Hat Knitting Patterns for beanies, slouchy hats, berets and more knit with multicolor, self-striping, and variegated yarn. Many of the patterns are free. Updated 3/8/23.
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Weather the Weather Hat
Unisex beanie featuring a zigzag stitch pattern inspired by storm fromt symbols on weather maps. Great with variegated or solid color yarn. Sizes X-Small/Child, Small, Medium, Large. Designed by Megan Williams. Worsted weight yarn. Pictured projects by designer and Sayleywayley
U-Turn Hat Knit Flat
This hat is knitted flat from side to side WITHOUT short rows. Perfect for showcasing variegated yarn – especially for that stash sock yarn. Designed by Sybil R for fingering yarn.
Sugar Maple Hat
I just made a hat from this pattern myself. It was super easy and relaxing knitting, and perfect for one skein of DK handdyed yarn I had. Easy slouchy beanie hat perfect for semi-solid and variegated colorways. Designed by Katie Mack. DK weight yarn.
Coral Reef Hat
Cozy hat with cables separated by eyelets and a folded brim. Great showcase for handdyed or variegated yarn. Designed by Asita Krebs. Uses one skein 153 - 175 yards (140 - 160 m) DK weight yarn.
Multi Directional Hat
Beanie knit with an 8 row repeat diagonal stitch. Uses just 1 skein 147 yds of the recommended yarn. Great with gradient yarn. Designed by Teresa Chorzepa for Lion Brand. Worsted weight yarn.
- Get the free PDF VERSION knitting pattern at Lion Brand - link is below kit information
- Get the recommended Lion Brand® Landscapes® Yarn at Joann
Twist Stitch Hat
Beanie hat knit with a diamond lattice in twisted stitches. Great with self-striping and multicolored yarns. Uses one skein of recommended fingering weight yarn. Designed by Noro. May only be free a limited time.
Ridged hat with a folded brim knit in the round with welts that create a satisfyingly squishy and stretchy hat. Great with self-striping and multicolored yarns. Designed by Joey Low. May only be free a limited time.
Slouchy beanie hat knit flat with unique construction. Ideal for beginner knitters. 4 Sizes. Great with handdyed, variegated or solid color yarn. Designed by Woolly Wormhead. Fingering weight yarn.
Beanie hat knit seamlessly starting with the cabled band, then the crown and ribbed brim are picked up and knit separately. The hat is knit in three directions, which allows for interesting color patterns to emerge with self-striping and gradient yarns. Designed by Laura Birek. Uses one skein 150 - 200 yards (137 - 183 m) Worsted weight yarn.
Beanie hat knit flat in garter stitch and shaped with short rows. 6 Sizes. Great with handdyed, variegated or solid color yarn. Designed by Woolly Wormhead. Chunky weight yarn.
Knitted tubes are braided and seamed to the base of the hat, creating stylish hat that keeps your ears extra warm. Great showcase for handdyed or variegated yarn. Designed by Norah Gaughan. Uses one skein 153 - 175 yards (140 - 160 m) DK weight yarn.
Seed Stitch Hat
Easy slouchy hat knit with a 2 row repeat seed stitch. Quick knit in Super Bulky yarn. Great showcase for self-striping or variegated yarn. Designed by Lion Brand Yarn. Uses one skein 87 yards (80 m).
Easy unisex beanie hat perfect for semi-solid and variegated colorways, for that special one skein. The style is unisex, thus making the design perfect for everyone in your family. Designed by Elena Nodel. Uses one skein 130 - 150 yards (119 - 137 m) Worsted weight yarn.
More Free Patterns
Easy ribbed beanie hat that can be worn slouchy or fold the brim up for a closer fit. Great with gradient, ombre, or self-striping yarn. Designed by Katie Mack. DK weight yarn.
Warm the Line Beanie
Slouchy or close fit beanie hat knit with a 10 row repeat grid texture. Designed for the #WarmTheLine 2020 voting project, knit one (or two or three) up and keep someone warm while they wait in line to vote! Great with handdyed, variegated or solid color yarn. Designed by Rosemary (Romi) Hill. Uses less than one skein 175 yards (160 m) DK weight yarn.
Quest option #1 is worked in stockinette stitch with linen stitch above a jaunty brim, while Quest option #2 is worked in a honeycomb stitch to give it texture and depth. Great with variegated or solid color yarn. 3 sizes. Designed by Laura Nelkin for Knitty. Worsted weight yarn.
Lydia Lace Hat
Slightly slouchy lace beanie knit with a 4 row Little Arrowhead Lace. Great with variegated or solid color yarn. Sizes X-Small/Child, Small, Medium, Large. Designed by Premier Yarns Design Team. Uses 246 yards (225 m) of fingering weight yarn.
