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Child's Marsala Knit Hat

Childs Marsala Knit Hat

Your child deserves better than an overpriced, flimsy department store hat. Knit him or her a Child's Marsala Knit Hat instead for the perfect mixture of stylishness and comfort. The brim in this knit hat pattern rolls up in a way you don't see in many free knitting patterns for hats, so not only will your little tyke be cozy, they'll be unique. Just don't be surprised if your kiddo gets sad when they grow out of their new favorite hat and you have to knit one a few sizes bigger.


Knitting Needle Size10.5 or 6.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch



  • RED HEART® Heads Up™ - 1 ball 531 Maroon
  • Susan Bates® Circular knitting needles: 6.5mm [US 10.5], 16” (40.6 cm) long
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle


Measurements: Hat circumference measures 18 (20)” [45.72 (50.8) cm].



K = knit

mm = millimeters

P = Purl

st(s) = stitch(es)


Gauge: 10 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 16 rows = 4” [10 cm]. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge given.



Directions are for child’s size Small; changes for child’s size Large are in parentheses as necessary.




Cast on 52 (56) sts. Join, being careful that sts are not twisted, and begin working in the round. Place marker for beginning of round.

Rounds 1 -14: *K2, P2; repeat from * around for ribbing.



Rounds 15-17: *P3, K1; repeat from * around.

Rounds 18-20: P1, *K1, P3; repeat from * to last 3 sts, K1, P2.

Repeat rounds 15 – 20 four times.



Cut yarn, leaving a 12” (30.48 cm) tail. With yarn needle, thread yarn tail through all 52 (56) sts. Cinch top of hat as tightly as possible without breaking yarn. Note that after cinching, there will be a small opening. Turn hat inside out and seam small opening. With yarn needle, weave in all loose ends.

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