Grandma's Favorite Garter Stitch Hat


Grandma's Favorite Garter Stitch Hat

Do you want to know why everyone loves Grandma's Favorite Garter Stitch Hat? It's because it's so easy! Who would have thought that the simplest stitch in knitting could create something so pretty? You don't need to be a knitting master to create something gorgeous. In fact, you can just barely be beginning knitting to make this attractive hat. Just set aside a couple of hours out of your day to sit back, relax and mindlessly work on this knit hat pattern, and the next thing you know, you have grandma's favorite hat in your wardrobe.


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

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


  • 480-202 Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton Yarn: Berry Jam 2 Balls
  • Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 9 [5.5 mm]
  • Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)

Gauge: 15 stitches = 4 in. (10 cm) in Garter stitch (knit every row). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Size: One Size
Finished Circumference: About 20 in. (51 cm). Hat will stretch to fit a range of sizes.
Finished Length: About 10 in. (25.5 cm)


Cast on 74 stitches.
Work in Garter stitch (knit every row) until piece measures about 10 in. (25.5 cm). Bind off, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through last row and pull to gather. Knot securely.

Sew seam. Weave in ends.

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What does it mean to pull tail through last row and pull to gather? Ive cast off all my stitches but the last one, and I would usually knot that last stitch. Is this sis telling me to actually thread the long tail back into the entire last row of cast off stitches?

I think you are supposed to bind it off as usual, but leave a long enough tail to weave it through the last row, then pull it together to make it bunch at the top. That's what I've seen in other patterns.

You do not bind off, you thread a needle and thread the yarn through each stitch on the needle, removing the stitch after you have pulled yarn through and then pull to gather the top, if you bind off the gather will not work.

I want to make this hat with 5 Bulky wool. What adjustments should I make and should I use needle size in pattern or on wool packaging?

You will need to rewrite the pattern for that weight yarn, I suggest using a 10.5 needle and a cast on of 62 stitches and doing a knit 2 tog over the last row before you run the yarn through to ensure it gathers correctly at the top.

Another simple hat that should be quick to make. I think I would make this one for myself, and I dont normally wear hats like this. I know it calls for US size 9 (5.5mm) needles, but I think I would like to use my US size 10 for this. I wonder how much it would alter the size.

can you knit this cap in the round.

You could but it will be too tight and it will not look anything like the picture.

To knit garter stitch in the round, work every other round in purl, as you would if you were doing stocking stitch on straight needles.

Could you please let me know what this means before I purchase and begin to knit this project GRANDMA'S FAVORITE GARTER STITCH HAT. Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch. Please explain this gauge as I'm confused ! Thank you and I look forward to your response.

Hi matterregan 899369 2, that gauge information is not part of the pattern and has been deleted. Please refer to the updated information. Sorry for the inconvenience! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

This is the perfect hat pattern. I prefer garter stitch with variegated yarn. I feel the yarn's pattern shows up better and usually does not pool. I make a lot of hats for charity and this hat will work up quickly, look great and be warm. All pluses. Thank you.

HELP!! if knit pattern as is, the cuff won't match the top when you turn it up, will it? should be NO STAR rating!

What you are saying is simply not true, this is garter stitch, so both sides will look the same.

large eye blunt needle is used to run the yarn through to gather the top, sew the seam and weave in ends. Hope this helps.

I trying and it is the same stitch from beginning end. so how does it look the same when you turn the cuff up? it will be garter on top and toc knit on turned up cuff.. HELP

No, what you are saying is not true, it will be garter stitch on both sides. This is knit on straight needles with a seam, so both sides will look the same.

what are the (6) large eye blunt end needles used for

large eye blunt needle is used to run the yarn through to gather the top, sew the seam and weave in ends. Hope this helps.

I think it would be easier to run the yarn through the last row without casting off and gather from there. I'll try it both ways and see which I like better.


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