Winter knitted hat

Winter knitted hat made with popcorn stitch

This knit hat pattern for the winter is an excellent gift for the holiday season and will make your loved ones warm and cute in it.  With your preferred choice of colors and this great knitting pattern you can make your hat match any style and help to fight off coldness of winter time. Try customizing it with embroidery, buttons or beads to add some charm and coziness to your handcrafted item. This free knitting pattern is easy enough for beginners and interesting enough for more advanced knitters. I hope my winter knitted hat will suit your taste, style and inspire you for more creative work. 

How to do a popcorn stitch: pull the yarn behind the first stitch from the left hand needle, knit first stitch. At the end, you will get 2 stitches on the right hand needle. Please check pictures I think I managed to make it as clear as possible.

Winter knitted hat with a yarn skein and two needles

Knit hat size: 

Adult hat: 52-54 cm

 

Winter knitted hat: how to make a popcorn stitch, step #1

Winter knitted hat: how to make a popcorn stitch, step #2

Winter knitted hat: how to make a popcorn stitch, step #3

Winter knitted hat: how to make a popcorn stitch, step #4

Winter knitted hat: how to make a popcorn stitch, step #5

Winter knitted hat: how to make a popcorn stitch, step #6

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

ppc – popcorn

k2tog – knit two together

k4tog – knit four together

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

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

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

5 Double Pointed Knitting Needles 3.5 mm. I don’t see it as a problem if you use a circular needles;

Alpacana Lanoso 35% wool, 40% acrylic, 25% alpaca. White and blue colors. (In total I used 1.5 skeins)

materials and tools used to knit a winter hat

Knitting the ridding of the hat:

So lets start. Cast on 96 stitches for the hat.

Round 1: Begin with rib 2 by 2 *knit 2, purl 2* keep repeating 13-15 rounds until ribbing measures 5-6 cm from the edge.

Knitting the body of the hat:

Round 1: In this round, we are going to increase. Please use any methods you know. In my case, I am going to *knit one stitch from the previous round, 4 k, repeat from * to the end of round. At the end of this round, you will get in total 120 stitches.

knitting the body of the winter hat on 4 needled

knitting the ribbing of the winter hat

Please check pictures how to knit stitch from the previous round.

winter cable knit hat - how to increase knit one stitch from the previous round, step #1

winter cable knit hat - how to increase knit one stitch from the previous round, step #2

Round 2: *12k, 3p, 2 ppc, 3p, repeat from *to end of round

Round 3: *12k, 3p, 2 k2tog, 3p repeat from* to end of round.

Round 4-5: repeat Rounds 2 and 3.

Round 6: repeat Round 2.

Round 7: *C3F, C3F, 3p, 2 k2tog, 3p, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 2-7 and three (four) more times. The hat should now measure approximately 18 cm from the edge. Don’t forget to alternate C3F with C3B every 6 rounds.

knitting central part of winter hat

half knitted winter hat, skein of white yarn and needles

half knitted winter hat with knitting needles

From this point we start decreasing hat.

Round 1: *12k, 3p, 2 ppc, 3p, repeat from *to end of round. Please don’t purl the last stitch in this round. From this point start Round 2.

Round 2: switch over first and second stitches how it’s shown on the pictures (where the first stitch is the last one from the Round 1), k2tog, 10k, k2tog, 2p, 2 k2tog, 2p, repeat from the start keep switching over stitches where it’s needed.

winter knitted hat: round of decrease, step #1

winter knitted hat: round of decrease, step #2

winter knitted hat: round of decrease, step #3

winter knitted hat: round of decrease, step #4

winter knitted hat: round of decrease, step #5

winter knitted hat: round of decrease, step #6

Round 3: *12k, 2p, 2 ppc, 2p, repeat from *to end of round. Please don’t purl the last stitch in this round. From this point start Round 4.

Round 4: switch over first and second stitches how it’s shown on the pictures above (where the first stitch is the last one from the Round 3), k2tog, 10k, k2tog, 1p, 2 k2tog, 1p, repeat from the start keep switching over stitches where it’s needed.

Round 5: *12k, 1p, 2 ppc, 1p, repeat from *to end of round.

Round 6: *slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold it in front of work, [k2tog, 1k] - from the left hand needle, [k2tog, 1k] – from the extra needle, slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold it in front of work, [k2tog, 1k] - from the left hand needle, [k2tog, 1k] – from the extra needle, 1p,  2 k2tog, 1p, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 7: *8k, 1p, 2 ppc, 1p, repeat from *to end of round. Please don’t purl the last stitch in this round. From this point start Round 8.

Round 8: switch over first and second stitches how it’s shown on the pictures above (where the first stitch is the last one from the Round 7), k2tog, 6k, k2tog, 2 k2tog, repeat from the start keep switching over stitches where it’s needed.

Round 9: *8k, 2 ppc, repeat from *to end of round.

Round 10: *8k, k4tog, repeat from *to end of round.

Round 11: *8k, ppc, repeat from *to end of round.

Round 12: slip 2 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold it in back of work, k2tog - from the left hand needle, k2tog – from the extra needle, slip 2 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold it in back of work, k2tog - from the left hand needle, k2tog – from the extra needle, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 13: knit in stockinette stitch.

Cut yarn leaving 12-15 cm tail. Use hook or tapestry needle to pull yarn tail through the last remaining stitches on four needles. Pull tight to close the hole. Hide the tail inside of the hat and weave it in into the back side of our stitches.

tutorial on making a yarn pom pom

I think I don’t need to show here tutorial of how to make a pompom. Just make it using the same color as in ribbing part. Another option could be also buying a fluffy large fur pom pom of the color similar or contrasting to the ribbing part.

Hurrah! This is actually my 3d hat and winter hasn’t even started yet.

Honestly I am thinking about doing one more haha….

Stay positive and drink ginger tea :).

two winter knitted hats: blue & white with yarn pom pom, and white hat with silver fox fur pom pom

blue & white winter knitted hat with yarn pom pom

5 thoughts on “Winter knitted hat

  1. Linda

    Oh I love both hats and would love to try knitting them. Your instructions are very easy to follow.
    I’m not quite sure of the weight of the yarn. I have 4 worsted, bulky 6 or finger weight 3.
    Which weight would work for me. I’m guessing the bulky is out of the question since I just
    tried crocheting a cable stitch beanie and tore it all out. Thanks for the patterns.
    Have you considered a demonstration on you tube?

    • crazyhands

      Hello, thanks for your feedback.
      Try to use similar yarn if you want to have a warm hat.
      About You tube, I would like but a little bit later

  2. Caterina

    I dont understand the switching over part 😪 you should first knit the second stitch and then the first?

    Thank you

    • editor

      hi, simply swap the stitches and k2tog (don’t knit them separately). I did it to make increase part more invisible. Skip this step and knit k2tog only if its hard for you. Let me know if you have more questions

      • Caterina

        thank you vero much

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