66+ Knit Hat Patterns
These knitted hats are the perfect way to keep your head warm while still looking stylish. Find your favorite knit beanie or cap below!
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Prepare to fight off the harshness of chilly weather and knit yourself one of these incredible hats. I know during winter and other colder months of the year when I walk outside, the first part of my body to catch a chill is my head. Why? Most of your body heat gets lost through your head first, leaving your entire body chilled.
So knit yourself one of these cozy hat patterns and fight off the cold. Here you'll find a free knitting pattern to match every type of person's style.
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Our hat patterns range in both style and weight, so you can pick exactly the kind of stitch you need to keep your head and ears cozy while still looking cute as heck out in the blizzards. Most of our hat patterns are easy enough for beginners to manage, but exciting and intricate enough for more advanced knitters to enjoy working with.
Try customizing them each to fit your unique style, as knitted hat patterns made just for you, or the ones you love, are things you'll never find in any store.
Free hat patterns can be hard to find, but we have done the legwork on your behalf and present to you the best of the best when it comes to keeping your noggin' nice and cozy during the cold weather months. It doesn't mattter what type of hat you're looking for or what skill level you consider yourself, because we have a special something for everyone.
You can quickly and easily find a pattern that suits your taste and style and get to work. Plus, don't forget knit hats for the winter make excellent gifts for loved ones during the holiday season.
But first! Learn how to knit with circular knitting needles, the most common method of knitting hats, with the video below!
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Stylish Free Knit Hat Patterns
Who says knitted hat patterns have to be dull? Knit yourself a super stylish hat like the City Chic Winter Hat. It's the perfect addition to any dreary winter day. Now, you will not only stay warm, but you'll also look good while doing it!
Our other stylish knit hats will keep you looking fierce and adorable without any of the pain that comes from chilly ears. Try pairing these knit hats with some of our free knitting patterns for loose-knit sweaters or an adorable knit tote bag for a chic-yet-homey look.
"A deceptively simple, memorizable pattern makes this hat fly off the needles! Perfect for last minute gift knitting." -Erin Kate Archer from ekatearcher.com
"This hat was created with my favorite fall drink in mind, the pumpkin spice latte!" -Brittany from bhookedcrochet.com
"Since the hat was inspired by vintage diners and candy shops, I knew I wanted to incorporate the colors white and teal since they give off a very 'fifties vibe.' Ultimately, I decided on the brick stitch so the main color could act like borders around the contrasting color—almost like grout surrounding a vintage tile floor." -Kristina Kittelson, Editor, AllFreeKnitting.com
Well, we've got the hats covered. What about the scarves? Check out Knitted Scarf Patterns: Even More of Your Favorite Knit Scarf Patterns Free eBook
Undeniably Warm Knitted Hat Patterns
Sometimes you see a knit hat pattern and you can already feel how warm and cozy it will be. If that's the type of hat you're searching for, this is the list for you. Start by making the lovely 14-Cable Hat Knitting Pattern that's not only warm, but has an incredible texture.
Or, maybe you're more of a ribbed gal, and you'd rather try out our wonderfully forest-green Easy Ribbed Cable Hat for a more earthy knit hat pattern. Any of these free knitting patterns will keep you comfy, sleet or snow.
"A super simple project for beginners. You can hardly find anything easier than Fisherman's Rib stitch. It is a reversible pattern that reminds simple ribbing, but at the end looks softer and bulkier. I like to use it not only for hats, but also for scarfs and sweaters. Try it and you will love it." -Ann from crazyhands.net
"This is one of my favorite hat that has been done from the yarn leftovers. I used a two colors combination, but you can also try three or even four different shades. If you feel like you have yarn all over the place, then it is definitely the right time to use it for knitting a stylish gradient hat." -Ann from crazyhands.net
Find some beautiful infinity scarf patterns to go along with all these hats! Check out our collection of 50+ Infinity Scarf Patterns You'll Love
Beautiful Knit Beret Patterns
All you artsy ladies out there know how valuable hat patterns for berets can be. Berets are a great way to stay warm during the winter while mixing up your day-to-day style. Use these amazing hat patterns to jazz up your winter wardrobe this year.
