This collection of knitted hat patterns was designed with you in mind. These patterns range from easy to intermediate and vary in style, technique, and construction.
There's a knitted hat pattern for every knitter.
A quick disclaimer. The knitting patterns included in this collection are not my designs but the works of some generous designers. If you have any questions or concerns about a specific pattern, please reach out to the designer directly.
Easy Knitted Hat Patterns
When it comes to easy knitted hat patterns, you’ll have to know the knitting basics. To be clear, this is simply how to knit and purl.
Other aspects, like knowing basic knitting decreases, are also important. Using double pointed needles (DPNs) - or two circular knitting needles - must also be factored in.
The patterns which follow below fall into the category of these knitting basics. They’ve been carefully reviewed to ensure they're easy enough for beginners to knit.
Great Beginnings Hat
This knit beanie hat is an easy knitting pattern for any skill level. Using Caron Simply Soft yarn, this easy knit hat works up in worsted weight yarn.
You’ll need to know how to knit garter stitch in the round, knit two together (K2TOG), and slip slip knit (SSK).
Pike Street Hat
This easy knit hat makes a quick knitting project. This Lion Brand Pattern knits up with Wool Ease Thick & Quick, a super bulky yarn.
To make this super bulky knit hat pattern you’ll need to know how to knit in the round, stockinette stitch, and K2TOGs. You’ll need stitch markers, double pointed needles, and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends when you’re done.
This fun knitted beret was inspired by The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society film. If you saw it, no doubt you fell in love, too.
This free beret knitting pattern works up with just one hank of worsted weight yarn in Berocco Ultra Alpaca.
You’ll need your circular knitting needles to make this beret knitting pattern. You’ll also need to know how to knit garter stitch, knit 2 together (K2TOG), and a german twisted cast on. Don’t forget to knit a swatch first to check gauge.
Designed by Shawnee Kunz for one of my local yarn shops, The Knitting Cup.
Every knitter needs to have a basic beanie knitting pattern in their knitting kit. This is a good one.
This easy knit hat pattern comes with knitting instructions for two style versions. You can make a traditional knit beanie or a slouchy knit hat. Both versions work up with Paton’s Kroy Sock yarn, a super fine yarn. Both are easy one skein knitting projects.
Simple Texture Slouch Hat
Knitting a hat for beginners never was so lovely. Here’s another free slouchy hat knitting pattern. This one is full of texture, which keeps your knitting interesting.
Knit with Lion Brand Heartland, a worsted weight acrylic yarn, this simple knit hat is easy enough for beginners. To knit this hat in the round you’ll need to know a few simple knitting techniques. They are stockinette stitch, knitting in the round, and knit front back (KFB). Easy enough to do.
Plus, this is another one skein yarn project that would be a great knitting gift idea. Choose some Heartland yarn, grab your knitting needles, and cast on this easy winter hat knitting pattern.
Intermediate Knitted Hat Patterns
No doubt, when it comes to attaching a label of difficulty to a knitting pattern, it all becomes relative. That is to say, you may find some of these intermediate knitted hat patterns easy – or difficult. It all depends on your own knitting experience.
What is certain is that the following patterns go beyond knits and purls. They include knitting increases and decreases. Some knitted hat patterns feature knit cables, colorwork knitting, or different constructions.
Here’s a free knit hat pattern from Berroco that creates so much texture using a broken rib stitch.
It’s a simple knit hat pattern using circular needles. In this case, the pattern recommends you cast on with double pointed needles (DPNs). You’ll need to be comfortable with DPN knitting or two circular knitting needles. This means knitting in the round.
Overall, it’s an easy enough knitted hat pattern that includes knits, purls, K2TOGs, and SSKs.
The knitting pattern uses Berroco yarn in Catena and includes written knitting instructions only. NOTE: Unfortunately, Berroco yarn has discontinued Catena but I've included two yarn substitutions below to try instead.
This Fair Isle hat knitting pattern is a good project for intermediate knitters. Fair Isle knitting is stranded knitting. This means you’ll be knitting with two strands of yarn.
