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Free Knit Hat Pattern – Hannah’s Hat: A Classic Essential for Winter

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I love making this hat because being a crocheter at heart, I have to make instant gratification projects. If it’s not quick, forgetaboutit. This hat knits up in a jiffy, even though I’ve only been knitting for a while. (Granted, not as fast as I can crochet, but you can’t design crochet hats with a stitch pattern like this…)

Pattern is mainly for my own reference so it’s not completely precise, but feel free to enjoy! Just eyeball it and go. Contact me if you have any questions and I’d be more than happy to help!

Hat was named for my roommate in college, Hannah, who is classy and indie and wonderfully beautiful, just like this hat.


Size 13 (9.0mm) Knitting Needles

1 Skein Lionbrand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (107 yards) or any bulky weight yarn


CO 48 stitches

Knit 4×4 rib for 2 1/2 inches (or however long you’d like your band to be).

Next Row: Switch to Mistake Ribbing For Body: *k2, p2* across until 2 stitches remain.  P2tog (you need an odd number of stitches for the mistake ribbing).

Continue to work Mistake Ribbing (*k2, p2* across until last stitch, p1) until hat measures 7 inches from cast on edge.

Next Row: Begin to decrease. k 1, *k2tog, p2tog* across. Continue decreasing for 3 Rows until only 7  stitches remain.

Cut yarn and weave yarn through remaining stitches on needle, gathering hat shut.

Sew up side seam of hat and Enjoy!

Knit Hannah’s Hat with others on Ravelry: 

If you’re not a fan of straight needles, instructions on how to knit this hat in the round are found below:

Cast on 48, do 4×4 rib as instructed.
Now here is where it gets tricky:
Mark your first stitch with a marker and k2 p2 around. (ending in p2)
Start next row (in the round means next stitch) p1, k2, p2 around till last stitch, and then p1. and then repeat. next row would start with K2.
This is how i wrote it down to help me:
k k p p k k p p
p k k p p k k p
k k p p k k p p
p k k p p k k p
you can see how the K’s and p’s line up, and the other verticals are every other as the should be.
You just need to know when you are going to have 3 purls next to each other, or just 1 purl.

Cast on 48, do 4×4 rib as instructed.

Now here is where it gets tricky:Mark your first stitch with a marker and k2 p2 around. (ending in p2)

Start next row (in the round means next stitch) p1, k2, p2 around till last stitch, and then p1. and then repeat. next row would start with K2.

Continue to work mistake ribbing until hat measure 7 inches from beginning.

Work decreases in hat as written above ^^. (Next Row: Begin to decrease. k 1, *k2tog, p2tog* across. Continue decreasing for 3 Rows until only 7  stitches remain.)

Have fun!

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  • Kristin

    December 9, 2010

    Great pattern! Great hat! Saw pattern this morning and finished in about 1 1/2 hours. This will make a super cute gift. Thanks!

  • cathy

    May 16, 2011

    on all the rows after the mistake rib….do u repeat the mistake rib again exactly like written on all the following rows?

  • JJCrochet

    May 16, 2011

    Yes, Cathy – After the 4×4 ribbing, you repeat the mistake rib pattern exactly as written for the rest of the rows. You should be working (*k2, p2* across until last stitch, p1) until your piece is 7 inches. Then you begin the decreasing, sewing, and you’re finished! Let me know if you have any other questions. – Jayna

  • cathy

    May 16, 2011

    thank you but I mean on the *k2,P2, across till last stitch, purl 1… all the following rows have the same *k2,P2, purl 1….till 7 inches??? this is the straight needles…thank you

  • cathy

    May 16, 2011

    thank you very much for the reply.

  • Chantelle

    July 4, 2011

    Hi Jayna, I was wondering if the cast on stitches are the right number? Is it 84 as 48 stitches seem too small for an adult hat?

  • JJCrochet

    July 4, 2011

    Hi Chantelle,

    The pattern is correct – you cast on 48 stitches. It’s less stitches than you’d CO for a normal hat because the yarn is extra bulky and the needles are huge. Good news, though, is that with fewer stitches, it knits up extra fast! Good luck!

  • Chantelle

    July 5, 2011

    Thanks. Jayna. It is a beautiful design. I love it.

  • Anna Carlan

    August 15, 2011

    When do I start decreasing? Thanks!

  • JJCrochet

    August 16, 2011

    Hi Anna,

    You start decreasing after your hat measures 7 inches from the CO (cast on) edge. The nice part about this knit hat pattern is that pretty much the entire hat is worked across 48 stitches, you decrease for 3 rows, then you’re done:
    Begin to decrease. k 1, *k2tog, p2tog* across. Continue decreasing for 3 Rows until only 7 stitches remain.

    Easy, peasy!

  • Anna Carlan

    August 16, 2011

    Thank you so much!!! Can’t wait to get started with it today! 🙂

  • Diane Warren

    January 9, 2012

    Made this hat in under 4 hours, including ripping out (I was watching a football game at the same time!) I only used half a skein of yarn. Looks great on me and I am not a hat person. I will definitely be making more. I got the yarn on sale so it only cost me $1.00. I think I may be able to get another hat out of the rest of the skein.

  • Ayetwobee

    January 14, 2012

    So, I have been working on this in the round and it is going well but…how do you decrease in the round?

  • Diane Warren

    January 20, 2012

    I have knit 4 of these hats on straight needles. I am now planning to knit one in the round which I prefer. Question. You indicate that the mistake ribbing needs an uneven number, but there is no decrease to 47 stitches indicated in the directions for knitting in the round. Is this correct?

  • JJCrochet

    January 21, 2012

    To decrease in the round for this pattern, you do exactly what you would do if working the hat on straight needles. Either k2tog or ssk1. Have fun!

  • JJCrochet

    January 21, 2012

    Hi Diane,
    Knitting this hat in the round should be a nice change (and hopefully quicker for you!). The mistake ribbing includes an even number and the “in the round” instructions were just to illustrate how to work the mistake ribbing. You still work the decreasing until you’re down to 7 stitches, just like you would if you were knitting this hat on straight needles. I’ve updated the post so the instructions for knitting it in the round are clearer.

    Hope this helps!

  • Christina

    October 25, 2013

    How did you make such a neat cast on edge? Is there a special way you cast on to achieve it?

  • Silvia

    November 18, 2013

    This is a beautiful pattern! I’m a beginner knitter and I just started making this hat exactly as you described it. My concern is that normally I have to go down a needle size because my stitches are big and even then sometimes I have to cast on 2-4 less stitches than what the pattern calls for. I’ve been thinking about this the whole time I’ve been making this hat. Can you tell me what the gauge in this pattern would be? Thanks so much!!!

  • Heather

    January 8, 2014

    Cute pattern, thx. Though I’m trying to figure out what the point of the “mistake” is…? Since we decrease 1stitch after the 4×4, and then maintain it for the next section, it seems to just produce a single rib that’s narrower than the rest. Have I misunderstood? Is there some other effect I should be looking for? Thanks!

  • Robyn

    January 28, 2014

    Trying another of your patterns… Is the repeat on set up round repeat k2,p2 or repeat p1,k2,p2very confused. Usually there are *. Around repeat to make clear what the repeat is,,,,,,,,

  • Krithi

    March 24, 2014

    I am quite new to knitting. This will be the first time for me to knit a hat after many scarves. Can I use straight knitting needle size 11 . Will the pattern need any changes.


  • New Knitter

    February 27, 2015

    Can you knit this pattern with super bulky yarn?

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