30 Knit Hat Patterns For Beginners

If you have recently started to learn how to knit or are an experienced knitter and want a quick and easy project to complete then this article is perfect for you.

Hats are fantastic projects as they can incorporate all kinds of stitches whilst allowing crafters of all skill levels to take part. We have gathered the best hat patterns for beginners that you should consider making and help to expand your skillset.

Here are the best hat patterns for beginners that are available on Etsy that you should consider:

Easy Chunky Hat Knitting Pattern Mikki Simple Rib Hat

Our first recommendation is the EASY CHUNKY Hat Knitting Pattern Mikki Simple Rib Hat which is ideal for beginners as it is made up of a simple ribbing pattern while also using chunky yarn meaning that it can be made up quickly.

What is great about this pattern is that you can choose whether to knit the hat straight or knit in the round depending on what is comfortable for you. The pattern comes with detailed row-by-row instructions with links to various video tutorials to talk you through the trickier parts of the hat.

The Bexley Beanie

Our second selection is the The Bexley Beanie Knitting Pattern which comes as a PDF file that contains detailed written instructions that provide options for various yarn weights. This hat is knitted in the round using either circular knitting needles or double pointed needles depending on your preference.

The instructions are written in English using US terminology and the pattern is suitable for advanced beginners who are ready to move into intermediate territory. There are various size options available ranging from teen through to the average adult head.

The Saratoga Beanie

Our third choice is the Knitting Pattern | THE SARATOGA BEANIE by Aspen Leaf Knits which uses super bulky yarn meaning that it can be made very quickly as a great project for yourself or as a wonderful gift for family and friends.

The instructions are provided in English and use US terminology so you can work on your pattern-reading skills.

This pattern comes with instructions for one size which fits most adults and is suitable for beginners who want to work on their first project or advanced beginners who want a quick and easy project to complete.

Nysa Bobble Hat

Our fourth recommendation is the NEW KNITTING PATTERN Nysa Bobble Hat which is a great cabled hat that is perfect for beginners who want to venture into the world of cable knitting.

This hat may seem intimidating but only requires knowledge of C6F and C6B which are the most basic cable stitches and is a great project for beginners who are needing a small project to test their new skills on.

There are video tutorials available with this pattern to give you a visual aid on how to complete the cables while you also have the choice to knit this hat in the round on double pointed needles or flat on straight needles.

The Eternity Beanie

Our fifth selection is the THE ETERNITY BEANIE-Knitting Pattern is another hat that incorporates basic cable stitches making it a great project for those wanting to venture into cable knitting.

The instructions are well-detailed and come with instructions for three yarn weights including worsted, Aran, and Bulky, meaning that you can knit this project up quickly.

This pattern has written instructions that are provided in English and uses US terminology so you can work on your pattern-reading skills.

Men’s Double-Brim Beanie Hat

Our sixth choice is the KNITTING PATTERN ⨯ Men’s Double-Brim Beanie Hat which comes as a PDF file that immediately available to download after purchasing. This pattern is perfect for both beginners and advanced beginners who are eager to work on a project that is worked in the round.

It also comes with links to various video tutorials for the more difficult sections of the hat including the shaping.

There are also plenty of photographs alongside the written instructions to provide you with a visual aid so you can track your progress with ease. The instructions are written in English and use US terminology so you can follow the pattern with ease.

Hope Bobble Hat

Our seventh recommendation is the SIMPLE KNITTING PATTERN Hope Bobble Hat which is has a beautiful texture that is made up of the Double Moss Stitch which is made up of knit and purl stitches that can easily be completed by beginners.

This repeated pattern has been designed with beginners in mind making it ideal for those looking for their first project to complete and can either be knitted with straight needles or in the round using double pointed needles or circular needles.

The detailed row-by-row instructions are clear to read and follow making it great for beginners who want to work on their pattern reading skills while also providing instructions for seven sizes ranging from newborn to teen/adult.

Socorro – Two Color Knit Hat

Our eighth selection is the KNITTING PATTERN – Socorro – Two-Color Knit Hat which is great for those who want to work with more than one color as it utilizes an easy technique to join two colors vertically meaning that you don’t have to worry about carrying different colored yarn around the whole hat.

This pattern includes written instructions that are accompanied by detailed pictures to provide you with a visual aid so you can easily track your progress and comes with instructions for ten different size options ranging from newborn to adult meaning that you can make a hat for yourself or gift a family member or friend with the same design.

Knit Hat Pattern

Our ninth choice is the KNITTING PATTERN, Knit Hat Pattern which is perfect for advanced beginners who have learned how to knit in the round and want to work on a smaller project.

This pattern comes with instructions for two sizes with options to make small/medium or large/extra large making it great for those who want to knit hats for adults whether for yourself or as a gift.

The instructions are provided in English and use US terminology meaning that you can follow the pattern with ease and improve your pattern-reading skills, especially when it comes to working with the cable stitch sections.

Love Your Lands Beanie

Our tenth recommendation is the KNITTING PATTERN – Love Your Lands Beanie which has been designed with beginners in mind and consists of a simple ribbed texture that looks timeless and can be worn for everyday life making it great for those who have a more laidback style.

The detailed written instructions are provided in English and uses US terminology so you can work on your pattern-reading skills while also including plenty of photographs to provide you with a visual aid to track your progress easily.

There are also video tutorials included for those who have never worked with cable stitches before so you can learn how to cable with the assistance of the designer.

Cable Knit Hat Pattern

Our eleventh selection is the Cable knit hat pattern which comes as an instant PDF download after purchase. This hat is great for beginners who want to venture into cable knitting and learn how to knit in the round as it is worked on circular knitting needles.

The written instructions are provided in English and use US terminology so it is easy to follow and allows you to work on your pattern-reading skills. The instructions provided are for an average adult size and is worked using Aran yarn meaning that it can be knitted up really quick.

The Fia Beanie Knitting Pattern

Our twelfth choice is the The Fia Beanie Knitting Pattern which comes with detailed step-by-step instructions that make it great for beginners who want to work on their first hat.

The written instructions are provided in English and use US terminology so you can work on your pattern-reading skills and is worked in the round using either circular knitting needles or double pointed needles. It comes with instructions for various size options from teen through to adult.

Handfasting Hat

Our thirteenth recommendation is the Knitting Pattern- Handfasting Hat which has been designed to be worn through the colder months and has a beautiful ribbed cuff that then goes into a simple cable that is ideal for beginners wanting to learn how to cable.

This pattern is great for advanced beginners who want to challenge themselves a bit and learn more complicated stitches and techniques and the instructions are well-detailed making them clear and easy to follow while also allowing you to work on your pattern-reading skills.

Cable Knit Beanie Pattern

Our fifteenth choice is the Double Brim Knit Hat PATTERN which is perfect for advanced beginners who want to work on their first hat project. This hat consists of knit stitches and decreases for the shaping and is worked in the round using circular needles or double pointed needles.

The instructions are provided in English and use US terminology making it easy to follow and comes with instructions for three size options ranging from toddler to adult so you can make a hat for yourself as well as a lovely gift for family members and friends.

KNITTING PATTERN: Birchwood Beanie

Our sixteenth recommendation is the KNITTING PATTERN: Birchwood Beanie which is made using Aran or worsted weight yarn meaning that it can be knitted up very quickly and easily.

This hat only uses basic stitches and requires you to know knit and purl stitches as well as decreases to shape the crown of the hat making it perfect for those who want to work on an easy hat pattern that isn’t going to challenge them too much while also teaching new skills.

The instructions provided are for an adult size but the pattern comes with instructions on how to modify the size accordingly, especially if you are planning to make the hat as a gift for someone.

Oversized Slouchy Hat Pattern

Our seventeenth selection is the Oversized Slouchy Hat Pattern which comes as an instant PDF download that is available immediately after purchase.

The written instructions are provided in English and use US terminology so you can work on your pattern-reading skills while ensuring that the pattern is clear to read and easy to follow.

This pattern has been designed with beginners in mind making it ideal for those who want to work on a new project after making lots of scarves.

