One thing that I love most is an easy knitting hat pattern. In particular, I love to create chunky hats topped with a pompom, or slouchy hats to add a bit of style to my cold weather wear.
Through the years I’ve come to realize that so many other people are knitted hat lovers, too! I’ve knit hats for friends and family during the holidays, and it’s essentially become a tradition. So, I wanted to share that joy with you, so that perhaps you could start a tradition of your own.
Below you’ll find a list of 23 easy knitting patterns for hats, both for men and women. These patterns are a perfect starting place for beginners, and they’re fun to do for even seasoned knitters. Whether you need a new hat to endure with you this fall, or you’re in need of a great gift, I’ve got you covered!
The Noob Hat
Are you new to this? Everybody is at some point, but you're having a hard time finding the right starter project. Every pattern you’ve found has those fancy cable and rib stitches, but you're still not sure how to purl correctly. This hat is the answer to your problems.
The noob hat was designed for the knitting “noobs” out there who have little to no experience with knitting needles. It is an in-depth step-by-step guide with photographed steps, covering anything and everything, from casting-on to sewing it up. Make a warm and fuzzy hat, and gain some confidence that you, indeed, can knit!
Via On The Needles
Easy Double Moss Stitch Hat
Here is your perfect staple fall hat that you can create in only a few hours! The Easy DoubleMoss Stitch knit hat is great for gift giving and your own fall wardrobe. It is a great pattern for the entry level knitter who is just learning the basics of knits, purls, crown decreases and double pointed needles.
Flat Knit Swirl Hat
The Flat Knit Swirl Hat is a medium weight knit hat perfect for fall days. The swirl patterns adds a nice amount of visual interest and the tweed colors are perfect for crisp days. This is a relatively easy hat to knit as long as you keep track of the rows.
Via Gina Michele
Chic Knit Beanie
Create a cute and feminine knit hat with this Chic Knit Beanie Pattern. This knit hat pattern is quick and easy to make and could be worked up in just about any color you'd like. Great for girls of all ages, this hat is perfect for fall and winter, and you could even embellish it with a sweet flower or add a stripe of color at the base of the hat.
Via Leelee Knits
Embossed Leaves Hat
Prepare for cool weather. Learn how to knit a hat with this Embossed Leaves Hat pattern. This knit hat is one of the easiest knitting projects, employing the use of the simple knit and purl techniques. Perfect for the advanced beginner, the Embossed Leaves Hat is sure to be a great accessory to any fall wardrobe.
Classic Ribbed Knit Hat
The Classic Ribbed Knit Hat Pattern is the answer to chilly days in fall or early spring, when a cool breeze frosts the tips of your ears. This beginner knitting hat has a super simple, repeated pattern that makes it a fast and easy project. Since it is a ribbed knit hat, the pattern stretches nicely around your head, keeping you warm without matting down your hair.
Via Gina Michele
Charlie Brown Knit Hat
The Charlie Brown Knit Hat is perfect for men. This is an easy go-to hat because of its simple and quick hat pattern. The popular chevron design is added for a fun flair, although it is not an overwhelming design, maintaining a plain look that men love. The touch of brown is great for cold fall days and the gray color accents those winter days.
Via Everyday Art
Rolled Brim Speckled Beanie
This adorable knit baby hat pattern is the quintessential fall hat for a sweet little boy or girl. The Rolled Brim Speckled Beanie is a simple ribbed beanie with an upturned brim. Our favorite part about this hat is that it's not overly cutesy. It's the perfect combination of comfort, warmth, and style for your little one. The Rolled Brim Speckled Beanie is a classic you'll hand down to new mothers for years to come.
Via Things For Boys
Mystic Fog Beanie
This adorable knit beanie pattern is an instant classic. The mix of purples and blues are perfect for any season. The slouchy construction makes it breezy enough for summer and spring, yet warm enough for fall and winter. The Mystic Fog Beanie is exactly that, mystical. This cool looking hat is perfect for throwing your hair up on a bad hair day or adding a little pop of color to a drab outfit.
