Easy Knit 2×2 Ribbed Winter Hat- Free Pattern

Easy Knit 2×2 Ribbed Winter Hat

© Amanda Bryant 2021

I made this hat to kick off my first week of my own “Make-A-Hat Challenge” on my sister blog, Crochet On The Brain. If you would like to join my challenge, you don’t have to know how to crochet…just simply make a minimum of one hat per week (a great way to use up those left-over partial skeins of yarn). Click the link above to read about it, and head over to the Crochet On The Brain Facebook page where you can share your finished work 🙂 Don’t forget to give the page a thumbs up so you can keep up to speed on my challenge (I will only be posting to Sometimes, She Knits when the hat is a knit and new original pattern!).

It’s a really simple beginner level knit hat, super stretchy and soft. It’s also a very basic pattern, and I am sure it exists on hundreds, if not thousands, of other websites and blogs and in books too. However, this is what I did, and I am sharing it with you!

Materials Used:

Caron Simply Soft yarn, color Gray Heather (about ⅓ to ½ skein)

Size 8- 5 mm circular knitting needles

Size 8- 5 mm dpn’s

Stitch Marker

Large eyed sewing needle (for weaving in ends)


To fit an adult (up to 21-22 inch circumference; length 11 inches). 


In ribbed pattern, in the round, unstretched- 16sts= 2 inches

Abbreviations Used (US Terminology):

CO- cast on

st(s)- stitch(es)

K- knit

P- Purl

K2tog- knit 2 stitches together (decrease)

P2tog- purl 2 stitches together (decrease)


On circular needle, CO 88 sts, join to work in the round

Round 1- (K2, P2) around (88 sts; 44 K sts and 44 P sts)

Repeat Round 1 until hat measures about 10 inches.

Decrease Crown:

**continue using your circular needle until the sts are stretched too tight to work with, and then switch to your dpn’s.

Round 1- (K2, P2tog) around (66 sts)

Round 2- (K2, P1) around (66 sts)

Round 3- (K2tog, P1) around (44 sts) 

Round 4- (K1, P1) around (44 sts)

Round 5- (K2tog) around (22 sts)

Round 6- K around (22 sts)

Round 7- (K2tog) around (11 sts)

Cut yarn, and using a large eyed sewing needle, weave the yarn tail through the remaining 11 sts. Pull tightly to close the hole, secure. Weave in the beginning and end yarn tails.

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