FO: 1×1 Ribbed Hat Plus the Pattern

Pattern: My Own
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (100% Acrylic)
Needles: US7

This was a pretty quick knit. I really want to call it the NJ Partial Continental Hat but, while it’s pretty descriptive, it seems a bit long. I started this while down in NJ with the plan to make it completely with the Continental (pick) Method. I got about 2 inches in and wanted to kill myself and that is bad. At that point I gave up and went to my favored English (throw) Method. Continental was just so annoying and awkward for me. Surprisingly I had a consistent gauge while on Continental, but it hurt my hand A LOT and I just really didn’t like the motion. I will try it again, even if it kills me. Oh, and it’s my second hat for Made by Hand.

And yes, you read the title. A pattern (ooohhh). And a free pattern at that (oooooooohhhhhh). It’s nothing special and you can probably find 20 bazillion other hat patterns like it. I don’t normally write up patterns because if I do something off the top of my head, I don’t keep track of my process. Bad, I know, but true. However, this one I actually remembered to track. Sort of. I have not tested the written pattern but plan on doing so shortly. If you do end up using this, please comment or email (delirium[at] and let me know if you had/have problems (with the pattern, I’m not a doctor) or if it worked out well.

I haven’t decided if I like making patterns or if I think I’m a good enough knitter to do so, but I figured coming up with a free one as a test run, can’t be a wholly bad thing. Well, it could, but it’s a learning experience and you can’t learn if you don’t try (or some other thoughtful saying).

So without further ado, my first pattern is behind the cut.

I used leftover yarn that I had and it didn’t use a full skein. I’m not exactly sure how much it does use nor am I sure how much was in the skein to begin with as I cannot find the yarn wrapper thing (technical term). If I ever figure it out, I’ll post it here. This is the first pattern I’ve ever made, so please bear with me.

Edited to Add: This pattern comfortably fits a 21-22″ head and it can get bigger. I haven’t tested it on a smaller head but with the stretch going for the 21-22″ head, I imagine it will fit down to a 19″ head without problem. But I will test it when I find a smaller head.

1×1 Ribbed Hat Pattern
[MC] Caron Simply Soft Gray; 1 skein
[CC] Caron Simply Soft Black; 1 skein

1 pair US 7 19″ Circular Needles
1 set US 7 Double Point Needles

Gauge: 20 st = 4″


  • [MC] CO 80 Stitches.
  • Join making sure not to twist and place marker to designate the row.
  • [MC] [k1, p1] to end of row
  • Continue in [k1,p1] until piece measures 3 inches
  • If using contrast color for a stripe, join new color.
  • [CC] [k1, p1] until stripe measures 1 inch.
  • Switch back to [MC] and continue in pattern until full piece measures 6 inches.
  • At beginning of row [k1, p1] 5 times. Place a stitch marker. Repeat 7 more times or until you reach the end of the row.
  • For each section: [k1, p1] until last three stitches before the stitch marker. For the last three stitches [k2tog, p1]. Do this 8 times. (so what you are doing is [k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, k2tog, p1])
  • Repeat last step for each row. Working until the last three stitches before the marker, then [k2tog, p1]
  • Continue until you have 8 stitches left. (Switch to the double pointed needles when you can no longer knit the hat on your circulars)
  • K2tog through last row until you have 4 stitches.


Cut yarn leaving a 6″ tail. Thread yarn through a tapestry needle and pull yarn through last 4 stitches. Pull tight. Secure the yarn on the inside of the hat and weave in ends.


This is pattern is free for personal, non-commercial use. Further use requires permission from the designer (me). You may not sell or distribute the pattern in any form. You may not sell the any item or items made from this pattern without my permission. You may not use this pattern or items from the pattern for commercial use.


107 thoughts on “FO: 1×1 Ribbed Hat Plus the Pattern

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  2. Keep trying the continental method. Remember when you learned the throw method? It probably hurt your hand just as much then, that is if you stayed at it as long as you do now. Everything new takes time until it gets hooked into our brains and hands or whatever.

