Hat Knitting 101: Top Tips + 5 FREE Patterns

Take your knitted hats from floppy to fab with some expert guidance! With this collection of five FREE knit hat patterns, plus some top hat knitting tips in a helpful video from Bluprint knitting instructor Laura Nelkin, you’ll be whipping up cute caps in no time.

5 hat knitting tips you need to know

From creating a stretchy cast-on to avoiding twists, this video tutorial will show you a handful of must-know tips for making your best hat yet.

Ready to give hat knitting a try? Here are 5 of our favorite FREE hat knitting patterns to get you started!

Free Knit Hat Pattern

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Photo via Bluprint member KatySueKnits

Put these tips into action as you knit up this fun, textural ribbed cap!

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Green Knit Waffle Hat PatternWaffle Hat

Practice knitting in the round with a simple waffle/stockinette pattern.

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Baggy Knit Hat -- A free pattern on Bluprint

Unisex Slouchy Hat

This trendy slouchy hat is a quick knit that comes together in an afternoon or less. Plus, it’s a unisex pattern that can be made for kids or adults, so stitch one up for anyone on your to-knit-for list.

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Cabled Kit Hat Pattern - Free on Bluprint.com!

Hope Hat

Ribbing and cables make this pattern a beautiful option for confident beginners.

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Free Striped Hat Knitting Pattern - On Bluprint

Striped Pom Pom Beanie

The stripes on this simple knit hat pattern allow for endless color combinations. Customize it further by keeping the pom pom on or leaving it off.

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FREE Guide: Knitting in the Round Made Easy

knitting in the round

Worried that knitting in the round will throw you for a loop? Knit with confidence using this FREE downloadable guide.Get my FREE guide »

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