How to Knit a Hat Brim

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Wearing a knit hat with a brim is a popular look for different age groups. Men and women alike enjoy wearing these fun hats that not only keep the head warm but are a definite fashion statement.


A knitter possessing basic knowledge and experience can easily add a knit brim to an existing knit hat in a short time. A hat like this makes a nice addition to a hat collection or it could make an appreciated gift for someone special.


Choose bright colors and have fun knitting a brim for a hat.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 skein worsted weight yarn (40 g skein)
  • US Size 7 20-inch circular needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • 1 sheet of clear plastic canvas

Knitting a Hat Brim

  • Choose an existing knit stocking cap to which you would like to add a knit hat brim. Select a contrasting or complimentary color worsted weight yarn for the hat brim.

  • Pick up a stitch from the bottom front of the hat.

    1 - Knit 32 stitches along this bottom edge of the front side of the hat.
    2 - Purl every stitch
    3 - Knit every stitch
    4 - Purl every stitch
    5 - Knit two stitches together.
    Knit to the last two stitches.
    Decrease by slipping two stitches and knitting the slipped stitches together
    6 - Purl two stitches together.
    Purl to the last two stitches and decrease by slipping two stitches and purling the slipped stitches together
    7 - Knit every stitch
    8 - Purl every stitch
    9 - Knit two stitches together.
    Knit to the last two stitches.
    Decrease by slipping two stitches and knitting the slipped stitches together
    10 - Purl two stitches together.
    Purl to the last two stitches and decrease by slipping two stitches and purling the slipped stitches together
    11 - Knit two stitches together two times.
    Knit to the last four stitches and decrease by slipping two stitches and knitting the slipped stitches together (two times)
    12 - Purl two stitches together two times and purl to the last four stitches.
    Decrease by slipping two stitches and purling the slipped stitches together (two times)
    13 - Knit two stitches together two times.
    Knit to the last four stitches and decrease by slipping two stitches and knitting the slipped stitches together (two times)
    14 - Knit every stitch (this row is the turning ridge row)
    15 - Knit one stitch and increase one stitch (two times).
    Knit to the last two stitches and increase one stitch and knit one stitch (two times)
    16 - Purl one stitch and increase one stitch (two times).
    Purl to the last two stitches and increase one stitch and purl one stitch (two times)
    17 - Knit one stitch and increase one stitch (two times).
    Knit to the last two stitches and increase one stitch and knit one stitch (two times)
    18 - Purl every stitch
    19 - Knit one stitch and increase one stitch.
    Knit to the last stitch and increase one stitch and knit one stitch
    20 - Purl one stitch and increase one stitch.
    Purl to the last stitch and increase one stitch and purl one stitch
    21 - Knit every stitch
    22 - Purl every stitch
    23 - Knit one stitch and increase one stitch.
    Knit to the last stitch and increase one stitch and knit one stitch
    24 - Purl one stitch and increase one stitch.
    Purl to the last stitch and increase one stitch and purl one stitch
    25 - Knit every stitch
    26 - Purl every stitch
    27 - Knit every stitch
    28 - Purl every stitch

    Bind off

  • Cut a trapezoid shape from the plastic that is 2 inches wide and 6 3/4 inches long on its longest side. The short length of the trapezoid shape will be 4 inches long.

  • Fold hat brim in half at row 14 to make the brim pocket. Slip the plastic piece inside the knit pocket and slip stitch the brim closed with the tapestry needle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Gauge: 28 stitches and 24 rows to 4 inches over the 2 by 2 inch rib pattern.

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