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Cynthia has put her Ph.D. in ed. psych. to work full time in the fiber arts, designing Really Clear patterns that are clear, easy-to-understand, and fun to make! (She thinks hard about how to explain ...

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Quick-Knit Hat, abbreviated version

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Quick-Knit Hat, abbreviated version
Quick-Knit Hat, abbreviated version Rolled-brim version
Quick-Knit Hat, abbreviated version All-ribbed version
Quick-Knit Hat, abbreviated version Ribbed-edge version

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast on and knit

Pattern Description:

This versatile hat can be made with a rolled brim for a feminine look, or with a ribbed brim for the whole family. Rib it from beginning to end, and you have a classic beanie!

It is sized for men, women, and children.

It is easy and quick to knit, and it flatters even people who say that they aren't "hat people."

These instructions assume that you have knit with circular and double-pointed needles. If you have not, you may want to work with our learning version of this pattern!


Yarn: Yarn that knits at 4.5 to 5 stitches per inch (worsted-weight yarn), 3.5 stitches per inch (bulky yarn), or 2 stitches per inch (super-bulky yarn).

Yardage: 200 yards of worsted, 120 yards of bulky, or 90 of super bulky. You can use one strand of bulky yarn knitted with one strand of worsted yarn to equal one strand of super-bulky yarn.


  • Needles: Circular. A 16" circular knitting needle, size 8 (5 mm) for worsted, size 11 (8 mm) for bulky yarn, or size 15 (10 mm) for super-bulky. For hat B, you also need a 16" circular needle that is 1-2 sizes smaller than the main needle you will use. Double pointed: A set of double-pointed needles, somewhere between a 6 and 8 (4-5 mm) for worsted, between a size 7 and 10 (4.5-6 mm) for bulky yarn or between a size 10 to 13 (6-9 mm) for super-bulky yarn. The precise size for the double-points doesn't matter.

You Will Also Need:

  • Notions: A ring marker that will fit over your needles, a locking marker (a marker that can open and close), and a tapestry needle.