10 FREE Hat Knitting Patterns You Have to Knit!
Fall means hat knitting, and we want to make sure you have several knitted hat patterns to choose from. Keep your ears warm with these 10 hat-knitting patterns, yours for free in Make Knitted Hats: 10 Free Knitted Hat Patterns!
We love knitted hats. They are small, portable projects, great for tucking into your bag and knitting on trains and buses. Knitted hat patterns are the perfect little knits for passing time in waiting rooms or stitching during meetings. Hats provide the opportunity to try new techniques, indulge in luxury yarns, they can be quickly knitted, and they make great gifts.
Whether you love cable knit hat patterns, lace patterned hats, knit hats for women, or earflap hats, we’ve got free knitted hat patterns for them all. This collection of free hat knitting patterns includes traditional techniques and modern details that make hats so much fun to knit.
Even if you’re just learning about knitting hats, or if you’re a longtime hat enthusiast, the experts at Interweave put a pattern for you in this collection. Best of all, these fantastic knit hat patterns are free.
Sneak-Peek at the Free Hat Knitting Patterns You’ll Find:
Faux Isle Hat
By Kathleen Cubley
This fun and attractive hat is a great project for beginning color knitting—the yarn does all the work! This hat is great because it’s unisex, too. A simple change of colors makes this a great choice if you love to knit hats for men. The final look only makes this pattern seem difficult, it’s actually a fairly easy knit hat pattern, give it a try!
By Heather Zoppeti
This lightweight lace beret will keep you warm and stylish all winter. If you need to knit hats for women, this hat is just perfect. Starting by learning a circular cast-on, you’ll knit this hat from the top down in the round, ending with a tubular bind-off. The tubular bind-off is one of my favorite techniques—few techniques give me more satisfaction than one that’s been perfectly executed. It’s a bit time-consuming, but the clean look makes it worth the effort.
North Star Hat
By Laura Bryant
This stunning hat is fun to knit and so cozy to wear. The colors are beautiful, and the textures are interesting and add so much visual interest to the hat. Top it off with a cute pom pom, and you’ve got the perfect winter hat!
By Pam Allen
Do you have trouble making knitted hats that actually fit your head correctly? Well Pam Allen has discovered the solution to this on-going problem especially for creating knit hats for men. Instead of the traditional rim up, begin knitting your hat from the top down which is pretty much a foolproof method for getting a knit hat to fit. In this hat knitting pattern Allen leads you step-by-step in making this perfectly fit knitted hat, which was named after her son Ryan. He picked the bold colors in her pattern, but each knitter is free to pick whichever color scheme makes them happiest.
Ridged Helmet Hat
By Ann Budd
This unique ribbed hat knitting pattern was inspired by the 1940’s era of knitted hats. It is a close-fitting hat, much like the ones people wore back then. Budd used alpaca yarn, which is a lot softer than the wool that was used to knit a hat in the 1940’s. She also worked the hat inside out, so she could knit more rows than she purled. Adding a three color braided tassel helps bring a flash of color and a bit of fun to this design.
Andean Earflap Hat
By Mary Jane Mucklestone
Inspired by one of her favorite knitting books, Andean Folk Knitting, Mucklestone decided to make her very own adaptation of the fashionable earflap hat pattern. Using a Shetland diamond for the color work motif, this free knitted hat pattern is meant to be done with the stranded stockinette stitch, which creates long floats on the first and last rows of the motif. It’s time to brush up on classic knitting stitches, while making yourself, or someone special, this unique knitted hat classic, the earflap hat.
Army Girl Earflap
By Lisa Shroyer
Lisa Shroyer has created a fabulously fun easy knit hat pattern. The earflaps are made by bending the lower edge of the hat with shaping. Decreases along the centerline of the flaps make them curve downward, while increases curve the center back neck upwards. You will notice that the flared effect of the ear flaps, combined with the round crown and strong line across the forehead, gives this hat a military look. Feel free to be creative when picking out the yarn color. This earflap hat pattern can easily be one for the gals, but choosing another color could easily give this hat a more masculine feel.
Penobscot Bay Hat
By Cyrene Slegona
It wasn’t until after Slegona finished this hat pattern that she realized the color arrangement she used reflected the colorscape she sees when she looks across the islands of Penobscot Bay in Maine on a sunny day. If you are interested in making a knitted hat that is fun and leaves you with a beautiful result, this is the hat knitting pattern for you.
By Meema Spadola
This free knitted hat pattern was inspired by Spadola’s grandmother’s backyard berry patch that was filled with raspberry, blackberry, and elderberry bushes. Although this hat is designed to be worn long after the berries are gone, this should bring back some tasty summer memories. When making this knit hat, Meema made extra-long l-cord ties for fun, but you can always make them shorter. Enjoy making a summer inspired knit hat that will keep you warm all winter long.
Enchanted Evening Ear Covering
By Sandi Wiseheart
Wiseheart has created the perfect knitting pattern to help guide you in making a design that will keep you warm, while also looking great with your formal attire. The yarn she uses in this pattern is actually made up of three different yarns: a railroad ribbon, a multi-hued silky twist, and a lovely merino. The drape of the yarn wouldn’t work well for a traditional hat, so Wiseheart decided to let the yarn guide her. She ended up with a simple mobius loop that is both dressy and practical.
If you have been searching for fabulous hat knitting patterns, hats are a great place to start! Because they are small, they knit up quickly and can make a huge impact on your cool weather wardrobe. We selected this collection of reader favorite hat knitting patterns just for you! Snuggle-up on your couch with all of your knitting supplies and follow one of these 10 free hat knitting patterns. In no time you will have a satisfying end result that will add that perfect accessory to your winter wardrobe. Have extra time on your break at work? Bring your knitting supplies and one of these free hat knitting patterns with you and create a fashionable hat that is sure to impress your co-workers.