Zigzag Hat - Fun Knit Hat Pattern

This zigzag hat pattern was really fun to create and knit plus it's a 2-needle pattern for everyone who enjoys them.  

Sometimes I really enjoy knitting hats on straight needles rather than fussing with circulars and double pointed needles. 

I kept the zigzag hat simple by using knits and purls and had fun creating the flat back on it.  It's neat getting a little more creative and it made the hat more cozy. 

Zigzag Hat

The shaping is done by using the the knit 2 together decrease (K2tog) so is more suited for the advanced beginner.

Zigzag HatBack View

If you're a beginner knitter and you'd really like to make this knit hat pattern, that's great!  The pattern isn't too difficult. 

You may like to familiarize yourself with decreasing stitches and review my page section on knit decreases knitwise K2tog then you'll be all ready to tackle my zigzag hat.

Click on the link to download my zigzag hat pattern  

Zigzag Hat Pattern Details

Skills Required:



K2tog (knit 2 stitches together)

Slip 1 stitch 

Materials:  1 skein worsted (medium) weight yarn. I used Patons Canadiana 100% acrylic

Gauge:  3.5 sts and 5.5 rows = 1 inch

Abbreviations:  K = knit, P = purl, K2tog = knit 2 together, sts = stitches, Sl 1 = slip 1 stitch as if to knit to right needle

Pattern Notes:  I wanted this zigzag hat to be warm and cozy so I held 2 strands of yarn together, one strand from the inside of the skein and the other strand from the outside. 

When you knit with the 2 strands just knit as if its one strand.  If you prefer you could also use a chunky yarn being careful to match the knitting gauge.

Zigzag Stitch Pattern Used

Row 1:  (WS) and all wrong (odd) side rows: Slip 1, Purl to last stitch, K1

Row 2:  Slip 1, *K3, p3; rep from * to last stitch, K1

Row 4:  Sl 1,P1, *k3, p3; rep from * to last 3 sts, p2, k1

Row 6:  Sl 1, P2, * k3, p3; rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1

Row 8:  Sl 1, *P3, k3, rep from * to last stitch, k1

Row 10:  Sl 1, P2, *k3, p3 rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1

Row 12:  Sl 1, P1, *k3, p3, rep from * to last 3 sts, p2, k1

Zigzag Hat Pattern

Zigzag Hat

Holding 2 strands of yarn together cast on 74 sts.

Knit garter stitch for 1 inch

Body of Hat

Work 2 complete stitch patterns (above) for the body of the hat.

Next Row:  (WS) Knit

Knit next 2 rows as well.  

Work should measure approximately 6" from cast on edge.

Shape Crown 

Over the next 17 rows you will be decreasing stitches in order to make a nice round flat top to your hat.  Each decrease row is followed by a knit row.  

Row 1:  Slip 1, (K7, K2tog) 3 times, (K6, K2tog) 5 times, Knit 6    66 sts remaining

Row 2:  And all alternate even rows knit

Row 3:  Slip 1, (K6, K2tog) 3 times, (K5, K2tog) 5 times, Knit 6   58 sts remaining

Row 5: Slip 1, (K5, K2tog) 3 times, (K4, K2tog) 5 times, K6  50 sts remaining

Row 7: Slip 1, (K4, K2tog) 3 times, (K3, K2tog) 5 times, K6  42 sts remaining

Row 9:  Slip 1, (K3, K2tog) 3 times, (K2, K2tog) 5 times, K6  34 sts remaining

Row 11:  Slip 1, (K2, K2tog) 3 times, (K1, K2tog) 5 times, K6  26 sts remaining

Row 13:  Slip 1, K1, K2tog across to last 4 sts, K2tog, K2  15 sts remaining

Row 15:  Slip 1, K2tog across row  8 sts remaining

Row 17:  Slip 1, K2tog across row  4 sts remaining

Finish Knitting

Cut yarn. Thread yarn into tapestry needle and pull through the last 4 sts.  Make sure to put tapestry needle through the last stitch on your needle first.  Pull tight.

Seam up and enjoy! 

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