Buffalo Plaid Hat Knitting Pattern

I’ve been obsessed with stranded knitting lately. There is something so cozy about fair isle winter accessories. They remind me of growing up down the street from our community lake, and bundling up for an evening of ice skating followed by hot chocolate by the fire. I had a true Canadian childhood…. and cozy colour work knits were a huge part of my wardrobe in the 80’s!

If you are hesitant to try stranded knitting (i.e. working with two colours), I urge you to watch the video tutorial that I created on how I hold the yarn and switch colours. Once you get some practice under your belt, you’ll be ready to knit up this simple, yet stylish winter hat!


I have written out and posted the free pattern for this stylish winter hat below on this page.

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Materials:

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Size:

Adult (head circumference 22 inches).

Gauge:

21 stitches, 22 rows = 4 Inches in stockinette stitch with size 8 (5mm) knitting needles.

Abbreviations:

K: Knit
P: Purl
K2Tog: Knit Two Together decrease

Notes:

This hat is knit in the round on circular knitting needles, switching to double pointed needles when necessary during the decreasing of stitches for shaping the top.

When working the stranded stitches, always hold the non-dominant color to the left, and the dominant color to the right.  The yarn held to the left will produce a slightly larger stitch than the yarn held to the right; this will ensure the stitches are consistent in size and make the non-dominant color pop.

I have created a bonus video on stranded knitting to show how I hold the yarn and switch colours.

Pattern:

Using size 4 (3.5mm) circular needles and color A, cast on 100 stitches.  Place stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round and join (being careful not to twist the stitches).

Rounds 1-18: *k1,P1; repeat from * to end of round to create 1X1 ribbing for the brim of the hat.

Slip stitches onto size 8 (5mm) circular needle to knit the remainder of the hat.  Note the remainder of the hat is knit in stockinette stitch (knit all stitches). Follow the colour chart below by repeating stitches 1-20 five times per round for the next 30 rounds (rounds 19-58).  Colour A is represented by the grey squares, and colour B is represented by the red squares.

Start decreasing to shape the top of the hat (you can switch to double pointed needles when necessary).  Follow Rounds 1-10 and colour chart below.

Decreasing Rounds:

Round 1:  *K8, K2Tog; repeat from * to end of round (90 stitches remain).

Round 2: Knit all stitches.

Round 3: *K7, K2Tog; repeat from * to end of round (80 stitches remain).

Round 4: Knit all stitches.

Round 5:  *K6, K2Tog; repeat from * to end of round (70 stitches remain).

Round 6: Knit all stitches.

Round 7: *K5, K2Tog; repeat from * to end of round (60 stitches remain).

Round 8: Knit all stitches.

Round 9: *K4, K2Tog; repeat from * to end of round (50 stitches remain).

Round 10: Knit all stitches.   Continue to Finishing.

Finishing:

Cut yarn (leave a long tail) and pull through yarn needle.  Thread through the remaining stitches and pull tight.  Secure and weave in ends.

Attach a pompom to the top of the hat with a yarn needle.


I hope you enjoyed this free pattern and I am so grateful for your support!  Don’t forget that you can purchase the ad-free PDF file.  Purchasing the PDF file helps support this website and allows me to continue to share my patterns and inspiration with you guys!   

Should you have any issues with the download, please email: [email protected] for assistance. 

You can Purchase the PDF file (which will be emailed to you automatically after purchase) for $4 USD through Ravelry or by clicking the button below. 


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4 thoughts on “Buffalo Plaid Hat Knitting Pattern

  1. Thank you for a beautiful pattern, the hat is gorgeous and the pretty socks would be great paired with it as a Christmas gift in matching yarns.
    Your directions are fun and easy to follow and the tutorials are very well explained, your tips really make a difference to make all come out great. Again, thank you.

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