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Colorful Hat Knitting Patterns

by | Nov 5, 2016 | Accessories, Hats

Knitting Patterns for Colorful Hats. Most patterns are free

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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

Free Knitting Pattern for Autumn Spice Slouchy Hat

Autumn Spice Slouchy Hat

Unisex slouchy beanie, with a chevron panel knit with intarsia. Designed by Carolyn Macpherson for Knotions. Fingering weight yarn

Free Knitting Pattern and Class for Fair Isle Hat

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 .

Free Knitting Pattern for Dingle Hat

Dingle Hat

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Snow Speckled Hat

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Hive Hat

Hive Hat

This easy hat is a super stretchy twist on stripes. Designed by Tanya Patterson

Free Knitting Pattern for Ogiku Chrysanthemum Toque

Ogiku Chrysanthemum Tam

Sarah Mombert’s fair isle beret features chrysanthemum motifs. Available in English and French.

Free Knitting Pattern for Royal Quilting Hat

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Gina Chevron Hat

Gina Chevron Hat

This easy lace slouchy hat looks great in multi-color yarn!

Free Knitting Pattern for Smiley Bobble Beanie Hat

Smiley Bobble Beanie Hat

This easy pompom hat pattern by madmonkeyknits features an intarsia smiley face.

Free Knitting Pattern for Cassidy Hat


This colorwork hat from Berroco features a three color staggered geometric pattern.  Designed by Amy Palmer

Free Knitting Pattern for Pandemonium Hat


Karin Michele’s hat features pandas on an ombre background.

Free Knitting Pattern for Jordan Hat


This easy hat from Berroco features two color garter stitch stripes, one with multi-color yarn, to create the illusion of complex striping. Looks like it is knit sideways and then seamed. Designed by Cirilia Rose

Free Knitting Pattern for Simple Style Hat

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Attention Span Hat

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.

Free knitting pattern for Slip Stitch Beret

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Ribbons and Bows Hat

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Night Vale Hat

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….

Free knitting pattern for Butterfly Beret uses just one skein of yarn

Butterfly Beret

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

Knitting Pattern for Stockholm Hat and Scarf Set

Stockholm Hat and Scarf Set

Stylish Knits You'll LoveThe patterns for this colorful hat with matching scarf are included in Stylish Knits You’ll Love by Melissa Leapman. Available as Digital Download or Paperback.

Knitting Pattern for Chromatic Earflap Hat

Chromatic Earflap Hat

Chullo style hat in 3 sizes. One of 30+ patterns in Creative Knitting Winter 2015.

Knitting Pattern for Celtic Double Knot Slouch Hat

Celtic Double Knot Slouch Hat

Striking fair isle colorwork slouchy hat.

Knitting Pattern for Fox and Fleur Cap

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.

Knitting Pattern for Chain Links Hat and Cowl Set

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.

Knitting Pattern for Tilting Fair Isle Hat and Mitts

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.

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Terry Matz

meTerry 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, 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!

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