How to Knit || Free Easy Hat knitting pattern for beginners

Easy Bobble Hat Pattern

by Helen Stewart

free beginners hat knitting pattern

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.

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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.

Size

Baby 14”, (Toddler 16”, Child 18”, Woman 20”, Man 22”) head circumference.

Yarn

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.

Needles

10mm (US 15) straight knitting needles

Notions

Yarn needle

Tape measure

Gauge

8 sts/12 rows = 10cm (4″)

Abbreviations

k          knit

k2tog   knit 2 together

p          purl

st(s)    stitch(es)

*           repeat instructions between asterisks

Directions

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* to 1 st before the end of the row, k1. 16, (18, 20, 22, 24) sts

Purl all sts.

K1, then *K2tog* to 1 st before the end of the row, k1.  9, (10, 11, 12, 13) sts

Purl all sts

K1, then *K2tog* 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.

Make PomPom

Use a large pompom maker or make your own template out of card.

I used a circle approximately 3” in diameter.

free beginners hat knitting pattern

free beginners hat knitting pattern

Photo Credit: Photos of me are by Kirsty Barton Creations

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