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The Easy Fitted Hat is sure to become your next go-to knit hat pattern for him. This skull-cap style hat is a cozy and comfortable way to stay warm any day of the year. This easy pattern features a simple rib design and can be completed with just one skein of yarn. The Easy Fitted Hat is a crowd-pleasing fan favorite, so get out your knitting needles and whip up this one skein wonder!


Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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


  • RED HEART® Fiesta®: 1 skein 6635 Coffee
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 3.75 mm [US 5] 16” long
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker


GAUGE: 16 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 10 rows = 4” [10 cm] in 2 x 2 Rib pattern.

CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.



Finished measurements: Circumference: 22” [56 cm]
Finished length: 8½” [22 cm]
Hat fits most men.


K2tog = Knit 2 sts together (decrease).

2x2 Rib
Row 1 (Right Side): K2, p2.
Row 2: Knit the Knit sts, and purl the Purl sts.
Repeat rows 1-2.


Cast on 88 sts. Place marker, join being careful not to twist sts.
Round 1: Work in 2x2 Rib stitch pattern until hat measures 6½” [17 cm] from cast-on edge.

Shape Crown
Round 1 (Dec): *K2, p2tog. Repeat from * around — 66 sts.
Rounds 2-7: *K2, p1. Repeat from * around — 66 sts.
Round 8: *K1, k2tog. Repeat from * around — 44 sts.
Rounds 9-14: Knit.
Round 15: K2tog around — 22 sts.
Rounds 16-21: Knit.
Round 22: K2tog around — 11 sts.

Cut yarn leaving a 6” (15 cm) tail. With yarn needle, draw tail through remaining 11 sts twice, pull tightly and fasten off. Weave in ends. Block lightly and turn up brim on hat.

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What am I supposed to do when I decrease for the crown? My circular needles are not short enough and they are stretching it out terribly.

You will need to switch to a needle with a smaller cord or double pointed needles to finish the crown.

I had the same problem, it was very small, not a man's size at all. I used size 3.25 mm needles as I didn't have 3.75mm. Should I use larger or smaller size? I loved the pattern though so would like to try it again.

All needle sizes are recommended, what is essential in knitting is to obtain the gauge, so you can use whatever size needle is necessary to do that. For me it was a 4mm needle to obtain gauge and I've made many for friends, family and donated quite a few to the local shelters.

Love this pattern! I am a brand spankin' new knitter. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out the gauge. I knitted a swatch on the 3.75 circular needles but only got 3-31/4 inches not 4 like I'm supposed to. I tried bigger needles 4 times. I put 88 stitches on the 3.75 needles but they did not stretch from one tip to the other so I went to a smaller cord. This will make the hat smaller than I need. Should I add more stitches on the 16 inch cord? The hat has to fit a 24" head! Thanks

What you are saying and asking makes no sense, going to a smaller cord does not make the hat smaller, the needle size determines the size of the hat, a smaller cord makes it easier to join. This hat is rib stitch, so it has a lot of give, I've made many of them using this yarn and this pattern for my husband who has a larger head, With knit hats you want them to be a little snug, so that they do not slip too much on the head, so you want them to stretch and be snug to stay in place.

Love this easy hat i'am knitting it right now you this ? What

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