A cozy hat is just the thing for a cold day. It can be hard to find good hat knitting patterns for men, though, because sometimes it seems like they are all either too plain or too frilly. That’s where I come in! Prepare to be amazed, because these knit hats for men are going to rock your world.
Hats make great presents for birthdays and special occasions. They’re also great for “just because” or “thank you” gifts, because, really, who couldn’t use a cozy knit hat on a cold day? Whatever reason you have for needing to find good quality mens hats knitting patterns, you are bound to find them here!
There’s no need to go scrolling through page after page of hat patterns, because we’ve got them all in one place here for you. And, don’t worry, we’ve already weeded out the ones that you would normally have to sift through (because mislabeled patterns are so frustrating, and I’m pretty sure your guy doesn’t want a baby bonnet!) Trust me, these are all cute and cozy knit hats for men that your guy will absolutely want to wear!
Now, if you’re sitting here thinking well how do you knit a beanie hat anyway? It’s ok! We’ve all been there and the good news is that it’s really not too tricky. Many of the fantastic knit hats for men we’ve curated for you are perfectly beginner friendly, so don’t fret! (There are a few that are more challenging and there are many designs that fall somewhere in the middle, too. So what I’m really trying to say is that whatever your skill level is – you’ve got options!)
Right, now that that’s out of the way, why don’t you get to scrolling! You’re in for a good time today with this curated list of cozy patterns for knit hats for men. Enjoy!
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25 Marvelous Knit Hats for Men (Free Patterns)
1. Westsider Hat
Who says that mens beanies must be boring and plain? This textured, geometric beanie design separates sections of ribbing from sections of garter stitch with simple two stitch cables. The pattern is recommended for knitters who are ready to try cabling without a cable needle. What a neat and useful trick to know!
Designer: Mat Kladney
Yarn: (Worsted Weight #4)
2. Back to Nature Hat
A sea of stockinette stitch is broken up by little rivets of purl stitches in this basic textured beanie hat from Blue Sky Fibers. The design is knit from the bottom up in the round, so there’s no seaming. I think this is a good project for beginner knitters because it’s mostly knit stitches with a bit of purl stitches thrown in for some practice.
Designer: Nancy Ekvall for Blue Sky Fibers
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater Worsted (Aran Weight #4)
3. Skaill Beanie
Named after the Bay of Skaill in Scotland, the textured ripples on this beanie resemble the rhythm of the tides. There are no special stitches involved, but rather just a combination of knit and purl stitches. This mens hat is characterized by its lack of brim and its relaxed, slouchy fit. I love that it is both cute and casual!
Designer: Solveigh Lass-Evans
Yarn: Iolair Yarn Eorsa (DK Weight #3)
4. Home of the Braves
Help him show off his patriotic side with a bright red, white, and blue beanie. This is one of those awesome patterns that looks tricky but is actually really easy. The brim uses the mosaic colorwork technique (which is just slip stitches and knit stitches) and the rest of the winter hat is simple stripes of stockinette (all knit stitches).
Designer: Patrick Belanger for Biscotte Yarns
Yarn: Biscotte Yarns DK PURE (DK Weight #3)
5. Simple Ribbed Beanie
The Simple Ribbed Beanie is characterized by it’s thick and squishy ribbing. The bulky weight yarn really helps define each individual rib. Of course, the star of the show is the interesting crown construction. It gives the beanie a unique look and it gives you the chance to learn a new crown method!
Designer: Crazy Hands
Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Wool Bulky (Bulky Weight #5)
6. Rainbow Blue Chulo
This intricate ear flap trapper hat design was inspired by the people of peru. The design is extra cozy thanks to the ear flaps and the inner lining, so it’s perfect for really cold temperatures for some extra warmth (especially for the ears). You start by working the ear flaps flat and then you join them to begin working in the round from the bottom of the knitted hat up to the crown.
