Knitting Pattern: Winter Mosaics Hats

Experience the ease and magic of mosaic knitting as you make these winter themed hats. These hats are quick to knit, have eye-catching images and utilize cleverly hidden decreases. They not only look fabulous and fun, but are a joy to knit. 

Two hats on head mannequins facing each other-the one on the left is a green and white "tree" mosaic; the one on the right is a red and white "snowflake" mosaic design.

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About Mosaic Knitting

There’s a lot to love about mosaic knitting. You only have to carry one yarn at a time to create the illusion of two-color knitting. Slipped stitches are the secret to creating a two-color fabric. Choose the chart you prefer, or make your own hat using a mosaic design of your own!

The hat pattern calls for knitting in the round on circular and double-pointed needles. You’ll alternate knit rounds (some with slip stitches) and purl rounds. This results in a soft, squishy fabric just right for a cozy head topper.

closeup of red and white geometric "snowflake" knitted mosaic

The Yarn

Craft Yarn Council icon 4- medium weight yarn

Both of the Winter Mosaics Hats use classic worsted weight (medium weight) yarn, making this a great stash-busting pattern. You’ll need about 120 yds [110 m] of Color A and about 155 yds ]142 m] of Color B.

The “tree” hat shown here was knit with Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted [100% wool, 3.5 oz [100 g], 245 yds [224 m], 1 ball each #740W Snow (A) and #NS24 Evergreen (B).

closeup of green yarn-Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted

The geometric “snowflake” hat was knit with Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash (100% superwash wool, 3.5 oz [100 g], 220 yds [201 m]), 1 ball each #734 Cream (A) and #736 Christmas Red (B).

closeup of bright red yarn-Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash



The pattern calls for US size 8 [5 mm] 16″ [40 cm] circular knitting needles and a set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles, or the size you need to obtain gauge. If you prefer to, you can always use the Magic Loop method of knitting in the round.

closeup of green and white geometric "tree" knitted mosaic

You don’t have to use Christmas colors, of course. Some testers used a blue and off-white, which looks fabulous. Whatever colors you choose, make sure there is enough value contrast between them so the patterning shows up. Try this tip: take a photo of your two yarns with your phone camera, then view the photo with the “grayscale” filter on. If the yarns look the same in grayscale, there’s not enough contrast between them.

red and white snowflake mosaic hat and green and white tree mosaic hat

The Winter Mosaics Hat Pattern

cover page of Winter Mosaics Hat pattern

The knitting pattern is available as a downloadable pdf from one of the sources below. The pattern has been both test knit and professionally tech edited. It contains mosaic knitting charts for both designs, as well as instructions on how to read a mosaic chart, which differs slightly from the more familiar stranded knitting chart.

The design is sized for adults.


These Winter Mosaics Hats are the perfect project to try mosaic knitting for the first time or to make as gifts. 

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Just one final tip: Don’t knit these hats in front of people. They might get claimed before you’re finished! 

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To learn mosaic knitting in-depth, watch Mosaic Knitting: How to Knit Placemats on Creativebug.

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