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All About That Hat

If you want to know why we're All About That Hat, just look at it! The bright colors are an easy way to put some liveliness in your man's wardrobe, or at the very least let him represent his favorite football team. It's also knit entirely in garter stitch, and knit flat, so it's the perfect first hat project for those beginning knitting. Who would have thought men's knit hats could be this easy? These hats make perfect Christmas or Father's Day gift for that hard-to-shop-for man in your life.


Knitting Needle Size10.5 or 6.5 mm

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • RED HEART® Heads Up™
    • 872 Royal (A) - 1 ball
    • 262 Tangelo (B) - 1 ball
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 6.5mm [US 10.5]
  • Yarn needle


Measurements: Hat measures about 20” (51 cm) circumference, unstretched. Hat will stretch to fit 21–22” (53.5–56 cm) head.



A, and B = Color A, and Color B

k = knit

k2tog = knit next 2 sts together

st(s) = stitch(es)

[ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified


Gauge: 1 sts = 4” (10 cm); 26 rows = 4” (20 cm) in Garter st (knit every row). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.



  1. Hat is worked back and forth in rows beginning at lower edge. The side edges are sewn together for back seam.
  2. Stripes are worked in the following color sequence: Work first row with A, 4 rows with B, 2 rows with A, 4 rows with B, work remainder of hat with A only. Do not cut yarn until instructed. Carry color not in use up side of piece.





With A, cast on 55 sts.

Row 1 (wrong side): Knit all sts.

Change to B.

Rows 2, 3, 4 and 5: Knit all sts.

Change to A.

Rows 6 and 7: Knit all sts.

Change to B.

Rows 8–11: Repeat Rows 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Cut B.

Work remainder of hat with A only.

Knit every row until piece measures 5” (12.5 cm) from beginning, end with a wrong side row.


Shape Crown (top of hat)

Decrease Row 1 (right side): [K9, k2tog] 5 times - 50 sts.

Next Row and all WS rows: Knit all sts.

Decrease Row 2: [K8, k2tog] 5 times - 45 sts.

Decrease Row 3: [K7, k2tog] 5 times - 40 sts.

Decrease Row 4: [K6, k2tog] 5 times - 35 sts.

Decrease Row 5: [K5, k2tog] 5 times - 30 sts.

Decrease Row 6: [K4, k2tog] 5 times - 25 sts.

Decrease Row 7: [K3, k2tog] 5 times - 20 sts.

Decrease Row 8: [K2, k2tog] 5 times - 15 sts.

Decrease Row 9: [K1, k2tog] 5 times - 10 sts.

Decrease Row 10: [K2tog] 5 times - 5 sts

Cut A, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining stitches and remove stitches from needle. Pull to gather. Sew side edges together for back seam.



Weave in ends.

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What does WS stand for in the instructions?

WS means wrong side in knitting.

For some reason, I really like this hat. I saw it yesterday and keep coming back to it. It looks very simple and quick to make, but I wonder how stretchy it would be? Would it stretch out over time? It would have to fit pretty snug to keep one warm.


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