This knit hat pattern requires two different colors in Manos del Uruguay’s Silk Blend, a DK weight yarn.
When you knit this pattern you’ll be knitting with two colors. As such, you’ll need to know how to change colors when knitting in the round. You’ll also need to know how to slip-slip-knit (SSK), yarn overs (YO), and a centered double decrease.
This free knitted hat pattern includes written instructions and a knitting chart.
Knotted Rib Hat
If you’ve never knit cables before, begin with this easy cable knit hat pattern from Cascade Yarns. I did and I loved it. I quickly learned cables are not as hard as I originally thought.
You’ll need to know how to knit a hat with circular needles. You’ll also need to know how to cable 4 back (C4B) to knit this hat pattern. It includes written instructions only – no worries about reading knitting charts.
This one skein knitting pattern uses Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in 100% merino wool. It's a great warm winter knit hat. You can learn more about superwash yarns here.
Storm's Eye Hat
This stranded knitting pattern is an intermediate knit for a couple of reasons. For one, it has a 48 round colorwork knitting chart. Secondly, as this hat knits up with light fingering yarn, i.e., smaller stitches, there’s more to pay attention to. Thirdly, the knitting techniques are a little more involved.
To knit this eye-catching knit hat for women you’ll need to know Make 1 Left / Make 1 Right (M1L / M1R) knitting increases. You’ll need to be able to read colorwork knitting charts and switch colors in knitting.
Knit this free hat pattern using Saki Bamboo, a self-striping yarn in a superwash merino blend.
Slouchy Lace Beret - Rouge
Here’s a slouchy beret knitting pattern from Yarnspirations for Intermediate knitters.
It’s knit in the round with double pointed needles (DPNs) using Bernat Satin yarn. The lace pattern gives the effect of cabling from simple knitting increases and decreases.
You’ll need to know how to knit with double pointed needles (DPNs). Additionally, how to knit one through the back loop (K1TBL) and make one knitting (M1).
The slouchy hat knitting pattern includes written knitting instructions and charts.
This stylish cable knit hat pattern is part of Kelbourne Woolens Year of Hats. It uses Kelbourne Woolens Germantown, an aran weight yarn, of which you need only one skein.
As for knitting skills, you’ll need to know knit 2 purl 2 ribbing, cable knitting, and a provisional tubular cast on. You’ll also need to be familiar with reading knitting charts and knitting cables with (or without) a cable needle.
Nonna Rosalie's Toque
Here’s a free knitted hat pattern that works well with a variety of DK weight yarns.
You can use your favorite stretchy cast on method. You can also use any DK weight yarn so long as it gets you gauge. This means you’ll need to knit a gauge swatch in the round.
It’s a double brim knit hat pattern that includes knitting instructions for a regular and a slouchy knit hat.
You’ll need to know how to knit one below (K1B), knit two together (K2TOG), and join the brim. Two of the yarns she used were Premier Yarns Everyday acrylic yarn and Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK (merino wool yarn). You can find links to them below.
Summer Slouch Eyelet Beret
Looking for a summer beret? This slouchy hat knitting pattern knits up with Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in 100% cotton yarn.
The free beret knitting pattern includes written knitting instructions. With a simple eyelet knitting pattern and stockinette stitch, it’s easy enough to do.
You’ll need to know how knit, purl, knit through back loop (KTBL), and basic increases and decreases.
This one skein knitting pattern uses about 180 yards of this DK cotton yarn.
This free knit hat pattern is all about twisted rib stitches, lace knitting stitches, and a motif pattern.
Knit in the round with circular needles and Manos del Uruguay fingering weight yarn, the knitting pattern includes three hat sizes.
If you’d like to knit this hat, you’ll need to know how to read knitting patterns among other knitting basics. As expected, there are also knitting increases and decreases to create the lacy motif pattern and hat crown.
There’s also a knitting chart but you don’t necessarily have to know how to read knitting charts. There are written knitting instructions in case you can’t.
I hope you've enjoyed these free knitted hat patterns on circular needles. I've certainly enjoyed collecting them for you.