Swedish style set: simple knit hat pattern

Swedish style simple knit hat pattern on circular needles

Before starting a new project, I went through my recent patterns and decided to add one more item to the wicker set that includes knitted mitten patterns and knitted cowl & headband patterns. You probably know already all the tips and tricks of wicker knitting style, so it's going to be a real simple hat pattern for you :). This hat was knit in Swedish national colors because of nice memories related to the country I’ve travelled once and fall in love with. Give a lovely touch to the things you knit and it will always pay you back by reminding about sweet memories from the past. I wish you to enjoy working  on this simple knit hat pattern, knit mittens or any other things you have in mind :).

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> Circular Knitting Needles 3.5 mm (US 4) and 4 mm (US 6);

<>  Gazzal (baby wool) 40% Lana Merino, 20% Cashmere Pa, 40% acrylic. Teal blue and yellow colors: 50 grams -100 m per skein – <1 ball – teal blue and <1.5 balls yellow;

Cable knit hat size: 

Adult 52-57 cm

Gauge: 19 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

k2tog – knit two together

inc - increase

Cable 3 Back (C3B): Slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of the work, k3 from the left-hand needle, k3 from the extra needle.

Simple knit hat pattern: cable three back knitting stitch - step #1

Simple knit hat pattern: cable three back knitting stitch - step #2

Simple knit hat pattern: cable three back knitting stitch - step #3

Cable 3 Front (C3F): Slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of the work, k3 from the left-hand needle, k3 from the extra needle.

Simple knit hat pattern: cable three front knitting stitch - step #1

Simple knit hat pattern: cable three front knitting stitch - step #2

Simple knit hat pattern: cable three front knitting stitch - step #3

Ribbing of Swedish-styled simple knit hat pattern:

Using teal blue yarn and 3.5 mm circular needles cast on 100 stitches, place marker and join to work in the round. Be careful not to twist stitches. Knit k2, p2 ribbing until piece measures 5-6 cm. 

 

6 cm ribbing of the simple knit hat pattern

Body of the simple knit hat pattern:

In this round, we are going to increase. You can use any method you know or if you like my method please follow instructions. Change yarn color from teal blue to yellow and needle size from 3.5 to 4 mm.

How to increase on circular needles:

Take working yarn, and twist it clockwise.

Simple knit hat pattern: how to increase instructions - step #1

Simple knit hat pattern: how to increase instructions - step #2

Received loop put on the right needle.

 

Simple knit hat pattern: how to increase instructions - step #3

Pull working yarn.

 

Simple knit hat pattern: how to increase instructions - step #4

Here below I’m giving two different representation of the 1st round. I find representation of the first method a bit overwhelming and decided to simplify it for reading purpose by adding a variable. (Hope it helps a bit, if not – feel free to suggest your way – I’d be more than grateful for that)

Round 1: add 44 stitches to get in total 144 stitches (must be divisible by 6). In my case I did it next way –

[k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], k2, p2,
[k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], k2, p2,
[k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], k1, inc, k1, p2,
[k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], k1, inc, k1, p2,
[k1, inc, k1, inc, p2], [k1, inc, k1, inc, p2].

Representation with variable.

*- k1, inc, k1, inc, p2 - YMCA (variable)

YMCA, YMCA, YMCA, k2, p2,
YMCA, YMCA, YMCA, YMCA, YMCA, k2, p2,
YMCA, YMCA, YMCA, YMCA, YMCA, YMCA, k1, inc, k1, p2,
YMCA, YMCA, YMCA, YMCA, YMCA, k1, inc, k1, p2,
YMCA, YMCA.

Rounds 2-4: knit in stockinette stitch; 

Round 5: [C3F] – 24 times;

Rounds 6-8: knit in stockinette stitch;

start knit the body of Swedish-styled simple knit hat

Round 9: k3, [C3B]- 23 times, slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold them in the back of the work, k3 (it means that you start already knitting stitched from the Round 10), place marker.

knitting the body of simple knit hat - step #1

knitting the body of simple knit hat - step #2

knitting the body of simple knit hat - step #3

knitting the body of simple knit hat - step #4

Round 10: k3 from the extra needle and continue working in stockinette stitch;

Rounds 11-12: knit in stockinette stitch;

Repeat rounds 5-12 until hat measures 18-19 cm from the edge.

half-finished knit hat

Shaping the crown of the simple knit hat pattern:

After you finished knitting the 12th round, you start decreasing the hat.

Round 1: *Slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, k2tog, k1 from the left-hand needle, twist next stitch, k2tog, k1 from the extra needle - repeat from* to end of round.

Round 2-4: knit in stockinette stitch;

Round 5: k2, [slip 2 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of work, twist next stitch, k2tog from the left hand needle, twist stitch, k2tog from the extra needle] – 23 times, slip 2 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of work, k2tog (it means that you start already knitting stitches from the Round 6), place marker.

Round 6: k2tog from the extra needle and continue working in stockinette stitch;

Round 7-8: knit in stockinette stitch;

Round 9: *k2tog- repeat from* to end of round.

Round 10: knit in stockinette stitch.

Cut the tail and thread it through remaining stitches. Pull tight and weave in ends. You are almost done – attach a pom pom made from teal blue yearns or ready-made fur pom pom and voila :).

making a yarn pom pom for the simple knit hat

finished Swedish-styled simple knit hat

finished simple knit hat with white fur pom pom

finished simple knit hat with black fur pom pom

I also like the look of the hat with a big button on it, so for the ones, who decides to buy yarn or fur pom poms from the shop, this cute one will be added as a gift from us. Just leave a notice while making an order that you’d like to have a gift and its yours :). Don't forget to check also other free knitting patterns that Crazy Hands Knitting has to offer. 

