6 Fun, Fantastic, and Free Patterns to Knit Fabulous Hats

These fun and fabulous knitting patterns for hats are wonderful for charity or for gifts

Hats are one of my favorite vehicles for adventure and creativity. They are also a wonderful vehicle to drive when you need simple, mindless reliability.

(Yes, I just turned a hat into a vehicle. What of it??)

If you need just the simplest hat possible, one that is so mindless you could almost do it in your sleep–gosh, wouldn’t it be nice if we could knit in our sleep? I digress–I’ve got you covered. Here is a set of extraordinarily simple instructions for knitting an easy, basic hat.

But if you want to get a little more creative, a little more outside-the-box, this collection could be just what you need! Below you’ll find 6 free knitting patterns for hats that are just the other side of different. Some of them are more complex than others, but all are a great deal of fun!

And, of course, all of these hats make wonderful gifts and/or charity projects!

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Shortie
Photo: Headhuggers

These Hats Are Simple and Charming

1. Shortie

  • What you’ll need to make it: A few ounces of worsted weight yarn; US Size 6 and 7 circular and/or DPN needles (depending on how you prefer to knit in the round).
  • Why you’ll want to: The knitting charity Headhuggers is, unfortunately, no longer with us, but they left behind an abundance of delightful hats for chemotherapy patients. This adorable little cap is one of them!
Scarf Hat
Photo: Sarah White

2. Scarf Hat

  • What you’ll need to make it: 260 yards DK-weight yarn; US Size 7 circular needles and/or DPNs (depending on how you prefer to knit in the round).
  • Why you’ll want to: Haven’t you always wanted a hat attached to a scarf? No? That’s because you haven’t seen this little number. Perfect for teens who think they’re too cool for scarves and hats — it’s cute enough that even teen girls will think it’s funky and fun.

3. Button Tab Hats

  • What you’ll need to make it: A skein of worsted weight yarn; US Size 7 straight needles (optional) and/or circular needles and/or DPNs (depending on how you prefer to knit in the round); 1 or 2 buttons in a size/sizes suitable for the width of the brim
  • Why you’ll want to: This pattern is modeled on a Banana Republic hat, and you really can’t tell the difference — it looks like something you’d see in a fancy catalogue or at a trendy store. The pattern itself is pretty simple. It’s that button accent that makes all the difference!

4. Pencil Case Hat

  • What you’ll need to make it: A ball or two of DK weight yarn (depending on whether you want to include stripes); US Size 6 needles
  • Why you’ll want to: This pattern started life as a failed pencil case. The designer popped it atop her head, and the rest was history–and an adorable hat. She embraced the corners as little “ears” and even encourages knitters to add earrings (instant stitch markers!).

These Hat Patterns Put the O in WHOA!

5. Norwegian Star Hat

  • What you’ll need to make it: 9 different colors of fingering weight yarn (far less than a skein for each complementary color, and perhaps a half a skein for the main color); US Size 6 circular needles and/or DPNs (depending on how you prefer to knit in the round)
  • Why you’ll want to: This hat is so gorgeous it looks like a cake! This is the perfect pattern to make as a gift. It looks far more complicated than it really is, and it’s an excellent introduction to Fair Isle colorwork.
G8 Caps - Erssie
G8 Caps: Fez Style Colourful Caps
Photo: Erssie

6. G8 Caps: Fez Style Colourful Caps

  • What you’ll need to make them: Less than 98 yards each of 4 different colors of worsted weight yarn; US Size 8 circular needles and/or DPNs (depending on how you prefer to knit in the round); US Size 5 needles
  • Why you’ll want to: These adorable, colorful hats come in adult and child sizes, so you can make matching sets for any parent and child. They feature a checkerboard design on top, a vertical-striped brim, and a stylish fez tassel. They also look way more difficult than they really are!

So let’s hop into this vehicle and enjoy a road of playful knitting and creativity!

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6 Fantastic Hat Knitting Patterns

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  1. Nicole, could you e-mail the Button Hat pattern to cxb1091@ comcast.net? I tried to download it but wasn’t able to. I am new to knitting and these hats look so cute and unique! I would really appreciate it.
    Thanks, Christine Bessmer