There are a ton of knit hat patterns out there but it seems like free men’s hat knitting patterns in particular can be hard to find. Lucky for you, I’ve done all the hard work in curating an excellent selection of free patterns for you so you don’t have to go hunting.
One of the reasons these patterns can be tricky to find is because men can be a bit…particular…about what sorts of accessories they wear. Especially when it comes to handmade hats, sometimes wearing cold weather accessories can make men feel a bit silly. It doesn’t have to be that way though! I’m quite confident that the men in your life are bound to love the majority of the men’s hat knitting patterns we are featuring today.
The other problem that you sometimes come across when searching for men’s hat knitting patterns is the issue of size. I’m just going to come out and say it. Sometimes men have big heads! And there’s really nothing quite so soul crushing as finding a “unisex” hat pattern, going through all the trouble of knitting it up, and then discovering that the final result is much too small for the intended wearer’s head.
With those two issues solved and out of the way (plus no broken links!), I think it’s safe to say that you will have a much more enjoyable time searching for men’s hat knitting patterns here than anywhere else. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down to see all of these amazing designs for yourself!
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25 Men’s Hat Knitting Patterns
Basic Brioche Beanie
Upgrade the basic ribbed beanie design by using brioche stitch instead. It’s extra stretchy and squishy, plus it will make you feel so accomplished when you finish it. The best part is that one skein of the recommended Caron Big Donut O’Go yarn had enough yardage to make two of these classic hats.
Designer: Yarnspirations Design Studio
Yarn: Caron Big Donut O’Go (Aran Weight #4)
Waves Hat Toque Beanie
A bit of stranded colorwork adds a little something extra to this stockinette stitch beanie with a ribbed brim. There’s only 2 colors to juggle so it would be suitable for a first foray into knitting colorwork. This Waves Hat Toque Beanie would be extra perfect for men who like swimming, fishing, surfing, or anything else involving the water.
Designer: Fox & Pine Stitches
Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable (Aran Weight #4)
Basic Super Bulky Toque
Go big or go home with a bold and bulky beanie made with super bulky weight yarn. The allover 1×1 rib stitch is exquisitely stretchy and squishy, so it’s sure to fit even the largest of noggins. Of course, the best part is that the thick yarn makes this project super quick to knit. That makes it a fine choice for a last minute knit gift!
Designer: Rundle Knitting
Yarn: Leo and Roxy Yarn Co. Super Bulky (Super Bulky Weight #6)
Glendon Cable Hat
There’s nothing quite like knitting cablework to add the “wow factor” to men’s hat knitting patterns. This beanie presents an excellent opportunity to show off your knitting skills and to show off your man’s style too. You could skip the pom pom if you would prefer and it would look just as good.
Designer: Yarnspirations Design Studio
Yarn: Patons North America Classic Wool Worsted (Worsted Weight #4)
A classic ribbed beanie is sure to please even the most picky man in your life. The nice thing about this design is that the brim can be folded over for a close fit as shown or it can be left unfolded for a more casual, slouchy fit. Whichever way he decides to wear his new hat, he is sure to look good doing it!
Designer: Maker Maker Store
Yarn: WOOLganic Organic Merino 8 ply DK (DK Weight #3)
Mohair Fade Hat
Despite being knit using three strands of yarn held together, the Mohair Fade Hat has surprisingly good drape. It also just so happens to be extra cozy, soft, and warm thanks to the fuzzy mohair. This is a great stash-busting project for using up a few random skeins of yarn in your stash all at once.
Designer: Arianna Soloway
Yarn: Lana Grossa Silkhair (DK Weight #3) and Ella Rae Cashmereno Sport (Lace Weight #0) and
Berroco Aerial (Lace Weight #0)
Colorwork Knitted Hat
Here’s another one of our men’s hat knitting patterns that makes for an excellent stash buster. There are many different colors involved so you don’t need very much yardage of any one color. The pattern is worked using the stranded colorwork technique in the round. It’s not too tricky since you are only ever working with 1 or 2 colors at a time.
Designer: Katie Pomper
Yarn: Cascade Yarns ® 220 Superwash (Worsted Weight #4)
Iron Knit Hat
The Iron Knit Hat keeps things interesting with a few different combinations of basic knitting stitches. It has the basic structure of an allover rib hat with just a little extra difficulty so you can really sink your teeth into it. The resulting hat is rather eye-catching and it makes you want to stop, stare, and dissect the stitchwork.
Designer: Crazy Hands
Yarn: Bernat Roving (Bulky Weight #7)
Modern Cable Hat
Twisty cables are so squishy and luscious. They also add extra warmth to men’s hat knitting patterns since the crossed stitches create multiple layers of yarn to protect against the cold. There’s so much to love about this solid color cablework hat design. It’s a classic and timeless pattern that is sure to be appreciated for many years to come.
Designer: Paintbox Yarns
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran (Aran Weight #4)
Don’t shy away from a bit of lacework in your search for men’s hat knitting patterns. While traditionally viewed as a more feminine trait, a touch of lace can also be a welcome addition in a men’s hat. The proof is in the pudding – just look at this handsome olive green hat.
Designer: Refracted Light Knits
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Tamar 4-ply (Fingering Weight #1)
Men’s Hat + Mitts Set
Go a step further and knit up a cozy pair of fingerless gloves to go along with your men’s hat. This matching set calls for allover 1×1 rib stitch. There’s no folded brim or fancy stitchwork, just a nice straightforward and relaxing project that results in a handsome pair of accessories with lovely clean lines.
