I’m a sucker for simplicity. I love simple designs, repeating patterns, and instant gratification when it comes to making things.
I designed this hat for my friend Noelle to model for my Etsy shop last year, and it was an instant success. The tall brim section, coupled with the huge pompom, gives the hat instant noticing value.
One of the best parts about the hat, aside from its beauty, is how simple it is to make! You literally need next-to-no knitting skills. It’s knit flat, and sewn up the seam from the top down. Although, if you really don’t want that seam, you can easily adapt this pattern to be done in the round.
Let’s get started.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 5.5 mm knitting needles
- 1 skein of Beautiful BFL yarn, available from ilexeveryday.etsy.com
- measuring tape
- scissors and tapestry needle for finishing
- pompom maker, if you’re making your own, or a faux fur pompom
First, using the long tail method, cast on 70 stitches.
Row 1: *P2, K2* repeat pattern until last two stitches remain on needle, P2
Row 2: *K2, P2* repeat pattern until last two stitches remain on needle, K2
Rows 3-20: Repeat rows 1 & 2.
Row 21: Switch to stockinette stitch, by knitting every stitch in this row (70). This will be the right side of your hat, and the purl side of the stockinette stitch section will be the wrong side.
Row 22: Purl 70.
Continue to repeat rows 21 & 22 until your work measures 8 inches top to bottom. Be sure to finish on a purl row, as the next section begins by working a knit row.
Row 1: *K2, K2tog* (decrease one stitch) repeat pattern until last two stitches remain, K2 (53 stitches)
Row 2: Purl 53
Row 3: Knit 53
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: *K2tog, K1* repeat pattern until last two stitches remain, K2 (36 stitches)
Row 6: Purl 36
Row 7: *K2tog* repeat pattern to end of row. (18 stitches)
Row 8: Purl 18
Row 9: *K2tog* repeat pattern to end of row. (9 stitches)
- Snip your yarn, leaving a tail about 5 inches longer than the length of your hat. You’ll use this to sew up your seam.
- Thread tapestry needle with the snipped yarn, and weave it through the remaining stitches on your needle.
- Cinch up the crown of your hat, wrong side out, and bring your edges together to create a seam. Sew down to the brim edge of the hat, tie off, and weave in yarn end.
- Attach pompom.
And there you have it! A quick and easy, super fashionable and luxurious knit hat. I’d love to see your creations! Be sure to tag me on Instagram!