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
Size: Large child to medium adult
What You Need
- 1 hank bulky-weight yarn in MC (Gray Heather)
- 1 hank bulky-weight yarn in CC (Maize Heather)
- US 11 (8mm) 16" circular knitting needle
- Detachable stitch marker
- Yarn needle
- Pompom maker (optional)
Shop the Kit
3 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch.
Row gauge is not critical for this project.
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)
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.
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!).
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!).