Aren’t hats great? What kind of holiday-handknit party poopers would turn up their noses at a nice, warm hat? Great hats are the low-hanging fruit of Ravelry. So many excellent designers have published free hat patterns—loving gifts to knitters—and so many of the hats look like they are not only beautiful and useful, but fun to knit.
So here’s my list of eight great free hat patterns. Stick it up on the fridge, and you’ll be ready, should the impulse strike.
Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits. Part of an eBook that includes the stunning Antler Cardigan, which you can knit to fit the whole family, from tiny tot to adult size 4XL. Now that’s hardcore holiday knitting.
Turn a Square by Jared Flood. 17,000 Ravelers can’t be wrong. This hat is a beloved rite of passage and the best use ever for scraps of Noro Silk Garden.
Wurm by Katharina Nopp. Ingenious welts that trap warm air.
Rikke by Sarah Young. Stretchy garter goodness. Such a clean, modern look.