Last week I shared my newest pattern, the Scandinavian Knit Scarf, and today I’m happy to share a matching hat pattern. If you’ve never done knit colorwork, this is a perfect beginner project! It’s super simple to follow the pattern while you can also learn to follow the easy charts.
This set is so cozy for the cold winter months ahead. If you get started now, you’ll have it ready in plenty of time for winter festivities and outings. Both the hat and the scarf work up relatively quickly with the large knitting needles and super bulky yarn.
You will knit with two colors at the same time on the rows with the design work. If you’re a colorwork beginner, you might want to check out how to do stranded knitting on YouTube. It’s so addicting and it’s not difficult at all! While I’m a visual learner and mostly appreciate learning from video or in person, I also like this blog post from Tin Can Knits on How To Knit Fair Isle. Both the hat and the scarf are knit in the round on circular knitting needles. If you need some help with knitting in the round, my favorite tutorial for how to join to knit in the round is from New Stitch A Day HERE.
Let’s get to this simple, colorwork pattern!
Pattern Description: This cozy hat features bold yet simple colorwork designs reminiscent of classic Fair Isle and Scandinavian style. Cozy as can be, this modern woolly hat will keep you warm on the coldest of winter days.
Skill Level: Easy +
1 Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Black
1 Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman (Kit Available HERE)
Pattern uses 87 g of yarn total
US Size 15, 10.0 mm 16” circular knitting needles
Gauge: Approximately 9 stitches and 14.5 stitches in 4” X 4” swatch of stockinette stitch
Size: One size fits most 9” wide X 9” tall
k – knit
p – purl
K2tog – knit two together (decrease)
You should be familiar with colorwork knitting and holding two colors at once.
This hat is knit in the round and uses stranded colorwork techniques to knit with two colors. Consider catching or trapping the floats for a cleaner look on the reverse side every two to three stitches. For best results, you may choose to use the jogless join method with each round.
Scandinavian Hat -Beginner Free Knitting Pattern
With Black, cast on 40 stitches, join to knit in the round (mark rounds as needed)
Round 1 K1, p1, repeat around working a 1 X 1 rib
Rounds 2 – 4 Repeat Round 1
Round 5 – 16 Knit each stitch around
Round 17 *K1 Black, k1 Fisherman, k2 Black, repeat from * around
Round 18 *K3 Fisherman, k1 Black, repeat from * around
Round 19 (Black) knit each st around
Round 20 *K3 Black, k1 Fisherman, repeat from * around
Round 21 *K1 Fisherman, k1 Black, k2 Fisherman, repeat from * around
Round 22 (Black) Knit each st around
Round 23 *K1 Black, k1 Fisherman, k2 Black, repeat from * around
Rounds 24 – 26 (Fisherman) Knit each st around. Continue to use Fisherman for the remainder of the pattern.
Round 27 *k2, k2tog, repeat around (30 sts)
Round 28 Repeat round 27 ( knit last two stitches of round )
Round 29 Knit each stitch around.
Next, draw a length of yarn through the loops on your needles and tighten to close the top. Tie securely with a knot and weave in ends. Block to shape and size if desired.
You may also choose to make a fluffy pom with the extra yarn. Secure the pom to the top of your hat and weave in the ends.
Enjoy your new hat!
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I love easy, beginner projects (in case you can’t tell – hehe!) Thank you to All Free Knitting for listing my blog in the Top 5 Knitting Blogs for Beginners! If you liked this beginner Scandinavian Hat, you might also like: