Kim's Learn-to-Knit Hat by Lynn DT Hershberger

Kim's Learn-to-Knit Hat

February 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
5 stitches = 4 inches
in garter, knit flat / stockinette, knit in the round
72 - 200 yards (66 - 183 m)
Newborn to Adult XL (all sizes in between)
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A wearable, giftable, easy-learn hat!

Yes, Kim learned to knit with this hat. In fact, I’ve taught dozens of people to knit using this basic structure. (Kim is knitting sweaters and shawls now, but she has made more hats from this design than anyone else. It’s Kim in that first picture, too!)


This is a flexible design for learning new skills. Make a few choices and change the whole look! With a wide band of garter/textured stitch, it looks like a cloche. With a short section of the texture, you get a more beanie-like look.

More flexibility: Instructions included for DK weight, Worsted weight and Aran weight yarns (5.5, 5.0, or 4.5 st/inch).

Shorten for a beanie. Add a pom pom, nib or knot at the top if you like.
Includes instructions for three sizes of yarn and head sizes from infant to adult XL. It’s a great project for new knitters.

Construction: Bottom-up. Start with a brim knit flat; the remainder is knit in the round. Start on circular needles & switch to Double-Pointed Needles (DPNs) just for the last inch or so. Learn just one thing at a time as you work through this well-explained pattern. The very small amount of finishing at the end is illustrated well with large photos as well as written text.

NOTE: Ravelry did not allow for me to show 3 gauges for the hat. If you use DK weight, it requires 5.5 st/inch in the round. Worsted weight, 5 st/inch. Aran weight, 4.5 st/inch.