Stadium Hat

Stadium Hat free knitting pattern at Fringe Association

As promised yesterday, here’s the Stadium Hat pattern to go with the Stadium Mitts, using the light, lovely and oh-so-charming Anna yarn (available in the shop). Being a classic beanie shape with a simple, timeless stripe, it’s pretty much trend-proof, as well as unisex. And it’s an easy, fun knit. Also available for queueing at Ravelry!

Stadium Hat pattern

For this hat and the coordinating Stadium Mitts you can use two skeins of Anna in any color combination, reversing the MC and CC from the mitts to the hat as shown. You could also knit more stripes, no stripes, or whatever your heart desires. The yarn will tolerate a smaller needle, so if you want a smaller hat, try simply going down a needle size.

Construction notes:
The decreases for this hat are staggered around the crown, leaving no visible decrease “seams” — the ribs simply narrow toward each other until meeting in the middle. The decrease section accounts for 2 inches of the hat’s height; adjust the pre-decrease portion to your liking for desired finished height. During the stripe portion, carry the non-working yarn up through the rows by laying it over the working yarn on the wrong side of the fabric at the beginning of each round. Note that each first round of a color change is a plain knit round — if omitting the stripes, rib every round instead.


  • 100 yards main-color and 10 yards contrast-color Anna or other aran-weight yarn
  • 16-inch circular and double-pointed needles in size US8/5mm, or size needed to obtain a fabric and finished measurement you like (dividing the cast-on count, 84, by your stitch gauge will give you the finished circumference)
  • stitch marker
  • tapestry needle

Measurements (after wet blocking):

  • Gauge is 4.75 stitches and 5 rows per inch in rib stitch
  • Circumference (unstretched) is approx 17.5 inches at the brim; height is 8 inches


Using main color (MC) and US8 circular needle, CO 84 stitches. Make sure stitches are not twisted around needles, place a marker, and join for working in the round.

Begin knitting
Rounds 1–6: (MC) *k2, p2; repeat from * to end of round
Round 7: (CC) knit all stitches
Rounds 8–9: (CC) *k2, p2; repeat from * to end of round
Round 10: (MC) knit all stitches
Round 11: (MC) *k2, p2; repeat from * to end of round
Repeat last round until piece measures 6 inches (or desired pre-decrease height — see note above).

Shape crown (switch to DPNs when hat no longer stretches easily around circular)
Decrease round: *k2, p2tog, k2, p2; repeat from * to last 4 sts; k2, p2tog (73 sts)
Next 2 rounds: *k2, p1, k2, p2; repeat from * to last 3 sts; k2, p1
Dec round: *k2, p1, k2, p2tog; repeat from * to last 3 sts; k2, p1 (63 sts)
Next 2 rounds: *k2, p1; repeat from * to end of round
Dec round: *k2tog, p1, k2, p1; repeat from * to last 3 sts; k2tog, p1 (52 sts)
Next round: *k1, p1, k2, p1; repeat from * to last 2 sts; k1, p1
Dec round: *k1, p1, k2tog, p1; repeat from * to last 2 sts; k2tog (41 sts)
Dec round: *p2tog, k2tog; repeat from * to last stitch; p2tog w/1st stitch on needle 1 (20 sts)
Dec round: *k2tog, p2tog; repeat from * to end of round (10 sts)
Break yarn and thread tail through remaining stitches; cinch closed and weave in ends on the wrong side.


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CO = cast on
MC = main color
CC = contrast color
k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit two stitches together
p2tog = purl two stitches together
sts = stitches

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  6. Thank-you for the nice pattern. The directions were easy to follow and the hat turned out really nice. I’m going to wear it to cheer my son on for his football game. I made the body to measure 7 inches, the decrease measured 2 inches. I used a size circular needle and switched to size 7 double pts at the top. Next I’m going to make the fingerless gloves! Thanks again!

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