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Steinway Hat


Updated December 16, 2015
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The best knit hat patterns are always the simplest. A great winter hat has neither frills nor fuss - it just keeps you warm. Sure, some fancy details here and there are nice to look at, but at the end of the day, if an intricately detailed hat doesn't keep you warm, you won't want to wear it. The Steinway Hat is one of those great basics that gets the job done in style. This blue beauty is an easy project you'll be able to finish in no time. Try it on and you'll see what were talking about.

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Steinway Hat
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Knitting Needle Size: 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)



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Hello! You can download the free pattern by clicking on the pink "Click here for knitting pattern" button. Once on the blogger's site, simply click the button at the top of the page to directly download the full pattern free of charge. Hope this helps! -Kathryn, Editor of

i'm trying to comment on 2 other ribbed hat patterns but the pages won't take my submissions. Also, the pages ask for my rating. Where is the rating button? Thought I'd ask here since you're an editor

Hello Cranberry! Which ribbed hat patterns are you trying to comment on? Have you signed into your site account before trying to leave a comment? You can rate a pattern by clicking on the yellow stars that appear when you try to make a comment. If you believe the pattern deserves five stars, click all five, if you think it only deserves two, click two stars (and so on). I hope this helps! -Kathryn, Editor of

This is a SUPER pattern, and not difficult. I do a lot of laces, now working short rows, dreaming of entrelac so I'm probably an "intermediate" knitter. I'm fussy about the appearance of the decrease/closure at the top of a hat. This is a nice, not clunky, closure. I often replace the prescribed closure with one from another pattern, not necessary on this hat. It's a pattern that's masculine, super squishy, looks good in light colors, dark colors, variegated yarns, and space-dyed yarns. Super simple, straightforward instructions Kudos to Heidi Robinson! It's my go-to pattern for hats for a guy who is "stuck" on the traditional watch cap.

I've done this 3 times so far. It looks great in a light color so the pattern (easy) can show off. The rib, unlike some others, stretches a lot and bounces back. I made two with a 4 row fur border.

I've also knitted this cap many times, for friends and also for charity projects. Because you can adjust the number of rows you can make it shorter or longer to fit kids or adults, male or female - and it even has interchangeable pompoms. I think it may have been the first hat project I made and I recommend it for beginner knitters who want to move beyond knitting scarves on straight needles.


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