Finding a hat that kids want to wear can be a challenge, but we think this fun pom pom hat knitting pattern is a winner. Great for both boys and girls, it’s quick to knit up in chunky variegated yarn. Why not make a few in different colours? You could get creative with the pom poms too, and make your own rainbow design using scraps of stash yarn.
If you don’t have a pom pom maker, you can create your own using two doughnut shapes cut from a piece of cardboard. Give your finished pom pom a trim to neaten it up, and remove any stray threads before sewing it onto the hat.
Our pom pom hat knitting pattern was designed by Kirstie McLeod and first appeared in Simply Knitting magazine issue 139.
This pom pom hat knitting pattern is sure to be a hit with the kids – and it’s fun to knit too!
To make this pom pom hat you will need:
- Wendy, Evolve Chunky (50% wool, 40% acrylic, 10% alpaca, 100g/180m), 1 ball of Green (3263). Can’t find this yarn? Try Rico Creative Melange Chunky from LoveCrafts.com.
- A pair of 5½mm (US 9) needles
- A pair of 6mm (US 10) needles
Pom pom hat knitting pattern
Yarn used knits as chunky to this tension: 14 sts and 20 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over stocking stitch using 6mm needles
To fit head circumference 50-55cm
Knit a pom pom hat
Before you start, check out our knitting abbreviations.
Cast on 66 sts using 5½mm needles.
Row 1 (Knit 1, purl 1) to the end of the row.
Last row sets K1, P1 rib.
Continue to work in K1, P1 rib for 8 rows in total.
Change to 6mm needles.
Row 1 (RS) Purl.
Row 2 Purl.
Row 3 (RS) *P3, K1, yo, K1, yo, K1, yo, K1; rep from * to last 3 sts, P3. [93 sts]
Row 4 *K3, P7; rep from * to last 3 sts, K3.
Row 5 *P3, K1, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K1; rep from * to last 3 sts, P3. [75 sts]
Row 6 *K3, P5; rep from * to last 3 sts, K3.
Row 7 *P3, K2, k2tog, K1; rep from * to last 3 sts, P3. [66 sts]
Row 8 *K3, P4; rep from * to last 3 sts, K3.
Row 9 *P3, K4; rep from * to last 3 sts, P3.
Row 10 *K3, P4; rep from * to last 3 sts, K3.
Repeat from rows 1–10, 2 more times.
Next row Purl.
To make up the pom pom hat
Sew the back seam and then the top seam using mattress stitch and matching yarn. Weave in all loose ends. Make 2 small pom poms and attach to the corners of the hat.
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