The best part about these beret knitted hat patterns is berets don't go out of fashion when the snow melts and the sun comes out; pair them with a matching t-shirt or combat boots for a stylish winter-in-spring ensemble.
"This hat is perfect for a single skein of variegated yarn that you don't know what to do with -- the textured stitches help tame busy colorways into something more cohesive, and looks even better with a gorgeous variegated yarn in a more subtle color palette, like the sample. Have fun with it -- each colorway makes the hat look completely different!" -Julie Crawford from knittedbliss.com
Scarves, hats, and mittens, oh my! To complete your warm and toasty cool weather look, check out 36 Free Knit Mitten Patterns
Free Knit Hat Patterns with Brims
Admit it; the sun gets in your eyes, and that's the one downfall to hat patterns for the winter. Who doesn't love to wear brimmed hats? Not only will they keep you from squinting your way through life, these hats add an air of mystery to the wearer.
From basic to more advanced, these free knitting patterns will make you forget its even cold outside! Pick the hat that you think is the best combination of warm and stylish.
"This quick knit is perfect for beginners and does a wonderful job at keeping little heads warm." -Abby from thingsforboys.com
"Great for using up those little bits of yarn you have left from other projects for the contrasting color. This would work well in any color combination but looks especially nice in neutrals. The pattern includes instructions for all yarn weights, so you can use the yarn you have on hand to make this hat." -Robin Celli from Knitting with Schnapps
"Reversible, stash-busting and toasty! Use any colors you like or make it just one color if you prefer - school colors, sports team colors, anything you like will work. Don’t have super bulky yarn? There are directions for all yarn weights, so you can use whatever is in your stash." -Robin Celli from Knitting with Schnapps
"Quick to knit and works for men and women. Tons of color possibilities are possible with this hat making it an easily customized pattern that is great when you are looking to make a last minute gift. Use your stash yarn, since this pattern includes instructions for all yarn weights too." -Robin Celli from Knitting with Schnapps
Do you love knitting hats, but have enough sitting around to clothe an army? You're a great candidate to knit for charity! Warm your heart and the heads of people in need by knitting some hats for the less fortunate today. Check out our list of great hats for charity: Knitting for Charity: 31 Free Hat Patterns
Even More Knit Hats
Once you start knitting hats, it can be difficult to stop. These free knitting patterns are relatively quick and are almost always a lot of fun to throw together. If you're addicted to hat patterns, try out one of these cute knit hats. There are all kinds of free knitting patterns for hats in this collection that are perfect for any season. Not too light, not too heavy; just right for chilly autumn or spring temperatures. Adult hats and kid’s hats. Baby hat knitting patterns and easy hat knitting patterns. Funny hats. Colorful hats. Hat knitting patterns for beginners. Some patterns use thin yarn, some call for thick yarn. Some are quick and others lengthy. You name it, it’s here, ready for you to enjoy. So just choose your favorite, break out your knitting needles, and cast on for your new favorite knit hat pattern.
We're always updating with more knitted hat patterns for the winter, so check back whenever you're looking for more fashionable knit hats or chunky and warm knits. Keeping your ears and head warm and cute is our number one priority.
"I'm always on the hunt for stitches patterns that add texture. When I saw this combination of lines and a braided cable, I knew it would look great on a hat. Since the hat has just one cable, you can wear it centered in the front or at the side for different looks. I gifted this hat to a favorite family friend, and he loved it! Years later, he still pulls it out every winter to wear." -Marie Segares from undergroundcrafter.com
"When a loved one is feeling under the weather, it can be better to show you care with stitches rather than food. Anyone who has tasted my cooking would agree." -Ellen from thechillydog.com
"Do you like cables, but still do not know how to knit them? Learn it the easy way with my winter cable hat. Thinking about making a matching cowl? There you go, get a warm winter set of cable hat and cowl." -Ann from crazyhands.net
"Winter season brings lots of holidays and gives a chance to re-unite with old friends and relatives during Christmas, spend time together and exchange gifts. Oftentimes, a valuable present doesn’t come from the store and instead is a DIY accessory. Show your love by knitting this wonderful hat." -Ann from crazyhands.net
Need another hat pattern? You can't beat this Frosty Cables Hat!
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