Make Knitted Hats: 10 Free Knitted Hat Patterns

We love knitted hats. They are small, portable projects, great for tucking into your bag and knitting on trains and buses. Knitted hat patterns are the perfect little knits for passing time in waiting rooms or stitching during meetings. Hats provide the opportunity to try new techniques, indulge in luxury yarns, they can be quickly knitted, and they make great gifts.

Whether you love cable knit hat patterns, lace patterned hats, knit hats for women, or earflap hats, we’ve got free knitted hat patterns for them all. This collection of free hat knitting patterns includes traditional techniques and modern details that make hats so much fun to knit.

Even if you’re just learning about knitting hats, or if you’re a longtime hat enthusiast, the experts at Knitting Daily put a pattern for you in this collection. Best of all, these fantastic knit hat patterns are free.

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If you have been searching for fabulous knitting patterns, hats are a great place to start! Because they are small, they knit up quickly and can make a huge impact on your cool weather wardrobe. We selected this collection of reader favorite hat knitting patterns just for you! Snuggle-up on your couch with all of your knitting supplies and follow one of these 10 free knitting patterns for hats. In no time you will have a satisfying end result that will add that perfect accessory to your winter wardrobe. Have extra time on your break at work? Bring your knitting supplies and one of these free hat knitting patterns from Knitting Daily with you and create a fashionable hat that is sure to impress your co-workers.

Knit a Hat: Faux Isle Hat by Kathleen Cubley

Pattern #1

Faux Isle Hat by Kathleen Cubley

This fun and attractive hat is a great project for beginning color knitting—the yarn does all the work! This hat is great because it’s unisex, too. A simple change of colors makes this a great choice if you love to knit hats for men. The final look only makes this pattern seem difficult, it’s actually a fairly easy knit hat pattern, give it a try!

Beret Knitted Hats: Salunga Beret by Amy Christoffers

Pattern #2

Salunga Beret by Heather Zoppeti

This lightweight lace beret will keep you warm and stylish all winter. If you need to knit hats for women, this hat is just perfect. Starting by learning a circular cast-on, you’ll knit this hat from the top down in the round, ending with a tubular bind-off. The tubular bind-off is one of my favorite techniques—few techniques give me more satisfaction than one that’s been perfectly executed. It’s a bit time-consuming, but the clean look makes it worth the effort.

Knit Hat Pattern: North Star Hat by Laura Bryant

Pattern #3

North Star Hat by Laura Bryant

This stunning hat is fun to knit and so cozy to wear. The colors are beautiful, and the textures are interesting and add so much visual interest to the hat. Top it off with a cute pom pom, and you’ve got the perfect winter hat!

Knit Hats for Men: Ryan's Hat by Pam Allen

Pattern #4

Ryan’s Hat by Pam Allen

Do you have trouble making knitted hats that actually fit your head correctly? Well Pam Allen has discovered the solution to this on-going problem especially for creating knit hats for men. Instead of the traditional rim up, begin knitting your hat from the top down which is pretty much a foolproof method for getting a knit hat to fit. In this hat knitting pattern Allen leads you step-by-step in making this perfectly fit knitted hat, which was named after her son Ryan. He picked the bold colors in her pattern, but each knitter is free to pick whichever color scheme makes them happiest.

Ribbed Hat Knitting Pattern: Ridged Helmet Hat by Ann Budd

Pattern #5

Ridged Helmet Hat by Ann Budd

This unique ribbed hat knitting pattern was inspired by the 1940’s era of knitted hats. It is a close-fitting hat, much like the ones people wore back then. Budd used alpaca yarn, which is a lot softer than the wool that was used to knit a hat in the 1940’s. She also worked the hat inside out, so she could knit more rows than she purled. Adding a three color braided tassel helps bring a flash of color and a bit of fun to this design.

Earflap Hat Pattern: Andean Earflap Hat by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Pattern #6

Andean Earflap Hat by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Inspired by one of her favorite knitting books, Andean Folk Knitting, Mucklestone decided to make her very own adaptation of the fashionable earflap hat pattern. Using a Shetland diamond for the color work motif, this free knitted hat pattern is meant to be done with the stranded stockinette stitch, which creates long floats on the first and last rows of the motif. It’s time to brush up on classic knitting stitches, while making yourself, or someone special, this unique knitted hat classic, the earflap hat.

Easy Knit Hat Pattern: Army Girl Earflap by Lisa Shroyer

Pattern #7

Army Girl Earflap by Lisa Shroyer

Lisa Shroyer has created a fabulously fun easy knit hat pattern. The earflaps are made by bending the lower edge of the hat with shaping. Decreases along the centerline of the flaps make them curve downward, while increases curve the center back neck upwards. You will notice that the flared effect of the earflaps, combined with the round crown and strong line across the forehead, gives this hat a military look. Feel free to be creative when picking out the yarn color. This earflap hat pattern can easily be one for the gals, but choosing another color could easily give this hat a more masculine feel.

Hat Knitting Pattern: Penobscot Bay Hat by Cyrene Slegona

Pattern #8

Penobscot Bay Hat by Cyrene Slegona

It wasn’t until after Slegona finished this hat pattern that she realized the color arrangement she used reflected the colorscape she sees when she looks across the islands of Penobscot Bay in Maine on a sunny day. If you are interested in making a knitted hat that is fun and leaves you with a beautiful result, this is the hat knitting pattern for you.

Hat Knitting Patterns: Berry Hat by Meema Spadola

Pattern #9

Berry Hat by Meema Spadola

This free knitted hat pattern was inspired by Spadola’s grandmother’s backyard berry patch that was filled with raspberry, blackberry, and elderberry bushes. Although this hat is designed to be worn long after the berries are gone, this should bring back some tasty summer memories. When making this knit hat, Meema made extra-long l-cord ties for fun, but you can always make them shorter. Enjoy making a summer inspired knit hat that will keep you warm all winter long.

Knitted Earcover Pattern: Enchanted Evening Ear Covering by Sandi Wiseheart

Pattern #10

Enchanted Evening Ear Covering by Sandi Wiseheart

Wiseheart has created the perfect knitting pattern to help guide you in making a design that will keep you warm, while also looking great with your formal attire. The yarn she uses in this pattern is actually made up of three different yarns: a railroad ribbon, a multi-hued silky twist, and a lovely merino. The drape of the yarn wouldn’t work well for a traditional hat, so Wiseheart decided to let the yarn guide her. She ended up with a simple mobius loop that is both dressy and practical.

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