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Classic Herringbone Knit Hat

With its understated design, this knit hat pattern will quickly become one of your favorites to make!

Classic Herringbone Knit Hat
Classic Herringbone Knit Hat
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Stay warm and stylish this winter when you make the Classic Herringbone Knit Hat! This intermediate knitting pattern is the perfect challenge for more advanced knitters, as it incorporates special stitches and results in a beautiful design. The knit hat uses just one ball of worsted weight yarn, making it a durable winter gear item that is also easy to maintain. Are you looking for a fun holiday gift for everyone in your family? Then keep this pattern in mind, as the classic design is sure to be a hit with everyone! This hat can fit children, teens, and adults, with changes for the sizes included in the pattern.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

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

Gauge16 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 22 rounds = 4” [10 cm] in St st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge given.

Finished Size18 (20, 22)” [45.72 (50.8, 55.8) cm] circumference

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Soft ®: 1 ball 9820 Mid Blue, 9274 Biscuit, or 4620 Minty
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needle: 4.5mm [US 7] 16” (40.6 cm) 
  • Susan Bates® Double Pointed Needles: One set 4.5mm [US 7]
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle



Directions are for size Small. Changes for sizes Medium and Large are in parentheses.

Special Abbreviation

ssk (slip, slip, knit) = slip next two stitches knitwise to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of sts, knit these sts together through back loop.


  1. With circular needle, cast on 72 (80, 88) sts; place marker and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts.

  2. Round 1 (right side): P1, k1, p1, [k2, p1] twice, k1, p1, place second marker, *k1, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1.

  3. Round 2: P1, k2, [p1, k1] twice, p1, k2, p1, slip marker, *k1, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1.

  4. Round 3: P1, k3, p3, k3, p1, slip marker, *k1, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1.

  5. Round 4: P2, k3, p1, k3, p2, slip marker, *k1, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1.

  6. Rounds 5-8: Repeat Rounds 1-4.

  7. Round 9: P1, k1, p1, [k2, p1] twice, k1, p1, slip marker, k to end of round. 

  8. Round 10: P1, k2, [p1, k1] twice, p1, k2, p1, slip marker, k to end of round.

  9. Round 11: P1, k3, p3, k3, p1, slip marker, k to end of round.

  10. Round 12: P2, k3, p1, k3, p2, slip marker, k to end of round.

  11. Repeat Rounds 9-12 until hat measures 6 (6½, 6½)” [15.25 (16.5, 16.5) cm] from cast on edge, ending after working Round 12.


Note: Change to double pointed needles when work is too small for circular needle. 

  1. Round 1 (dec): P1, k1, p1, [k2, p1] twice, k1, p1, slip marker, k2 (3, 4), [ssk, k2tog, k14 (16, 18)] three times, ssk, k2tog, k1 (2, 3) – 64 (72, 80) sts.

  2. Round 2: P1, k2, [p1, k1] twice, p1, k2, p1, remove marker, knit to end of round.

  3. Round 3 (dec): P1, k3, p3, k3, p1, k1 (2, 3), ssk, place marker, [k2tog, k12 (14, 16), ssk, place marker] three times, k2tog, k0 (1, 2) – 56 (64, 72) sts.

  4. Round 4: [Work to 2 sts before marker, ssk, slip marker, k2tog] four times, k0 (0, 1) – 48 (56, 64) sts.

  5. Round 5: [Work to 2 sts before marker, ssk, slip marker, k2tog] four times – 40 (48, 56) sts.

  6. Repeat Round 5 until 8 sts remain. 

  7. Next round: Removing markers as you work, k2tog around – 4 sts.


  1. With yarn needle, weave yarn through remaining 4 sts; gather sts up firmly and secure yarn tail on wrong side of work.

  2. Weave in all loose ends.

  3. Click here for a larger version of the photo below.


knit the next 2 sts together
St st
Stockinette stitch
repeat whatever follows the * as indicated
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