  3. I see you are decreasing on every row and I like how it looks. I have been making similar hats but decreasing every other row and get a similar appearance. Yours just closes the gap quicker. I appreciate having the measurements in height. I always forget to measure and end up making the hat too short sometimes. But 6 inches before the decreases seems to be about right. I may be aiming for 5.5 inches since I’m doing the decreases more slowly.

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  5. Nice hat i tried the same pattern with a bit of a difference. My BF has been catching colds lately with the drop in temperature. Ive started making sure that he wears this one on the way to work! No more heat loss thru his head :)
    One major difference , I added a Pompom at the top! My BF wasnt keen on the Pompom coz the girls at the office teased him ;) TOUGH! he wears it to and from work without fail!!!
    Hee hee hee

  6. Hi, I saw your pattern and was wondering how to increase the size for a bigger head? My hubby’s head is quite large so I need one a little bigger…

  7. Looks great! I’m new to knitting hats – is there a way to add on a few rows to an existing ribbed hat? A friend of mine wants to make his hat longer, as his hat was made for him when he was younger…

  8. Thanks, this pattern is exactly what I was looking for. A nice, simple beanie pattern that makes a lovely hat!

    My brother’s gonna love the hat I made for him. Thanks again!

  9. Hi Liz, Just got into your site with Chemo Hat. My daughter has breast cancer and just finished Chemo and now onto Herceptin drug. She lost her hair etc and feels the cold, and believe me, it is very cold now in our southern part of Australia(winter), we are not always sunshine!! Will try and knit your hat for her and another if I am successful. Many thanks for your goodwill in printing this pattern for free and your comments. Take care, Barbara.

  10. I love the look of this pattern but I’m a beginner and not confident enough to use circular needles. How would I knit this on ‘regular’ needles?

  11. Oh my gosh!!! This pattern was incredibly easy…I’m not a very skilled knitter, but this pattern was easy to follow, and turned out amazing…and it was my first time using circulars!!! I did the whole thing in 1 inch stripes in my sister’s school colors, and was very impressed. Thanks for the great pattern…I plan to use it many, MANY times in the future :)

  12. i’m just learning how to knit, so i’m not familer with circular needles, can you knit this with the straight knitting needles

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  14. Dumb Question…. I really want to make a 2×2 ribbed beanie for my boys for christmas this year. Problem is, I haven’t knit in the round for close to 2 years (since i first learned to knit—damn all the requests for shawls and blankies). If doing a rib in the round, with first/odd round of k2 p2 k2 p2 etc… would second round/even rounds be p2 k2 or the opposite??? Please someone get back to me. e-mail is

    • That’s simple and is not a dumb question. When working in the round, the right side of the fabric is always facing you. Therefore, you would knit the knits an purl the purls as they face you. So if you did k2 p2 across the first row, on the second you would do the same! :)

  15. Hi, I am a fairly novice knitter but I think this pattern is doable for me. Have never used markers, do I need to buy them especially for this or can I improvise? Any easy tips regarding marking rows appreciated. I love this hat! Thanks

    • This would use a closed marker, and you can make one by tying a scrap of yarn onto the needle next to the end of the round and then tying a securing knot. Any yarncrafter will always have scrap yarn, and I used this method since I only have too-large markers in the wrong style

  16. Carol, you can use anything you can put on the needle for markers, a paper clip, etc. I’ve been knitting for many years and I have several different colors of markers – because in some patterns, you need markers for different increases/decreases. Hope this helped

  17. I’d like to make this hat for my son for Christmas. I am not sure I have neough yarn though. I have one skein of Kureyon 100% wool/ 50 gr 100 meters/ 4.5-5.1mm/8~10. Can you tell me from those numbers if I have enough yarn?

  18. Dear Sir or Madam:

    I would like to know how to measure for a ribbed style beanie.I have worn them for years and would like to knit my own. Store bought beanies after an hour of wear look like a pointy head because they have moved to a another place on my head.

    Help! in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for any time or effort on my behalf.


