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

Are you ready to learn how to knit a hat? This easy knit hat is perfect for your first project! You will learn the two basic stitches of knitting, knits and purls and how to knit a hat on circular needles. Don’t worry, knitting a hat on circular needles is the easiest option!

The easy knit hat only takes a few hours to knit and one skein of Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Thick and Quick yarn. You can enjoy your easy knit hat today!

Easy Knit Hat | Free #knit pattern and completely beginner-friendly video tutorial.

Learn How to Knit a Hat with this Easy Knit Hat Pattern!

Knitting Pattern by B. Hooked Knitting, Copyright 2017.

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Gather Supplies for your Easy Knit Hat

I recommend using Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick for your easy knit hat. This yarn is (as the name suggests) thick and it works up very quick. It’s also very warm and comes in dozens of color options! You can make one easy knit hat for each skein of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick.

You will also need a 16″ circular knitting needle in a size 11 to complete the easy knit hat. That measurement is taken tip to tip, so when you order your Clover Takumi 16″ circular needle, it will measure 16″ from one tip to the other. I recommend Clover Takumi knitting needles for beginners because the bamboo material makes knitting much easier and the stitches won’t fall off the needle as easy (a common problem for beginners!)

To sew up the crown of the hat, you will also need a yarn needle. I recommend Lion Brand’s Wide Eye darning needles because they are the perfect size to feed Wool Ease Thick and Quick through the eye.

Lastly, you will need a pair of scissors. Any will do but I just can’t resist the Gingher stork scissors! Here is your round up of supplies for the easy knit hat:

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Easy Knit Hat Size and Stitch Gauge

Your easy knit hat should measure 17″ in circumference (not stretched) and will stretch to fit 22″ in circumference. When laying flat the easy knit hat measures 9″ long. Great for teens and adults.

As a beginner, you won’t need to worry too much about gauge right now. Just know that it is a very important metric in the overall size of the easy knit hat. For reference, my gauge is 7 sts x 4.5 rows = 2″ square worked in stockinette stitch. If your easy knit hat turns out much bigger or smaller than the size listed above, you may want to measure a section of the hat and compare to this gauge. If it is off, that is 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.

Abbreviations

In the written instructions, you will see the following knitting abbreviations.

  • k – Knit
  • p – Purl

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

Pattern Notes

Easy Knit Hat | Free #knit pattern and completely beginner-friendly video tutorial.

Together, we will knit this hat from the bottom-up and use a quick and easy drawstring bind off to close up the top. No decreasing required! You will learn the basic two stitches of knitting (knit and purl) and how to create a “1×1” ribbing. If you have never knitted a hat before, I suggest you to watch the video tutorial below and refer to the written instructions for guidance and to learn how to read a simple knit hat pattern.

After you make your first easy knit hat and 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.

Are you ready?

How to Knit a Hat for Complete Beginners

This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on YouTube.

Written Instructions: Easy Knit Hat

Easy Knit Hat | Free #knit pattern and completely beginner-friendly video tutorial.

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.

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53 thoughts on “Easy Knit Hat | How to Knit a Hat for Complete Beginners

  • Mary Jean

    I just finished my very first knitting project ever using your video. I came out so good! I took me a couple of days only. Thank you!

  • Cath

    Hi Brittany,

    I watched your video of how to make a beanie, and it was brilliant. It was easy to follow and understand, making me feel a whole lot more comfortable to branch out in to a project that isn’t just a scarf.
    I notice you recommend the lion brand wool, and in looking in to the composition of it, I notice it is mainly acrylic. I want to knit this for someone who can’t wear acrylic. I have tried to find the ply of this wool to substitute this, but haven’t been able to. Also, I am in Australia and our needles sizes are Metric, just want to confirm that size 11 in the USA are size 8 here. Thank you again for making this video so user friendly.

