Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Head's Up: The Best Men's Hat Knitting Patterns

Update: If you're new here, welcome! This is one of my most popular posts so I don't want new readers to miss the fact that I have a great giveaway right here! Oh, and good luck with your men's hat knitting project. I'd love a comment or photo of yours!

I don't know much, but I know it feels so good if you can knit a hat that a man in your life really, truly loves. The kind he is wearing when you run into him accidentally. If that's your goal, I'm here to help. Here are my top go-to hat patterns that men actually will wear:

WW II Watch Cap: This pattern was originally published in 1940 by the American Red Cross. Women would sit in groups and knit these warm hats for our boys in uniform. The decreases produce a flat top guaranteed not to be pointy. (I hate that.)

Here's the original version in a light worsted weight yarn:

Here's a chunkier one I made for DH out of Malabrigo. He doesn't like to cuff his hats so I made it shorter. He wasn't around when I was taking photos, so I'm the stand-in. We have the same size head, if you can believe that!

Jacques Couseau Hat by Typy: Okay, it's another stretchy ribbed hat. But the top is so cool and it's by a Finnish designer! They know from warm hats. After observing the photos on Ravelry, I would say you are better off knitting this with a true DK-weight yarn. It looks too bulky in anything bigger. Also, be sure you knit the cuff long enough. You want it to look just like this version:

Lina by Johanna of Joko Knits: Also by a Finnish designer, with great cabled detail.

Herringbone Tweed Hat: Sophie T. O'Donnell is a really talented designer. This is one cool hat!

Brooklytweed's Red Light Special: A wonderful Fair Isle hat that looks great in many color combinations. I especially like his addition of a knitted liner!

If you're looking for a top-down pattern, the kind he can try on as you are some great ones!

Top Down Timothy Cap by Splinderella: This one has a really cool top design.

Corrugated Rib Hat by Steven Miller: Also a top-down. Steven is a new designer and this is his first pattern. I like the idea of stripes in this hat. I think it would look great in Noro!

Long post, but I hope you enjoy. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of these patterns. Did I miss one you really love?


Karen said...

Do these beauties itch something awful? I'd need acryl!

Sophy T. O'Donnell said...

oh wow i'm very flattered that my hat is included in your list! and that you think i have some talent as a designer! thank you so much!!

Steve said...

Thanks for the shout out! Makes me all furkempt. (need a moment-topic natural vs. blends discuss)

Diana said...

great hat roundup! I am saving this for next time I need a hat pattern.

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Anonymous said...

I LOVE the WWII Watch Cap but was wondering what type of yarn you were using, I am still new to knitting and found malabrigo but wasn't sure which type of their yarn was used. let me know if anyone can help out!

Stephanie said...

For the first beanie you posted, how much shorter did you make it? My BF doesn't like the cuff style either.

Amarjeet Prasad said...

You're so cool! I don't think Ive read anything like this before. So great to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject. thanks for starting this up. this site is something that is needed on the web, someone with a little originality. good job for bringing something new to the internet!

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Anonymous said...

Steven Miller for sure. props.

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Anonymous said...

I love the Jacques Cousteau hat. how would I find the pattern for it?

Anonymous said...

Hi! I love this post! Thank you. What size needles did you use for the WWII watch cap? The pattern says size 4, but that seems AWFULLY small for a hat for a grown man. I'm assuming size 4 needles in 1940 meant something else? ~Bea

Anonymous said...

I was wondering about the WWII hat too. What size needles do you recommend?

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