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How To Knit A Hat In The Round With Worsted Weight Yarn

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Learn how to knit a hat in 11 sizes in this written pattern with step by step pictures. The sizing includes baby, child, teen and adults so you can make knit hats for everyone.

To make this basic beanie we’ll use circular needles and worsted weight yarn. Since this is very beginner friendly there is no crown shaping. You only need to know how to cast on, make the knit and purl stitch.

A simple hat is a great way to learn to knit in the round. And baby hats are a great project to use up little bits of yarn since they don’t take very much! A new hat makes a great gift any time of year.

4 knit hats in white, pink and blue next to knitting notions.

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Yarn By Size

Baby 0 – 3 mos ~ 42 yd (39 m)

Baby 3 – 6 mos ~ 53 yd (49 m)

Baby 6 – 12 mos ~ 62 yd (57 m)

12 – 24 mos ~ 71 yd (65 m)

Toddler 2 – 3 yrs ~ 83 yd (76 m)

Preschool 4 – 5 yrs ~ 92 yd (84 m)

Child 6 – 10 yrs ~ 102 yd (94 m)

Teen 11+ ~ 114 yd (104 m)

Sm Adult ~ 123 yd (113 m)

Med Adult ~ 133 yd (122 m)

Lg Adult ~ 142 yd (130 m)

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The hat is worked bottom up, with 1×1 ribbing for the brim. Then stockinette stitch for the body of the hat. Finally the top is cinched closed.


  1. This pattern is worked bottom up, in the round. 
  2. Stitch multiple is 2. This means you can add or subtract to the number of stitches cast on in groups of 2.

Skill Level



4 sts x 5 rnds (after blocking) to 1” (2.5 cm) measured in St st.

To be sure your hat is the right size it’s important to knit a gauge swatch first. You can learn more about gauge here.

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Stitches / Abbreviations

US Terms

CO – cast on, I use the long tail cast on for this pattern but you can use another method if you prefer.

k – knit

p – purl

rep – repeat

RS – right side

st(s) – stitch(es)

St st – stockinette stitch 


Join to Knit in the Round I love a simple technique and this is the easiest to me, so I recommend it for new knitters. You can join in a different method as well.


The pattern includes different sizes, choose according to head size: 

To fit age ~ head circumferences: 

Baby 0 – 3 mos ~ 14” (35.5 cm)

Baby 3 – 6 mos ~ 15” (38 cm)

Baby 6 – 12 mos ~ 16” (40.5 cm)

12 – 24 mos ~ 17” (43 cm)

Toddler 2 – 3 yrs ~ 18” (45.5 cm)

Preschool 4 – 5 yrs ~ 19” (48 cm)

Child 6 – 10 yrs ~ 20” (51 cm)

Teen 11+ ~ 21” (53.5 cm)

Sm Adult ~ 22” (56 cm)

Med Adult ~ 23” (58.5 cm)

Lg Adult ~ 24” (61 cm)


This hat has a suggested 2” / 5 cm of negative ease. This means the finished hat is 2” / 5 cm smaller than the actual head circumference, and will stretch to fit. 

This free hat pattern is intended to fit like a beanie, for a slouchy hat you can keep knitting to increase the height at least 2″ before moving on. 

This easy hat pattern is designed for a beginner knitter to be able to make. For this reason there are no decreases at the top of the hat. If you are comfortable doing so you can add some on your own!

Pink and blue knit baby hats side by side.

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How to Knit a Hat for Beginners

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $7

Learn how to knit a simple stockinette hat in the round for beginners!


  • 42 - 142 yds (39 - 130 m) of #4 medium worsted weight yarn; pictured in Lion Brand Wool Ease (80% Acrylic; 20% Wool, 197 yd/80m, 5 oz/140 g).


  • 5 mm (US Size 8) 16" circular needles, or needle sizes needed to meet gauge.
  • Tapestry needle, measuring tape, scissors.


    Baby 0 – 3 mos [Baby 3 – 6 mos, Baby 6 – 12 mos, 12 – 24 mos, Toddler, Preschool, Child, Teen, Sm Adult, Med Adult, Lg Adult ]

    CO 50 [54, 58, 62, 66, 70, 74, 78, 82, 86, 90] sts using the long tail cast on,Stitches cast on 16" circular needles.Place sm at beginning. At this gauge, 50 stitches is about as small as we can knit without doing magic loop method.

    Join to work in the round: Spread the stitches out. Bring the needle tips together. Bring needles tips together to join stitches.With working yarn coming from right needle, knit the first stitch on the left needle, sliding it on to the right hand needle. Now you've joined in a circle.

    Rnd 1
    . *K1, p1; rep * around. Here the first stitch was knit to join, now purl the second.Knit first stitch, purl second. Keep alternating between knits and purls all the way around.Knit one purl on ribbing all the way around to stitch marker.

    Rnds 2 - 10. Rep Rnd 1. Knit the knits and purl the purls.Knit in 1 x 1 rib stitch until your brim piece measures 2" tall. Hat brim ribbing 2" tall on needles.

    Knit all the stitches. Knit each stitch.

    Keep working in stockinette until your hat length reaches the measurements below.Pink knit body of hat in stockinette.

    Baby 0 – 3 mos

    Rnds 7 - 16. K all. = 5.5” tall. 

    Stop here. Go to Finishing.

    Baby 3 – 6 mos

    Rnds 7 - 16. K all. = 6.5” tall.

    Stop here. Go to Finishing.

    Baby 6 – 12 mos

    Rnds 7 - 16. K all. = 7” tall.

    Stop here. Go to Finishing.

    12 – 24 mos

    Rnds 7 - 16. K all. = 7” tall.

    Stop here. Go to Finishing.


    Rnds 7 - 20. K all. = 7.5” tall.

    Stop here. Go to Finishing.


    Rnds 7 - 16. K all. = 8” tall.

    Stop here. Go to Finishing.


    Rnds 7 - 24. K all. = 8” tall.

    Stop here. Go to Finishing.


    Rnds 7 - 24. *K all. = 8.5” tall.

    Stop here. Go to Finishing.

    Small Adult

    Rnds 7 - 28. K all. = 8.5” tall

    Stop here. Go to Finishing.

Med Adult

    Rnds 7 - 28. K all. = 9” tall

    Stop here. Go to Finishing.

    Lg Adult

    Rnds 7 - 28. K all. = 9.5” tall.

    Stop here. Go to Finishing.

    Cut a long tail. 8-12" is plenty of length. Thread tail on to yarn needle.

    Weave long tail through all live stitches, Orange needle inserted purl wise in first stitch.Pull yarn through stitches.remove needles and pull to close.Orange needle in top of hat sewing it closed.

    Optionally you may want to add a faux fur pom pom to the top of your hat.

    Sew hole closed.

    Weave in ends.Pink and blue knit baby hats side by side.


And there you have it, the perfect beginner hat! Go wear it out now!

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