Grey and White Knit Hat | Free Pattern


As winter come I always have a sudden urge to knit scarfs, cowls, hats and gloves. So when Jane asked me to knit her a basic wool hat, I was more than happy. I had a full freedom to choose the design and pattern of the hat. We have discussed with Jane that the colors of the hat should fit her winter outwear. So when I came to the yarn shop I chose dark grey and milk white skeins of PERU Yarna Wool.

Grey and White Knit Hat


– Size 8 (5.0mm) Circular Knitting Needles

– 1 Skein of Grey Peru Yarna Wool ( 500 gramms)

– 1 Skein of White Peru Yarna Wool (500 gramms)


Hat diameter is 56 cm/22 in

14 stitches and 21 row = 4 in / 10 cm in rib knit.


Cast on 72 stitches.

If you would like to increase the size of the hat add the number of stitches dividable into 6!

I prefer to do this on streight needles, and then transfer the stitches to the circular needles.

Grey and White Knit Hat Cast On

Rib: K2P2

Knit the 8 cm /3.1 in of the rib. It took me 17 rows to reach this length.

Grey and White Knit Hat Rib


I started mixing the grey and white stripes right after the end of the rib.

Switch to Knit stitch.

Here is the patttern I used for the hat:

Grey and White Knit Hat Pattern

Tip: Don’t forget to twist the both threads after each round. In that you will avoid ugly lon stitches on the wrong side of the hat and it will look nice and tidy.


K10, K2 together, repeat around 6 times

Continue decreasing in this way each round until 6 stitches remain.

You might find it uncomfortables to continue with circular needles when so little stiches are left. In this case you can swith to double pointed ones.

Cut yarn and thread tail through remaining stiches.  Pull tight and weave in end on inside of hat.

UPDATE: Due to many request I have added a printer friendly PDF file of the patter. You can view and download it here

 Grey and White Knit Hat Decrease

The hat is really nice and basic. If you are an intermediate knitter it will take you about 2-3 hours to knit it. I especially like the nice twirl you get after decrease.

Here are some more photos of the hat and its new owner:

Feel free to contact me if you will need any help with the pattern or other instructions.

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10 Responses

  1. pattypat says:

    I Love this pattern; it looks interesting
    enough to keep at knitting it, making one cap
    for anyone I know that want’s one. Thank you.

  2. Maria says:

    Your decreasing instructions were complicated and did not achieve the look in your picture.

  3. Maria says:

    Do you knit 10 every time between decreases?

    • Lucy says:

      No, since we initially have 72 stitches, in the first row when you start decrease you knit every 11th and 12th stitch together. So, yes, in the first decrease row you knit 10 stitches. But then the number decreases by one in each decrease row: 9, 8, 7 etc. Until you have only 6 stitches left.

  4. Ileen Raman says:

    Interesting pattern. Thanks for sharing. Will start knitting for Christmas gifts to all my dearones.

  5. Jeanne B. says:

    love the hat, but the iinstructions to increase are confusing. I am using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky……HELP.

  6. Sande says:

    I’m wondering about the ball size of the recommended yarn. 500 gr is a full pound! Did you perhaps mean 50 grams?

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