My Favourite Knitted Hat

This is my all-time favourite hat to wear and knit. Mostly to wear, but also to knit. Of all the hats I’ve knit, this one stays on, is warm, and feels good to wear.

aesderina hat

Pattern is Aesderina by Jane Richmond. I’ve made it five times now – given two away, three are mine.

The green one I made on my road trip two summers ago. I picked the colour because my hair was reddish at the time and I thought green would set it off nicely. Now it’s mostly brown and green doesn’t go with my wardrobe so well. That doesn’t stop me from wearing it anyways!
aesderina in jade

aesderina hat

The grey one is a luxury yarn – Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted – it has cashmere in it! Which makes it wonderfully soft.

aesderina hat

I rarely choose sensible colours for my knitting projects, but this charcoal grey (called Sketchbook) is a gorgeous neutral and will go with everything! Much more than the green.

aesderina hat

This hat looks good sitting back on the head (the trendy way to wear it) as well as pulled down to the eyebrows (the cold-weather way to wear it!)

aesderina hat

Back to bright colours, I made the fifth one in a rich red colour.

aesderina hat

And couldn’t get the camera to cooperate, so blurry photos it is.

aesderina hat

Here’s what the yarn looked like before it was a hat:
red yarn for aesderina hat

This is my tried-and-true hat pattern. It’s the hat I reach for most, the pattern isn’t complicated to knit, and it really lets the yarn shine.

If you’re new to knitting, this is a great pattern to try once you’re comfortable with knitting and purling. That’s pretty much all you need to know, that and knitting two together. This would be a great second project, or even a first project if you’re more adventurous.

Do you have a favourite hat knitting pattern?

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50 Responses to My Favourite Knitted Hat

  1. autumn January 15, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    ooh, the green and gray are my fave, but the red is great, too – it’s fun when you find a pattern you love and want to do again and again!!

  2. Rachel January 15, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    Oooo I love that! And it looks simple enough that even my basic knitting skills could do it,

    • Tasia January 15, 2014 at 9:47 am #

      It’s very simple – if you can knit and purl, you can knit this pattern! There’s long stretches of the same stitch pattern – all knit, then all purled – so it’s quick and doesn’t require constantly checking a pattern.

  3. Jenny January 15, 2014 at 6:50 am #


  4. Vairë Gwîr January 15, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    I love that hat, and the coat you are wearing is darling!

  5. knottygnome January 15, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    i’ve knit a lot of hats and i rarely repeat the same pattern, but one i have gone back to is Gretel by Ysolda Teague. i just love the cables and you can play with the level of slouchiness to mix it up. in fact, i should make another one. ;-)

    • Tasia January 15, 2014 at 9:44 am #

      Thanks for the recommendation – that’s a pretty hat!

  6. Kelly January 15, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    That’s a lovely hat pattern! I’ll have to try it out, I love that shape. The gray version is really fantastic, what lovely yarn!

    • Tasia January 15, 2014 at 9:43 am #

      It’s a good shape, I think! Not too tight, not too slouchy. Isn’t the grey lovely? It has a shine to it, making it more beautiful than just solid grey.

  7. Ann January 15, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    I love Snoflinga by Jenny Gordy and have made it twice! That’s a lot for me since I haven’t been knitting for very long. I’m sure I’ll make more someday. The bobbles are fun to do and cute.

    • Tasia January 15, 2014 at 9:43 am #

      I’ve never knit bobbles before! We had a discussion about bobbles at knit night the other week, and the general feeling was that people didn’t like knitting them.. so it’s cool to hear you enjoyed them! Thanks for the recommendation :)

      • Katie Schulz January 15, 2014 at 10:47 am #

        A cute hat with bobbles in it is Tiny Owl Knits’ Orchid and Fairy Lights. IMO, it’s the perfect use for a single skein of Mal Worsted.–fairy-lights

        • Tasia January 15, 2014 at 11:04 am #

          I tried that pattern when it was still too hard for me, I’ll have to try it again! I really like the look of it. Thanks for the idea!

      • Ann January 15, 2014 at 11:50 am #

        Oh my gosh, I’m surprised to hear no one liked them! When I got to the bobble part, I just found and watched an internet video and it was very clear and easy. There were only about 10 bobbles, in one row, and the rest of it was just knitting and purling. Also people are very impressed by the bobbles! They say, “You MADE that?!” which is enjoyable!

  8. Amy January 15, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    You’ve made five of these?! Wow! They really do look great on you. I just finished my first knit hat. Good to know that this pattern would make a great second knit project!

    • Tasia January 15, 2014 at 9:41 am #

      Yup! My mom has the first two. :) Yes, it’s a great second knit project. I think I made two seed stitch cowls, then a Jane hat, then this one as my fourth project, but it was easier than the Jane hat. Nothing harder than knitting and purling, really!

      • Patti January 22, 2014 at 6:38 am #

        You did a Jane hat – I have done some too! Lots of fun. LOL~ I just bought this pattern to try. I have never done double needles. I will try “youtubing” it when I get there. Starting this one today. I have two planned ~ a gray and a heather jade one.

  9. Graca January 15, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    Those are cute, the green one is my favourite. Happy National Hat Day!!!

