It's Cold Outside by Jen Johnson
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It's Cold Outside

December 2010
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
2.67 stitches = 1 inch
in Stockinette stitch
US 13 - 9.0 mm
60 - 120 yards (55 - 110 m)
baby (15"), child (17"), adult small (19"), adult large (21")
This pattern is available for free.

When I couldn’t find a simple, child-sized hat knit in super bulky weight yarn, I worked up a pattern of my own. Since I’ve already done the math, I extended it a bit for a few more sizes and figured I’d post the pattern for anyone who wants a super warm, super soft, and super simple hat. Each size will fit a variety of heads (it’s bulky enough to fit a smaller head snuggly but has enough stretch for a larger head). The hat is easily customized as well: if you prefer a roll brim hat, knit for the same length but eliminate the ribbing; if you prefer a beanie to a folded brim, knit a shorter ribbing and/or for less distance before the decreases.

EDIT: Because my husband asked for a hat just like his son’s and daughter’s, I added a 4th size (adult large). Also, the pattern was written to provide a lot of overlap in the folded back brim, to give ears double coverage. If you like less of a brim, you can take an inch or so off the length.

Pattern copyright statement:
Copyright ©2010 Jen Johnson, The Magpie Knitter ( Please do not photocopy, scan and email, or reproduce by any other means in order to distribute. If you have any questions, you may always contact me on my blog, at or on Ravelry, where I am TheMagpieKnitter. Thank you and enjoy!