Free Knitting Pattern for a Ribbed Knit Flat Hat

How to Knit a Hat With Straight Needles

A woman in a ribbed hat knit flat

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There are a lot of skills that are important to learn as a knitter, and being able to knit in the round is one of them.​ If you're not quite ready to try circular needles, there are ways to knit most projects on straight needles instead. This ribbed flat hat does use a little bit of shaping at the top to make it fit better, but it's nothing you can't handle. The seaming will be the hardest part.

Since this knit flat hat uses just one skein of bulky yarn, it's a quick project that knitters of all skill levels will want to keep on hand for gift and charity knitting.


  • 1 skein Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Chunky Weight (we used color citrus) or about 100 yards of your favorite acrylic or wool bulky yarn
  • 1 pair size 10 US knitting needles
  • Scissors and yarn needle


18 stitches and 17 rows per 4 inches (10 centimeters) in 2x2 ribbing (unstretched; 4.5 stitches and 4.25 rows per inch)


The hat is about 16 inches (40.5 centimeters) around and 9 inches (22.75 centimeters) tall unstretched. It will stretch to fit an average-sized woman or teenager.


How to Rib Stitch

How to Knit the Ribbed Flat Hat

  1. Cast on 72 stitches. (We used a long tail cast on, but it doesn't matter.)
  2. Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 8 inches (20 centimeters).
  3. Next row, *knit 2, purl 2 together. Repeat from * across.
  4. Work next 3 rows in Stockinette stitch.
  5. Next row, *knit 2 together. Repeat from * across.
  6. Bind off, leaving a long tail when you cut yarn.
  7. Weave end through the bound-off edge, pulling tightly to close up the hole in the top of the hat. Sew the side seam from top to bottom and weave in any remaining ends.