Five Great Hats for Men

by Kathy on November 18, 2011

Knitted hats should be on our knitting needles all the time!   Knitted fabric with its ability to stretch is the perfect fabric  for  a well-fitted hat. Hats make a great gift in general and most hats can be tweaked in style and size by folding or unfolding the brim.  Most knitters enjoy the fact that a hat can be knitted quickly and are a great vehicle for trying out new yarns.  When knitting hats for men, here are five hat patterns we reach for again and again:

1. Knitting Pure and Simple’s Basic Hat and Mitten for Men

This pattern uses worsted weight yarn and gives options for a hemmed edge, a ribbed edge, and a hat with earflaps.  As always, Knitting Pure and Simple patterns are well written and are a good option for knitters who haven’t had a lot of experience knitting hats.  For experienced knitters, this pattern is a great basic that can be used as a jumping-off point for knitting hats embellished with stripes or colorwork.

2. Westknits’ Botanic Hat

Westknits Botanic Hat

This pattern uses two colors of worsted weight yarn and employs slipped stitches to create a pattern that looks good on both sides. The knitting is simple but entertaining for the knitter, and the results have pleased both men and women. When a sample of the Botanic Hat was displayed in the window at Loop, men came in to the store wanting to buy the hat right out of the window.

3. Brooklyn Tweed’s Habitat

Brooklyn Tweed Habitat hat

This pattern is knit all-over cables, designed to be knit in Brooklyn Tweed’s yarn Shelter, but could be worked in any light worsted yarn.  The cables start after a short ribbed edge and continue all the way through the crown.  It’s a handsome, classic hat that is an interesting cable project for intermediate knitters. As a bonus, this hat looks equally good on men and women.

4. Brooklyn Tweed’s Turn a Square

Turn a Square Hat

Another pattern from Jared Flood, this pattern stripes two worsted weight yarns, and employs decreases that form a square on the crown of the hat.  This pattern is terrific for using self-striping yarn; the thin contrasting stripes highlight the variety of colors in a ball of Noro Kureyon, for example, yet the resulting hat is still simple and elegant.

5. Half Dome, from Knitty

Here’s a hat designed to warm the heads of bare-headed men!  A simple knit that creates a beanie in two colors, half-dome is worked on straight needles and finished with a seam.  Although the pattern photos show the hat modeled by bald men, this hat is sized for children and adults and would undoubtedly be a fine hat for any man or boy, with hair or without!

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