Designer: Janet Stimson
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Nord (Sport Weight #3)
7. Wilderness Hat
The next one of our free mens hats knitting patterns is a nod to nature. The stranded colorwork design features one ring of snow-capped mountains, one ring of evergreen trees, and one ring of waves. You’ll need nearly a full skein of yarn for the background color, but you can totally get away with using scrap yarn for the rest.
Designer: Jennifer Murphy
Yarn: Valley Yarns Northampton (Worsted Weight #4)
8. Barracuda Hat
Did you know that you can fake the coveted brioche look with the much easier mosaic colorwork technique? Try it out with this quick and colorful hat design. The pattern is knit from the bottom up in the round using 4 different colors. This is a great project for scrap yarns and for mini skein packs.
Designer: Mat Kladney
Yarn: (Worsted Weight #4)
9. Trio Toboggan
Sometimes colorwork can be frustrating because you need different amounts of yarn for each color. This design uses 3 skeins of yarn to make 3 hats – each with the same fair isle design in a different color order. That makes it great for gifts, and the unisex design is perfect for both men and women. The pattern is knit from the bottom up in the round.
Designer: Two of Wands
Yarn: Lion Brand Hue + Me (Bulky Weight #5)
10. Foxglove Knit Hat
If you’ve been around the knitting block a time or two, then it might be hard for you to find patterns that really excite you. Pique your curiosity with the Foxglove Knit Hat. The design involves a combination of special techniques that include cablework, slipped stitches, and reverse yarn overs.
Designer: Crazy Hands
Yarn: Schaffhauser Wolle SuperStar (Held Double = Aran Weight #4)
11. Winters Night Enchantment Hat
Stranded colorwork (aka fair isle colorwork) may seem intimidating at first, but it’s actually really fun and rewarding once you get the hang of it. There’s nothing quite like seeing the shapes and patterns come to life right before your eyes! This beanie is a good project for beginners because it is knit in the round, so you can do the colorwork section using just knit stitches.
Designer: DROPS Design
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Karisma (DK Weight #3)
12. Northside Hat
Free mens hats knitting patterns with a double brim are a popular choice for their coziness and their ability to stay put. (Because nobody wants a hat that’s constantly falling off) The double brim is made using a provisional cast on, but other than that it’s smooth sailing with just knit and purl stitches along with basic decreases.
Designer: Ashley Coon
Yarn: (Worsted Weight #4)
13. Big Wool Basic Beanie
I love the stitch definition that you can achieve with super bulky weight yarn. It makes even the most basic stitchwork look special, and most beginner knitters find it easier to work with than smaller weight yarns. Try it out with this design that’s knit from the bottom up in the round. It’s simple and speedy and it features a relaxed fit and an understated rolled brim.
Designer: Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Yarn: Rowan Big Wool (Super Bulky Weight #6)
14. Mitered Earflap Hat
As far as free mens hats knitting patterns go, it doesn’t get much cozier than this! This design features mitered earflaps to keep his ears protected from the cold. The mitered technique avoids having to make the earflaps separately and saves you from weaving in any extra ends. As an added feature, the back of the hat is longer to offer cozy coverage for the neck.
Designer: Painted Luck Designs
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rios (Worsted Weight #4)
15. Super Simple Work Sock Hat
Can you recognize the icon that inspired this particular hat’s color scheme? That’s right, the old school sock monkey gets a modern refresh in this cozy knit hat. The design is knit from the bottom up in the round using two distinct styles of rib stitch patterns. Finish it off with a pom pom and you’re good to go.
Designer: Katie Pomper
Yarn: Estelle Yarns Worsted (Worsted Weight #4)
16. Lighthouse Beanie
Give your guy some options with a hat that can be worn with the brim folded up for a snug fit, or unfolded for a casual and slouchy fit. The design features a deep ribbed brim and an attractive spiral at the top that’s formed by decreasing your stitch count. There’s no special stitches and the design is very straightforward so it’s suitable for adventurous beginners.