    Donna Bauman

  19. Brilliant, simple pattern. I’d never made a hat before, and I made this for my boyfriend for Christmas. He has quite a large head so I just cast on 96 stitches instead. It wasn’t quite perfect because you should really cast on a multiple of 5 and you need an even number of stiches or you end up doing moss stitch. Still, the end result was really good, and to be fair, who looks that closely at the top of a man’s head?? I used cashsoft yarn and it is so lovely and soft, so no itchy forehead either :)

  20. Your decrease worked like a charm! I modified the pattern a bit (getting daring in my old age). With TWO strands of the Caron Simply Soft (Black and Dk. Country Blue) on size 11US circulars 16″ I used a cable cast-on of only 50 stitches. When it came time to decrease I switched to two circulars and followed your pattern but stopped when I still had 20 stitches left on my needles. The hat is doubly soft, looks great and will easily stretch to fit our family friend in the Navy whose head circumference is 24″. I know he’s going to love it. My hubby wants one now. :-) Thank you!

  21. Don’t give up on the continental method. Once you master it it is soooooo much faster and the stitches do come out very evenly. I am lucky in that I learned to knit that way because my grandmother is German.

  22. Do you have an answer for those asking for the 24″ head numbers?? Kis* or anybody else.

    This is just the hat I need for my picky 24″ head son.

  23. i also am wondering if i can use worsted weight yarn. i’ve never gauged a project, as i am fairly new at knitting and only do scarves, throws, etc. thank you for your wonderful pattern.

  24. I love this pattern and want to use it for personal distribution. I’m a nurse and work on a Oncology unit. With winter coming I wanted to provide my unit patient’s with a warm knitted hat. It’s been a long time since I have knitted but I wanted to try your pattern. I didn’t want to infringe on copyrights therefore I wanted your permission to distribute the hats if I end up able to produce them. Thanks

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  26. Thanks for the great pattern. I am kind of a novice and started my own ribbed hat, then paniced when I was ready to decrease. Your instructions worked perfectly. Pictures were great too.

  27. Hi all,

    A good (and cheap) way to make your own markers…I use drinking straws that I cut up. They work great, you just slip them on and off of the needles as needed. And for me its great because I was always loosing my markers…its not a problem if you loose a piece of a plastic straw,you can just cut up another one. lol

  28. I made 3 of the 1×1 rib knit hat pattern for my nephews for christmas and i was not sure they would like them but they all loved them! It took me a few minutes to do the double pointed needles for the finishing but i was able to do it and otherwise was very easy and lays well on your head no bulkiness I am now going to knit several more for both men and women and children because everyone liked them so much – nice to know what to make for everyone so early

  29. I’d like to knit one of your 1×1 rib hats out of yarn spun from Belgian Tervuren fur and auction off the hat to support Tervuren rescue. Would that be acceptable with you? I noticed your pattern specifies (quite reasonably) that “You may not sell the any item or items made from this pattern without my permission.” So I’m asking permission.

    • Gail,

      I’m so sorry. I think I may have lost this email in my queue and just now found it. Auctioning off the hat for charity is fine with me.


      • This is such a basic pattern that you cannot claim ownership of the technique and prevent knitters from making such a basic item for sale. You have copyright over your written words and your photos. I have knit and sold dozens of such hats over the years using the common technique of k1 p1 knitting with common decreases of k2tog. Check copyright laws. We cannot claim ownership of common items such ad hats, sweaters, mittens, socks etc.

  30. I’ve found the continental method works best if you were a crochet-er originally. I crocheted for over ten years and tried at least 5 times to learn how to knit the English method and I was never able to get the hang of it. I finally found directions on how to do Continental…. I picked it up in no time. By in no time I mean my first finished product was cable knitted fingerless gloves (with thumb). My second was a knitted corset.

    Personal I figure as long as the end result is basically the same… why switch? I’ll never try English again. It just wasn’t worth the grief.

    Thanks for the pattern. I was looking for a nice simple pattern to make for my husband.

  31. srahfox, I don’t know how to thank you. I was a crochet-er originally too, mostly because I found knitting too awkward and slow. When I came across your comment, though, I decided to give it a try again with continental. I feel like I’ve discovered the secret to knitting! It’s faster, more fluid, and easier to hold. I can’t believe how much less common it is, because to me it’s like two different worlds!

