How to Knit a Hat

Learn the basics of how to knit a beanie (also known as the One-Ball Beanie pattern from our October 2021 print issue) with our easy knitting tutorial from Mariana Tuma, GH Design Director. It’s so simple to make, and it’s the perfect DIY Christmas or holiday gift for family and friends. Plus, the world is your oyster when it comes to the colors you choose!

Before you start, watch the following videos to learn (or perfect) the stitches you need to know for this pattern: long tail cast on, rib stitch (knit 1, purl 1), and whip stitch (for sewing).

How to Knit a Hat

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What you will need:

• Stitch and Story Chunky Wool Yarn (one ball)

• Or comparable yarns: Sugar Bush Chill, Loopy Mango Marino No. 5, Wool and the Gang Crazy Sexy Wool

• Circular knitting needles 13 mm / US 9

• Or straight knitting needles 13 mm / US 9 (for those who prefer these to circulars)

• Or a full set of straight knitting needles (for just a little extra!)

• Faux fur pompom with snap button

How to knit a hat step by step?

GLOSSARY: K: Knitting – P: Purl – k2t0g: (decrease) knit two stitches together – p2tog: (decrease) purl two stitches together

Step 1: Cast on 42 stitches (we used the long tail method).

2nd step: Knit 1, purl 1 until the piece measures 11 “high (approx 34 rows).

Step 3: K2tg, p2tg until the end of the row (21 stitches).

Step 4: P the first stitch, K 1 until the end of the row.

Step 5: Cut the yarn, leaving an 18-inch tail. Thread a tapestry needle on the tail and collect all the remaining stitches on your needle. Cinch to tighten closed. Use the remaining length of thread on your needle to whip up the back seam of the hat. Weave in the ends.

Step 6: Roll up the brim and tie a pom pom, if desired. We used a faux fur pom pom that comes with a snap button that easily sews to the top of the hat. Find it at your local craft store or online.

Download and print the full knit hat pattern to complete the project and give the ultimate gift to a friend, brother or loved one this season.

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