How to Knit a Plain Hat with Rolled Brim

This plain hat with rolled brim (the most basic of knit hats) is nicely shaped for just about every head size. Add some pizzazz to this plain knitted hat by adding any desired stitch pattern after you knit the first 5 rounds.

If you stop the stitch pattern just before the decreases, you don’t have to worry about adjusting the decreases to the pattern.

Check out the materials and vital statistics for a plain hat with rolled brim:

  • Measurements: 21 inches in diameter x 7 1/2 inches

  • Yarn: Worsted-weight wool; 100 yards

  • Needles: One 16-inch size US 7 (4 1/2 mm) and size US 8 (5 mm) circular needle; four or five size US 8 (5 mm) double-pointed needles (dpns); yarn needle to weave in ends

  • Other materials: Stitch marker

  • Gauge: 4 stitches and 6 rows per 1 inch

To make your three-way knitted hat

  1. Using a size US 7 circular needle, cast on 80 sts.

  2. Join the round, being careful not to twist the stitches, and place the marker to denote the beginning of the round.

  3. Knit 5 rounds.

  4. Switch to size US 8 needles and knit 5 inches.

  5. Begin decreases:

    Round 1: * k8, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.

    Round 2 and all even rounds: Knit without decreasing.

    Round 3: * K7, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.

    Round 5: * K6, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.

    Round 7: * K5, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.

    At this point, you may want to switch to double-pointed needles (dpns) because the diameter of the round is much smaller than the circular needle’s length. Simply distribute the remaining stitches evenly over three or four dpns and knit with the remaining needle.

    Round 9: * K4, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.

    Round 11: * K3, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.

    Round 13: * K2, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.

    Round 15 to end: Continue knitting (* k2, k2tog *) until fewer than 10 stitches remain.

  6. Cut the yarn, leaving at least a 12-inch tail.

  7. Thread the tail onto the yarn needle and then slip the remaining stitches onto the yarn needle.

  8. Pull the opening closed, push the yarn tail to the reverse side of fabric, and weave in the ends.