    • Hi Cath! Thank you so much for the kind words 🙂 I’m so glad this project is giving you the confidence you need to branch out and try new things! The yarn used in this project is a CYC #6 which is a chunky weight yarn here in the States. I’m pretty certain that is a 14 ply for you in Australia. As far as the knitting needles go, you’re spot on with the 8mm conversion. Happy stitching!

  • Debbi Reaves

    I’m a long time crocheter and wanted to learn to knit. You give great instructions for beginners. Thanks so much for the video. It was most helpful.

  • Claudette

    Hey, I love the easy knit hat. I’ve made several. I want to make a smaller size for an 8 year old. I thought I saw the pattern for a small easy knit hat, but I can’t find it. Will you email me this info?

    • Hi Claudette! Currently, this pattern is only available in one size. If you feel comfortable making some adjustments using your other hats as a guide, you can estimate the size you need by counting the stitches. Just be sure to keep your cast on number even so the ribbing works out 🙂

    • This may be a tad too big for an 8 year old. If you feel comfortable experimenting, you can cast on fewer stitches to make it a little smaller. Just be sure to keep the cast on number even so the ribbing works out 🙂

    • Hi Marilyn! The hat as it is written might be a little too big for an 8 year old. I would cast on fewer stitches, like say 40. This hasn’t been pattern tested but that would be my starting point 🙂

  • Darlene

    Hi Brittany! I just purchased an adorable Betsey Johnson scarf and gloves but the hat was so HUGE I couldn’t find one to fit. So I began a search of like hat patterns. I’m a seasoned knitter since I was 5 and I’ve knit for 65 years, but I just didn’t have time to sit and do a hat with a million increases and decreases, so I was THRILLED to find you and this pattern! The size needles/stitches matches my scarf and gloves, so it’s PERFECT! And… it may be an easy pattern but even an “oldie” like me can learn many new things. I absolutely LOVE your method for working in the initial tail! And even learned to knit the “continental” method! And…since you said I can add a pompom to create a hat just like the one in my set, this was just magic! THANKS A MILLION! Will be following you all the way now! <3 A heart for you! <3 And one for your hat! 🙂

    • That’s wonderful!! I am so glad you found this pattern and that it matches perfectly with your set. Learning a thing or two along the way – well that’s just icing on the cake 🙂

  • Jim E.

    I just learned how to knit in October, 2018. After getting the hang of things, my first project was a scarf from a learn to knit kit booklet. I finished, but had leftover yarn and didn’t know what to do with it, so it was great timing when I found incredibly well laid-out video tutorial on how to make a hat. I loved it so much that I went on to knit three more scarfs and three more hats, one of each for my wife and three daughters. Thank you very much, Brittany. You can see the finished goods here: http://ravel.me/jedwards4711/has

  • Martha

    Brittany, thank you for this video, it really helped me. I like the tip of knitting the tail end because I didn’t have a ladder in the hat brim. You’re a great teacher!!😃

  • Hi Brittany! Thank you for this fantastic tutorial… I’ll try knitting my first hat this week! I was wondering if it would be doable to add a pompom to it with this pattern?

  • Hello!! I absolutely love the way this hat looks and I would like to make one for my husband since he loves beanies, but since I am just starting out I only have size 13 needles. What adjusts do I need to make in order for this to work with US Size 13 needles?
    Also, I’m a lefty and yours are the only videos that I understand so a huge thanks on that!

    • This is a great question! Since the pattern has not been tested for in a mens size, you’ll have to do a little experimenting but I have a resource that will help you figure it out! On episode 35 of the Bhooked Podcast, I discuss how to change the size of a pattern. You can listen to that episode here:

      http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/2017/10/26/bhp035-make-baby-hat-fit/

      For the Easy Knit Hat, you’ll need to keep your cast on number even so the ribbing works out. Let me know if after listening to this episode, you still need some guidance. I’ll be happy to help!

  • betsy s allman

    I don’t understand the need for the long tail. Do you use the tail to cast on? Why doesn’t this make sense to me?

