Everyday Knit Hat for Medium & Light Weight Yarn

No matter what size you need or which yarn you have, we have you covered with this one.

Skill Level | Easy
Available Sizes | Preemie, 0-3 mos, 3-6 mos, 6-12 mos, Toddler, Child, Tween, Women’s & Men’s

Use any light weight or medium weight yarn you already have and make a hat for yourself and anyone in your family. These everyday knit hats make for great gifts.

Introduction

About this Pattern


If you’re looking for a basic knit hat pattern that’ll work for just about any yarn in your stash in just about any size you can think of, you’re in the right place. Our everyday knit hat for light weight and medium weight yarn is a perfectly simple pattern that’s easy and quick to knit.

With this pattern you’ll get to practice three basic components of knit hats: a simple rib band, stockinette sides and basic crown decreasing for a perfect fit. You don’t have to be a pro knitter either. As long as you have a basic understanding of knitting in the round and keeping steady tension, the tutorial will walk you through it all.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our everyday knit hat from start to finish.

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getting started

Recommended Supplies


  • Any light weight or medium weight yarn (pictured: Lion Brand Wool Ease Hand Dyed Mint Julep; Tutorial: Lion Brand Hand Dyed Heaven Greyhound )
  • Preemie: approx 30 yds light; approx 35 yds medium
  • 0-3 mos: approx 42 yds light; approx 50 yds medium
  • 3-6 mos: approx 50 yds light; approx 58 yds medium
  • 6-12 mos: approx 64 yds light; approx 75 yds medium
  • Toddler: approx 72 yds medium; approx 88 yds medium
  • Child: approx 84 yds light; approx 100 yds medium
  • Tween: approx 92 yds light; approx 115 yds medium
  • Women’s: approx 110 yds light; approx 128 yds medium
  • Mens: approx 120 yds light; approx 145 yds medium
  • US 7 circular needles, 16″ for all sizes accept preemie
  • US 7 Double Pointed Needles for crown and preemie sizes
  • OR US 7 circular needles, 24″ or longer for magic loop
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

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pattern details

Abbreviations


  • K Knit
  • K2tog Knit Two Together
  • P Purl
  • Rep Repeat
  • St(s) Stitches
Finished Size
  • Preemie: 9″-12″ circumference; 4.25″ length
  • 0-3 mos: 13″-15″ circumference; 5.25″ length
  • 3-6 mos: 15″-16″ circumference; 5.75″ length
  • 6-12 mos: 16″-17″ circumference; 6.75″ length
  • Toddler: 17″-18″ circumference; 7.25″ length
  • Child: 18″-20″ circumference; 7.75″ length
  • Tween: 20″-22″ circumference; 8.25″ length
  • Women’s: 21″-23″ circumference; 8.75″ length
  • Men’s: 22″-22″ circumference; 9.25″ length
Gauge
  • Light Weight: 23.5 stitches by 27 rounds = 4″ in stockinette
  • Medium Weight: 22 stitches by 28 rounds = 4″ in stockinette

Use the yarn label to determine if you should use the light weight or medium weight instructions. For more details on yarn weight, check out our guide here.

Although the general pattern is the same for both light weight and medium weight yarn, there are differences in stitch count. To keep it simple, we kept the instructions separate for light weight and medium weight yarn.

Switch to magic loop method or double pointed needles when stitches no longer fit around the 16″ circulars.

Additional Notes: Instructions for sizes are given as follows:

Preemie(0-3 mos, 3-6 mos, 6-12 mos, Toddler, Child, Tween, Women’s, Mens)

the pattern

Written Instructions


Light Weight Yarn Instructions

Hat Band

Round 1: CO 40(64, 72, 80, 88, 96, 104, 112, 120). *K2, P2. Rep from * to end of round.

Round 2: *K2, P2. Rep from * to end of round.

Repeat: Rep last round, 7(9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) more times.

Hat Sides

Next Round: K all sts.

Repeat: Rep last round 13(14, 14, 17, 17, 18, 18, 18, 19) more times.

Hat Crown – All Sizes

Round 1: *K next 3(6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {32(56, 64, 72, 80, 88, 96, 104, 112) sts}

Round 2: K all sts.

Round 3: *K next 2(5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {24(48, 56, 64, 72, 80, 88, 96, 104) sts}

Round 4: K all sts.

Round 5: *K next 1(4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {16(40, 48, 56, 64, 72, 80, 88, 96) sts}

Round 6: K all sts.

Preemie size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 7: *K next (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72, 80, 88) sts}

Round 8: K all sts.

Round 9: *K next (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72, 80) sts}

Round 10: K all sts.

Round 11: *K next (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72) sts}

Round 12: K all sts.

0-3 mos size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 13: *K next (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64) sts}

Round 14: K all sts.

3-6 mos size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 15: *K next (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56) sts}

Round 16: K all sts.

6-12 mos size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 17: *K next (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24, 32, 40, 48) sts}

Round 18: K all sts.

Toddler size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 19: *K next (1, 2, 3, 4) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24, 32, 40) sts}

Round 20: K all sts.

Child size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 21: *K next (1, 2, 3) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24, 32) sts}

Round 22: K all sts.

Tween size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 23: *K next (1, 2) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24) sts}

Round 24: K all sts.

Women’s size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 25: *K next st. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16) sts}

Round 26: K all sts.

Finishing

Fasten off leaving an 8″ tail. Use a yarn needle to thread the tail through the remaining stitches. Secure the opening and weave in the ends.

Medium Weight Yarn Instructions

Hat Band

Round 1: CO 40(56, 64, 72, 80, 88, 96, 104, 112). *K2, P2. Rep from * to end of round.

Round 2: *K2, P2. Rep from * to end of round.

Repeat: Rep last round, 6(8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15) more times.

Hat Sides

Next Round: K all sts.

Repeat: Rep last round 14(15, 15, 18, 19, 19, 19, 20, 20) more times.

Hat Crown – All Sizes

Round 1: *K next 3(5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {32(48, 56, 64, 72, 80, 88, 96, 104) sts}

Round 2: K all sts.

Round 3: *K next 2(4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {24(40, 48, 56, 64, 72, 80, 88, 96) sts}

Round 4: K all sts.

Round 5: *K next 1(3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {16(32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72, 80, 88) sts}

Round 6: K all sts.

Preemie size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 7: *K next (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 722, 80) sts}

Round 8: K all sts.

Round 9: *K next (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72) sts}

Round 10: K all sts.

0-3 mos size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 11: *K next (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64) sts}

Round 12: K all sts.

3-6 mos size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 13: *K next (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56) sts}

Round 14: K all sts.

6-12 mos size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 15: *K next (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24, 32, 40, 48) sts}

Round 16: K all sts.

Toddler size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 17: *K next (1, 2, 3, 4) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24, 32, 40) sts}

Round 18: K all sts.

Child size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 19: *K next (1, 2, 3) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24, 32,) sts}

Round 20: K all sts.

Tween size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 21: *K next (1, 2) sts. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16, 24) sts}

Round 22: K all sts.

Women’s size continue to finishing instructions.

Round 23: *K next st. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {(16) sts}

Round 24: K all sts.

Finishing

Fasten off leaving an 8″ tail. Use a yarn needle to thread the tail through the remaining stitches. Secure the opening and weave in the ends.


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