Simple hat with ribbed edge

Here’s the basic pattern for my ribbed hat:

Using worsted weight yarn and a size 7 needle – this gives a tightly stitched hat.
[I](I made it with with Red Heart Classic yarn (blue) and Patons Brilliant (“white twinkle”, using 2 strands), on a size 7 needle)[/I]

[B]Guage:[/B] 20 stitches and 26 rows = 4"x4"

Cast on 90 stiches
[B]Rib[/B]: 1x1 rib for 1 1/2 inches: 1k, 1p to end – start each row with a knit and end each row with a purl so you stay on track.
[B]Body[/B]: Stockinette stitch for 3 1/2 inches: k one row, p next row
(put whatever kind of pattern you like here, I use this site to create a chart for this guage and sketched out the logo you see above)
Row 1: k2tog, *8k, k2tog repeat from * to end
Row 2: purl row
Row 3: k2tog, *7k, k2tog repeat from * to end
Row 4: purl row
Row 5: k2tog, *6k, k2tog repeat from * to end
Row 6: purl row
continue in this fashion until 10 to 15 stiches remain (you’ll see that the decreased stitches line up to form nice “darted” lines in the hat)
cut the yarn, leaving a 24 inch tail. Thread the tail through the remaining stitches and use to sew up back of the hat. (see Mattress Stitch video for how to sew up invisibly.)

OMG! My BIL would kill for this!!! do you happen to have the VW pattern still?

here you go! – enjoy

The VW sits pretty high on the head… so as soon as you finish the rib, I’d start the first row of the VW (I waited about 4 rows…)

the other thing I think would look cool (for how big the VW is) – is to put the VW on the side of the head… rather than smack dab on your forhead… or maybe 2 VW’s on either side of the head.

I just finished making this hat!! It was my first knitting project. I’ll post pics and specs hopefully by tonight.

Haha, If I’m really feeling daring, maybe I’ll post what the underside looks like too 8)

Here are my pics of the vw hat. I moved the sign 2 rows down from the blue one. Also, I ended up with a peak at the top of my hat. I’m going to make another one, because this one is going to my son and hubby wants a matching one. This one didn’t cover hubby’s ears all the way down. I just read in another post regarding this hat about the scrunching at the vw sign. Mine is much more noticeable, so I’m going to fix that too. Anyway, here’s the front and the back. :oops:


the VW doesn’t scrunch too much with mine when its worn… but it still does more than I’d like to too.

Make sure you give youself just enough extra yarn when you change colors with the fair isle stitches (its tough – don’t wan to do too much so the stitches are all loosey, and you don’t want to do too little so that the VW bunches).

Check out Amy’s fair isle video, it should help.

I’m keeping this in the same thread. This is take 2 of the vw hat. I tried grafting my vw in a circle. I thought I’d make it a bit smaller. It didn’t work out so well. I think I made the stitching too lose now, so I will need to experiment on another project on how to work out knitting with multiple colours. I used kitchener stitch to close the top. That worked out well. It did not work out well when I kept going to close the seam. So now I’m going to ask, “HOW DO YOU CLOSE A SEAM TO MAKE IT LOOK GOOD???” Other than that, I like the hat and hubby does too. He’s actually going to wear it all winter now. Here’s a picture of it and then a picture of my two special guys wearing their matching hats :slight_smile:

Beldaraan, your two guys look great! It helps to see the hat being worn, too. Thanks for sharing!!!


I’ll be working on seaming videos soon. (After I get the patterns pages sorted out).

Hello everyone…
I’m not certain how to incorporate the design into the hat once I’ve started knitting. Do I simply find the center of the hat and center of the design and go from there?

Thanks so much…

You pick the row that you want it on for the placement of the height. For centering length-wise, start the bottom row of the vw on stitch 44. Just so you know where that number is coming from, you have 90 stitches. Cut in half and you have 45 on each side. So you would knit 43 stitches in your main colour (MC) and then switch and knit 4 stitches in your second colour, then switch back to MC and finish 43 stitches. After that, you work your way up. Hope this helps.

CUTE CUTE CUTE!!! and the hats are nice looking too!

Hey Amy~

Thanks for the comment about my two special guys. The other night, hubby sheepishly asked if any made a comment about it. He was happy and grinning after reading your reply. And Hildegard, he’ll love your response too :smiley:

I need to ask though, does the picture look very dark on anyone else’s computer? It didn’t look dark when I posted it, but now it does. If it’s dark for everyone else, then I’m going to clean it up and replace it with a better version.

Yes, that picture of your guys is classic. I love it. :slight_smile:

The pictures don’t look dark to me. The background is grey, but the VW sign is white, with good detail throughout the picture. HTH.


I will be starting on this hat very soon. I have some dark grey worsted weight yarn and I’m just doing the hat in that one color with no design.

Please feel free to give out any tips, as this will be my first project in which I’ve followed a pattern…lol.

I just need to finish my homespun scarf today before I start on the hat. It got cold here again so I’ll be able to wear it this year yet :smiley:

What size hat does this pattern make? And how do you adjust it to make different sized hats? Sorry for the questions - I’m hoping this will be my first ‘non-scarf’ project. :slight_smile: Thanks.

You won’t need to adjust the circumference of the hat and I wouldn’t recommend it either because of how it decreases. You can adjust the height very easily, just by adding extra rows.

So the hats you made for your two guys are the same circumference, just different lengths? Wow, that’s cool. I’m definitely going to give it a go. Thanks. :slight_smile:

Yes, same circumference, different heights. Have fun making the hat :slight_smile:

Hi peev!

Glad to hear someone else is doing this hat at the same time too :slight_smile: I started doing the gauge the other day and didnt get it right…ugh. Then I picked it up again and started, but havent been able to knit the last couple days because I’ve been so sick. My palms have been all sweaty too so my hands just stick to the yarn and needles…LOL. I hope to pick it up again by this weekend. By the way, I’m also going to add extra rows to mine so I can make it fit over my ears. No design though, just one color :slight_smile:

I just wanted to say a big “Thank You!” for posting this pattern. I was looking for a cool hat that I could make on two needles, and this just happened to be the first one I saw…
I made one for my 5yr old (he wanted bright RED!) and one for my 2yr old, and they both turned out great. I used smaller needles (5) for my 2 yr olds’ hat, and that seemed to be all the adjustment I needed to make for the size. 'Course, my guys have big heads LOL.
Anyway, thanks for the great pattern, I think I’m going to see if I can make one for myself, maybe with a snowflake on it…