Knit Hats for Days: 7 Beginner-Friendly Patterns

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Hats are fun to knit. Fact. You only have to make one (I'm looking at you, socks), they can be as simple or as complicated as you want, and they work on pretty much anyone. We've rounded up 7 beginner-friendly patterns, so no matter where you are in your knitting journey, you can knock out alllll the hats.

1. Seeing Stripes

Stripes AND a pompom: This hat is a winner. You'll be a total pro at changing colors by the time you finish this hat. And even if you've never knit before, we'll show you how to make this one, from cast on to bind off.

2. Easy Embellishment

Sometimes, a simple knit hat is the perfect canvas for embellishment. That's the case with the Sweet Pea Hat: it knits up quickly in a solid color, and looks even more adorable with some details stitched on at the end.

3. Classic Meets Modern

Ribbed beanies are a mainstay of the knitting world. But that doesn't mean they can't be modern, too. Bold color blocking and a pompom pop make this updated version the ultimate in cool.

Squishy, cozy and cool: this just might be the perfect hat. It knits up super quickly (thanks bulky yarn!), and you can make a million different color-blocked variations. Seriously, try to stop after knitting just one.

4. Say Yes (or No!) to Earflaps

The best part about knitting your own hats? You get to decide what you like. This hat, for example, includes earflaps, but you can also totally leave them off, if that's more your style. Don't be afraid to be the boss of your knitting.

5. This Hat is Giving Us All the Feels

Texture: this hat has it in spades. From the woolly alpaca yarn combo, to the nubby stitch pattern, to the explosion of faux fur on top, you seriously won't be able to stop touching that hat. We don't blame you.

Texture is totally the star of this hat: you've got two different yarns held together for a bit of woolly goodness and a hit of alpaca fuzz. And when you go with neutral tones, the nubby stitch pattern really gets a chance to shine. (But don't worry, it's just knits and purls!). Add a faux fur pompom to really push the fuzz factor over the top.

6. Simple Stranding FTW

Ready to move beyond basic stripes? Dip your toes into the world of stranded knitting with this beginner-friendly hat. The hardest part? Deciding which colors to use!

7. Ombré Your Way to the Perfect Hat

At first glance, this hat may look a wee bit complicated. But don't be fooled! By using a simple slip-stitch technique, you only ever have to handle one yarn at a time, so fading from one color to another is a total breeze.

We're calling this ombré technique 'faux Fair Isle': by cleverly slipping stitches (also sometimes called mosaic knitting), you can get two colors in the same row, but only have to carry one color. Sneaky!

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