Colorful Hat Knitting Patterns
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These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Fair Isle Hat
Kristin Nicholas provides step by step video instructions and pattern to make this colorful hat in Fair Isle, a traditional color work technique where two colors are knit in one row to create a geometric pattern. Pattern and instructional video class available for free with a free trial at Creativebug .
Inspired by a colorful Irish village named Dingle, this slouchy hat interprets the traditional Fair Isle in a geometric pattern that uses only two colors per round. Designed by Sabrina Schumacher. Perfect for stashbusting or mini skeins.
Snow Speckled Hat
Simple fair isle colorwork creates the illusion of snowy sky in this colorful hat designed by Erin Kate Archer in two sizes.
This easy hat is a super stretchy twist on stripes. Designed by Tanya Patterson
Royal Quilting Hat
Betty P Balcomb’s 2-color pattern is surprisingly easy. Strands or floats are laid down on the right side of the fabric and then a couple rows later you lift the strand and catch it in a stitch to form the slightly draped diagonal lines.
This colorwork hat from Berroco features a three color staggered geometric pattern. Designed by Amy Palmer
Attention Span Hat
This colorful earflap hat by Mimi Kezer is a great sampler of knitting techniques. Pattern includes a pinhole cast-on, a bit of Entrelac, a lateral braid or two, some stranded colorwork, tassels and a pom-pom, German short rows, and a little stockinette stitch.
Slip Stitch Beret
Easier than it looks! Lisa Gentry designed this easy beret for Caron. Mixing multi-color yarn and solid color yarn with an easy slipped stitch colorwork pattern gives a look like complicated stranded colorwork. Three sizes.
Ribbons and Bows Hat
This hat pattern from Knitting With Schnapps features one of my favorite stitches — the bow or butterfly stitch. It’s much easier than it looks and creates a great bow on your ribbon stripes. Quick knit in bulky yarn.
Night Vale Hat
This unusual beanie was inspired by the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. It features a stranded colorwork pattern in three colors and a wide hemmed edge for extra warmth. I’ve never heard of the podcast but I’m fascinated by the strobing eye design in such great colors and I think I’m going to have to check it out….
Patterns for Purchase
Stockholm Hat and Scarf Set
Chromatic Earflap Hat
Chullo style hat in 3 sizes. One of 30+ patterns in Creative Knitting Winter 2015.
Celtic Double Knot Slouch Hat
Striking fair isle colorwork slouchy hat.
Fox and Fleur Cap
This charming beanie for all ages features adorable stranded foxes and tiny flowers. Available in 6 sizes from baby to adult.
Chain Links Hat and Cowl Set
Slipstitch patterns make this colorwork easy. Three skeins of yarn is enough for the small hat, the medium hat, and the cowl if you change up the main colors.
Tilting Fair Isle Hat and Mitts
Bands of stranded colorwork are separated by short-row wedges that put everything at angles for a quirky effect.
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!