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Bubble Ribbed Knit Hat Pattern on Straight Needles

Bubble ribbed knit hat shot on the concrete background

Bubble ribbed knit hat shot on the concrete background

Recently I was asked to share a knit hat pattern that can be done flat on straight needles, and does not require using double pointed or circular needles. Knitting patterns on straight needles are the best ones for beginners. Paired with bulky yarn makes it even easier, especially if you are in a hurry to make someone a cute and needful present or would like to donate it for a charity cause. Whether you consider yourself a beginner or an advanced knitter, I can guarantee that you will be proud of this ribbed knit hat and show it off every time you wear it.

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> Straight needles, size 8 (US 11/UK 0)

<> Chunky yarn – Lion Brand Wool, Ease Thick & Quick – 20% wool, 80% acrylic. Color of your choice. In total 140 grams.

Bubble ribbed knit hat size:

Adult/Adult Plus: 54-58 cm (60 cm)

Gauge: 10 stitches in = 4 inches in stockinette

finished bubble ribbed knit hat made with dark red yarn is held in the hand with blurred background

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

k2tog – knit two together

skpo – Slip, Knit, Pass Over: Slip one stitch to the right needle knitwise, knit in the next stitch and drop this stitch off the left needle, insert the left needle into the slipped stitch, pass it over the knit stitch and it’s done

bbl – Bubble: insert the needle between 1st and 2d stitches, pull the yarn, now you have a loop on your right-hand needle, then knit 1st stitch through the back loop and slip it off left-hand needle.

Step 1
step one of the bubble knit stitch

Step 2
step two of the bubble knit stitch

Step 3
step three of the bubble knit stitch

Step 4
step four of the bubble knit stitch

Note for knitters:

<> Each Row has a selvage stitch.

Body of the chunky ribbed knit hat:

Using long tail method cast on 44 (46) stitches or any other number divisible by 2. Optionally: Rib k1, p1 for 6 rows. I am doing hat without ribbing part.

Row 1: sel s, [bbl, p1] – repeat till the end of row, sel s, turn

Row 2: sel s, [k1, p2tog] – repeat till the end of row, sel s, turn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 24 (26 or 28) more times (20-22 cm from the edge)

woman model wears a bulky bubble ribbed knit hat

Shaping the crown of the bulky ribbed knit hat:

Row 1: sel, s, [k2tog] – repeat till the end of row, sel s, turn.

Row 2: sel s, purl all stitches across, sel s, turn.

Row 3: sel, s, [k2tog] – repeat till the end of row, sel s, turn.

Row 4: sel s, purl all stitches across, sel s, turn.

To finish off the top, cut the yarn leaving 15 cm tail. Thread the tail with a large plastic tapestry needle. Pull the tail through the remaining stitches and draw it to close the hat. Now turn the hat inside out. Match two sides and then match stitches on both sides together. Now sew the side seam from top to bottom (stitch through back loop of the front chain and front loop of the back chain). Weave in ends.

Attach your favorite pom pom.

front shot of the female model wearing dark red ribbed knit hat

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Gail Lavoie 27th January 2021 at 12:34

Love your beautiful work, I really appriciate your videos. Thank you so much.

Knitting Guru 27th January 2021 at 12:47

Thank you Gail, I am happy you like this hat

Jenny 10th August 2022 at 20:53

What is a selvedge stitch? Do you just knit the first stitch on every row? Im so looking forward to knitting this pattern for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Ann 21st August 2022 at 23:11

Hi Jenny. I usually slip the first stitch, and purl the very last one. That is how i usually knit selvage stitches.


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