Here is a free knit pattern that I’ve had in the works for a while. Its a little different than most patterns; this one is written for five different thicknesses of yarn. My idea was to write a pattern that a knitter could use to make a basic slouchy hat with whatever yarn they happen to have on hand. A regular commercial size ball of yarn (in some cases not even a whole ball) will make a hat.
empHATic – a free knit pattern
I’ve included the details for the yarns and needles that I used in my five example hats. I’m also including the gauge I have for each. Gauge is the key to getting a good fitting hat so I encourage you to experiment with needle size to get the gauge you need. Keep in mind that there is some variation in the thickness of yarns from one company/yarn line to another especially at the extremely large and extremely fine ends of the spectrum (which is why gauge matters more than needle size).
Materials for an empHATic Hat
|YARN SIZE||YARN USED||NEEDLES FOR THE BRIM||NEEDLES FOR THE BODY||GAUGE in STOCKINETTE
|No 6 - Super Bulky||Jiffy Thick & Quick|
(120g or approx 70 yds)
|Size 10.5 (6.5mm)||Size 13 (9mm)||2 sts per inch|
|No 5 - Bulky||Patons Classic Wool Bulky|
(90g or approx 75yds)
|Size 8 (5mm)||Size 10 (6mm)||3.25 sts per inch|
|No 4 - Worsted||Universal Yarn Classic Shades|
(75g or approx 150 yds)
|Size 4 (4mm)||Size 8 (5mm)||4 sts per inch|
|No 3 - Sport||Universal Yarn Renew Wool|
(70g or approx 200 yds)
|Size 4 (3.5mm)||Size 6 (4mm)||5 sts per inch|
|No 2 - Fingering||ChainChix Hand Dyed Sock|
(55g or approx 220 yds)
|Size 1 (2.25mm)||Size 2.5 (3mm)||6.5 sts per inch|
- k = knit
- p = purl
- m1 = make one (an increase). I used the backwards e-loop make one. Check out the video in this Free Tutorial if you need help with that.
- k2tog = knit 2 together (a decrease)
Making the Brim
Using smaller needles…
|YARN SIZE||Cast On|
|No 6 - Super Bulky||36 sts|
|No 5 - Bulky||60 sts|
|No 4 - Worsted||84 sts|
|No 3 - Sport||108 sts|
|No 2 - Fingering||132 sts|
Join to work in the round.
Round 1: *k2,p2* repeat to end
Repeat Round 1 until the brim is (at least) 2 inches from cast on.
Making the Body
Switch to larger needles…
Round 1 : k
Round 2: *k2, m1* repeat to end
|YARN SIZE||Number of Stitches after increases:|
|No 6 - Super Bulky||54|
|No 5 - Bulky||90|
|No 4 - Worsted||126|
|No 3 - Sport||162|
|No 2 - Fingering||198|
Round 3: k
Repeat Round 3 until the body of the hat is (at least) 5 inches.
Finishing the Top
Continue with larger needles…
Round 1: *k7, k2tog* repeat to end
Round 2: (and all other even numbered rounds): k
Round 3: *k6, k2tog* repeat to end
Round 5: *k5, k2tog* repeat to end
Round 7: *k4, k2tog* repeat to end
Round 9: *k3, k2tog* repeat to end
Round 11: *k2, k2tog* repeat to end
Round 13: *k1, k2tog* repeat to end
Round 15: *k2tog* repeat to end
(don’t forget round 16!)
For hats in worsted, sport and fingering, repeat rounds 15 and 16 once more.
Break yarn and thread the tail with a tapestry needle. Using the tapestry needle, thread tail through all the remaining live loops and then draw closed. Weave in all ends.
I hope you like it, I hope it becomes your go-to basic hat pattern and I hope you’ll come up with all sorts of ways to personalize it.