Beanies, berets, and slouchy hats featuring colorwork designs or using multicolor yarn. Most patterns are free.
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As the Leaves Begin to Fall
Slouchy beanie hat with a leaf motif in stranded colorwork hat knit from the brim up, worked in two colors of sport-weight yarn. Approximately 150 yards needed of the main color, and approximately 75 yards of contrasting color. Designed by Eliza Jarvi.
A Brighter Tomorrow
Beanie with flowers in stranded colorwork. 2 sizes. Designed by Jerry Burch. DK weight yarn.
Striped beanie with slipped stitch pattern inspired by migrating birds in a 14 row repeat. Great for stashbusting or mini skeins or you can also knit with solid background. Designed by Maureen Clark. Worsted weight yarn.
Diamond Slipped Stitch Beanie
Hat knit with a two color slipped and twisted stitch design. Only one color is worked at a time, switching every two rows. Sizes S and L. Designed by Amanda Muscha. Worsted weight yarn. A crochet version is also available.
Ombre Party Hat
Beanie knit with fingering weight held double to create beautiful transitions from one color yarn to the next. This is a fantastic stash buster (who doesn’t need another one of those) or goes great with mini skein sets. Designed by Melissa Ilgen. Fingering weight yarn. Pictured projects by the designer and aknewlin.
Slouchy, double-knitted hat, making it reversible, with an all-over flower design. Perfect for multi-color yarn. Designed by Mirielgw. Fingering weight yarn. Pictured projects by the designer and ganela.
Autumn Spice Slouchy Hat
Unisex slouchy beanie, with a chevron panel knit with intarsia. Designed by Carolyn Macpherson for Knotions. Fingering weight yarn
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
More Free Patterns
Ogiku Chrysanthemum Tam
Sarah Mombert’s fair isle beret features chrysanthemum motifs. Available in English and French.
This colorwork hat from Berroco features a three color staggered geometric pattern. Designed by Amy Palmer
Gina Chevron Hat
This easy lace slouchy hat looks great in multi-color yarn!
Karin Michele’s hat features pandas on an ombre background.
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.
Simple Style Hat
Laura Bain’s easy pattern for slouchy beanie is created by alternating stripes of knit and purl rounds in multi-colored yarn.
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.
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Smiley Bobble Beanie Hat
This easy pompom hat pattern by madmonkeyknits features an intarsia smiley face.
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….
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Ingrid Fallon designed this hat for Red Heart that uses one skein of Red Heart Boutique Midnight. Great for multi-color yarn!
Patterns for Purchase
Drift and Detour Hats
Two easy colorwork slouchy beanies: Drift (interlaced slanting lines) and Detour (right and left arrows). Worsted weight yarn. Designed by illitilli
Shaded Bobble Stitch Hat
2 color beanie with bubbles of color. Sizes 6 months to 2 years, 3 to 6 years, 7 years to Teen, Adult, Larger Adult. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Christy Hills
Easy colorwork hat in 3 colors inspired bylarge standing stone structures, such as Stonehenge. Great for stashbusting! 8 sizes from Baby to Adult, 10”/25 cm circumference to 24”/61 cm. DK weight yarn. Designed by Kino Knits
Nautilus Shell Hat
Fun cloche style hat knit with modular lace. Pictured hat is in 5 colors of 55 yards each, making this a great hat for stashbusting or mini skeins. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Amy Loberg (FiberWild!)
Easy 2 Color Hat
Choose 2 balls of different variegated colors (or two of the same) to create this easy colorful beanie. This hat is knit in the round from the bottom up. I Can't Stop Knitting Beanie designed by Carolyn Doe. Worsted weight yarn.
Stockholm Hat and Scarf Set
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.