Knit Hat On Straight Needles

So, can you knit a hat with straight needles? Most definitely yes! And this knit hat pattern will show you how to knit one.

The nice thing about this easy knit hat is that you'll have two fun looks when you're done.

You can have your hat with the brim rolled up just like in the picture below

Knit hat on straight needles

I knit the brim longer so that when it's rolled up it'll keep your ears nice and warm.

And if you'd like to keep the brim down like in this picture, it turns into a nice slouchy hat pattern. Two hats in one.

Knit hat on straight needles

I like the slouchy part on this hat for some reason. I've seen people wearing them like this. But that's just me.    

What Does A Knit Hat On Straight Needles Look Like?

The picture below shows you. Just pretend that my knitting needle is a straight one. 

I always knit with circular knitting needles even when I knit flat.

Starting at the bottom there's the ribbing which will be the brim of the hat and I knit it longer so I can fold it up.

Knit hat on straight needles

Then I started knitting in Stockinette Stitch until I needed to work the decreases at the crown of the hat.

And still knitting in Stockinette Stitch I made the decreases at the top or crown of the hat.

The last few stitches are usually gathered up together and pulled tightly to close the top of the hat.  Then the rest of the hat is seamed.

Basically you'll take the two edges and seam them together to make a tube and that's how it turns into a knit hat on straight needles. It's fun!

And don't worry all the pictures are down below so that you'll know exactly how to seam up your lovely knit hat!  

Oh and just before you get to the hat pattern there's another page I created that will help you with a lot of your hat knitting questions. 

It's my hat knitting tips page and it will help you learn things like:

  • how many stitches do you cast on for a hat
  • how to measure your head for the hat size, what you need to know
  • how long should a knitted hat be before decreasing at the top
  • how to figure out the decreases at the crown of the hat

The hat knitting tips page may come in handy when you want to knit a hat without a pattern.  

For those of you learning how to knit a hat for the first time you'll get to practice 

The links are given in case you'd like to refresh your memory on how to work those stitches.

There are many knitting yarns you can choose for this knit hat.  For this hat pattern you'll need to pick up a worsted weight yarn.

Self-striping and variegated yarns might be fun and you may even enjoy using a super soft merino wool.  

You can also decorate your hat with pompoms, buttons, fringes and tassels. Just have fun with this basic knit hat pattern.

Knit Hat Pattern Details

Knit hat on straight needles

Skills Required:  Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, mattress stitch

Materials:  Approximately 150 - 200 yards heavy worsted weight yarn, I used Caron One Pound in the color lilac

Needles:  Size US 10 (6 mm) and US 10.5 (6.5 mm)

Gauge:  3.75 sts = 1 inch in Stockinette stitch using US 10.5 needles

Abbreviations:  K, k = knit, P, p = purl, sts = stitches, K2tog = knit 2 stitches together

Size:  Will fit most adults plus it's stretchy

Stitch Pattern:  Stockinette Stitch - Row 1, Knit. Row 2, Purl

Notes:  Brim is knit extra long in order to turn it up and have the double thickness to keep your ears nice and warm.

Here's the link to download my knit hat pattern

Knit Hat Pattern

Knit hat on straight needles

With US 10 (6 mm) needles cast on 76 stitches using long tail cast on or whatever method you prefer.

Row 1:  Knit 2, purl 2 to end of row

Repeat row 1 ribbing for approximately 6 inches

Switch to larger needles now

Next Row:  Using US 10.5 needles begin knitting Stockinette stitch until your work measures 10 inches from the cast on.

Crown Shaping

By the way this knit hat shows you the quicker way of knitting decreases while still keeping the top looking nice. 

Flat knit hat 5

It's fun and simple. And it looks pretty fine to me. So let's get started.

Row 1:  *K2, K2tog, repeat from * to end of row.  58 sts

Row 2:  Purl

Row 3:  *K1, K2tog, repeat from * to end of row.  38 sts

Row 4:  Purl

Row 5:  K2tog across the row.  19 sts 

When you reach 19 stitches continue on to the finishing and seaming below.

Finishing And Seaming Knit Hat

Cut yarn and leave a long tail at least 8 – 10 inches in length.  

Thread yarn tail through tapestry needle and work through remaining stitches on needle starting at the opposite end.

Knit hat on straight needles

Draw up and pull tightly to close the top of the hat.  You can even work the needle through those top stitches a second time to make sure the hat is tightly closed.

Knit hat on straight needles

Then continue seaming with the mattress stitch down the back of the hat.

Knit hat on straight needles

Weave in the ends and simply enjoy!  

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