Wednesday, January 23, 2008

button-tab hat pattern

button-tab hats


After seeing a similar hat on the Banana Republic website this past autumn/winter, I decided I wanted to come up with my own button-tab hat. The hat is easily modifiable by just changing the stitch pattern of the brim and it's a good way to use up some of those spare buttons in your button jar.

clockwise from top left: white tweed - seed stitch brim; green - mistake rib stitch brim; natural - 2x2 rib stitch brim; black - garter stitch brim


Button-Tab Knit Hat

Do not reproduce this pattern elsewhere. This pattern is for personal use only. In other words, don't try to make money off of it.

Materials
Size US 7 straight needles (optional)
Size US 7 circular needle (16 inches)
Size US 7 set of double pointed needles
Your choice of worsted weight yarn
Stitch marker
Yarn needle
Button (size suitable for width of brim)

Pattern
Brim of hat will be worked flat. With straight (or circular needles), cast on 98 stitches.

Row 1 of brim: knit
Row 2 (and other even rows): *k2, p2; repeat from *
Row 3 (and other odd rows): *p2, k2; repeat from *
Row 14: purl
Row 15: Bind off first 10 stitches purlwise; purl to end of row. 88 stitches remain.

Transfer work to circular needles, place marker at beginning of round and work in the round in stockinette until hat measures 5 - 5.5 inches from cast on edge.

Begin decreases, switching to double pointed needles when there are too few stitches to work comfortably on the circulars.

*k9, k2tog; repeat from *
knit
*k8, k2tog; repeat from *
knit
*k7, k2tog; repeat from *
knit
*k6, k2tog; repeat from *
knit
*k5, k2tog; repeat from *
knit
*k4, k2tog; repeat from *
knit
*k3, k2tog; repeat from *
knit
*k2, k2tog; repeat from *
knit
*k1, k2tog; repeat from *
knit
*k2tog; repeat from *

Cut yarn and, with yarn needle, thread tail through remaining stitches, gather and fasten tightly. Weave in ends. Sew button to flap and base of hat.

*****


Knitting the above pattern will produce a hat with the 2x2 rib brim. The brim can also be worked in other types of ribbing, or in seed or garter stitch, if preferred.

You can make the brim as wide as you like; just try to do the bind off on an odd numbered row.

The brim tab can have a rounded edge by doing a one stitch increase at the beginning of rows 2, 4 and 6 and then doing a corresponding one stitch decrease on rows 8, 10 and 12.

Pattern now available for download as a pdf file.

button-tab hats


More pictures at Flickr

96 comments:

Haley said...

cute hat! love the variations created by playing with stitch patterns, yarn and buttons.

Em-En said...

Thanks! They knit up very quick too.

sweetfigs said...

This is a very cute pattern. Thanks for making it a freebie. :)

Em-En said...

You're welcome sweetfigs. I hope you enjoy making it.

Bridget said...

I've been trying to learn how to knit and now I'll try even harder- those are fantastic! Thanks for the pattern, I can't wait to try it.

Em-En said...

You're very welcome Bridget! :)

Tab said...

Hey thanx! I bought a fairly mangy acrylic hat from an op shop b/c it was this same design, thinking that I'd end up taking a pattern from it one day, but you've saved me the trouble :) I've got the wool and needles out now and I'm about to cast on!

Queen Boogie said...

Cute hat! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I'm going to try and make one for me this weekend :).

notsocrafty.com said...

That is so cute, I love the button idea!

Sheri said...

Love the hats! I'm curious what stitch pattern was used on the green hat...I'm having trouble figuring it out from the picture... Thanks so much!!

Em-En said...

You're welcome Tab. :)

I'm sure your hat is going to be rockin'.

Em-En said...

You are most welcome Queen Boogie. The hat is a quick knit, so I bet you'll have it done in no time. :)

Em-En said...

Thanks notsocrafty. :)

Em-En said...

Hi Sheri.