Via Very Shannon
Camel Seed Stitch Slouchy Hat
This Camel Seed Stitch Slouchy Hat is a stylish yet easy knitting pattern. While this free knitting pattern looks wonderful worked in camel, it would also be lovely in forest green, dark blue, or any other fall-friendly color.
This simple striped men’s hat pattern is an excellent beginner project. Using mainly knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping. The basic beanie shape is enhanced with stripes and topped with a fluffy pom.
Via Handy Little Me
Easy Ribbed Hat
This cute little ribbed hat knitting pattern for babies and toddlers is such a quick and versatile knitting pattern, you’ll want to make a hundred of them! I really like it in this deep dusky blue, but this one looks good in ANY color, I promise!
The Newport Beanie
I suggest using a light bulky weight yarn. I tried some bulky weight yarns that are a little thicker (like Loops and Threads Charisma), but the end result was a lot bigger and a lot stiffer. The point of this beanie is to be lightweight, but warm. Stitchbird is an acrylic/wool blend, so it will be an easy machine wash. I also plan to use some Lion Brand Scarfie for these hats. I think that yarn will be perfect (not to mention, gorgeous)!
Via While They Dream
Simple Pleasures Hat
If you’ve never knit a hat before, this is a wonderful place to start. You will learn to knit in the round (with circular needles), but can delay the dreaded double pointed needles because they’re not necessary for this pattern. Even if you’ve knit hundreds of hats, this may be one of your favorites to create!
Super Chunk Hat
I made this hat in less than an hour thanks to the super bulky yarn and my size 35 needles! The larger needles are a bit trickier to work with, but I really love giant stitches they make.
Via Gina Michele
Garter Stitch Hat
This garter stitch hat is very pretty, soft and comfortable to wear. The pattern is simple and quick. It’s a perfect hat for autumn and winter.
Via Yarn & Hooks
Urban Autumn Hat
The piece is worked top down with one-colored English rib and 2-colored English rib in stripes.
Via Garn Studio
Easy Knit Hat
This pattern is great for beginners, as it is an easy level pattern. The techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, and K2tog, as well as knitting in the round, either on circular needles or on double-pointed needles.
Via Handy Little Me
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Easy Fitted Hat
The Easy Fitted Hat is sure to become your next go-to knit hat pattern for him. This skull-cap style hat is a cozy and comfortable way to stay warm any day of the year. This easy pattern features a simple rib design and can be completed with just one skein of yarn. The Easy Fitted Hat is a crowd-pleasing fan favorite, so get out your knitting needles and whip up this one skein wonder!
Fairy Lights Hat
Keep your ears warm with a fun, bright knitted hat. The bright colors in the Fair Lights Hat give this free knitting pattern a whimsical tone that makes it a great addition to any wardrobe. This knitted hat pattern is easy to tackle, making it perfect for novice knitters who are looking for a stylish hat to add to their outfit.
Warm up from the cold with this quaint knit cabled hat. A very basic lace pattern makes this Fishtail Hat the perfect accessory for the chilly knitter. This cute hat is a great way to add a little flair to your winter or fall outdoor wardrobe, and build confidence as a knitter. Once you master this knit hat pattern, you’ll be confident enough to tackle more involved lace projects.
Jen's Sweetie Pie Hat
This beautiful hat is perfect for everyone you know. This free knitting pattern is cozy, warm and super cute! Try knitting up Jen's Sweetie Pie Hat as a surprise Valentine's Day gift. The cable pattern on this hat looks almost like little hearts are going down the crown. Perfect for learning knitters, this knit hat patter will pleasantly challenge you without wanting to make you burst into tears.
Via Purl Soho
Whether you decide to knit one pattern or tackle all 23, you’re in for some fun. You’ll not only enjoy making each project hat, but you’ll learn a ton of great techniques along the way, too. Happy knitting!