I love knit hat patterns. Knitting is perfect for hats because the stitches automatically make it a little stretchy to fit your head.
For the most stretch, look for patterns with ribbing and stay away from Fair Isle.
The easiest way to have a pattern turn out the right size is to use one that works top down from the top of the hat to the brim.
I have also found that hats with a rolled brim are the most versatile for adjusting the size as a baby grows!
Everyone's face is different, so you have to experiment to find the shape that looks best on you. A tall hat can make a pointy chin look longer. A round hat can make a face look rounder.
If you want to draw attention to your eyes, use a color of yarn for the hat that is in the same family but slightly darker and more subdued.
When my mom said she wanted a knit hat, I told her to look through the knit hat patterns and find something she liked.
She found a couple of good ones, but we settled on one of the hat styles that would be most flattering to the shape of her face.
The best thing about knitting for hats is that the stitches give a little stretch, so you don't have as much trouble making a hat that will fit the head.
There are several different styles and special needs for hats. Here are some tips:
Which style looks best on you?
My mom helped choose the pattern and yarn, and I made the hat for her as a Christmas present. Keep reading for a link to the free pattern.
She wanted a lightweight wool hat, so I made this knitted beret from sport weight yarn. I used 100% Peruvian highland wool from Knitpicks in the Royal Heather color.
I had to make the entire thing on double pointed needles because I couldn't find a circular set in the correct size.
You can get the free knit hat pattern on Christianna's blog.
It starts out with a rib stitch for the edge, and then works upward in a sprinkle stitch, turning into all purl stitches in the center top.
I finished it in time to give as a gift on Christmas Day. Mom loves it!