The green hat uses Mistake Rib (multiple of 4, plus 3) so the pattern needs a tiny adjustment. The instructions would be:

-Cast on 99 sts (not 98)
-For each row... k2, p2 across row; ending with k2, p1
-When casting off for the tab, cast off 11 sts (not 10)
-Proceed with pattern as written

Hope this helps. :)

Jox said...

What lovely hats, I really like the Mistake Rib one.

Em-En said...

Thanks Jox! I hope you make one of your own. :)

HapiChick said...

ooh...they all look so cute and funky! i'm adding the pattern to my to-knit list for this years x'mas gifts. Thanks for sharing!

Em-En said...

You're welcome Hapichick! I think we are on the same wavelength - I have been thinking of xmas knitting this week. :)

luannudell said...

I let a friend choose from a bunch of hat patterns online, and she choose yours! I think it's a great looking hat, simple yet full of texture. As soon as I finish hers, I'm making one for me! Thank you for doing all the work and generously sharing the results with us.

Debi said...

I wanted to thank you for your lovely hat pattern. I knit one up yesterday, tried it on, and my sister (who thinks hats look terrible on her) took it from me and wanted to keep it! I like the versatility of the pattern, and will definitely make another one with a rounded tab.

Debi said...

I forgot to mention, mine is up on Ravelry (pale teal with a kitty button).

Em-En said...

Awww, you're making me blush a little luannudell. :) You're welcome!

Em-En said...

You're welcome Debi! I can see why your sister wanted the hat. You did a great job on it and it's so cute. :)

ru n n in g thoughts said...

hi em-en,
thanks for sharing this pattern!
i'm a newbie to knitting...what is the pattern for the 'mistake rib stitch' brim? thanks!!

Em-En said...

Hi ru n n in g thoughts,

Mistake Rib uses a multiple of 4, plus 3 stitches. The instructions would be:

-Cast on 99 sts (not 98)
-Rows 2-13... k2, p2 across row; ending with k2, p1
-When casting off for the tab, cast off 11 sts (not 10)

Then you can continue with the pattern as it's written. :)

ru n n in g thoughts said...

hi em-en,

thanks for the pattern for the mistake rib, it's coming out nicely! now i have another question (sorry!),
i suppose that the purl row for row 14 of the brim is the row that creates the crease between the brim & the stockinette stitch, but if I'm doing it correctly, that purl row falls on the wrong side, so it doesn't show. Did i do it wrong?

Em-En said...

Hi ru n n in g thoughts,

No worries!

Row 14, combined with Row 15, creates the purl line that separates the ribbing from the stockinette. Row 14 will be on the wrong side and Row 15 will be the right side. Then you start knitting in the round, in stockinette, on what would be Row/Round 16.

I hope I explained that well. :)

ru n n in g thoughts said...

thanks again, em-en!
i FINALLY got it. i didn't purl to the end after binding off the 11 stitches, that's why it wasn't right. and then i didn't join the round correctly and so it was inside out...all in all, i have had to start this hat 4 times! i'm not very good at this, as you can see. :) but thanks for all your help! let me send you a pic after i'm done.

Em-En said...

I'm glad you got it ru n n in g thoughts! :)

Please do share when you're all done.

debij40 said...

Such a classy hat. Thank you for making this pattern available.

Em-En said...

Awww, thanks debij40! And I'm happy to share it with everyone. :)

Kimberley said...

A friend posted a picture of herself in a hat she made from this pattern. It's making me want to learn to knit all over again. Thanks for posting this pattern - it's making me want to get back to knitting.

Em-En said...

Hi Kimberley.

I'm glad you like the pattern. Tip: when I haven't knit in awhile, I like to ease back into it with instant gratification types of patterns. The ones that take only a few hours (or minutes!). :)

Phoebe said...

I can't wait to make this hat. I'm new to knitting & it looks like I can handle this pattern. Just wondering, what size does this pattern make? And what's the gauge? I'm not sure how to modify patterns yet or how to figure this out by myself.