  32. ur hat looks sooooo amazing. im thinkng of using a yellow and blue yarn and maybe put on top a pompom, but i just cant start doing it coz i dont know how to read the pattern. :( can someone send me a video on how to do it? im so frustrated. :( my email is thnx. :)

    • Just ask your friend Google what the abbreviations mean or for videos on knitting rib in the round and you’ll be able to figure it out. For those who asked, I would recommend everyone learn continental, and instead of using double-point needles, use “magic loop” or 2 circular needles for the small-diameter knitting at the top (or use them for the whole pattern–again, ask your friend Google for videos on these techniques. You’ll be glad you did!)

  33. This pattern is great! It was also my first attempt knitting continental style and the first couple inches look like crud. So to hide it I just knitted about 3 addtl inches and folded the bottom under and sewed it shut with a visor in it. I. now have the hang of the continental style knitting and love it! Once I got over the cramps in my hand and got use to the movement I wonder why I didn’t teach myself to do it sooner. Thanks for the pattern!

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  36. Hi! I am spearheading a helmet liner campaign for my husband’s brigade who are currently serving in Afghanistan. I am asking your permisson to include your pattern in our pattern resource list… the 1×1 rib beanie is a perfect option for our troops that don’t want a full head/neck liner. I will stress that this pattern is for charity use only and we will not ask for any money or donations if you agree to let us use it.

    • Of course you can link to the pattern! Good luck in your charity drive. Let me know if you have a website for the drive and I’ll link out to you.

  37. I was looking for a simple hat pattern and this is perfect thank you! On knitting continental, I was a thrower and thought continental would help but had a hard time at first. It hurt, it was ackward, and my tension was off. I almost threw in the towel but sticking with it paid off for me.

  38. Love this hat. Made the hat for a male family member for Christmas in black with a gray stripe. Half way through the ribbing my hubby says “you can make me one of those if you want…” so I think this hat will be a big hit with the men at Christmas! Thank you for the pattern.

  39. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern – it is my new favorite! It works up so fast and easy I had time to whip up three of them just days before Christmas.

  40. Can i follow the exact same pattern, but with straight needles? i have long 14″ needles and dont want to go out and buy circular ones.

  41. Thanks for posting this patterm. I have made several of these hats using baby alpaca yarn (super soft yarn and very warm). I made two for my boyfriend and one for his dad, and they thoroughly enjoy them. I have also switched the pattern, by adding two stripes instead of one. This is a great pattern to begin with and easy to change it to fit and look accordingly. Happy knitting!

  42. Thanks for the pattern. Exactly what I was looking for, something simple and basic. I added about 1 1/2″ to it by knitting a few cables in so that it is a bit slouchy now and I love it! Only issue I had with the pattern was the amount of stitches you said to use. My head is 21″ so I casted on 80 stitches and it was way too small so even when I went up to 100, it was still really tight but will fit quite well. Did I do something wrong? Also I learnt to knit via the Continental method and I find it way too difficult to do the throw method as most of the time I miss the needles :S The continental means I do get a really tight stitch that is very consistent and it’s also a lot easier for me to switch to crochet so definitely keep trying.

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  44. I just finished my second ever hat (!!) in this pattern, and I absolutely love how it turned out! Not only was it easy enough for a beginner like me to understand, but it looks fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    PS: Because you said you weren’t sure how much yarn this took… I started with a full 244 yd skein and the hat only used about half of it (if not less, as far as I can tell).

  45. Hi I’m a 12 year old girl who absolutely LOVES to knit and crochet. I am about to start a knitting bisuness and was just wonderiing if i could sell this product with your permission. I hope its ok with you :) thanks..

  46. Hiya, I think I must be the dumbest ever ….ok, so…I find I am hopeless with circular needles …so trying it on size 8 regular needles …knitted up beautifully…alas…. until the decreasing :-( I’m good up until I place the markers …then the next row is all to pot ….help!!

  47. I am trying to cast on for the 1×1 ribbed hat using 16″ circular (even tho’ your pattern call for 19″) but I still can’t make the stretch to connect the row. What am I doing wrong? I am using Redheart designer sport. Should I try an even smaller cable with my circulars and what are the dpns for?

