baby to men's sizes. This pattern is very easy to customize -- in circumference, height, or even adding some stitch patterns of your own! This pattern is available as a download on Ravelry, Payhip, and LoveCrafts, or you can get the free PDF version here.

This is a fun, quick knit creating a plain knit hat that is cozy and warm for the cold winter weather. This pattern includes written English instructions. I recommend knitting the size that provides 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) of negative ease in the circumference. If you wish for a beanie style hat, I recommend knitting a height very similar to the recipient’s measurement; for a slouchy style hat, add additional length prior to decreasing. This pattern is easily adaptable for a different sizing of your choice.

Note: This pattern is also available for download on Ravelry, Payhip, and LoveCrafts for $1.50 - $2.00 (USD). The free download version also includes definitions for each of the abbreviations, and the pattern is laid out more in a list form than a paragraph form.

My Favorite Simple Knit Hat - Free Pattern

Note: This blog post will not be updated with any adjustments made to the pattern; please reference any of the PDF downloads linked above if you're interested in any updates to the pattern.

This pattern is designed as a easy/beginner pattern, and it is available in a range of sizes from preemie up to men's. When you are reading instruction with parentheses, these are the respective sizes that are being referred to: Preemie (Baby, Toddler, Child, Tween, Women's, Men's). The finished dimensions of these sizes are as follows:

Finished Circumference: 10” (14, 16”, 18”, 19”, 21”, 22”) / 15 (35.5, 40.5, 46, 48, 53, 56) cm

Finished Height: 4.5” (5.5”, 6.5”, 7.5”, 8”, 8.5”, 9.5”) / 11.5 (14, 16.5, 19, 20, 21.5, 24) cm

To knit this pattern, you will need: super bulky weight yarn, 8.0 mm (US 11) circular (at least as long as the circumference of your hat size) or double-pointed needles, stitch marker, and darning needle. If you are not familiar with knitting in the round, I recommend that you watch a YouTube video to become familiar with the technique.

To learn more about the yarn that I used, and for recommendations on other yarns you may wish to use, please visit my "My Favorite Simple Knit Hat: Design Inspiration & Yarn/Color Recommendations" blog post.

The amount of yarn that I recommend for knitting this pattern is: 20 (30, 40, 50, 55, 65, 75) yards / 35 (50, 65, 80, 90, 105, 120) grams of super bulky weight yarn. If you are substituting the yarn with a different on than I use, here is an important note on the yarn that I use: I use Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn for this pattern design. This yarn is a very thick yarn that creates a stiff fabric, which may not be preferable for the smaller (preemie, baby) hat sizes. If you would like a looser fabric, I suggest using a softer yarn or using a bulky weight yarn (rather than super bulky yarn).