Easy Bobble Hat Pattern
by Helen Stewart
This free knitting pattern for beginners (or experienced knitters who want a fast satisfying knit) gives you easy to follow instructions for how to make a fun bobble hat for the whole family.
Once you have mastered the basic knit and purl stitches you will be able to knit up this easy hat in about 2-5 hours. Not bad for an evening of knitting.
It is knit flat on straight knitting needles and then seamed up the back.
If you have a tape measure, and the recipient’s head close by, measure the circumference of their head and choose the size closest to their size. If in doubt or in between sizes, I would suggest selecting the smaller size for a snugger fit but it depends on personal preference as slouchy hats are very on trend at the moment.
Baby 14”, (Toddler 16”, Child 18”, Woman 20”, Man 22”) head circumference.
1 x 100g ball of Rowan Big Wool (100% Merino wool; 80m/87yds) or
2 x 100g skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky (50% Alpaca, 50% wool; 41m/45yds)
Or similar yardage of other bulky weight yarn.
10mm (US 15) straight knitting needles
8 sts/12 rows = 10cm (4″)
k2tog knit 2 together
* repeat instructions between asterisks
Cast on 30, (34, 38, 42, 46) sts.
Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2-6: *k1, p1* to end of row. (5 rows of ribbing)
If you are making a two colour hat, start colour B here.
Row 7: Knit all sts.
Row 8: Purl all sts
Repeat rows 7 and 8, 4, (5, 6, 7, 8) more times. (10, (12, 14, 16, 18) rounds of stockinette)
Decrease for crown as follows:
K1, then *K2tog*, repeat to 1 st before the end of the row, k1. 16, (18, 20, 22, 24) sts
Purl all sts.
K1, then *K2tog*, repeat to 1 st before the end of the row, k1. 9, (10, 11, 12, 13) sts
Purl all sts
K1, then *K2tog*, repeat to 2, (1, 2, 1, 2) st/s before the end of the row, k2 (k1, k2, k1, k2). 6, (6, 7, 7, 8) sts
Cut thread leaving approx. 18” tail. Using yarn needle, thread the tail through the remaining sts and pull firm.
Using tail, sew the sides of the hat together. Mattress stitch is the best stitch to use.
Weave in ends.
Use a large pompom maker or make your own template out of card.
I used a circle approximately 3” in diameter.
Photo Credit: Photos of me are by Kirsty Barton Creations