Twisted Stripes Hat
Hat knit with a 1 row repeat that creates a swirling texture that showcases multicolored yarn. 2 Sizes. Uses 1 skein 5oz/141g of worsted weight yarn. Designed by Darla J. Fanton for Red Heart.
- Get the free PDF VERSION knitting pattern at Yarnspirations
- Get the recommended Red Heart Yarn With Love yarn at Joann
Touch of Lace Hat
This beanie features a side lace detail. Great for that half skein of sock yarn in your stash. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Sandra Marie Dooley.
Déalan Dé Cloche
Cable hat knit sideways and shaped with short rows. Designed by Ciara Ní Reachtnín. Worsted weight yarn.
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- See the Ravelry page
- Get the recommended Hedgehog Fibres Merino Singles yarn on Etsy
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Easy 4 Row Repeat Sonic Six Hat
This simple beanie features a 4 row repeat slip stitch rib pattern that's stretchy and perfect for showcasing variegated yarn. 2 Sizes. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Arwen Golden.
Swirled Sprinkles Hat
This beanie features a ribbed fold up brim, a delicate spiral stitch pattern in the crown, and a pompom. Designed by Kaitlin Blasing for bulky yarn on smaller needles.
MS Slouch Hat
Slouchy beanie knit in a 2 row moss/seed stitch with a twisted rib brim. Uses 1 skein, 175yd/160m/100g, of Aran weight yarn. 4 sizes: 17in, 19in, 21in, 23in, 43.24cm, 48.25cm, 53.25cm, 58.5cm. Designed by Woolly Wormhead.
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Cables and slipped stitches in a 4 row repeat showcase multicolored yarn. Uses 1 skein - 68 - 70 yards (62 - 64 m) - of Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Katey Stolhammer.
Mochi Plus Spiral Hat
Designed by Sandi Rosner at Crystal Palace Yarns for Mochi Plus yarn, this hat can has two types of folded brims and is fun to knit with its unusual spiral assembly. The sizing is for an average woman, but tips for making child size and extra large are included. Pictured project by sheilamae
- Get the free knitting pattern on the Internet archive
- Get the yarn recommended by the designer
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Fractured Light Hat
Kirsten Kapur designed this lace slouchy hat that looks great with variegated yarn. Also has a matching pattern for fingerless mitts!
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- See more knitting patterns for multi-colored yarn
- Get sport weight yarn for this pattern on Etsy
Beanie with stretchy herringbone stitch. 3 sizes. Designed by Kelly McClure. Worsted weight.
Patterns for Purchase
Rachis Slouch Hat
This hat was designed with a zigzag chevron stitch that showcases variegated or gradient yarn. Perfect light hat for transitional weather. DK weight yarn. Designed by Woolly Wormhead
Circle and Square Hat
Unqiue hat that starts with an oval, worked in the round, and ends with a square, all completely seamless and without any purl stitches. This hat looks especially attractive in a self-striping or gradient yarn. Uses one skein 416 - 459 yards (380 - 420 m) of Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Martina Behm. Available in English and German
Cable Beanie Hat
Simple unisex beanie knit with ribbing and cable detail. Great with gradient and self-striping yarn. Uses one skein 100 metres/110 yards of Aran yarn. Designed by Mairin Ni Dhonncha
Inspector Bucket Hat
Brimmed bucket hat with picot edge, braid hat band, and welted top. Finally, it is embellished with knitted roses. Easily adapted to a more masculine version by simplifying the brim and omitting the floral embellishments. Great showcase for multicolor yarn. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Mimi Kezer
Riverbend Beanie Hat
Hat knits up quickly using 2 different colors of super bulky yarn. Use a multi-colored yarn or self-striping yarn to get extra color. 6 sizes: infant (0 - 6 months), baby (6 - 12 months) toddler (1-3 years), child (3+ years), adult small/woman/teen, and adult large (man). Designed by AspenLeafKnits
Incrementale Slouchy Hat
Easy beanie featuring staggered slipped stitches across a garter stitch ground made all the more effective by a gradient yarn. 4 Sizes. DK weight yarn. Designed by Woolly Wormhead
Sidewinder Beanie Hat
Easy hat with chunky, swirling texture that knits up quickly. Advanced beginner project that requires a basic knowledge of knitting terminology and knitting in the round. Pattern includes instructions for 2 different yarn weights: super bulky (weight 6) or bulky (weight 5). Uses one skein of either weight: 78 yards of super bulky yarn / 85 yards of bulky yarn. Designed by Aspen Leaf Knits
Muratura Sideways Slouchy Hat
Slouchy beanie with a textured stitch that showcases multicolored yarn. Designed by Woolly Wormhead.