Looking for a knit hat pattern with some texture? Check out this free hat pattern using slipped stitches!
Design Story and Inspiration for the Slip Stitch Hat
I’ve been trying for years to make something that my husband will actually wear. I finally did it!
My husband had a beanie from the Army that he accidentally washed. It shrank and looked terrible and he was pretty bummed about it.
He likes to wear the color black quite a bit, especially when it came to beanies, so even though I don’t normally use black yarn it was a no brainer for this design.
I am working on expanding my knitting skills and have been enjoying slip stitch techniques, so I put the two together and came up with this project. If you are new to slip stitches, don’t be afraid to tackle them!
Plenty of times when it said to let them hang off the needle I was terrified I would lose stitches, but I didn’t. I haven’t had a lot of practice correcting my errors, although I am getting better at it if I lose a stitch and it unravels a few rows. I used to just give up and scrap the whole project, but not anymore! I love expanding my knitting skills and will most definitely keep working on them.
I almost called this The Hubby Hat. 😉
Yarn Options for this Knit Hat Pattern
I chose Galway Worsted for this hat because it’s a worsted weight yarn (my favorite yarn weight) and it’s super warm for a knit hat pattern.
Since this hat is knit in worsted weight yarn, it is very easy to substitute any similar yarn. Check to ensure you are getting gauge, and also look for a yarn that has a similar yardage to weight ratio.
To do this, just check the ball band. The original yarn has 210 yards in 3.5oz, so look for something with nearly the same yardage in a 3.5oz skein.
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Pattern Details for the Slip Stitch Hat Knitting Pattern
This hat is knit in the round on dpn’s. You could also use circulars by working the magic loop method with one circular needle or two circulars. Whatever works for you!
How to Customize this Knit Hat Pattern
This hat can be made larger or smaller by adding or subtracting stitches in multiples of four. For example, if you would like to make it smaller, you could take away one four-stitch repeat from each needle (total of 104 sts).
You could also do this to make it larger by adding a four-stitch repeat to each needle (total 136 sts).
The decreases might be a bit tricky, but if you remember to add or take away the right number of repeats, it will work out. Many people have made theirs this way.
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Slip Stitch Hat
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Plymouth Yarns Galway Worsted (weight #4), wool, 1 skein Black
Needles: 4 dpn in sizes 3 (3.25mm) and 6 (4.00mm)
Notions: Tapestry needle/yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker (if using circular needles), faux fur pom pom (if desired)
Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches
Skill Level: Intermediate
Finished Size: Approximately 19″ circumference (stretches to fit 20-21″ head), 8 1/2″ tall
Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations:
Sl Left: Drop sl st from LH needle to front of work, k2, pick up dropped st and knit it, k1
Sl Right: Sl next 2 sts, drop sl st from LH needle to front, place 2 sl st back on LH needle, pick up dropped st and knit it, k3
Slip all stitches purl wise.
FREE KNITTING PATTERN
Using smaller needles, cast on 120 sts evenly on four dpn’s or circular method of your choice; join, being careful not to twist.
Round 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to end.
Round 2: Knit.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 1″, ending with round 1.
Switch to larger needles.
Body of Hat
Round 1: Knit.
Rounds 2-3: *Sl 1, k3; rep from * to end.
Round 4: *Sl left; rep from * to end.
Round 5: Knit.
Rounds 6-7: *K2, sl 1, k1; rep from * to end.
Round 8: *Sl right; rep from * to end.
Repeat rounds 1-8 four more times (40 rows).
Round 1: *Ssk, k2tog, k26; rep from * to end – 112 sts.
Round 2: *K2, (sl 1, k3) six times, sl 1, k1, (sl 1, k3) seven times, rep from * to end.
Round 3: *Ssk, k2tog, k2, (sl 1, k3) five times, sl 1, k1, Ssk, k2tog, (sl 1, k3) six times; rep from * to end – 104 sts.
Round 4: K4, (Sl left) five times, k4, (Sl left) six times, k4, (Sl left) five times, k4, (Sl left) six times.
Round 5: *Ssk, k2tog, k22; rep from * to end – 96 sts.
Round 6: *K4, (sl 1, k3) five times, k2, (sl 1, k3) five times, k2; rep from * to end.
Round 7: *ssk, k2tog, (sl 1, k3) five times, ssk, k2tog, k2, (sl 1, k3) four times, sl 1, k1; rep from * to end – 88 sts.
Round 8: *(Sl right) five times, k4, (Sl right) four times, k4; rep from * to end.
Round 9: *Ssk, k2tog, k18; rep from * to end – 80 sts.
Round 10: *K2, (sl 1, k3) four times, k6, (sl 1, k3) four times; rep from * to end.
Round 11: *Ssk, k2tog, k2 (sl 1, k3) three times, k2, ssk, k2tog, (sl 1, k3) four times; rep from * to end – 72 sts.
Round 12: *K4, (Sl left) three times, k4, (Sl left) four times; rep from * to end.
Round 13: *Ssk, k2tog, k14; rep from * to end – 64 sts.
Round 14: *K4, (sl 1, k3) three times, k2, (sl 1, k3) three times, k2; rep from * to end.
Round 15: *Ssk, k2tog, (sl 1, k3) three times, ssk, k2tog, k2 (sl 1 k3) two times, k2; rep from * to end – 56 sts.
Round 16: *(Sl right) three times, k4, (Sl right) two times, k4; rep from * to end.
Round 17: *Ssk, k2tog, k10; rep from * to end – 48 sts.
Round 18: Knit.
Round 19: *Ssk, k2tog, k8; rep from * to end – 40 sts.
Round 20: *Ssk, k2tog, k6; rep from * to end – 32 sts.
Round 21: *Ssk, k2tog, k4; rep from * to end – 24 sts.
Round 22: *Ssk, k2tog, k2; rep from * to end – 16 sts.
Round 23: *Ssk, k2tog; rep from * to end – 8 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Draw yarn through remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in ends.
Hope you enjoy!
Need an easier hat pattern?
Think this slip stitch hat is a little too complicated? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this easy knit hat pattern! This free knitting pattern has NO decreases and is knit flat! Uses bulky yarn for a quick project, with a body of stockinette stitch and a seed stitch brim.
Today we learned how to create a knitted hat using slipped stitches for texture.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this free knitting pattern!