    • Tasia January 15, 2014 at 9:39 am #

      Is it really? Then I timed this post well! :)

  10. Marie lussier January 15, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    Love the hat. I would like to make one for my daughter who is runner. where could I buy the pattern?

  11. marthaeliza January 15, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    My favorite go-to hat is Dylan’s Beanie by Wooly Wormhead. It looks like a simple toque, but it is knit from the top down (important for limited yarn and trying-on-iness) and the increases are amazingly elegant. If beanie increases can be elegant.

    • Tasia January 15, 2014 at 9:40 am #

      Thanks for the recommendation, I like the idea of knitting a hat from the top down. I’ve never done that before!

  12. Amy January 15, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    Ooh I really like that. I have never knitted anything in the round – I am definitely going to have to teach myself now!

  13. Rebekah January 15, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    My favorite hat pattern is St. Germain by BabyCocktails. See here:

    and my finished St. Germain is here:

    • Tasia January 15, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      Hey, that’s my new last name – St. Germaine! I probably need a St. Germaine hat :) Thanks for the recommendation! I like the design.

  14. Michelle January 15, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    I just started a new hat for myself, but I’m thinking I might have to try this one next. It is so pretty(I’ll just actually have to buy yarn, because nothing I have will work for it).

  15. TÉLIO TEXTURES January 15, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Wow very nice!

  16. Ally - Design Rewind Fashions January 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    I need to learn to knit!!! That hat is wonderful!

  17. Rochelle New January 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    Oh I love it in every color!! I reaaaaalllllllyyyy need to knit myself a hat since I wear one nearly everyday, especially in the winter. I’ll have to add this pattern to my Ravelry queue. It’s adorable!

  18. Virginia January 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    I’ve never knit a hat, but this looks like a lovely one to start with. :-)

  19. Lorinda January 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    Very cute and useful hat. Did you make the blue coat?

  20. Michelle January 15, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    Quick question before I buy the pattern…is this done on 2, 4, or round needles? I’m a newbie and can only knit with 2 so far. :)

    • Katie Schulz January 16, 2014 at 6:33 am #

      Usually hats are knit in the round on circular needles (which is really like knitting with 2 straight needles but with the stitches not currently being knitted hanging out on the cable patiently waiting their turn) until you get to the decreases at the top of the hat. At that point, you will switch to double points because you don’t have enough stitches to go around the circular needle.
      Double points look intimidating but they really aren’t. You only ever knit with 2 needles at a time – the other ones are there to hold stitches. You start at the beginning of your row and knit all the stitches off of that first needle. Then you take your empty needle and start on the next needle loaded up with stitches. Keep doing this around and around and around, while following your directions for decreases.
      There is a little bit of awkwardness in figuring out how to comfortably hold your needles but you’ll figure it out.
      You only ever knit one stitch at a time, so give it a shot. You’ll be so proud of yourself when you wear your new hat.

  21. Julieanne January 16, 2014 at 12:19 am #

    Oooo I like this pattern and it looks great on you! I’ve favourited this one for future reference! :)

  22. Cathi January 16, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    I love how the different colours make the hat give off a different vibe each time! Gorgeous pattern and great knitting.
    I think I might just have to go get this pattern for some winter knitting…maybe present for next Christmas.

  23. Jane Richmond January 17, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    Tasia you are so sweet! It makes me so happy you equally love to knit and wear Aesderina <3 I love the practical grey one and the red one is fantastic! That has to be THE perfect red!

    • Tasia January 17, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

      Yay, celebrity designer comment! Thanks Jane! It really is one of my favourites and I recommend it to people who are looking for a first hat project. :)

  24. Kat January 17, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    That is such an awesome hate! I will knit for winter for sure, although it’s summer here in Australia right now. I spent 2 years in Vancouver, so I know the weather well, that hat is a good choice. Thanks for sharing! I love the slouchiness of it.

  25. Kat January 17, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    SIGH! I meant “that’s such an awesome HAT” No hate here :P

    • Tasia January 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

      I knew what you meant! :)

  26. Lynn January 17, 2014 at 4:12 am #

    That is an adorable hat! I just downloaded it to try. Did you do it with or without the cuff?

    • Tasia January 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

      I did it with the fold-over cuff, knitting the cast-on edge into the first row after the band.

  27. Lynn January 17, 2014 at 4:15 am #

    P.S. I second Ann…bobbles are fun to knit! And not hard at all! I made a baby sweater covered in them and it was such a fun looking sweater!

    • Tasia January 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

      Great to hear! I actually think they’re neat-looking, in the right design. A baby sweater would be super cute in bobbles.

  28. Leigh January 18, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Urchin by Ysolda Teague. I love the construction, it’s easy to memorise, and really shows off a thick and thin yarn. It’s a great beginner pattern, and beginner spinner pattern.

  29. doortje January 21, 2014 at 1:10 am #

    Lovely coat!!!

  30. Amanda January 21, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    Oh i love this hat!! And I love Jane’s designs – I made and have been wearing my Renfrew hat to death this season; it has a similar fit to that one. I have to add Aesderina to my Ravelry queue now though, because your gray one is marvelous! :)