    • You can do a couple things. You can try the magic loop method on circulars. Here’s one video (, but there’s a bunch more online. If you don’t like the magic loop method, and I don’t blame you, try circular needles. I have found with hats, sometimes the first few rows are very small on a cable needle, but as you get length, it fits fine on what you’re using.

      If you are making an adult size, however, make sure to check your gauge. I’d hate for the hat to be knitting small because you’re not making gauge.

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  49. I LOVE your pattern; I needed a pattern in a familiar stitch for my very first attempt at circular knitting, and which had some stretch to it so I don’t have to make a small, medium, and large for varying sizes of head, and which I could use aran yarn for (worsted is hard to come by in England), and you more than delivered with this one. I am making them for Apostleship of the Sea, and have had to tell 2 people now to put the hat down and I’ll make them their own. I would like permission to use this pattern in a learn-along post on my own blog to teach people circular knitting

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  51. This turned out perfect. It was second attempt at circular knitting. My first hat was a slouchie beanie. I didn’t need to decrease stitches for that one. I just knitted in the ends. I wanted a pattern for a normal looking 1×1 rib beanie. I am so happy this worked. I made some minor adjustments for mine, mostly just gauge adjustments. I used a thick wool yarn with size 10 needles so I only needed 60 stitches. My head is also a little small. I knew this from other patterns. I just kept it in a multiple of 10 and worked out great. Thanks so much.

  52. My British grandmother taught me how to knit (throw) when I was 3. I know the “pick” method is faster, and I’ve tried, just like you, to make it work. But it feels awkward and stresses me out. Knitting, for me, is relaxing, like meditation, and I can’t give that up for the speed. So, I totally get your comment. Love the pattern, Thanks!

  53. Such a beautiful pattern. I’m not very confident knitting in the round so I was happily surprised to find a simple knitted cap that even I can make. Thanks so much for the pattern. I made it into a PDF which I sent to my phone so now I can knit wherever I go. :D

  54. Can you confirm that the decrease is one stitch per row? This part of the pattern read kind of funny and im not sure im getting it right

  55. I haven’t read all the comments, so it’s possible someone has already mentioned this. But just in case…. when changing colors on ribbing, knit all stitches the first row. It will make a much neater appearance and won’t show the lack of k1, p1.

  56. hi how do you decrease on the 1×1 knitting? my hat is currently in process and i have cast on total 107 stitches but i don’t know in what order i should decrease the hat. I read your method but I really can’t understand what you describe because of my english is not that good. I’m only using two standard needles, could you please please help me on finishing my hat

  57. I thought I
    Had this — got to double kneedles and never used so watched a u tube it was simple — til I got to third to last row — dropped a stich as needles fell out — couldn’t pick it up– ended up having to rip out several rows — now I don’t know where I am as I had just pulled off markers as ready to end /- so not sure how to find out where I am — hate to rip the whole hat out — I had not knitted for 25 years and never in past made this mess — frustrated

  58. I have made several hats from this pattern and loved it! I rearranged the living room and lost my pattern! Forgot which site I got it from and have checked and checked for it! Looked under and over and in between in the living room and in my knitting stash of books. Not found! But today I thought I would give it one more shot and lo and behold found it! I love this pattern, will not lose it again (I hope)!! I am in the knitting business this afternoon! Thanks for posting your pattern!!

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  60. Thank you so much for this patter. Love how this hat looks, and the pattern seems easy, I have just one question, could I knit this into a slouchy hat? If so how many inches do you recommend before I begin decreasing?

  61. Thank you so much for this pattern. Love how this hat looks, and the pattern seems easy, I have just one question, could I knit this into a slouchy hat? If so how many inches do you recommend before I begin decreasing?

  62. O: 1×1 Ribbed Hat Plus the Pattern

    I have looked all over for information on how to decrease a 1 x 1 ribbed hat. Can you do this on straight needles?

  63. Hi, just want to say this is one of the easiest decreases I’ve ever done! I did add some extra length in order to have a brim. I’m sure it is one I will use again!

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