Hat and Mittens Set - 2 Needle Knitting Pattern

Here’s a simple basic hat and mittens knitting pattern for you. This knitted set can be a great last minute gift idea, a charity knit or simply a nice set for yourself. And if you’re a fan of straight needle knitting you’ll love these quick knitting patterns.

hat and mittens

I started making this easy knit hat pattern and ended up having so much yarn left over I decided to whip up a 2 needle mitten pattern to go with it. I haven’t made a knitted set for awhile now and the mittens ended up being just as fun to knit as the hat. After all you can’t go wrong with some toasty mittens. And they’re great for making snowballs.

Knitting mittens is fun and this basic two needle pattern will help show you how to knit them. A lot of knitters, knit mittens on DPN’s (double-pointed needles) or circular knitting needles but I still enjoy this 2 needle version.

You may notice that the hat and mittens pattern have a more decorative ribbing stitch. I decided to add a little eye candy to the ribbing by using a twisted ribbing stitch pattern instead of the usual 1 X 1 ribbing. I think it’s pretty, what do you think?

So let’s get started with the hat and mittens!

Here is a PDF link to download the hat and mittens knitting pattern

Hat and Mittens Knitting Pattern

Skills Required

Long tail cast on 




Knit through back loop

Either the KFB increase (see notes) 

Or the M1L & M1R (see notes)


Worsted weight yarn – approx 400 yards

Sock yarn (This is not necessary however I used it for extra warmth)

Needles: Size US 7(4.5 mm) and US 8 (5.00mm)


4 sts and 6 rows = 1 inch


K, knit

P, purl

K2tog, knit two sts together

Ktbl, knit through back loop

Knit in front and back of stitch

M1R, make 1 right

M1L, make 1 left

Sizing: The hat will fit adult head size approximately (20 – 23 inches). Mittens will fit woman’s hand size between 7.5 and 9.5 inches and also man’s hands too. My friend Ted tried them and they were nice and cozy. The hat fit him too.

Notes: I decided to give you a choice when you start increasing stitches for the thumb gusset. You can use the quick and easy knit front and back method or choose the make 1 left and make 1 right. I prefer the M1L and M1R. Don’t worry though. There’s instructions for both. I also decided to add some warmth to my hat and mittens and used up some of my woolly sock yarn which actually created a nice colourful design. 

Knitted Hat Pattern

 Using long tail cast on method and size 7 needles cast on 88 sts.

Work twisted ribbing stitch pattern for 1 inch as follows:

*Knit through back loop, purl, repeat from * across row

Then switch to larger needles and continue in Stockinette stitch for 6 inches

Shape Crown

Row 1:  * K9, k2tog, rep from * to last 11 sts, K7, k2tog, k2

Row 2:   Purl on every other row

Row 3:  *K8, k2tog, rep from * to last 10 sts, k6, k2tog, k2 (72 sts)

Row 5:  *K7, k2tog, rep from * to last 9 sts, k5, k2tog, k2 (64 sts)

Row 7:  *K6, k2tog, rep from * to last 8 sts, k4, k2tog, k2 (56 sts)

Row 9:  *K5, k2tog, rep from * to last 7 sts, k3, k2tog, k2 (48 sts)

Row 11: *K4, k2tog, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, k2tog, k2 (40 sts)

Row 13: *K3, k2tog, rep from * to last 5 sts, k1, k2tog, k2 (32 sts)

Row 15: *K2, k2tog, rep from * across row (24 sts)

Row 17:  K2tog across row

Cut yarn leaving 8” tail and thread through yarn needle. Work needle through remaining sts and pull tightly and fasten. I usually put needle through top sts twice to make sure it’s securely fastened.


 Seam up back of hat and weave in ends.

Mitten Pattern

Beginning at cuff and using size 7 needles, cast on 38 sts.

Work twisted ribbing pattern for 2 inches as follows: *Knit through back loop, purl, repeat from * across row

Switch to size 8 needles and work Stockinette stitch for 10 rows.

Thumb Gusset

K18, place marker, increase one stitch in next 2 sts by using KFB, place marker, knit 18 sts


If you prefer the M1L and M1R continue as follows:

K18, place marker, M1L, k2, M1R, place marker, knit 18 sts.

Purl next row and all alternate rows

Continue increasing within the markers on knit rows until there are 14 sts ending with a purl row.

Divide for Thumb

K18 sts, drop marker and knit 14 sts. Stop and place those (just knitted) 14 sts on a stitch holder or scrap piece of yarn.

Using the single cast on (thumb cast on), cast on 2 sts and then knit final 18 sts. (Note: The 2 sts you cast on make up for the two sts used in the thumb)

Continue working Stockinette stitch for approximately 4 inches or about 1 inch before the end of mitten. (This is where you can choose the length you want. Measurement from beginning of work is approximately 8 -9 inches or length desired)

Shape Top

Row 1: K2, k2tog across row. (29 sts)

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2, k2tog, *k1, k2tog, repeat from * across row (20 sts)

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: K2tog across row (10 sts)

Cut yarn leaving about 12” tail and thread through yarn needle. Run needle through remaining sts beginning at the opposite end of needle. Do this twice to fasten securely.


Slip sts from holder and knit Stockinette stitch for 12 rows or approximately 2 inches ending with purl row.

Next Row: K2tog across row, cut yarn leaving 10” length and thread yarn through remaining sts. Slip sts off needle and pull tightly to close up the thumb tip.


Seam up thumbs and fold mitten and seam up sides.

I hope you enjoy this hat and mittens knitting pattern set.

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