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Basic Hat


Basic Hat
Basic Hat

Basic hat, shown on an almost realistic head.

© Eileen Casey, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Sometimes a simple, unfussy staple is what is called for -- especially where the menfolk are concerned!


  • 2 balls Elann.com Peruvian Highland Bulky in shade 0500 Black, or about 110 yards of bulky yarn of your choice
  • 16 inch size 10 US (6 mm) circular needle
  • 1 set size 10 US (6 mm) double-pointed needles, or long circular for magic loop
  • Scissors, tape measure, yarn needle


3.5 stitches and 4 rows to 1 inch in Stockinette Stitch in the round.


Finished hat circumference: 20 inches, which will fit most adults

Sample knit by Eileen Casey

Knitting the Hat:

  1. Cast on 72 stitches, and join in round, being careful not to twist.
  2. Work in K3, P3 rib for 3 inches
  3. Work in Stockinette Stitch (every row knit) for 5 inches

Shape crown:

Change to double-pointed needles when there are not sufficient stitches to continue work on the circular needle.

  1. Round 1: K4, K2tog around (60 stitches).
  2. Round 2: Knit.
  3. Round 3: K3, K2tog around (48 stitches).
  4. Round 4: Knit.
  5. Round 5: K2, K2tog around (36 stitches).
  6. Round 6: K1, K2tog around (24 stitches).
  7. Round 7: K2tog around (12 stitches).
  8. Thread yarn through remaining 12 stitches and pull tight to close top of crown. Weave in all ends.
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