Make This Chunky Striped Hat Your First Knitting Project

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We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Hats are the perfect first knitting project. They're relatively small, so you're not biting off something huge, you get to learn a bunch of new skills (knitting in the round, knits, purls, decreasing, how to make a pompom!), and you get to do it all in a portable, bite-sized package. This particular hat uses super-soft bulky yarn, cheerful stripes and is totally worth the hat hair. Promise.

Chunky Striped Hat

Level: Easy
Size: Large child to medium adult

What You Need

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3 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch.
Row gauge is not critical for this project.

Finished Size

20-inch circumference

Pro Tip

If you want a longer or shorter hat, add or subtract a stripe, or try making the ribbing longer or shorter. It's your hat, you get to decide.


  • CC - contrast color
  • K - knit
  • K2tog - knit two together
  • MC - main color
  • P - purl
  • St(s) - stitch(es)
Skills Refresher
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Build on your skills by working your next project: a striped pom-pom hat. Practice working in the round, knitting stripes, and using decreases to shape the top of your hat.
Striped Hat
Striped Hat
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From Startup Library: Knitting

Knit the Brim

Beginning at the brim with the MC, cast on 60 sts using the long-tail cast-on method. Join to work in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch to mark the beginning of the round.

Rounds 1-6: (K2, p2), repeat to the end of the round.

Start Striping

Leave the MC attached and pick up the CC. Leaving a 6" (15.2 cm) end (to weave in later), begin to knit with the CC .

Knit 4 rounds with the CC.

Pick up the MC and bring it up to the needles. Twist the 2 colors so there isn’t a gap. Be careful not to pull too tight as you carry the yarn up on the inside.

Knit 4 rounds with the MC.

Repeat the last 8 rounds 2 more times. There will be 3 CC stripes and 3 MC stripes.

Cut the yarn for the MC leaving a 6" (15.2 cm) end. Continue with the CC only.

Shape the Crown

Knit 1 round.

Next Round: (K1, k2tog), repeat to the end of the round. 40 sts remain.

Next Round: Knit.

Next Round: (K2tog), repeat to the end of the round. 20 sts remain.

Finish the Hat

Cut the yarn leaving an 8" (20 cm) end. Thread the end through the yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches and pull up tight to close the hole. Pull the end through the stitches one more time. Pull the end to the inside of the hat, weave in and trim.

Weave in all other ends to the inside of the hat and trim. Block as desired .

Make a pompom and secure to the top of the hat (this is optional, you can go sans pom, if you like!).

Download the Pattern

Print out a copy of the PDF and keep it in your project bag. That way, you're never without your pattern!

Find Your Next Project

Now that you're feeling good about knitting, purling, and working in the round, here are three more hats you can totally make (even better, they're all riffs on the hat you just knit!).

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.
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.
We are ALL aboard that ombré bandwagon. But rounding up tons of yarn colors to create a perfect fade? Not so much. That's why we love dip-dye. Just knit or crochet your fave basic hat, dip it, put it on, and look ombré-dorable. Seriously, it's that easy.

January 28, 2019
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