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DIY simple knit hat

February 23, 2015

knit hat in the round

The frigid cold temperatures made a late arrival into Columbus this past week. I was beginning to think we were going to go without the sub zero temps this year, but then last week happened.  And as those frigid winds ripped through my current hat and nearly froze my ears, I quickly learned that my cold-weather hat was a bit inadequate for this sort of climate. Immediate action needed to be taken and that meant knitting up a warmer hat.

These were knit in the round which is great for hats because when once you’re done knitting, you’re done with the hat. No need to sew up seams or anything. I knit the purple one first on US15 circular needles first. It came out fine. I didn’t make it long enough so I feel a bit like Marvin in it (as in the martian). The pink/white version was longer so its a bit more slouchy and I think fits better. I started the second one on US13 circular needles then switched to the 15’s after the ribbing which is definitely the way to go. Using the smaller needles for the ribbing makes it tighter around your head.

The pom poms are totally optional, but I’m sort of in love with them. So I think if you make this hat, you should add the pom pom.

Just so you know, I was not in the mood to have my picture taken for these next photos, hence there are no front shots. I don’t even think my eyes are open! But that’s blog devotion for you. I knew I had to show you how the hats actually looked on a head.

Enough rambling on about these hats, on with the pattern!


  • 16″ US 13 circular knitting needles
  • 16″ US 15 circular knitting needles
  • 4 Double Pointed Needles (dpns) (I used size 10 because that’s what I had)
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
  • 2 skeins (1 in each color) thick yarn – I used Bernat Roving Wool. You could make this hat in 1 skein, but since there’s two colors, you’ll need a skein of each.

Gauge: 10 stitches = 4″

CO=cast on
KFB=knit front and back (increase 1 stitch)
K1=knit 1
P1=purl 1
k2tog=knit 2 together (decrease 1 stitch)


CO 40 stitches on the US 13 needles. Join together being careful not to twist your stitches.

Ribbing (Color A): K3 P1, continue pattern around. Continue ribbing until hat measures 2.5 inches

Hat Body: 

Round 1 (Color A): Switch to US15 needles. Increase to 60 stitches by KFB in first stitch, K1, repeat for whole round.
Round2-?(Color A): Simply knit in the round until hat measures 8″ from the bottom (including the ribbing)
Change colors (Color B) and knit for 2″ more.

Begin decreasing (Color B):

Round 1 (of decreasing): K2tog, K1 continue around (40 stitches)
Round 2: K2tog around (20 stitches)
Round 3: K2tog around (10 stitches) Transfer stitches to dpns
Round 4: K2tog around (5 stitches)

Cut yarn and thread onto tapestry needle. Thread through the remaining 5 loops. Bring the needle down through the center of the hat and pull tight. Knot.

Weave in ends.

Add pom pom to top of the hat.

Check out this video for how to do a jogless color change when you switch to color B.

That’s it! Stay warm out there!


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