Knitting Pattern | SIDEWINDER BEANIE by Aspen Leaf Knits

Our eighteenth choice is the Knitting Pattern | SIDEWINDER BEANIE by Aspen Leaf Knits which comes as two digital PDF downloads that are immediately available after purchase. The pattern provides instructions for an adult sized hat but can be adjusted easily to become any size.

The hat is worked using super bulky or bulky yarns making it one of the best and fastest options on this list for those looking for a quick project to complete.

This hat is completed in the round using either circular knitting needles or double pointed needles and the pattern comes with detailed instructions on how to get the best results and more tutorials on the trickier sections of the project such as how to successfully decrease your stitches to shape the crown.

The Classic Simple Stockinette Knit Hat – Beginner Knitting Pattern

Our nineteenth recommendation is the The Classic Simple Stockinette Knit Hat – Beginner Knitting Pattern which has been designed with the beginner in mind.

This pattern comes with detailed written instructions as well as plenty of photographs and video tutorials to guide you through each section of the hat so you can work on the skills you have learned so far as well as allowing you to develop new skills.

The written instructions are provided in English and use US terminology and the project makes up a medium adult sized hat but there are additional guidelines that allow you to adjust the size accordingly if needed.

The hat is made using bulky weight yarn so it can be knitted up quickly and is worked on circular knitting needles or double pointed needles.

Knitting Pattern | Hale Beanie

Our twentieth selection is the Knitting Pattern | Hale Beanie which is ideal for beginners who are looking to make their first hat and comes with instructions on how to make an average teen/adult hat.

This pattern is written in English and uses US terminology making it easy to read and follow while also allowing you to work on your pattern-reading skills.

This pattern has been tested by a group of knitters so you can be sure that you’re going to get the best results as experienced knitters have calculated the correct number of stitches you need.

KNITTING PATTERN ⨯ Classic Slouchy Hat Knit Pattern

Our next choice is the KNITTING PATTERN ⨯ Classic Slouchy Hat Knit Pattern which comes as an instant PDF file that is immediately available to download upon purchase.

This pattern has been designed with beginners in mind and is knitted in the round making it great for those who want to learn how to use circular knitting needle or double pointed needles.

There are plenty of additional video tutorials available as well as written instructions to help guide you through the trickier parts of the hat such as the shaping of the crown.

It also comes with a stitch glossary that contains detailed written instructions as well as plenty of photographs dotted throughout to provide you with a visual aid so you can track your progress easily.

Classic Beanie Knit Hat Pattern In 5 Sizes

Our next recommendation is the Classic Beanie Knit Hat Pattern in 5 sizes which is worked in the round and consists of a simple ribbing on the brim which then changes into a basic stockinette stitch body making it very simple to knit and ideal for beginners wanting to venture into making a hat.

This pattern comes as an instant PDF file that is available to download immediately after purchase.

The written instructions are available in English and uses US standard terms making it easy to follow and allows you to work on your pattern-reading skills.

It is worked in worsted weight yarn meaning that it can be worked up very quick and comes with instructions for five different size options ranging from newborn to adult so you can make a hat for yourself as well as a special gift for a family member or friend.

Knitting Pattern – Classic Unisex Beanie

Our next selection is the Knitting pattern – Classic Unisex Beanie which is worked in worsted weight yarn meaning that it can be worked up quickly making it great for those who want a fast project to complete.

This pattern has been designed with beginners in mind and the written instructions are provided in English and use US terminology meaning that you can work on your pattern-reading skills while also ensuring that the pattern is easy to follow and clear to read.

Raydale Hat – Knitting Pattern

Our next choice is the Raydale Hat – Knitting Pattern which is a great choice for advanced beginners who are wanting to challenge themselves and learn new skills. This hat combines basic cable stitches with twisted stitches to create a beautifully textured hat.

The written instructions are provided in English and use US terminology meaning that it is easy to follow and clear to read so you can work on your pattern-reading skills. The pattern also comes with an additional fully chart to provide you with a visual aid so you can track your progress with ease if you prefer.

This hat is knitted in the round and you can use either circular knitting needles or double pointed needles depending on your own preference.

Cable Knit Hat Pattern

Our next recommendation is the Cable Knit Hat Pattern which is ideal for advanced beginners who want to work on basic cable stitches in a smaller project.

