For the no-frills man in your life, this free knit hat pattern checks all the boxes. This winter hat knitting pattern is beginner-friendly and worked in the round. Available in sizes baby through adult, you’ll be whipping up matching daddy and me hats before your partner knows what hit him.
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For the Special “Guy” in Your Life
I love a nice classic ribbed beanie. It’s perfectly stretchy, comfortable, and looks stylish on men and women alike.
I actually named this free knit hat pattern after my brother in law, Guy. Yep, that’s his real name. It’s a classic French name. My step-by-step pattern will help you create one for the special guy in your life. (Don’t worry… you can still steal it from him every chance you get.)
Before you Start
- 3.75 mm / US 5 circular knitting needles
- Rowan Light Worsted (100% Wool, 100g, 200 m / 219 yds): 1 skein.
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.
The free knit hat pattern is available in the following sizes: newborn, baby, toddler, child, tween, adult. Sizes are noted throughout the pattern as newborn (baby, toddler, child, tween, adult). The pictures illustrate the adult size.
The ribbing stitch makes this hat very stretchy and size is not crucial for a comfy fit.
Finished hat circumference:
- Newborn / Preemie : 21 cm / 8.25”
- Baby: 29 cm / 11.5”
- Toddler: 35 cm / 13.75”
- Child: 42 cm / 16.5”
- Tween: 45 cm / 17.75”
- Adult: 53 cm / 20.75”
The gauge for this pattern, in stockinette stitch, is 25 st by 29 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).
Abbreviations & Instructions
- st = stitch
- k = knit
- p = purl
- k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
- p2tog = purl 2 stitches together
Repeat instructions between [ ] the indicated number of times or until the end of the round/row.
The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round/row between < >.
The Actual Free Knit Hat Pattern
Cast on 52 (72, 88, 104, 112, 132) st, join in the round.
Round 1: [k2, p2] around.
Repeat Round 1 until you reach 10 (10, 15, 15, 20, 20) cm / 4 (4, 6, 6, 7.75, 7.75)”.
Round 2: [k2, p2tog] around. <39 (54, 66, 78, 84, 99)>
Round 3: [k2, p1] around.
Repeat Round 3 for 2.5 (2.5, 2.5, 5, 5, 5) cm / 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2)”.
Round 4: [k2tog, p1] around. <26 (36, 44, 52, 56, 66)>
Round 5: [k1, p1] around.
Repeat Round 5 for 2.5 (2.5, 2.5, 5, 5, 5) cm / 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2)”.
Cut the yarn leaving a tail, thread it through all remaining stitches and pull tightly to close the hole.
Blocking and Assembly
You’re done with the knitting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.
To make your ribbing even prettier and help even your stitches, block your project lightly.
Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.