Basic Men’s Knit Hat

The perfect, everyday men’s knit hat you can go-to for any occasion.

Skill Level | Intermediate
Finished Size | 22-23″ circumference; 8.25″ length


About this Pattern

If you’re looking for a great gift for dad, your brother, your boss or your husband, how about a handmade hat? What we’re getting at here is this is the perfect everyday knit hat for gifting a handmade gift for the man in your life. Not only that but its a great pattern to have handy if you like to knit hats to donate to your local hospital or charity.

With this project you’ll get to practice a left and right leaning decrease in the crown section and a basic rib pattern. 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. If you’re a little unsure on the sizing, rest assured this is one stretchy hat! It’ll shrink down to about 21″ and stretch to 23.5″. That’ll fit most men.

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 simple seed stitch cowl step-by-step.

getting started

Recommended Supplies

  • Approx 132 yds; Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca (Colorway pictured: charcoal)
  • 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

FAQ: Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it’s in the same weight category. Check your gauge and adjust as needed so the sizing comes out right. The recommended yarn amount will likely be different too.

Yarn Substitution Resources:
The Ultimate Guide to Substitute Yarn

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pattern details


  • CO Cast On
  • K Knit
  • K2tog Knit Two Together
  • P Purl
  • Rep Repeat
  • St(s) Stitches
  • SSK Slip Slip Knit
pattern notes

Additional Notes

Finished Size

22-23″ Circumference; 8.25″ length


20 stitches x 25 rows = 4″
worked in stitch pattern

Additional Notes:

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

printable pattern

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the pattern

Written Instructions

Round 1: CO 112

Round 1: *K3, P1. Rep from * to end of round.

Repeat: Rep last row until work measures 6.5”  from cast on edge.

Crown Decreases

Round 1:* SSK. K1. P1. K1. K2tog. P1. Rep from * to ends of round. (84 sts)

Rounds 2-6: *K2. P1. Rep from * to end of round.

Switch to magic loop or DPN’s on 6th round.

Round 7: *SSK. P1. K2tog. P1. Rep from * to end of round. (56 sts)

Rounds 8-11: *K1, P1. Rep from * to end of round.

Round 12: *SSK. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. (28 sts)


Cut yarn leaving a 20” 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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