Designer: Handy Little Me
Yarn: New Lanark Wool & Textiles Aran 100% Wool (Aran Weight #4)
Does your man like to play the pokemon games? If so, then he is sure to recognize this iconic hat worn by one of the characters in the game. You can recreate this hat using basic stranded colorwork. In addition to the beanie shown above, there’s also a version with ear flaps.
Designer: Juliana Lustenader
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease and Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca (Worsted Weight Yarn #4)
Chetney’s Earflap Hat
This hat with two layers is twice as warm, and maybe even a little more so thanks to the ear flaps. The solid brown lining presents a nice contrast to the colorwork of the outer layer of the hat while also adding some extra cozy insulation. This pattern is a great choice if it gets very cold where you live.
Designer: Pamela Wynne
Yarn: Ístex Álafosslopi and
Berroco Ultra® Alpaca Chunky (Bulky Weight #5)
Rock & Roll Band
You’ve certainly seen a basic knit beanie with a rolled brim before, but how about one with a lovely swatch of colorwork in a band around the middle? This unique and unexpected detail adds tons of character and charm to this accessory that is sure to be appreciated by a man with an eye for color.
Designer: YaYa Lovestoknit
Yarn: Ella Rae Classic Superwash (Worsted Weight Yarn #4)
Chunky Hat on Straight Needles
If you are averse to knitting in the round, then you will be thrilled to hear about this hat knit on straight needles. The design features the King Charles brocade diamond stitch made with knit and purl stitches. It’s super quick to knit with bulky weight yarn and the best part is that you won’t have to whip out the DPNs to work the crown.
Designer: Zsa Zsa Brown
Yarn: Jarol Shetland Mist Chunky (Bulky Weight #5)
Broadway Knit Hat
Contrasting textures are the name of the game when it comes to the Broadway Knit Hat. It may look complicated, but it’s made using just knit and purl stitches along with basic shaping techniques. Both video and written tutorials are available for free, so you should have a lovely time following along with the instructions.
Designer: Crazy Hands
Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Wool Aran (Aran Weight #4)
Tidal Stripes Slouch Hat
This design may look like it’s made with self striping yarn, but it’s actually made using bits and bobs of yarn leftover from other projects. I love that the stripes are all different sizes. The pattern has absolutely no shaping and it only uses knit and purl stitches so it’s perfect for beginner knitters.
Designer: Kate Salomon
Yarn: Tidal Yarns Fingering 2-ply (Fingering Weight #1)
Go Around Fair Isle Hat
The Go Around Fair Isle Hat is an excellent introduction to stranded colorwork because you only have to work with 1 or 2 colors at a time. The bulky weight yarn also makes it easier to see your stitches and easier to spot when you’ve made a mistake with your color changes. What a great project for beginners!
Designer: Yarnspirations Design Studio
Yarn: Caron Colorama O’Go (Bulky Weight #5)
Ribbed Toque 120
I especially love men’s hat knitting patterns that are versatile like this design that can be worn in 3 different ways. Shown here with the brim folded over twice, this hat can also be worn with the brim folded over once or not at all. No matter what your man’s style is, he is sure to appreciate this timeless knit beanie.
Designer: Michelle Porter
Yarn: Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts 100% Superwash BFL Wool 4 Ply (Fingering Weight #1)
Sea Crest Hat
Using two strands of different colors of yarn at once is an easy way to create a mottled color. This is a great trick to keep in your back pocket for a variety of projects and especially for this attractive knit hat. The design features a unique ribbed brim and a close fitting cap.
Designer: DROPS Design
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca (Sport Weight #3)
Norway Pine Hat
I never met a hat that I didn’t want to put a pom pom on – until now. It would be a crime to cover up the gorgeous crown of the Norway Pine Hat! Three generous sections of gorgeous cablework take turns with squishy sections of moss stitch in this attractive hat knit in the round. It’s practically a work of art!
Yarn: Sisu Designs Hand Dyed Superwash Merino (Worsted Weight #4)
The Husband Beanie
Just look at how happy this man is to be modeling this handsome knit hat! The generous size of the design all but guarantees that the hat won’t be too small. The pattern even provides optional instructions for making a larger size hat if your hubby happens to be blessed with an oversized noggin.
Designer: The Knit Guru
Yarn: (DK Weight #3)
Prospect Terrace Cabled Hat
Wide sections of gorgeous cablework are separated by purl stitches for extra squish and stretch. The generous width of the cables and the folded brim give this hat a good amount of visual weight. I don’t know how else to describe it. It just looks very sturdy and solid which are definitely things that you want in men’s hat knitting patterns!
Designer: The Knit McKinley
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease (Aran Weight #4)
Knit Slouchy Beanie
This design strikes a nice balance between basic and interesting. It has just enough variation to keep you engaged without being so intricate as to become cumbersome. The pattern starts with a rib stitch brim that soon gives way to alternating sections of garter stitch and wide stitch.
Designer: Knit and Crochet Ever After
Yarn: Audine Wools Haze (Super Bulky Weight #6)
Checked Pom Pom Hat
I’m obsessed with this Checked Pom Pom Hat in bold shades of blue and black. It’s the perfect addition to any hipster or wannabe-lumberjack’s wardrobe. It would certainly fit in where I live here in the Pacific Northwest! Do you know someone who would love to wear this hat?
Designer: Lion Brand Yarn
Yarn: Lion Brand Basic Stitch Premium (Aran Weight #4)
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Final Thoughts on Men’s Hat Knitting Patterns
Hat’s off you to – the makers, knitters, movers, and shakers! Where would the men in your lives be without cozy knit hats to keep their ears warm? I can’t even imagine! Best get to knitting, then. Which of these men’s hat knitting patterns caught your fancy? Tell me all about it in the comments below!
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