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Free Pattern Friday – Basic knit Hat for Child or Adult

Basic Hat for Child and Adult

Knit Flat

Supplies needed:

Size 7 straight knitting needles

1 skein worsted weight yarn

Gauge:  20 stitches and 24 rows = 4”

 

Skills used:  Cast on, knit, purl, decrease by knitting two together, binding off, seaming and weaving in ends.

 Key:

K = Knit

P = Purl

K2tog = Knit two together

 

Cast on 66 (82) stitches for child’s (adult’s) hat.

Row 1: (K2, P2) ribbing across the entire row

Row 2: (P2, K2) ribbing across the entire row

Repeat rows 1 and 2 three more times for a total of eight rows

Work in stockinette stitch (K 1 row, P 1 row) until the piece measures 5” (7”) from final row of ribbing, ending with a purl row.

Crown decreases:

Row 1)  (K6, k2tog), repeat to last two stitches, K2 = 58 (72) stitches

Row 2)  Purl

Row 3)  (K5, k2tog), repeat to last two stitches, K2 = 50 (62) stitches

Row 4)  Purl

Row 5)  (K4, k2tog), repeat to last two stitches, K2 = 42 (52) stitches

Row 6)  Purl

Row 7)  (K3, k2tog), repeat to last two stitches, K2 = 34 (42) stitches

Row 8)  Purl

Row 9)  (K2, k2tog), repeat to last two stitches = 26 (32) stitches

Row 10)  Purl

Row 11)  (K1, k2tog), repeat to last two stitches, K2 = 18 (22) stitches

Row 12) Purl

Row 13)  (K2tog) across = 9 (11) stitches

Cut an 18 ‘tail and carefully thread through each stitch on the needle, pull through tightly and mattress stitch to seam closed.  Weave in ends.

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32 comments on “Free Pattern Friday – Basic knit Hat for Child or Adult

Ivy muller

I Can’t figure out how to download the pattern

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Gaylaknits

Hi Ivy,

The site is new and still under construction so there isn’t a download button yet. You should be able to print the page, though. If you go to the page, in the upper, right hand corner, just under the X that closes the page you’ll see a stack of three dots. Click on that and it opens a menu. In that menu, you’ll see an option to print. If that doesn’t work, let me know and I will be happy to email a copy to you. Thanks for visiting!

Gayla

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Jade

Can you Copy and Paste?

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Gaylaknits

Hi Jade,

Copy and paste should also work. I am happy to email a copy if needed, too.

Gayla

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Just curious — is the child’s hat pattern more for a baby, toddler, elementary student? It looks like this would be a very easy pattern that would knit up quickly. Thanks…

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Gaylaknits

Hi Bonnie,

The child’s hat would fit toddler through young child of about five or six. Thank you for your interest. Let me know if you need anything else!

Gayla

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Kathy

The hat did not cover my 3 yr. Old granddaughter’s ears so I changed my pattern from 5″ stockinette stitch to 6.5 – 7″.

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Gaylaknits

Hi Kathy,

Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. The pattern should read 5″ from ribbing, not from the cast on edge. I will update the pattern. thanks again!

Gayla

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Can I make these hats in the round instead of with flat needles?
Thank you for the nice, easy pattern.

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Gaylaknits

Hi Dee,

Absolutely! I prefer knitting hats in the round, too. My free pattern hats are knit flat because they were the culminating project in a four-week “Learn to Knit” course I created for my teaching certification.

To work them in the round, just cast on and join without twisting, as you normally would. The ribbing would still be the same but the body of the hat would be worked using all knit rows instead of knit a row/purl a row for the Stockinette stitch when knitting flat. The decreases will be the same, just remember to knit all of your rows and it should work out just fine.

If you get stuck or have any questions, let me know. I’m happy to help!

Gayla

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Thank so much for the quick response Gayla. I am doing some knitting for an Indian reservation. Trying to make as many hats and and scarves as I can and knitting the hats in the round simplifies things.

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Gaylaknits

How very kind of you. I am a huge advocate of charity knitting. I may have a few hats I can donate to you; how many are needed and what sizes?