Send you my warmest smile dear knitters and waiting for your comments, questions and suggestions.

Hej då!

Ann

Swedish-styled knit har with yarn pom pom

Swedish-styled knit har with a wood button

21 thoughts on “Swedish style set: simple knit hat pattern

  1. Barbara Ann Berry

    Hello Ann, Could you please explain what YMCA means? I’ve never seen this before and it has me stumped. Thanks in advance. Barb

    • Crazyhands

      Hi dear Barbara, so sorry to confuse you, I wanted to simplify the representation of round 1 and, instead complicated everything 🙂 I’ll try to explain it here one more time and if didn’t work – I’ll remove those lines from the post. So “YMCA” is a variable, not an abbreviation or something else. “YMCA” is the same as “[k1, inc, k1, inc, p2]”. In each line I have the same number of “YMCA” as “[k1, inc, k1, inc, p2]”.
      Please let me know whether my explanations helps a bit or not 🙂

  2. Marie

    Hello Ann, Love this pattern. I am a beginner Knitter so this will be a stretch for me but can’t wait to try it. Can you tell me the length of the circular needle needed? You only mention the size of the needle but not the length. Also, is this for a mens hat or a womens? I would like to make one for my husband but not sure if this size will fit. You mention it is an “adult” size just not sure which adult. Thanks so much. And I will be sure to send you a picture regardless how crooked it turns out 🙂

    • annanitato_175

      Hello Marie,
      I am so excited you like this pattern because I also enjoy it a lot and soon I will post matching mittens pattern :).
      The length of needles I used is 16″ (about 40 cm). This hat is unisex style and can be knit for men and women. I believe it is going to be great if you knit one for yourself and one for your husband – real Family Look ;).
      This hat has a circumference of 52-57 cm which should be all right for both of you. But of course check yours circumferences. In case you have bigger circumference than 57 cm, I would suggest to take heavier yarns and bigger size of needles without changing any other parameters.
      Can’t wait to see your creations! Good Luck!
      Ann

  3. Gunjan

    Hello Ann,

    Love this pattern! Very well explained too. I am making this hat for myself and am shaping the crown. Little confused about which needle I should be twisting the stitch from while shaping the crown (Round 1, Round 5 while shaping crown). Thanks!

    • annanitato_175

      Hello Gunjan,
      In Round 1 I slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of the work, in Round 5 as I decreased before I slip not 3 but 2 stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of work. So it means in Round 1 you twist to the left and in Round 5 to the right. Please let me know if I got your question correctly otherwise I will explain one more time. Please follow me on FB or Instagram and share your work 🙂

  4. Adele

    I love this hat. I have been knitting since I was 8 years old and am 86 years now.
    I have these colors in ” Red Heart with Love” yarn and hope I converted the amount if stitches needed as the gauge is 16 stitches =4 in. I cast on 84 stitches and added 36 stitches after the 2k 2p. I haven’t figured out if I will be able to use the 1k inc 1k inc 2p and come out with the 36 stitch inc at the end but I will try. My math only goes so far. Thanks much

    • annanitato_175

      Dear Adele, you made my day brighter today. I am 28 years old and I do really appreciate that such advanced knitter as you knit my hats.
      Regarding your hat – try to redistribute increases as equal as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions.

      • Adele

        Thank you for your reply. After reading the suggestions for increasing I realized that it can be done in different ways so I have figured out how I will do it. Thanks again.

  5. Mandy

    Thank you so much for pattern. I am currently on the crown and do not understand what you mea by twisting stitch. Am I adding a stitch or just twisting a stitch and slipping it without knitting it? Thanks for your help!!!

    • annanitato_175

      Hi Mandy,
      I’ve turned stitch from the extra needle (slip, turn and put it back) and then k2tog. On the crown part you never add stitches, only decrease. Let me know if it is still unclear

  6. Alanna

    Hi there wondering if you have this pattern but worked flat.. I find I am dense when it comes to knitting in the round!

  7. mary

    any ideas about how to make this for a child? Thanks – love the look of your hat.

    • editor

      Hi Mary,
      You can simply cast on the smaller amount of stitches. Don’t forget that total number of stitches after increasing round must be divisible by 6. Later on I am planning to write pattern for kids.

  8. Agata

    Hello Ann,
    I also have some troubles with decreasing, especially with 1st round. After I slip 3 stitches to the extra needle, should I k2tog stitches from this extra neeedle or from left-handed needle? You only mentioned about k1 from the extra needle at the of the reapeat section, what about the 2 other stitches on the extra needle?

  9. Agata

    Hello Ann,
    I have some trouble with decreasing. At first round I should k2tog stitches from extra needle or from lef-handed needle or else what to do with two stitches from extra needle. Thank you for your help 🙂

    • editor

      Agata, I have finally found your comment. I hope everything is clear now after my comment on ravelry 🙂

  10. Marlene Stifelman

    I dislike using a circular needle. I love the hat. How can I use two regular needles to make it rather than the circular? Thanks.

    • editor

      Hello Marlene. Add 2 selvage stitches to the main pattern (in my case 100+2=102 stitches). Follow the pattern and at the very end sew 2 selvage stitches of each row together. The biggest difference will be in wrong side rows that you have to change.
      Selvage stitches – (always slip the first stitch purlwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch)

  11. Jena

    Hi , I love this pattern but would love to do this in color work. So as to alternate the colors having a bit of trouble at the next round suggestions?

    • editor

      Hi Jena? what problems do you see? small holes or something else?

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