Pom pom hat knitting pattern
Keep little ears warm with this quirky lace and rib bobble hat by Kirstie McLeod. It's quick to knit in chunky yarn and finished with two pom poms.
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!
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.
For more colourful crafts check out our rainbow craft ideas and get inspired.
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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Kirstie is the Editor of Simply Knitting and Commissioning Editor of The Knitter, and what she doesn’t know about knitting isn’t worth knowing! She’s responsible for packing both magazines with gorgeous, fresh patterns by designers from all over the globe and bringing the biggest trends from the fashion world straight to your needles. When she’s not squishing new yarns, browsing the latest pattern collections, and travelling to knitting shows across the UK and beyond, Kirstie can be found working on her own knitwear designs – and she even finds time to crochet too! Look her up on Ravelry to see her latest creations, and follow her on Instagram at @kirstie.mcleod.
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