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Beginner's Garter Stitch Hat

Perfect for fledgling knitters looking to take on their first knit hat pattern, the Beginner's Garter Stitch Hat is a cozy and cute option for cold weather wear. This simple pattern offers learning knitters the satisfaction of a quick knit project they can wear the next day. The pom pom at the top is what makes this hat fun and absolutely adorable. This easy and fast hat knitting pattern will keep novice knitters happy and engaged from cast on to cast off.


Knitting Needle Size11 or 8 mm

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Softee Chunky (100 g/3.5 oz;99 m/108 yds)
  • Main Color (MC) Lavender (28307) - 1 ball
  • Size U.S. 11 (8 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 1 Faux Fur Pompom




9 sts and 18 rows = 4"/10 cm in garter stitch.




One size to fit average woman.




Beg = beginning
K = knit
k2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.
rem = remain(ing)
rep = repeat
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side




Cast on 45 sts.
Knit every row (garter st), noting first row is WS, until work from beg measures 7½” [19 cm], ending on a WS row.


Shape crown: 1st row: (RS). *K2. K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1. 34 sts.
2nd row: Knit.
3rd row: *K1. K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1. 23 sts.
4th row: Knit.
5th row: *K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1. 12 sts. Break yarn, leaving a long end. Draw end tightly through rem sts and fasten securely. Sew center back seam. Weave in all ends. Sew Bernat® Faux Fur Pompom™ to top of Hat

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This is a great and easy to make hat. Another pattern where the choice of yarn matters. Garter stitch always works well with variegated yarn. The colors don't seem to pool. I always feel you can never have too many hats. I make them, keep some of them, and give others to friends and charity. I always seem to have to keep busy. Thanks for helping me do that.

Love this pattern, so easy and looks so nice!

I want to make this has for my first hat. But can I use this same pattern for the stockinette (kit one row purl one row) as well? I'm new to knitting. Thanks

You can use stockinette stitch, however keep in mind that the stockinette stitch will curl and you may lose some of the 'stretch" to the hat. Hope this helps someone, Happy knitting.

This is brilliant, I was given a whole case of this yarn and I've been struggling to use it all up. I will make my own pompoms and donate many hats to the local shelter.

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