Em-En said...

Hi Phoebe,

I don't tend to pay attention to gauge in my knitting. I would say that once the ribbing portion is done, you can knit 4-5 rounds and then measure that. Basically you'll be figuring out how many rounds equal an inch. You'll then be able to know how many inches the decrease rounds will be and that should help you know many inches to knit for the middle portion, so that your hat will be long enough. Hope that didn't confuse. :)

Using the recommended weight of yarn and needle size, the hat should fit most women. If you are knitting for someone with fluffy curls or for a man, it may be too small as is.

simply_hibiscus said...

soooooo i was trying to find a hat that i could sew my flaps onto and
this hat was the one that won

absolutely adorable pattern

such a cute hat

brava darling

<3

simply_hibiscus said...

soooo i ended up messing up the casting off so theres like a little tail


in my opinion just gives it some character

but


of course i put it on
and in the morning i find my bf wearing it


now he has officially stolen it from me :/

oh well
i'll make another one

with not so stretchy yarn

it didn't fit me quite well :P

Em-En said...

You did a great job simply hibiscus. :)

I like your color choices. And at least your boy is getting some use out of it. Think of this one as practice. The one you make for yourself will come out super awesome!

Kathleen said...

thank yous so much for this pattern. i boughta sweater at old navy today with the cutest buttons. I'm gonna put the extra one on my hat

Em-En said...

You're welcome Kathleen :)

Yup, all those spare buttons finally can be put to use.

Philigry said...

thanks for posting this! my neighbor just made two of these! i will be making some too! lovely.

Em-En said...

You are very welcome philigry :)

I hope you have fun knitting the hats.

Jaime said...

I can't wait to cast on! Roughly, how much yarn do you need for one hat?

JoyB said...

Just wanted to thank you so very much for this pattern. I am working on my third hay from your pattern. I got a skein of some yummy Aracaunia in a swap and made my first hat in it . Since I have made one in Mermaid in a heatehred raspberry and am now working on one of the same Mermaid that is a heathered Chocolate Brown. I am currrently on vacation in Maui and there is NO yarn store here and no place to get buttons, So I will get buttons on them when I return to Oregon on friday. I have a pic of the first one I finished on my blog if you would like to take a look. Thanks so much again. I am really enjoying knitting these hats. JoyB
1sexygramma.blogspot.com

Em-En said...

Hi Jaime,

I would say you need no more than 120 yds of yarn. I tend to overestimate to make sure I have more than enough.

If you are on Ravelry you may wish to look at what people have listed for their yarn amounts for their button-tab hats. Especially if they were made from the same yarn you'll be using. That should give you a good estimate too.

Em-En said...

Hello joyb,

You're welcome and the hat looks great! Hope you had a wonderful time in Maui. :)

rasa said...

Done it!
Mine looks a bit different, somehow, but I love it anyway.

You can find it from here http://rasaton.vuodatus.net/blog/1655162 ( only in finnish, sorry)

Em-En said...

Hi Rasa,

I like how your hat turned out! The buttons are so cute. :)

Ariane said...

Hi Em-en,
I really love your pattern! I just received a very cool skein of beautiful yarn, and I'm gonna make one of your hat. You can come see my blog (it's in French...). I have a few patterns (not on my own unfortunately!)
Take care
xx

Em-En said...

I'm glad you like the pattern Ariane! I hope you enjoy knitting it. :)

glasfaden said...

Marcien, I start to knit again. Finished the scarf for my boy, which I've started last year *lol* And now I want to make us hats. Your hat is so lovely. I'm going to try it and hope to be able to finish it too :) Thank you for sharing the pattern! xo, Devi

Em-En said...

Hi Devi!

It's just the right time to finish the scarf though. Just in time for winter. :)

Hope the hat is a fun knit for you.

glasfaden said...