This slouchy beanie is worked using worsted weight meaning that it is worked up quickly and is knitted from the bottom up in the round using either circular knitting needles or double pointed needles depending on what you prefer.

The instructions are provided in English and use US terminology so you can work on your pattern-reading skills and comes with instructions for five different size options ranging from baby to large adult so you can make hats for family members and friends.

Atticus Slouchy Beanie Pattern Womens Hat Pattern

Our next selection is the Atticus Slouchy Beanie Pattern Womens Hat Pattern which is great for those looking for a more laidback style as it consists of a rolled brim with a beret shaped crown that allows for a comfortable fit.

This pattern comes with written instructions provided in English and uses US terminology so you can work on your pattern-reading skills.

It is worked in the round using circular knitting needles or double pointed needles depending on your preference and only requires knowledge of knit and purl stitches as well as decreases for the crown shaping section.

KNITTING PATTERN | The Blacksod Hat

Our next choice is the KNITTING PATTERN | The Blacksod Hat which is made using basic cable stitches making it perfect for advanced beginners who want to try cable knitting in their next project.

This project is knitted in the round using either circular knitting needles or double pointed needles depending on your preference and includes instructions for the average adult sized head.

It is made using worsted weight yarn meaning that it can be made quickly as it will knit up fast and the written instructions are provided in English and incorporates US terminology making it easy to follow and read while allowing you to work on your pattern-reading skills.

SIMPLE KNITTING PATTERN Zeke Bobble Hat

Our next recommendation is the SIMPLE KNITTING PATTERN Zeke Bobble Hat which has been designed with beginners in mind and is perfect for knitters who want to make a project that plays with texture.

This pattern includes instructions for ten various size options that range from newborn through to adult so you can make the perfect size for you or as a wonderful gift for a family member or friend.

This hat can either be worked in the round on circular knitted needles or double pointed needles or even knitted flat on straight needles depending on your preference.

It comes with detailed row-by-row instructions that are easy to follow while ensuring that you can work on your pattern-reading skills with ease.

Perfect Slouch Hat Knitting Pattern

Our next selection is the Perfect Slouch Hat Knitting Pattern which has been designed with beginners in mind who are looking for their first hat project. It is made using super bulky yarn meaning that it is incredibly fast to make and knits up quickly.

This pattern includes instructions for a variety of sizes ranging from newborn to adult meaning that you can make the perfect size according to the recipient of the project.

It’s a great project for those who want to try knitting in the round as you can make it using either circular knitting needles or double pointed needles depending on your preference.

It only requires knowledge of knit and purl stitches as well as decrease stitches for the crown shaping at the top of the hat.

Super Chunky Ribbed Colorblock Knit Beanie Pattern

Our final choice is the Super Chunky Ribbed Colorblock Knit Beanie Pattern which is an ideal project for beginners looking for their first hat pattern. This pattern comes with instructions for working with two colors and three colors making it great for those wanting to try working with more than one color.

The detailed written instructions are provided in English and use US terminology and there are also additional video tutorials included for beginners who have never worked on hat shaping before to provide you with plenty of assistance when needed.

It is knitted in the round on either circular needles or double pointed needles depending on your preference and the pattern includes instructions to make a hat for the average adult head size.

FAQ

Can A Beginner Knit A Hat?

Although hats require some basic shaping which may seem intimidating initially, they are suitable for beginners provided that you choose a design that uses basic stitches such as knit and purl.

This makes them great beginner projects and even allows you to try more difficult stitches when you feel more confident thanks to their smaller size.

How Long Should Circular Needles Be For A Hat?

If your pattern requires you to use circular needles for the design then it is a good idea to either have a cable that is 16 inches long as this will provide you with plenty of space for your stitches to move comfortably without being overly long. For baby hats, a 12 inch cable will work fine.

Do I Need Circular Needles To Knit A Hat?

Circular needles are not always needed to knit a hat. What tools you use is dependent on what the pattern says.

Some hats are knitted using straight needles and then a seam is sewn to bring the edges together and some hats are knitted in the round where circular needles or double pointed needles are used and don’t require a seam.

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