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Free pattern: The basic man’s hat


I’m not sure about other countries, but I notice that in New Zealand, men still favour the basic watchman’s style hat when it comes to winter head gear.

I decided to knit one of these for my brother, as he hasn’t been back in the country long, and I suspected he probably didn’t have something to keep his head warm come winter.

I spent a very long time looking for the pattern I wanted.  Something at the back of my mind kept visualising one with a turned-up brim, and in chunky yarn.  There were several patterns that came close, but in the end, I decided it would be easier to do my own thing.  The result was very happily received.  Seems it’s just what he’s been wanting.

That’s my brother, giving me the thumbs-up.  😀  (Sorry bro, I only took one picture…)

The hat is knitted in a chunky (12 ply) merino/alpaca blend (it was one of those ‘one-off’ yarns).  It’s soft and warm, and comfortable to wear.

Today, I thought that I’d share the pattern.  It’s a bit late for Christmas, but you can call it my late gift to you. ;D

As I mention in the pattern, you can use any chunky weight (12 ply) yarn that suits you.  The hat only needs a maximum of 100g of yarn (unless it’s for a very large head), which makes it a great stash buster.  I highly recommend that your yarn contains at least 50% wool as the fibre content will help keep the hat stretchy, comfortable and snug around the head.

Suitable masculine-style yarn suggestions include:  Zealana Tui; Zealana Willow Chunky Weight; Little Wool Co. pure wool in 12 ply (not uber soft, but very hard wearing); Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds Chunky; Rowan Cocoon; Cascade 128; Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica and Berroco Cuzco.  There are so many more – these are just some quality yarn suggestions to get you started.

The pattern also comes with sizing tips on how to ensure your yarn fits the head measurement you’re knitting to.

Free pattern – Basic man’s hat



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7 thoughts on “Free pattern: The basic man’s hat

  1. HAhahahaaaaa NZ men and their beanies…. it’s true you cannot part them…. from a fellow Kiwi lass.

  2. I don’t know about gifts, but I may have to make one of those for myself. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  3. That’s excellent! I love that shape of hat, so simple and effective.

    Slightly off-topic here, but the second pair of gifted Adorable Fingerless mittens were very happily received. Thank you for such a great pattern and I’m looking forward to making more of your designs.

  4. I’m absolutely in love with beanies these days and this one is fabulous. I’ll be casting this on … soon! xo

  5. Good timing! My son was telling me last night that he’d like me to knit a hat for him!