It IS fun, Marcien! I've finished one http://tinyurl.com/64z2sd and am making another one with the new wool and a bit of variation ;) Thank you once again!!

Em-En said...

Oh Devi!

It came out beautifully. And I adore the color of the yarn you chose for your next project. :)

MLJ1954 said...

Very nice. Thanks for sharing!!

Em-En said...

You're welcome MLJ1954! :)

AmyB said...

I'm so glad I found this pattern -- it was the perfect knit for my sister for Christmas. I used mock cable for the button band (to match the scarf I made), and knit to just over 6" before starting the decreases in order to get the fit she prefers. A not-so-fabulous photo is
here

Miriam said...

HI there, thanks for sharing this pattern, I made 2 of them as chemo caps for 2 relatives of mine battling breast cancer and they loved them. So, thanks for bringing them a ton of extra love and warmth during the holidays. Cheers!
oh, p.s. I knit them in size 7 with Paton's Soy Wool Stripes and they looked lovely and fit well.

Maria said...

Thanks for posting this beautiful pattern!
I made this hat, I finished it yesterday, and it came out PERFECT.
THANKS A BUNCH!
<3
MARIA

Em-En said...

You did a beautiful job AmyB! I like seeing how people personalize the pattern and add their special touches. :)

Em-En said...

You are welcome Miriam. :)

I'm glad your relatives liked their hats and I send them good wishes and strength in their cancer battles.

Em-En said...

Hi Maria :)

I'm glad you liked the pattern. It's nice to hear that people are happy with the finished project.

Hannah said...

Hello-

I love this pattern. I just have one question. Mine came out looking like a kids hat. Doesn't fit me at all and I have a normal sized head. What did I do wrong? I should tell you, I am new at knitting.

Thanks

Scoutj said...

Just thought I'd share mine!

http://www.scoutj.com/2009/01/30/eye-candy-and-its-knitting/

andrea said...

I love this hat. I would like to knit it with a wool I love that I used to make another hat (which turned out too big). My question is what is worsted weight? The wool I have is 16-20 stitches per 4 inches--do you know if that will work? Thanks for the help and the great pattern!

kittenkat said...

Hi Em-En, thanks so much for the very stylish hat pattern. I have one on the needles right now in a variegated yarn, and I bought some really great buttons at Walmart in bright colors. Do you have any objections to my hat being sold for charity? My charity is The Handmade Afghans Project and we're trying to raise money for postage for the many, many afghans we mail to military hospitals for the wounded servicemen and women.

Elena said...

I looooove these hats! Can't wait to make all of them!
thanks!! :D

Tasha said...

Hi there! I just found this pattern and I love it! The only problem is I'm pretty new to knitting and I think I've made a mistake as my hat is soooo little :( Any suggestions? Do I do one row with the decreases and then only knit one row after? And then move onto the "knit 8 decreases" and so on...?

Help!! Thanks so much :)

Em-En said...

Hi Tasha,

By little, do you mean short? Or do you mean small, like a child-sized hat? If you mean it's too short, be sure your hat measures at least 5 to 5.5 inches from the cast on edge before starting the decreases.

The decrease portion should be knit as follows: a decrease round and then a plain knit round, then the next decrease round and then another plain knit round, etc.

Tasha said...

Thanks so much! I realized what I did wrong... I just started the decreases right away after the brim... whoops! Oh well, my friend's 4 year old daughter will be very happy :)

I will try again adult-size... thanks for the help.

Elin H. said...

What a lovely pattern! Beautiful hats :)

alissa said...

Thanks so much for posting your pattern - I've had it saved forever and I'm finally going to go and buy supplies today. I can't wait to try it!

Amanda said...

These are great - I altered the pattern to make one for my toddler with a pretty flower button and it is adorable. Working on one in Bulky yarn now too...Thanks for posting!

Spedding into Technology said...

Thanks for making this pattern available. I've been looking for a cute hat to make my granddaughter for Christmas. This is the one. I know she'll love it!

