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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!

Easy

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)

Materials:

  • 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.

 


SPECIAL STITCH
K2tog = Knit 2 sts together (decrease).

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

 


HAT
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.


FINISHING
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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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.

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

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

Thank you so much this website is really fabulous!

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