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13 Simple Hat Knitting Patterns Perfect for Beginners

Learning to knit can either be a massive undertaking or a calming experience, which is why starting with easy knitting projects is the way to go. It’s okay to level-up from the beginner favorite – scarves and try something else. Such as these simple hat knitting patterns.

While these knitted hats may look pretty complicated, you’ll soon find out that when you actually try them out yourself, you can actually pull it off! Not only that but knitting a hat is something that you can do in an evening or too so it won't take long to finish off your amazing creation.

Check out these 13 hat knitting patterns that we’ve picked out specifically for knitting beginners in mind.

Basic Hat

Once you’ve mastered this basic hat knitting pattern, you can easily move to adding more colors or even patterns to your hat.

Via Nature Whisper

Basic Hat - hat knitting patterns

Baby Pumpkin Hat

This hat is great for newbie knitters because it requires no decreasing. If you can knit a scarf you can make this hat!

Via Gina Michele

Baby Pumpkin Hat - hat knitting patterns

Rustic Rambler Hat

This simple knit hat is designed to be easy to knit and to work with any yarn dye technique.

Via Felt Magnet

Rustic Rambler Hat - hat knitting patterns

Baby Bonnet Hat

This knit baby bonnet hat is fantastic knitting for beginners. You’ll get lots of practice of basic knitting stitches, like rib stitch and decreasing stitches. The beautiful bumpy pattern of the bonnet is created with simple knit and purl stitches.

Via Sew in Love

Baby Bonnet Hat - hat knitting patterns

Turban Twist

Top off your look with this simple and chic turban hat.

Via Yarnspirations

Turban Twist - hat knitting patterns

Simple Slouchy Hat

It is a very simple knitting pattern. You can use a heavy worsted to Aran weight single or combine two fingering to sport weights. It's a very forgiving knit hat pattern but generally, the lighter weight the yarn the slouchier your hat will be.

Via Coco Knits

Simple Slouchy Hat - hat knitting patterns

Easiest Toddler & Kids Hat

This Easiest Toddler & Kids Hat knitting pattern is perfect for beginners. It's foolproof and ideal for anyone who is new to knitting and wants to move beyond the basic scarf. The ribbed design is very stretchy and this hat can accommodate a wide range of sizes.

Via Gina Michele

Easiest Toddler & Kids Hat - hat knitting patterns

Simply Garter Stitch Hat

This simple garter stitch hat is perfect for adding a pop of color to any look and makes a great project for beginner knitters.

Via Yarnspirations

Simply Garter Stitch Hat - hat knitting patterns

Vintage Pique’ Rib Hat

Pique’ rib creates a texture that adds interest to solid yarns. The intersecting purl bumps also break up variegated yarns into interesting little dashes of color.  Happily, the nubby outside texture gives way to a smooth rib inside the hat to cradle the most tender little noggins.

Via Simply Notable

Vintage Pique’ Rib Hat - hat knitting patterns

Short Rows Sideways Hat

This little beanie is knit flat and sideways. It’s all garter stitch and an easy way to try out short rows. Very satisfying knitting as you’re always decreasing and there are lots of milestones to make you feel like you’re making progress.

Via Ravelry

Shortrows Sideways Hat - hat knitting patterns

Big Textures Hat

Super cozy and big on texture, this knit hat is a great project for beginners.

Via Yarnspirations

Big Textures Hat - hat knitting patterns

Easy Knit Toque

The finished toque brim measures 19″ around and 9″ from top to bottom. Enjoy making, and wearing, this cozy toque this winter!

Via The Lovely Things

Easy Knit Toque - hat knitting patterns

Beginner's Favorite Knitted Hat

If you're new to knitting or have never knitted a hat before, this Beginner's Favorite Knitted Hat from Red Heart Yarn is perfect for you!  Cute knitted hats like this make great gifts for everyone and are easy and fun to make!  Embellish it with a flower or pom for extra flair.

Via Fave Crafts

Beginner's Favorite Knitted Hat - hat knitting patterns

Raring to go knit one of these babies soon? We’d love to hear how it went and see your finished knitted hats using any of these hat knitting patterns!

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13 hat knitting patterns

4 Responses
  • Teresa Claytor
    May 25, 2022

    Where do you find these actual patterns?

    • Anne Marie C
      August 12, 2022

      After the description of the hat it says via “name”, click on the name to get the pattern.

      • Alice M. Lawrence
        January 23, 2023

        That doesn’t work.

    • Charisse Eary
      October 31, 2022

      In this article there is a link under each photo and description. Click on the link next to the word “via” to go to the pattern.

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