Here’s a free knitting pattern for a unisex hat that even new knitters can master. The broken rib pattern is an easy-to-memorize 4-round stitch pattern. More skilled knitters will find it a soothing project, with just enough going on to keep you from getting bored. Knit it in the round on circular and double-point needles, or use the Magic Loop method.
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Sizes & Finished Dimensions
Circumference: 16” [41 cm] relaxed. The stitch pattern stretches a lot; the hat fits with negative ease.
Worsted Weight Yarn (CYC #4): approximately 130 yds /119 m Sample used Manos del Uruguay Maxima (100% extrafine merino wool, 3.5 oz / 100 g, 219 yd / 200 m), 1 skein M8977 Tigerlily
US size 8 [5 mm] 16” [40 cm] circular knitting needle and set of 4 or 5 US size 8 [5 mm] double-pointed knitting needles , or size to obtain correct gauge
OR one US size 8 [5 mm] 36″ [90 cm] or longer circular knitting needle for the Magic Loop method , or size to obtain correct gauge
One stitch marker
Row counter (optional)
22 sts and 26 rnds = 4” [10 cm] in Broken Rib pattern, relaxed (not stretched out)
To save time, take time to check gauge.
Broken Rib Pattern (over a multiple of 4 sts)
Rnds 1-3: *K2, p2; rep from * around.
Rnd 4: Purl.
Rep Rnds 1-4 for pattern.
With circular needle, long-tail cast on 88 sts. Place marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist sts. (If using Magic Loop, cast on and arrange stitches for working in the round.)
Work in Broken Rib Pattern until piece measures 6½” [16.5 cm] from beginning, ending with Rnd 4 of pattern.
Note: If using 16″ [40 cm] circular needle, change to double-pointed needles when necessary.
Rnd 1: *K2tog, p2, k2, p2; rep from * around—77 sts.
Rnd 2: *K1, p2, k2, k2; rep from * around.
Rnd 3: *K1, p2, k2tog, p2; rep from * around—66 sts.
Rnd 4: Purl.
Rnd 5: *K1, p2tog, k1, p2; rep from * around—55 sts.
Rnd 6: *K1, p1, k1, p2; rep from * around.
Row 7: *K1, p1, k1, p2tog; rep from * around—44 sts.
Rnd 8: Purl.
Rnd 9: *K2tog, k2; rep from * around—33 sts..
Rnd 10: Knit.
Rnd 11: *K2tog, k1; rep from * around—22 sts.
Rnd 12: Purl.
Rnd 13: [K2tog] around—11 sts.
Rnd 14: K1, [k2tog] around.
Cut yarn, leaving 10″ [25 cm] tail. Thread tail through remaining stitches and tug gently to close. Weave in ends.
- k: knit
- k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
- p: purl
- p2tog: purl 2 stitches together
- rep: repeat
- rnd(s): round(s)
- st(s): stitch(es)
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