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Gayla, They take donations for all ages and grades 1 through 8. I am trying to get hold of the woman who accepts the donations, because, according to their site spreadsheet, they are OK for now. When I talk with her and find out when she needs more, I will let you know. I would appreciate any sizes and whatever extra hats you have to donate. That is very kind of you. Please keep me email address and I will stay in touch. In the meantime I am continuing to knit the hats, scarves, earwarmers, mittens,etc. These kids live in such poverty that anything they receive is a blessing. Thanks so much, Denise Tucker (Dee)

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Lynda Panneton

Thank you for the free pattern. I want to start knitting again, and I think I can actually make this hat. I will be visiting your site again to see what it’s all about. Thanks again.

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Gaylaknits

Hi Lynda,

I’m glad I could help; if you have any questions, let me know. This week I’ll be updating my site with a free knitted Peeps pattern and a collection of my favorite Easter toy knits. I apologize for the delayed response – life had gotten quite hectic. This forced slowdown will help me get my site updated. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Stay well.

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Hi Madam
I am also having problem printing the pattern.
The pattern is quite simple to follow but would be grateful if you could kindly email it. Look forward to more patterns from you.

Many thanks.

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Gaylaknits

I emailed it to you.

Gayla

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Sharon

I am making the mans hat and starting to decrease. Directions for first row decrease K6 K2 tog. I have two stitches left over. I started the decrease row with 82 sets. I wonder what I am doing wrong. Knitting on straight needles.

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Gaylaknits

Hi Sharon,

If you are certain you had the 82 stitches when you started the decreases, than the only thing I can think of is that you accidentally didn’t do the K2 twice somewhere along the row? I’ll cast on 82 stitches this evening and see what happens when I decrease across. It’s been a while since I’ve worked it up but it should be accurate. I’ll double check tonight and get back to you.

Gayla

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Gaylaknits

Hi,

If you look closely at the pattern, you’ll see that there is a K2 at the end of each decrease row. Please let me know if you have other questions!

Gayla

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Gaylaknits

Hi,

If you look closely at the pattern, you’ll see that there is a K2 at the end of each decrease row. Please let me know if you have other questions!

Gayla

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sally krueger

have you got an easy crochet or knit pattern for a easy face mask?????

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Gaylaknits

Hi Sally,
Yes, I have both! I’ll be doing a post about them soon but I’ll give you a direct link now. Red Heart yarns (now Yarnspirations) has a really nice fabric lined mask pattern to keep within CDC guidelines. This link goes to the knit pattern and within that post there’s a link to a crochet version, too.
You can find it here –

Gayla

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Jan Smith

Will this beanie fit a man? Made the child’s one great pattern and easy. I knit for a charity KOGO in Australia.

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Gaylaknits

Hi Jan,

It should depending on the size of the man’s head and how tightly you knit. If the circumference is good and you just need more height, knit beyond the 7″ before starting your decreases. If it seems too snug, you can cast on an additional 8 stitches at the beginning and when you start the decreases, start with a K7, K2tog row and continue to decrease. I hope that helps.

Gayla

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Jan

Thank you so much for that????

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Marilyn

Question about stitch counts

Great pattern-thank you. I am having a problem with the stitch count though- the starting numbers for both the child and adult are not divisible by 4- so how does that work for the k2p2 rib? Making it flat, I either wind up with a fat knit rib if I join with a mattress stitch, or I can use a whip stitch to make the rib a normal size, but am making the hat narrower. I saw that you answered someone about knitting in the round and said it would work without changes (except stockinette is K every row) but then I get one double-wide rib down the middle of the hat. Am I misunderstanding the instructions? Thank you

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Gaylaknits

Hi Marilyn,

I apologize for the delay in responding; it’s been a hectic week. I’m not sure I understand your question. Row 1 of the ribbing is (K2,P2) and row 2 is (P2,K2), alternating those two rows for the ribbed section should achieve the look in the photo. Or are you referring specifically to the area where the hat is seemed in the back? Can you send me a photo so I can see it? That might be the best was for me to assist you. You can post it here or send it directly to my email account (Gaylaknits@gmail.com). I’ll take a look and see how I can help.

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CAROL

HAD NO PROBLEM PRINTING OUT PATTERN… THANK YOU FOR SHARING

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Gaylaknits

Thanks, Carol!

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Hello I am having a hard time printing out the pattern for the toques?? I do not know how to do it. When I press print the bears come up so would you be able to help me with this?
Thank you,
Susan

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Gaylaknits

Hi Susan,

Maybe it will be easier to copy and paste the text? I’ll send a copy of the pattern to your email address, just in case. Thanks for your interest in the pattern.

Gayla

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