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Beginner's Favorite Knitted Hat

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If you're new to knitting or have never knitted a hat before, this Beginner's Favorite Knitted Hat from Red Heart Yarn is perfect for you!  Cute knitted hats like this make great gifts for everyone and are easy and fun to make!  Embellish it with a flower or pom for extra flair!

You can find this beginner knit pattern, along with several other easy knitting patterns, in our free eBook, Learn How to Knit for Beginners:  27 Easy Knitting Patterns.

 Beginner's Favorite Knitted Hat

Materials:

  • Red Heart® With Love™: 1 skein 1252 Mango
  • Knitting Needles: 6mm [US 10]
  • Yarn needle
     

Instructions:
Hat measures 18 inches around (slightly stretched).

GAUGE: 16 sts = 4”; 20 rows = 4” in ribbing, slightly stretched. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.
 

Hat:

  1. Cast on 70 sts.
     
  2. Row 1 (Wrong Side): *Purl 2, knit 2; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, purl 2.
     
  3. Row 2 (Right Side): *Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 2.
     
  4. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until work measures 10 inches from beginning, ending with a wrong side row.


Shape Crown:

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): *Knit 2, purl 2 together (decrease 1 stitch); repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 2 – 53 stitches.
     
  2. Row 2 (Wrong Side): *Purl 2, knit 1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, purl 2.
     
  3. Row 3: *Knit 2, purl 1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 2.
     
  4. Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
     
  5. Next Row: *Knit 2 together, purl 1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 2 – 36 stitches.
     
  6. Next Row: Purl 2, *knit 1, purl 1; repeat from * to end.
     
  7. Next Row: *Knit 2 together; repeat from * to end – 18 stitches.
     
  8. Next Row: Purl.
     
  9. Last Row: *Knit 2 together; repeat from * to end – 9 sts.
     
  10. Cut yarn leaving a long end for seaming.
     
  11. Weave yarn through remaining stitches; gather stitches up firmly and secure. Sew the back seam. Starting about 3 inches from the bottom, sew the seam on the reverse side, as this will be turned up for the brim.
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