This knit hat pattern combines simplicity and the creative power of embellishment. The hat is fairly simple to knit, so this pattern is great for anyone just starting out with knitting. But then the hat serves as a canvas, offering up myriad possibilities for being embellished with a decorative flair. I have designed this pattern for children, so consider involving your children in the design of the hat. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to involve my own kids in the creative process, and through involving your kids in the design of the hat you will not only bond with them but you will also guarantee that they like your finished product. Additionally, these hats make a great gift for friends and family, or as a donated item either to a shelter or to a fundraising event.
This hat is knit in the round, so for beginning knitters it allows you to practice your knit stitch without ever having to purl. The pattern also uses double pointed needles for the top portion of the hat, and the use of these needles is a great skill to learn. Comfort with double pointed needles will allow you to move on to toy knitting, which can be great fun as well. More on this topic in a future post!
I embellished my hat with a peony, but there are endless options for crocheted and knit flowers. I used a pattern from “100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet” by Lesley Stanfield. It contains many wonderful options for knitting and crocheting flowers, leaves and bugs.
This pattern is great for a child of 3 to 7 years of age. The knit stitch has a great natural stretch so that this hat can have a long life atop some lucky child’s head!
16-inch US 7 circular knitting needles.
US 7 double pointed needle set.
DK weight yarn, 1 skein. Note that I made mine with a locally dyed silk.
What every you choose you should have a gauge of 5 stitches per inch. If you are concerned about the size you should check your gauge by knitting a test swatch.
Knit Hat Instructions:
Cast on 90 stitches with a long-tail cast-on.
1) Even out the cast-on loops around the needle and be sure that none of the stitches are twisted. All the stitches should be hanging on the needle the same way. Add a stitch marker to the needle. Knit the first cast-on stitch thereby joining the first and the last stitch creating a circle. Be careful to avoid slack between these two stitches. Knit the first round to the end.
2) Continue to knit in the round. Stop at the stitch marker when the hat measures 7 inches.
Start decreasing the hat circumference as follows:
3) Knit 7 stitches, knit two stitches together (k2tog). Repeat to the stitch market.
4) Knit 6 stitches, k2tog. Repeat to stitch marker.
5) Knit the entire round.
6) Knit 5 sts, k2tog. Repeat the stitch marker.
Change to double pointed needles as follows:
7) From the circular needle onto the first double pointed needle, knit 16 sts. Starting with a new double pointed needle knit 17 sts. Knit the last 17 sts on the 3rd double pointed needle. You may now remove the stitch marker. These three needles should now form a triangle which will become smaller as the radius of the hat decreases.
8) Knit 4 sts, k2tog. Repeat to stitch marker.
9) Knit 3 sts, k2tog. Repeat to stitch marker.
10) Knit the entire round.
11) Knit 2 sts, k2tog. Repeat to stitch marker.
12) Knit the entire round.
13) Knit 1 sts, k2tog. Repeat to stitch marker.
14) Knit the entire round.
11) K2tog. Repeat to stitch marker.
Cut yarn and thread yarn onto a tapestry needle. Thread the tail of yarn through the final 10 loops twice. On the inside of the hat run the yarn though the backs of the stitches to secure. Running diagonally in a zig zag pattern works best. Trim yarn.
Weave thread left over from the long tail cast on into the hat brim.
k2tog – knit two stitches together
sts – stitches