Sunday, May 27, 2012

Easy Rolled Brim Hat (Knit Pattern)

This is a very simple rolled brim hat knit on double-pointed needles. It has quite a bit of stretch to it to accommodate growth, and the rolled brim allows parents to roll the brim up or down to fit their baby perfectly. It's the perfect hat!

Never used DPNs? Don't be scared! Once you figure it out you'll wonder why you never tried it before! Here and here are two Youtube videos that might help you learn. You can either cast on all your stitches to one straight needle and then divide them between your 3 dpns, or you can cast on directly to your dpns while making sure to divide your stitches evenly (this is my preferred method). Feel free to ask me questions if you get confused!

NOTE: Make sure to measure your gauge and adjust appropriately! As I've mentioned before, I tend to have a tighter gauge than the average knitter.



  • DPNs: Double-Pointed Needles
  • k: Knit
  • k2tog: Knit Two Together


2"x2" = 10 stitches x 15 rows (stockinette stitch)


0-6 months (6-12 months, toddler)


Cast on 70 (80, 90) stitches, distributed evenly between your three DPN's.
Knit every row until your hat measures approx. 4.5 (5.25, 6) inches from the cast-on edge.

Begin Shaping Top:

Round 1: *k8, k2tog* (repeat around)
Round 2 and every alternating round: knit
Round 3: *k7, k2tog* (repeat around)
Round 5: *k6, k2tog* (repeat around)
Round 7: *k5, k2tog* (repeat around)
Round 9: *k4, k2tog* (repeat around)
Round 11: *k3, k2tog* (repeat around)
Round 13: *k2, k2tog* (repeat around)
Round 15: *k1, k2tog* (repeat around)
Round 17: *k2tog * (repeat around)

Finishing Option 1:

Continue knitting in the round on your 7 remaining active stitches (make sure to keep your stitches as tight as possible so your needles don't slip out -- the less stitches, the harder it is to keep them on there) until your "tube" measures approx. 3 inches. Cut your yarn, leaving about a 10 inch tail, and thread it through your active stitches using your tapestry needle. Pull the end through the top of the hat (this is why we left the tail so long -- so it can make it through the whole "tube") so it's on the inside (wrong side) of your hat, then pull tight to close the hole. Loop you "tube" around in a knot, getting the knot as close to the top of the hat as possible, and pull tight. Cut the tail left on the inside of your hat, and weave in any ends you may have.

Finishing Option 2:

Cut your yarn, leaving about a 6 inch tail, and thread it through your active stitches using your tapestry needle. Pull the end through the top of the hat so it's on the inside (wrong side) of your hat, then pull tight to close the hole and weave in your ends. Leave the top smooth or add a pom-pom.


  1. Love the hat, gotta make it. "Galapagos” yarn is not this rainbow color.What yarn did you use for the rainbow color?

  2. I love this little hat - I hope it brings many smiles to many new children that are still to be born - Robyn

  3. You are right, I put down the wrong colorway. The yarn used is the same brand, Knit Picks Chroma Worsted Yarn, but the colorway is "Lollipop", not "Galapagos". Thank you for pointing that out! It is fixed in the post now.

  4. Thank you for this pattern! I looked all over for it before I found your blog.

  5. Cute. Can it be knit with circular needles?

  6. It can if you use the magic loop method, otherwise it's too small to reach around the whole circular needle.

  7. What is the magic loop method?

  8. Here is a video demonstrating the Magic Loop method if you'd rather use that than dpn's:

  9. Thank you for being so generous with your patterns.