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15+ Top Knit Hat Patterns Ever

This collection represents the best of the best when it comes to free knitting patterns for hats. Which one will you choose to knit first?

By: Jaclyn Holtzman, Editor, AllFreeKnitting.com
Updated July 18, 2018
15 Top Knit Hat Patterns Ever

The top hats this year aren't top hats at all. Instead, they're the coziest of the knit hat patterns, which keep you warm and fashionable at the same time. Knit hats make great gifts, accessories, and head warmers, so you can never make or have enough. These caps are tried and tested by AllFreeKnitting readers, and have been picked as the best of the best.

This exclusive group of knit hat patterns is filled with fun, practical hats featuring beautiful textures and exquisite needlework. Just because they look and sound complicated, though, does not mean that beginners can't take a stab. Most of these knit hat patterns are favorites because they are easy and quick.

Give your head some attention and knit one or all of the 15+ Top Knit Hat Patterns Ever. And once you've knitted those, try more of The Best 100 Free Knitting Designs Ever to ensure that you're adorned with the trendiest knits.

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15+ Free Hat Knitting Patterns

  • The Best Hat Ever

    Past the title, what more of an argument can be made for why this knit hat is a must-make? The greatest knit hat ever is perfect for absolutely anybody. It fits snugly to keep your head and ears warm. This amazing pattern provides instructions for any size you could possibly need to knit, so both your baby grandson and his dad can enjoy matching, warmth-filled beanies made with love.

  • Jen's Sweetie Pie Hat

    Just one look at this lovely knit hat pattern and your heart will start to flutter. There is something about the softness yet simultaneous distinct texture that makes this the perfect cap for just about anyone. The color is absolutely darling, bringing this hat to ideal sweetie pie status.

  • Simple Wide Brim Hat

    As a great unisex hat, the wide brim adds a unique detail to this otherwise simple piece. Pair this neutral and oh-so-comfy hat with any outfit. The bare-bones feel is great for the manliest of men who otherwise might pooh-pooh knit hats.

  • Tiny Angel Hat

    There's little more precious than watching a peaceful baby snuggle up and sleep. Help that happen by knitting a cuddly hat for the tiniest head. Because of the small size, this knit hat pattern can be completed in a short amount of time. This is the perfect gift to welcome a little one into the world.

  • Luxury Lid

    Make this fun hat as a great, bright accessory for a little girl or a playful adult. Bring the rainbow wherever you go to cheer up the sad faces of winter. You can't help but smile while wearing a dazzling knit hat like this one.

  • Blueberry Crumble Beret

    This hat doesn't only sound delicious, but it looks deliciously adorable as well. The name fits well this lively beret with bobbles and leaves. Set the French woman in you free, and you'll feel chic and stylish all day long.

  • Simple Vanilla Hat

    A basic design makes this one hat that you can pair with any outfit.  This knit hat pattern really lives up to its name--you can wear this simple hat anywhere.

  • Fairy Lights Hat

    Add a bit of whimiscal charm to your wardrobe with this simple knit hat.  This is another simple hat that's perfect for showing off an artsy yarn or just adding a subtle touch to an outfit.

  • Steinway Hat

    Having a bad hair day?  This is a great hat to throw over your head when you just can't seem to get your hair under control.  A simple rib stitch gives this knit hat pattern an interesting visual texture without being overpowering.

  • Rickrack Rib Slouchy Hat Pattern

    This gorgeous garnet colored beanie is great for adding a pop of color to a casual outfit. Make this hat knitting pattern the focal point of your outfit and watch jaws drop at your stylish new look.

  • Chestnut Heirloom Hat

    This gorgeous, honey brown knit hat pattern is a fall favorite. Stylish on women and handsome on men, the Chestnut Heirloom Hat is the knit hat pattern to beat.

  • Simple Slouchy Hat

    Sometimes the best knit hat patterns are the simplest. We love this chocolate brown ribbed hat for every day of the week. Wear this hat as a stylish accessory for the beginning of autumn, or pull it down snug around your ears when winter kicks in.

  • Neon Pink Lollipop Beanie

    This knit beanie pattern is bright and colorful as can be. With squishy cables and a fluffy pom pom, this hat is packed with personality. The neon pink color looks amazing, but this knitted hat would also be lovely in a muted cream or sedate grey.

  • Slip Stitch Hubby Hat

    It's a fact: men can be hard to knit for. But this knit hat pattern is sure to be a man-pleaser because of it's simple, no-frills design. With an interesting zig-zag slip stitch knitting pattern, this knitted beanie will keep your man warm and stylish when the snow falls.

  • Simple Gold Leaf Hat

    If you're hunting for a super-duper easy beginner knitting pattern, then this knitted hat pattern is ideal for you. Using attractive gold leaf yarn, simple stockinette stitch knitting, and a puffy pom pom, this knit hat pattern is both easy and attractive.

  • Dusty Rose Cable Hat

    This free knitting pattern will show you how to create a simple but interesting cable knit hat that would look great on anyone. While this cable knitting pattern looks lovely worked in dusty rose, this could easily be worked in black, white, navy, and other neutral colors.

  • Candy Shop Knit Hat

    The springy colors on this one are perfect for the warmer months, but it's cozy enough for the winter! Since this hat pattern is so versatile, you could even knit it in multiple color combinations for quick-grabs when you're on your way out the door. To boot, the mosaic pattern is super simple, so even beginners can figure it out!

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A great variety of knit hats. You should be able to find a hat in this list that is suitable for anyone that you need to make a hat for on your list. Its not too early to start thinking about cold weather or Christmas gifts either. Know is the time to start early on your list to be prepared for last minute add ons.

I I REALLY WANT TO MAKE THIS BUT I CLICK ON SAVE PATTERN AND IT TAKES ME SOME PLACE ELSE HELP PLEASE

The save pattern button no longer works on this site. You now need to save any pattern you want as a PDF or just print it out from the designer's web site.

Do not like using circular needles. However, I do find working on DP Needles a bit challenging. My question is: Can this pattern be worked on Double Pointed (straight) Needles? Given a choice I'd rather use the DP Needles. If not I will just have to use my stand by pattern and incorporate the cable stitch in it. Thank You.

I wanted the pattern of the sweetie pie hat and all I got was a copy of the pictures. B immer

The sweetie Pie hat is incorrect. I have tried it twice and there is no way you can knit every row and get stockinet stitch the way the hat looks.

you must knit in the round to get the stockinette stitch by knitting each round. if you work back and forth and put a seam up the back, then you have to knit on the right side and purl on the wrong side to create the stockinette, not so with knitting in the round.

I'm not used to knitting in rounds, but guess I will give it a try. I have been knitting for years and have never tried it. Thanks.

I am looking for an oversized beret instructions

If you mean the type that is big enough for dreadlocks, you might find it under "raska" hats. I have a student who wanted to make a beret for her dad but he is Jamaican, mon and needs room for his dreads.

Hi there, I'm looking for Beanie Hats (the ones with ear flaps) patterns for my adult daughter. I wondered if there's any on your website. i could seem to find it. Thank you.

I found these three: http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Cable-Hats/Cable-Ear-Flap-Hat-with-Pom-Poms/ct/1 http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Tie-Hats/Basic-Earflap-Hat/ct/1 http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Tie-Hats/Monarch-Lyon-Hat/ct/1 Hopefully one will appeal to both you and your daughter!

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