Super-easy to knit, super-fast to complete, and super-warm to wear: the Old Rag Mountain Hat fits the bill. And it’s a perfect last-minute project for any gift-worthy friend or family member!
Whether you are hiking the Old Rag Mountain Loop in the Shenandoah National Park, or running errands around town, this beanie will keep you warm.
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The pattern for size Adult Medium is available free below.
Sizes Teen, Adult Medium and Adult Large are available in a downloadable, ad-free pdf.
Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick makes for speedy knitting. It’s a cozy blend of 80% acrylic and 20% wool, and it comes in a ton of colors. I used color Air Force for the medium size hat, and color Fisherman for the large hat. The solid colors have 106 yds [97 m] per ball, and it took less than one ball for each hat.
Old Rag Mountain Hat Free Knitting Pattern
Size: Adult Medium
Finished Circumference: 20″ [51 cm] to fit 22-23″ [56-58.5 cm] head
Super Bulky Weight Yarn: approximately 106 yds [97 m]. Sample used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (80% acrylic, 20% wool, 6 oz [170 g], 106 yd [97 m]), 1 ball 99 Fisherman
US size 15 [ 10 mm] 16″ [40 cm] circular knitting needles and set of 4 double-pointed needles or size to obtain gauge OR one 32″ [81 cm] or longer circular needle for the Magic Loop method of knitting in the round.
Pompom maker (optional)
9 sts and 13 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in stockinette stitch (knit every round)
To save time, take time to get gauge.
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
RS: right side
Cast on 45 sts onto circular needles. Place marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1 (RS): *K2, p3; rep from * around.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Work last two rows 4 more times.
Change to stockinette stitch (knit every rnd) and knit until piece measures 5½” [14 cm] from beginning.
Change to double-pointed needles.
Rnd 1: *K7, k2tog; rep from * around—40 sts.
Rnds 2, 4 and 6: Knit.
Rnd 3: *K6, k2tog; rep from * around—35 sts.
Rnd 5: *K5, k2tog; rep from * around—30 sts.
Rnd 7: *K4, k2tog; rep from * around—25 sts.
Rnd 8: *K3, k2tog; rep from * around—20 sts.
Rnd 9: *K2, k2tog; rep from * around—15 sts.
Rnd 10: *K1, k2tog; rep from * around—10 sts.
Rnd 11: K2tog around—5 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a 6″ [15 cm] tail. Thread yarn tail through remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in ends.
Optional: If desired, make a large pompom and attach it to top of hat.
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