The Hurdle Stitch Hat

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You can purchase the ad free version of this hat on Etsy here. The paid version also comes with instructions for infant to adult sizes.

This hat knitting pattern has lots of texture and knit with bulky yarn making it not only super cute and stylish, but warm and cozy too.

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  • I used lion brand wool-ease thick and quick yarn. But you can use any super bulky yarn.
  • This hat is about 10″ tall, making it a slouchy hat. Decrease the number of rows knit if you would like a less slouchy hat.


  • Super Bulky Yarn (level 6)
  • 9mm 16″ circular knitting needles
  • 9mm double pointed needles
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle
  • Optional: Pom Pom


  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • k2tog: Knit two together


For Adult size 21” Head Circumference. 

Cast on 46 Stitches. Join In the round and place stitch marker.


Row 1-6: *K1, p1* *Repeat until the end of the row


Row 7: Knit all the way around

Row 8: Purl all the way around

Row 9: *k1, p1* *Repeat until the end of the row

Row 10: *k1, p1* *Repeat until the end of the row

Row 11- 30 : Repeat rows 7 to 10.

Row 31: *k3, k2tog*, k1 *repeat until end of the row

Row 32: Knit all the way around

Row 33: *k2, k2tog*,k1 *Repeat until end of row

Row 34: Knit all the way around.

Switch to DPN’s

Row 35: *k1, k2tog* *Repeat until the end of the row

Row 36: Knit all the way around.

Row 37: *k2tog*, k1 *Repeat until the end of the row

Cut a long tail and weave through the remaining stitches on the needle to close off. 

Weave in ends and you’re done! Now you can add a pom pom if you would like.

This pattern is an original pattern by Meg Hardison of The Northern Moose. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. Please do not reprint this pattern on your site. You may keep a copy of the pattern for your own personal use, but please do not sell the pattern or distribute it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me Meg Hardison and link back to The Northern Moose Blog. Permission is not granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind. Thank you for being respectful and for your understanding!

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Shiela

    I love your patterns!

    For this pattern, if I wanted to use a cascade baby alpaca chunky but I am confused about how many stitches to cast on. Is 70 about right? My yarn gauge is 14 sts=4″ and I will be using a US 10 circular needle (16″).

    1. northernmoose

      The hat pattern is pretty stretchy. I think 70 might be to big. I would think 64 might be better. But I’ve never used that yarn so I cannot say for sure. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

  2. Bree

    I love this hat! What color is this yarn? It’s beautiful

    1. northernmoose

      Lion brand wool ease thick and quick Coney Island

  3. Katie. Sander

    When it says 11-30 repeat rows 7-10, I’m thinking that means “repeat rows 7-10 6 times” to get to row 30. Correct?

    1. northernmoose

      Yes that’s correct

    2. northernmoose

      Well, Repeat 5 more times. So 6 sets of those 4 rows total

  4. Olivia

    Love the hat

  5. Lynda

    For a 21” head, what is the measurement for the hat? My gauge is 24 sts= 4”. For 21”, that would be 126 sts, correct? Or do I cast on more to have a hat that’s bigger than my head?

    1. northernmoose


      So if I am knitting a hat for a 21″ size I calculate it for a circumference of 18″-19″ because these hats have a lot of stretch to them and I find if I actually knit at 21″ the hat comes out to big. So with your gauge I would calculate it for around 18″ So closer to 108 stitches.

      1. Lynda

        Terrific! Thank you! And thank you for the quick reply.

        If you (or anyone you know) ever start a Knitting Help subscription service, please let me know. I would pay for on-call knitting help.


        1. northernmoose

          Send me a message through the contact me form on my website (top of the page) and I’ll give you my email, you can ask me questions there for a faster response. It’s easier for me to respond that way.

  6. Nancy L Williams

    If I want to use worsted weight does that change the pattern at all? Cast on of 46 seems like it would be way to small.

    1. northernmoose

      Hello, yes it would change the pattern.

      I have not tested this pattern using worsted weight yarn, so I am unable to tell you how many stitches to cast on. Depending on your gauge I would assume somewhere around 90 stitches. But I cannot guarantee that Would be correct.

      Sorry about that!

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