Easy Knit Hat – How to Knit a Hat for Complete Beginners

Your perfect first knit hat project!

Skill Level | Beginner
Finished Size | 17″ – 22″ Circumference; 9″ length

Working up in just a few hours, the Easy Knit Hat here at B.Hooked is perfect for your first knitting project. The tutorial will walk you through step-by-step. No prior skills required!

If you haven’t knit anything before and you want to know where to begin, you’re in the right place. This is the pattern I recommend all new knitters start with.

Through this project, you’ll learn the fundamentals of every knitting project: casting on, knit stitches and purl stitches. Sure you can learn all of these techniques separately, but here we believe new skills “stick” when incorporated into a project you can enjoy.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We’ve prepared a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations you will need to get started as well as a video tutorial and written instructions to complete this easy knit hat from start to finish.

  • 1 skein; 106 yds, Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (colorway pictured: Marble)
  • US 11 Circular Needle 16″ (measured tip-to-tip)
  • Yarn Needle, Large
  • Scissors

  • CO Cast On
  • k Knit
  • p Purl

These abbreviations are industry standards and are used to simplify the pattern and making it easier to read. Whenever you see a “K” simply tell yourself to knit and whenever you see a “P”, that’s your cue to purl.

Finished Size

17″ – 22″ Circumference;
9″ length


7 sts x 4.5 rows = 2″
(stockinette stitch)

As a beginner, you won’t need to worry too much about gauge right now. Just know it is a very important metric in the overall size of the easy knit hat. If your hat turns out much bigger or smaller than the size listed above, you may want to measure a section of the hat and compare that to the gauge. If you measure something different, that’s why your hat size turned out different.

Gauge helps bridge the gap between my particular knitting style and yours. We’re all unique! Fortunately, the easy knit hat is very simple and gauge usually doesn’t cause any issues.

Need to Print this Pattern?

You’ll find the full pattern for free here on this page. However, if you’d like a PDF version of this pattern to print or save for offline use, you can purchase it from our PDF shop.

Cast on 44 stitches using the long tail cast on.

Rounds 1-6: k1, p1.

Rounds 7-26: K all stitches.


To close up the top, trim your yarn leaving a tail that is approximately 24″ long. Feed the tail through each stitch with your darning needle, removing them from your knitting needle as you go. Once you have fed the tail through every stitch, pull the tail to draw it up.

Pull it as tightly as you can without breaking your yarn. Using the darning needle, run the tail around the center of the closure several times to secure it. Run the tail through the center of the hat, tie a knot and trim.

Additional Notes

This pattern is currently available in one size.

If after making your first easy knit hat you want to make another in a different size, you can do so! To estimate the number of cast on stitches, you will need to know the hat circumference you need. Once you have this measurement, listen to episode 35 of the BHooked Podcast to learn how to calculate your cast on number of stitches.

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