The Cozy Checkered Hat

This fun, warm hat is an easy and quick project! Living in the mid-west means chilly Fall weather and freezing Winters. I love coming up with new patterns for my family and friends during this time of year. This cozy checkered hat is perfect as a gift, or just for yourself. Enjoy!


-Lions Brand Thick n Quick, Big Twist, or Buttercream Yarn For this hat I chose to do a different color for the brim of the hat, but you could always make it in one solid color. For the hat in the picture I used Lions Brand Thick n Quick yarn in ‘Black’ and ‘Fisherman’.

-#15 circular needles (16 inch)

-Tapestry needle for weaving through and tying-off.

With Black Yarn

CO 40 sts. (30 stitches for a toddler size hat)

Row 1: *K1, P1*

Row 2-5: repeat row 1

Change yarn color to ‘Fisherman’

Row 6-11: *K5, P5*

Row 12-17: *P5, K5*

Row 18-23: *K5, P5* (for a toddler size hat stop here!)

Row 24-29: *P5, K5”

Weave ends through and tie off. Make a pom pom, or use a store bought one to finish it off!


Spiral Slouch Hat

Well, what do you do when it is -34 outside? No, that is not a typo! It was really -34!!! If you live in Minnesota, you stay inside and make a nice warm hat! My goal with this hat was to make something that was cute, but also would keep me from getting frostbite on my ears! So, here we go…


Lions Brand Thick n Quick yarn

Size 15 circular needles (16 in.)

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Pom Pom maker (if wanted)

*If making for a child I would use size 13 knitting needles (16 in) and make 4 less rows before tying off!

CO 42 sts. on your circular needles.

Row 1 : Use a stitch holder and *K, P*

Row 2-5: Repeat Row 1.

Row 6: K, m1,  then K until the end of the row. (43 sts. total)

*This is where our spiral pattern begins! The pattern is off-set which makes the spiral carry up the hat. What I mean by that is the pattern is a 6 stitch repeat, but we will have one extra stitch in our foundation row . Just keep doing the repeat and every row will start one stitch earlier than the row below it. If it doesn’t make sense, trust me it works!

Row 7: *K4, P2*

Row 8-23: Repeat Row 7

Row 24: *K2tog, K2, P2*

*Using a tapestry needle thread your working yarn through the stitches on your circular needles. Pull stitches together and tie off.

Here is where you can make a pom-pom if you like (I made mine using the Clover Large pom-pom maker.) Another option is to buy the faux fur pompoms and sew them on. I have bought mine on Amazon as well as at JoAnn Fabrics.


“The Arctic Hat”

(A Cable Twist Hat Pattern)


Buttercream yarn in the color ‘Sage’ (I have also used Lions Brand Thick n Quick yarn, as well as Big Twist yarn for this pattern)

#15  16 in circular needles

Tapestry needle (for weaving through and tying-off)

-If making for a child I would use a #13 knitting needle. Skip row 6 which means that you will be working with 42 stitches.  I would also repeat the cable pattern 3 times instead of the 4 times that the adult pattern calls for. 


Knit stitch

Purl Stitch

Cable stitch: Place 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold front, knit the next 2 stitches, knit the stitches from the cable needle.


Cast On 42 stitches

Row 1: *K1, P1) across

Row 2-5: Repeat row 1 for 4 times. (this makes a 1X1 rib for the brim of the hat)

Row 6: * K6, m1*  (49 sts. total)  (if making for a child skip this row)

Row 7: *K4, P3*

Row 8: *K4, P3*

Row 9: *Cbl stitch, P3*

Row 10: *K4, P3*

Row 11: *K4, P3*

Row 12: *K4, P3*

Repeat Rows 9-12 (it’s a 4 row cable pattern) 4 more times. (If making for a child repeat 3 times.)


Cbl stitch, p3

*K4, P2tog, P*

*K2tog, K2, P2*

-Using your tapestry needle, weave ends through, pull, and tie off!

As a finishing touch I usually add a faux-fur pom pom or make a pom pom out of yarn with my Clover Pom-Pom Maker.