    • This is a great question that I learned the hard way. You use yarn from both the tail and the skein to work each stitch onto the needle so you’ll notice your tail getting shorter the more stitches you cast on. If you do not leave a long enough tail, you may not be able to cast on all of your stitches and will have to start all over again.

  • Alyssa

    I’m working with size 10 needles instead of 11. How many stitches would you recommend casting on to get a similar sized hat? Thanks for the video, it’s super easy to follow! And thank you especially for making a left handed one 🙂

  • Carolyn

    Just finished the hat and it came out terrific! Unfortunately too big for my small head. How can I adapt the patterns make a smaller hat? Was thinking of casting on only 40 stitches?? Help.

  • Kelsey

    I love this pattern and am on my third one! I’ve started to get a little curious about altering the pattern though. They hats keep coming out pretty small and I’ve tried to increase the number of c/o I’m doing to 46 or 48 and they keep still being a little tight on the average adult’s head. Any suggestions? Also wondering what would change if I used a 100g yarn instead of the yarn you recommend. Thanks in advance! 🙂

  • Sandy

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I am pretty new to knitting so I loved the idea of knitting in the round. Having no seams is attractive. Awesome, thanks again and looking forward to doing a scarf next 🙂

  • Akela Morinaka

    I love how this beanie looks and had planned to make one for my boyfriend, but he wears a 7 5/8 size hat (23 7/8 inches head circumference)!
    Do you think this could fit him, or if not, do you have any recommendations on other beanie tutorials?
    Thanks for the help and for the great video! Happy holidays!

    • This is a great question. Since the pattern has not been tested for a child, you’ll have to do a little experimenting but I have a resource that will help you figure it out! On episode 35 of the Bhooked Podcast, I discuss how to change the size of a pattern. You can listen to that episode here:

      http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/2017/10/26/bhp035-make-baby-hat-fit/

      For the Easy Knit Hat, you’ll need to keep your cast on number even so the ribbing works out. Let me know if after listening to this episode, you still need some guidance. I’ll be happy to help!

  • For me, I never know how to bind or finish the top or hide the tail that look nice. I like so much your tips. Love it! I also use the continental style, and found it faster and easy.

  • Alice

    Hi Brittany!
    I love that you have the video for lefty! It helped me a lot making my hat and I love my first hat that I made! Big thanks!

    There is a cowl that I would like to made, but I cannot figure out how to make… it’s called “Level 3 Knit Cowl Pattern” from lion blend. I’m trying to make it by using the thick and quick yarn that you introduced in the hat video. Would you consider making the video? If you could, that will be great.

    Thank you for your work!

    • Hi Alice,
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying you hat and thank you so much for the kind words, I really appreciate it! Unfortunately, I am unable to film a tutorial for a pattern that is not my own or a sponsor that I am affiliated with. I’ll keep the request on my list in case I ever have the opportunity to work with Lion Brand in the future.

  • Héctor José Rivera

    Hi! I’d love to do this hat but I only have 5mm circular needles and yarn (or size US 8 as it says on the label), so I was wondering how many stitches will I need in order to make an adult hat? Thank you so much!

  • Robert Klein

    Hi Brittany. Thanks for putting this together. I am knitting my very first hat for my 4 year old daughter with your instructions. I would love to know how to do the “math” to know if this hat will fit my daughter who has a 20″ head circumference. Any tips?

    • Hi Robert! This is a great question. Since the pattern has not been tested for a child, you’ll have to do a little experimenting but I have a resource that will help you figure it out! On episode 35 of the Bhooked Podcast, I discuss how to change the size of a pattern. You can listen to that episode here:

      http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/2017/10/26/bhp035-make-baby-hat-fit/

      For the Easy Knit Hat, you’ll need to keep your cast on number even so the ribbing works out. Let me know if after listening to this episode, you still need some guidance. I’ll be happy to help!

  • Linda G Estes

    Loved the video and thought it was well done and easy to follow. How could I adjust the pattern so it would fit a two year old? Thanks

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