Free Knitting Pattern for a Ribbed Knit Flat Hat

A woman in a ribbed hat knit flat

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  • Skill Level: Beginner

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.


18 stitches and 17 rows per 4 inches /10 centimeters in 2x2 ribbing, unstretched (4.5 stitches and 4.25 rows per inch/2.5 centimeters)


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

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools


  • US 10 (6.0 mm) knitting needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors



  • 100 yards bulky weight yarn


  1. Cast On Stitches

    Cast on 72 stitches. We used a long tail cast on, but it doesn't matter.

  2. Start Rib Pattern

    Ribbing is the general term for any knitting pattern that results in vertical columns of knit and purl stitches. There are many kinds of ribbings; the rib used on the hat is called Double Rib, or 2x2 Rib.

    Next row: knit 2 sts, purl 2 sts; repeat from * to end.

    Repeat the last row until the piece measures 8 inches (20 centimeters).

  3. Begin Hat Shaping

    Now you will begin to shape the top of the hat by removing some stitches with decreases.

    Decrease row: *knit 2 sts, purl 2 sts together; repeat from * to end (54 sts).

  4. Work Even

    Work the next 3 rows in Stockinette stitch: purl 1 row, knit 1 row, purl 1 row.

  5. Finish Hat Shaping

    Decrease row: *knit 2 sts together; repeat from * to end (27 sts).

  6. Bind Off Stitches

    Bind off in pattern, leaving a long tail when you cut the yarn.


    Every bind off begins with working two stitches onto the right needle. You need to have two before you can bind off one.

  7. Finishing

    Weave the tail 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.