Kaare hat - free pattern

This is the first hat I knit...I knit it years ago and never blogged it, which is awful because it is a great FREE pattern that is brilliant for beginners and enjoyable for more experienced knitters who want a quick and satisfying project.

Kaare hat free knitting pattern for beginners


I bought my yarn in person at the Knitting and Stitching Show. I've visited the stall from Belinda Harris-Reid a couple of times and love the luxurious feel of the yarns she has. This time I went with this hat in mind and was specifically on the lookout for a DK. I eventually settled on the Cobblestone DK which is a blend of 60% superwash merino, 20% silk and 20% yak in an undyed grey colour.

It feels amazing. Super soft. I am quite sensitive to yarns and don't get along well with mohair. This is fabulous and looks as good now, after 2 years of wearing out for walks, as it did when it was first blocked.

Kaare hat free pattern - review


This pattern is available for free on Ravelry; the Kaare hat by Maria Kostamovaara. It is an adult sized hat using DK weight yarn. Mine knit up as a slouchy beanie style and I was quite pleased with the fit. 

The instructions are very clearly written, broken down into each step of the hat. Because the pattern is a simple repeat, it's easy to remember and continue without having to refer to the instructions a lot as well. As I said, it's the first time I've made a hat and I had no problems whatsoever. I think being DK helped a lot as well because it makes it quite quick, so you can feel successful. It only took me a weekend to complete.

I doubled the length of the ribbing on the brim so that I could fold it over which I would definitely do again as it keeps my ears nice and warm!

Would I make it again? Yes

Would I recommend either the yearn or the pattern, especially for a beginner? Yes


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