Colorblock Your Way to This Winter's Hippest Hat

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.

Ribbed Colorblock Hat

Level: Beginner Friendly

What You Need


4 sts = 1 inch in 2x2 ribbing (row gauge is not critical here; if you want your hat longer or shorter, knit more or fewer rounds)

Finished Size

15-inch circumference; fits large-sized child to medium-sized woman (this hat is VERY stretchy, and the circumference is measured unstretched. It will get bigger!)


  • CC - contrast color
  • CO - cast on
  • K - knit
  • K2tog - knit two together
  • MC - main color
  • P - purl
  • Rnd - round
  • St(s) - stitch(es)
Stitch Refresher
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With MC, CO 60 sts. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of your round, and join to work in the round.

Rnds 1-34: *K2, p2; repeat from * to end of round. Cut MC, leaving a 6" tail.
Rnds 35-48: With CC, *k2, p2; repeat from * to end of round.
Rnd 49: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round. (40 sts remain)
Rnd 50: Knit.
Rnd 51: *K2tog; repeat from * to end of round. (20 sts remain)

Pro Tip

Things might get a little tight here as you decrease. If you want to switch to double-pointed needles, you totally can. Or you can experiment with the magic loop method . OR, it's only one round...make it work!


Cut the yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Thread the yarn onto your tapestry needle, and pull the the needle through the stitches in the order they're on the needle. As you pass the tapestry needle through, slip each stitch off the knitting needle. Gently pull on the yarn to tighten the stitches, and thread your tapestry needle through a second time. Pull tightly to close up the hole, and thread the tail to the inside of the hat.

Weave in your ends to the inside of your hat, and trim them. Block your hat for the smoothest stitches.

Now, it's time to pompom. Use a pompom maker if you have one, or make your own pompom with cardboard . Use the long ends of the pompom to tie the pom to the top of your hat. Pompoms don't wash well, so tie the strings in a bow — that way you can take it off when it's time to wash the hat.

Can't get enough of quick-knit hats? We feel the same! Which is why we have a whole roundup of great beginner hat projects. Check it out!

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