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How to knit a bobble hat

Nothing makes us feel oh-so cosy during autumn like a soft knitted hat does. This super-simple tutorial shows you how to knit a bobble hat - it's the ideal project if you're preparing for breezy weather like us.

free knitted bobble hat pattern

IF you’re feeling the chill at the moment, why not keep your head cosy with our how to knit a bobble hat tutorial. Here’s a cool idea: you could make a whole set of colourful, interchangeable bobbles – that way you’d have a pom-pom to match your mood and any outfit!

You will need:

5 x 7mm double-pointed (or circular) knitting needles
100g chunky merino yarn, main colour (MC)
50g chunky merino yarn, contrasting colour (CC)
Scissors
Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:

• Stitches (sts)
• Double pointed needles (dpns)
• Slip (sl)
• Knit (k)
• Knit two together (k2tog)

If you need help learning the abbreviations used in this how to knit a bobble hat tutorial head to our knitting abbreviations blog post. 

How to knit a bobble hat tutorial

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If you’re new to knitting check out our knitting for beginners guide which will teach you all the basic techniques used in this how to knit a bobble hat tutorial. To help you make your knitted bobble hat also head to our how to knit section.

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You Will Need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Step 1

free bobble hat knitting pattern step 1

Cast on 56 sts in CC and divide 14 sts onto four dpns. Make sure sts aren’t twisted. Sl first and last sts over one another to connect the round.

Step 2

free bobble hat knitting pattern step 2

Using the fifth dpn *[k2, p2], repeat * until end of round (56 sts).

Step 3

free bobble hat knitting pattern step 3

Repeat step two 8 times. Switch to MC. Break off CC, leaving a tail.

Step 4

free bobble hat knitting pattern step 4

Knit each st in round (56 sts).

Step 5

free bobble hat knitting pattern step 5

Repeat step four 22 times.

Step 6

free bobble hat knitting pattern step 6

*[k5, k2tog], repeat * 7 times (48 sts in round). *[k4, k2tog], repeat * 7 times (40 sts in round). *[k3, k2tog], repeat * 7 times (32 sts in round). *[k2, k2tog], repeat * 7 times (24 sts in round). *[k1, k2tog], repeat * 7 times (16 sts in round). *[k2tog], repeat * 7 times (8 sts in round). Cast off, tighten hole and weave ends.

Step 7

free bobble hat knitting pattern step 7

Make a pom-pom. Take a look at our how to make a pom pom tutorial to see how to make one for your knitted bobble. (You might want to make yours to scale or it’ll be huge!)

Step 8

free bobble hat knitting pattern step 8

Attach the pom-pom to the hat by sewing the yarn tails to the crown using a tapestry needle. Weave in the ends and pull on for a warm noggin.

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And you’re done! One free bobble hat knitting pattern, one toasty warm head. If you make this knitted bobble hat tag us in a picture on InstagramTwitter and Facebook, we’d love to see the finished result! And remember to subscribe to Mollie Makes for more creative inspiration and tutorials.

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If you enjoyed our bobble hat knitting pattern then check out our range of Knitting Patterns on the site. We also have a free crochet bobble hat pattern if crochet is more your craft!