Dana said...

I get complements on this hat all the time. Thanks for the awesome pattern!

mrslilypond said...

do you know about how many oz. or yards you used per hat?

I've got a limited amount of yarn that I'd like to do both a scarf and hat with.

Thanks!

Heather said...

Love the look of this hat. I'm going to make one this month...if it turns out well, I think I might try making one of each to give as gifts. Thank you for posting your pattern.

Cricket said...

I love this pattern and can not wait to make it. I am new to knitting and this will be a hugh task for me. Does anyone know how much yarn you use for this?

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Gina said...

Great pattern! I do have some questions for you and I'm trying to be as clear as possible. lol I want to do the brim in seed stitch with a rounded tab and I'm not sure how to proceed.
What kinds of increases/decreases did you use on the brim and how will that effect the seed stitch pattern? It's just confusing trying to figure it out since I will go from an even number of stitches to odd and back again. What adjustments need to be made to maintain the pattern?
Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

Gina said...

Oh...one more question - sorry! Do I still knit the first row of the brim or is the first row done in the seed stitch pattern? Thanks again!

Katie said...

I have the same question as Gina. I would LOVE more info on the seed stich brim.

Taylor said...

These hats are soo cute! I cant wait to start working on them! Thanks so much for posting thm.

Mira said...

awesome hat! i just started working on it it and it looks sorta chunky and weird. is that a bad thing?

cookiekickballer said...

I wanted to make them for my cousin's twin girls, what is the gauge so I can adjust it to there little heads?

Joanne said...

Hi I would like to say thank you for this pattern..in January I got sick with the flu and was in bed for almost a month... After the flu I got a throat infection and because I just can't sit around I thought of doing some knitting... well that is almost 2 months ago and 15 hats later... because I am a loose knitter I had to change some things and also I changed the pattern to fit my newal born great neice.. thanks again... well keep this pattern for a very long time...

Veronica said...

Very cute! Thank you for sharing!

Pauline28 said...

These hats are so cute! I have been crocheting more that knitting recently, and this pattern has me pulling out the knitting needles again. What reccomendations/alterations would you suggest to make this hat for a 2 year old (about a 20inch circumference)?

Unknown said...

I love these hats. Thank you for posting the pattern. My knitting ability often leaves my projects looking a little unpolished but this came together quite easily and looks good even with my meager talents. It was my first hat and I can't wait to give it to my sister.

ruby jambalos said...

my daughter received a hat like the green one. she e-mailed me the picture and asked me to make one for her (a different color. so googled for 'hat with button' hoping I get a pattern. Yeepee, I landed on this page! Thank you for posting and making the pattern. I am making a natural color with the 2x2 ribbing. I'll also make use of the buttons I have in my stack. I got the Fisherman's Wool though.

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amanda michaud said...

Thanks for the free pattern, it's super cute! I just finished the ribbing and am now starting the stockinette. Quick question since I am a fairly new knitter...stockinette is knit on one side purl on the other, right? I am confused because once the decrease rows start, it is written to knit all the rows.

Marny said...

Any chance of doing this flat instead of round?

No idea why I'm so afraid of dpns.

Thanks! It's a hat for a friend's daughter who is 9 yo and special needs and who loves loves loves hats!

Sheryl Snow said...

I was looking for a cute hat with a button for my grand daughter and came across your design. Thanks for sharing!

Aleah C said...

Thank you for sharing this was a super simple pattern to follow. Do you think it would work as a 1x1 rib rather than stocking net stitch. I love the look but with the yarn I used it seems rather thin.

Leonie M said...

Love the hats! I'm trying this with a katia cotton yarn and it is quite light weight so my needles are smaller too.

I've knitted 6 rows into the brim and it looks like 98 stitches will not be long enough to fit around an adult head with some stretch. Looks like it needs another 10-14 stitches to allow for the button and some extra stretch room.

Suggestions? How will an increase in stitches affect the casting off later on?