A Simple Hat.

As I have recently made a number of hats for the Holidays, I have come across a big problem. I have used a number of different patterns, but I have yet to find a good pattern, for a masculine hat that is sophisticated in its simplicity. So, I have made my own pattern.

I am sure that this pattern is similar to a number of others out there, but I did create it all on my own, based on what I wanted.

The way that Ramon likes to wear hats, he likes to be able to take the ribbed section and flip it up, or down depending on the temperature. This hat is made to be long enough to almost cover the ear with the ribbing folded up, and made to be very low on the neck, ear, and mostly likely over the eye-brows when the ribbing is flipped down.


I chose to work with this specific yarn because it is very soft, and wonderful to knit with. I have realized that the softer the yarn, the more comfortable on the neck and forehead over long durations of time. Knit with the US size 7 needles, the tightness of the stitches provides generous enough elasticity and a lot of warmth in addition to the softness.

Color A:
Blue Sky Alpacas, Worsted Cotton, 613 Ink (Black), 1 Hank 150 yards, and this project used almost the entire hank.

Color B:
Blue Sky Alpacas, Worsted Cotton, 614 Drift (White), 1 Hank, 150 yards, used probably about 1/4 of a hank.

4.5 sts per inch on size 7 needles
OR 18 sts and 26 rows equals 4″ x 4″

US size 6, 20″ or 24″ circular needles, for ribbing
US size 7, 20″ or 24″ circular needles, for the cap

Large Hat, 24″ in Diameter


Row 1: With Size 6 circular needle, Using Color A, CO 96 sts using continental method, pm,

Row 2: On the next round, Join sides, being careful not to twist stitches.Work in k2 p2 rib, in the round

Row 3-20: Continue working in k2 p2 rib, in the round. Piece should measure 3.25″


Row 21: Switch to Size 7 circular needle, working in stockinette stitch, k12, m1, repeat to end of round [104 sts]

Row 22–23: Knit even.

Row 24-25: Add in Color B, be sure to carry up the opposite color at the marker whilst. Knit even

Row 26–28: Switch back to color A, and knit even. (3 rows)

Row 29–37: Switch back to color B, and knit even (8 rows)

Row 38–40: Switch back to color A, and knit even. (3 rows)

Row 41–42: Switch back to color B, and knit even (2 rows). You are now finished with Color B and no longer need to carry it up. Cut the yarn, leaving at least 4″ to weave back into secure.

Row 43–55: Using color A knit 12 more rows even. Piece should measure 8″ from CO edge.

Cap Decreasing:

Row 56: K11, k2tog, repeat to end of round

Row 57: K10, k2tog, repeat to end of round

Row 58: K9, k2tog, repeat to end of round

Row 59: K8, k2tog, repeat to end of round

Row 60: K7, k2tog, repeat to end of round

Row 61: K6, k2tog, repeat to end of round

Row 62: K5, k2tog, repeat to end of round

Row 63: K4, k2tog, repeat to end of round

Row 64: K3, k2tog, repeat to end of round

Row 65: K2, k2tog, repeat to end of round

Row 66: K1, k2tog, repeat to end of round

Row 67: K2tog until you have only four stitches remaining. Pull 4 stitches carefully to inside of hat, and using a crochet hook, weave tail of yarn through the stitches, securing.

When I get a moment, I’ll create the same pattern for smaller sized hats, as I know this one is on the larger side.

If you find any errors I would love to know!


©2012 Julie LeFrancois. All Rights Reserved.
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9 thoughts on “A Simple Hat.

  1. Hat looks pretty easy but I do not know what “m1” means for R 21. And i do not understand how even if m1 means adding one stitch how that equals 110 stitches. Could you please clarify. it may be really simple but I am confused. Thanks


    1. Hi there,
      M1 does mean make one, but I have made a mistake here. It should be 104 sts not 110.
      So, knit 12 then you make one, and you repeat that step every 12 stitches, so you wind up adding 8 stitches total, equaling 104 sts. I am so sorry about that. Thank you for catching the mistake.


  2. I’m new to hats on circular needles and need help please!! I’m at row 67 and don’t understand the directions. Do I knit 2tog every 2 stitches so I end up with half the number of stitches and do the same on the next rows? Or am I somehow ending up with just 4 stitches at the end of row 67? And how will I end up with that lovely spiral look that made me choose this pattern?? Thank you so much for your help. You have a BEAUTIFUL home from the pics!!


    1. Hi Cindy,

      Yes, at row 67 your knit 2 together continously until you only have four stitches left on the needle(s). It can get a little confusing to try to explain through listing multiple rows, as you wind up combining the previous row with the next row as you’re knitting 2 together, so I try to explain it in an easier way.

      When you are done, all of your decreases should line up, which creates the spiral effect. When you pull the four stitches through to the inside of the hat, you will hopefully be able to see the spiral pattern clearly.

      Thanks for asking me your question. If you have more, please don’t hesitate to ask again!


  3. hi, I have never knitted on circular needles and am wondering how exactly to switch sizes of needles! this hat is exactly what i’m looking for to make for my dad, and I would love to know how to do this so i can make it!! thank you 🙂


  4. Do you have directions for a smaller hat? My grandson loves this hat and wants me to knit it for him in Wisconsin Badgers colors, but I think this hat will be too big.


  5. I have never casted onto circular needles. I made a hat once, but my girlfriend casted on and did the first few rounds for me. These seem like very good instructions and I’m looking forward to casting on for this project! I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂


    1. I just finished knitting the hat, and I must say, I am VERY pleased with it… I struggled a bit keeping the last 8 sts on the 4 DPN’s but I managed. Thank you for posting this pattern!


      1. Oh good, I am glad you enjoyed the pattern! Yes, those last few stitches can be difficult, but the more you do it, the better you get. So I am sure that the next hat that you do will be just that much easier!


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