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Alba Knit Hat a Free Knitting Pattern

The Alba is an easy, super bulky knit hat pattern. Just one ball of #6 superbulky yarn knits this beginner friendly hat pattern.

I’ve been enjoying my Alba Knit Hat on my morning walks. It’s a comfy hat that keeps my ears warm.

I love knitting hats for gifts. They’re quick and easy to customize.

And knitting with super bulky yarn means a fast knit. Super bulky yarn is great for beginning knitters because it’s so easy to see your stitches.

The Pom Pom Hat has been on trend for a while and seems to be staying. Poms pair perfectly with the Alba.

picture of woman in maroon knit hat with Pom Pom

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Yarn

This hat use a #6 super bulky weight yarn. For the hat in the picture I use Lion Brand’s Hometown USA.

The color is Napa Valley Pinot. I love how the Hometown USA yarns are shiny.

They come in so many colors. Plus it’s just enough yarn to crochet or knit a hat with.

You can use a different #6 weight yarn. I love how Wool Ease Thick and Quick works up.

One of my favorite color ways is Fossil. The Veneto Hat + Scarf Crochet Patterns use this yarn.

Stitch

The Alba is knit with the basic knit and purl stitches. The main hat pattern is a 4 row repeat of these two stitches.

There is one round of decreases at the crown. I use the k2tog stitch for this round.

To k2tog, knit two together, you knit like normal, but you go through two stitches at once. This joins them together into one stitch.

The Alba Hat shares the same stitch pattern as the Alba Scarflette. This scarflette is knit flat though.


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Materials

  • #6 super bulky weight yarn, pictured in Lion Brand’s Hometown USA Napa Valley Pinot color; see approximate yarn yardage by size below.
  • 9mm + 10mm circular needles with 16”+ cables, or needles needed to meet gauge
  • yarn needle, scissors, measuring tape

Sizing + Yarn

Baby 6-12 mos (16”/40.6cm) approximate yarn 40yds/37m

Toddler (18”/45.7cm) 45yds/41m

Child (20”/50.8cm) 55yds/50m

Teen/Sm Adult (21”/53.3cm) 65yds/59m

M/L Adult (22”/56cm) 81yds/74m 

Notes

  1. This hat is knit in the round. You may use your preferred method for joining and knitting in the round.
  2. Pattern requires a stitch multiple of 2.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

BO-bind off

CO-Cast On

K-knit

K2tog-knit two together

P-purl

rep-repeat  

rnd-round

sk-skip the indicated stitch

st(s)-stitch(es)

Gauge

2”/5cm x 2”/5cm = 5 sts x 4 rounds of K1 P1 ribbing on 9mm needles

1.25″/3.2cm = Rnds 1-4 after ribbing on 10mm needles

1.5″/3.8cm = 3 sts in the main pattern (k, p, k) or (p, k, P)

Level

Easy

Construction

This hat is worked bottom up in the round. We’ll start with a basic rib stitch for the brim.

The body of the hat is 4 rnd repeat. To close up the top we’ll do one round of decreases and finish off by threading the tail through the remaining live stitches.

Fit/Adjustment

Negative Ease = 2”/5cm where hat ribbing is intentionally 2”/5cm smaller than head circumference and stretches to fit.

To fit age (head circumference): baby 6-12 mos (16”/40.6cm) toddler (18”/45.7cm), child (20”/50.8cm), teen/sm adult (21”/53.3cm), med/lg adult (22”/56cm)

To adjust the pattern it’s often easiest to go up or down a size in the pattern. Changing the length is a simple matter of knitting more or less rounds. I suggest stopping after a round 4 rep.

If you need to customize the size further, you can add or subtract from my cast on in 2s. So CO 38, can become 36, 34, 32, etc. for a smaller hat. And likewise you can add in 2s for a larger size, i.e. CO 46, can become 48, 50, etc.

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Hat Knitting Pattern

picture of maroon knit hat with Pom Pom

Alba Knit Hat

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

The Alba Knit Hat is a free knitting pattern with a simple four row repeat. This beginner friendly knitting pattern works up beautifully in super bulky yarn.

Materials

  • #6 super bulky weight yarn, pictured in Lion Brand’s Hometown USA Napa Valley Pinot color.
  • Rec yarn by size: Baby 40yds/37m, Toddler 45yds/41m, Child 55yds/50m, Teen/Sm Adult 65yds/59m, M/L Adult 81 yds/74m

Tools

  • 9mm + 10mm circular needles with 16”+ cables, or needles needed to meet gauge
  • yarn needle, scissors, measuring tape

Instructions

Begin with 9mm needles.

    CO 38 (40, 40, 44, 46) join in the round, be careful not to twist.

    1. Rnd 1. *K1 P1 rep from * around.
    2. Rnds 2-4. Rep Rnd 1, or until ribbing measures 2”/5cm tall.

Change to 10mm needles.

    1. Rnd 1. (RS) K
    2. Rnd 2. P
    3. Rnd 3. *P1, K1 rep from * around.
    4. Rnd 4. Rep last rnd.

Baby/Toddler

Rep Rnds 1-4 two more times until hat measures 6.2”/15.8cm tall including ribbing.


Child/Teen/Adult Sizes

Rep Rnds 1-4 three more times until hat measures 7.5”/19cm tall including ribbing.



For a slouchy fit

Rep Rnds 1-4 another time.



Crown

  1. Rep Rnd 1.
  2. Rep Rnd 2.
  3. Rep Rnd 3.
  4. K2tog around.

Finishing

  1. Cut long tail.
  2. Weave long tail through all live stitches and pull closed.
  3. Sew hole closed.
  4. Add a pom pom, if you like.
  5. Weave in ends.

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