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Best Hat Knitting Patterns

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Hats are great knitting projects: they're usually pretty small and easy to knit, but they offer lots of ways to be creative in a small space.

Here are some great hat knitting patterns for babies, bigger kids, women and men, so you can outfit everyone in your family with a warm head.

Sprout Baby Hat

sprout baby hat pattern
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The Sprout Baby Hat is one of my favorite of the baby hat knitting patterns. It's a really easy pattern, just Stockinette Stitch with a picot edging, but instead of being closed off in the usual way at the top, it finishes with an I-cord and a cute little leaf at the end.

Simple Striped Hat

striped hat knitting pattern
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Two-color stripes are an easy way to add personality to a hat, and a project with stripes seems to go faster than one knit in one color because it's so fun to watch the stripes develop. This Simple Striped Hat, sized for babies and children, changes colors on every round. Using two colors give it a classic look, but you could also make each round a different color to use up bits of your stash.

Bunny Hat

Bunny Hat knitting pattern
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The first hat in my ever-growing series of animal-inspired hats for kids was this Bunny Hat. It's really cute any time of year on any little one, but it's also a great addition to an Easter outfit for folks who live where it's still cold at that time of year.

Dog Hat

dog hat knitting pattern
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For a kids' hat that's slightly more "boy," try the still super-cute Dog Hat. This one has an easy Stockinette Stitch body and Garter Stitch ears, along with a face that's worked after the knitting is done in duplicate stitch. Leave off the ears for a great classic hat.

Flat Hat

flat hat knitting pattern
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When it comes to knitting hats, there's nothing easier than a flat hat. This Flat Hat is just a rectangle of knitting; there's no shaping at all. When the knitting is done, you fold it in half, sew up the side and close up the top to make a hat that's warm, funky and incredibly easy.

Roll Brim Hat

roll brim hat knitting pattern
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The next easiest kind of hat to knit after a flat hat is a hat that's worked in the round but is all Stockinette Stitch. There's not a purl to be found in this Roll Brim Hat, which is the perfect choice for a first circular knitting project.

Ribbed Hat

ribbed mens hat knitting pattern
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A ribbed hat is a great, easy look for a man or a woman, and this Ribbed Hat is an easy way to get a reluctant guy (or teenager, for that matter) to wear a knit hat. The bulky wool yarn gives this hat an outdoorsy look and makes it quick to knit.

Camouflage Hat

camouflage hat knitting pattern
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If there's a hunter or outdoorsman in your life, consider knitting them this comfy Camouflage Hat. The hat is worked with a generous ribbed section at the bottom that's meant to be folded over on itself for extra warmth. After that, the hat proceeds quickly in Stockinette.
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