Designer: The Knit McKinley
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Solids, Heathers & Twists (Aran Weight #4)
17. Verdant Patch Adult Beanie
Are you looking for mens hats knitting patterns that are beginner friendly? If you can knit a dishcloth, then you can knit this hat! Yes, really! You’d never guess by looking at it, but this handsome hat actually starts out as a humble garter stitch rectangle. Seam it along one side and cinch it up at the top and you’ve got yourself one smart looking beanie.
Designer: Knot My Designs
Yarn: Vardhman Chinar (DK Weight #3)
18. Football Hat Beanie
Help him show off his love for his favorite sport with this easy and adorable football beanie. The design is knit from the bottom up in the round. You’ll only be switching colors for the wide stripes of white. The laces of the football are added on afterwards using the duplicate stitch embroidery technique.
Designer: Fox & Pine Designs
Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable™ Tweed (Aran Weight #4)
19. Winter Wonderland Hat
Shades of blue and silhouettes of trees are the hallmarks of this seasonal themed men’s beanie. The design is knit in the round using the stranded colorwork technique. The pattern recommends a bundle of mini skeins of yarn, but you could also use scraps of yarn leftover from other projects.
Designer: Mary Pranica for Blue Sky Fibers
Yarn: Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted (Worsted Weight #4)
20. Icebound Hat
The next one of our knit hats for men features a wide folded brim and a cozy fitted crown. Knitting in the round, you’ll start off with a circular needle and finish off with double pointed needles as the crown narrows near the top. The straightforward design and average weight yarn make this project a good choice for beginner knitters.
Designer: DROPS Design
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Alaska (Aran Weight #4)
21. Choose Your Crown Hat
This very detailed and beginner-friendly tutorial will walk you through exactly how to knit a hat using a basic ribbed stitch pattern. It can be knit using the magic loop method or with double pointed needles and the pattern lets you choose between slouchy and fitted crowns. Tips are included for working with a different weight of yarn.
Designer: Nimble Needles
Yarn: Pascuali Tibetan (Worsted Weight #4)
22. Pompom Simple Beanie
Upgrade a basic beanie with a trendy color block design. With just knit and purl stitches, you can make this loose fitting, slouchy style beanie. After the ribbed brim, the pattern is mainly stockinette stitch with a few rounds of garter stitch thrown in when the colors change for some added texture and interest.
Yarn: Daruma GEEK (Bulky Weight #5)
23. Ribbed Toque 120
Keep it simple with an easy ribbed hat that is knit from the bottom up. The hat is long enough to fold over once for a slouchy fit, or to fold over twice for a fitted crown and an extra cozy double-thick brim. The allover ribbed design is continued seamlessly into the crown shaping for a really polished finish.
Designer: Michelle Porter
Yarn: Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts 100% Superwash BFL (Fingering Weight #1)
24. Wishing for Winter Cabled Hat
Super bulky weight yarn is a good choice for beginner knitters because it makes it really easy to see your stitches and you get to work with nice big needles. Try it out with this design that’s knit from the bottom up in the round. The easy 2 stitch cables are a good choice for your first time experimenting with cablework.
Designer: 99 Percent Coffee
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (Super Bulky Weight #6)
25. Go Around Fair Isle Hat
Have you seen those new yarn donut things? They’re kind of like cake yarns in that they come with multiple pre matched colors all rolled into one skein. As an added bonus, it’s also supposed to be really easy to find the start. Try it out with this design knit in the round from the bottom up on double pointed needles.
Yarn: Caron Colorama O’Go (Bulky Weight #5)
I hope that you’ve found that perfect hat you’ve been looking for! I know it can be tricky to find good quality patterns for knit hats for men, so I hope that it’s been helpful for you to find some good ones all in one place. Did you have a favorite pattern from this list? Let me know in the comments below!
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