The Seed Stitch Knit Hat

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I love how much texture this hat has, the way the stitches form a pattern in the hat gives it a classy look. The structure of this stitch makes the hat soft not stiff, making it a great pattern to create a slouchy style hat.

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Seed stitch free knitted beanie pattern

For this hat, I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in glacier. This is a chunky yarn level 6, that is 80% wool 20%. You will only need 1 skein of yarn for this hat. The great thing about using chunky yarn is it’s not only super warm but the hat works up quickly as well.

Free knitted hat pattern, seed stitch

The Seed Stitch Knit Hat Pattern


  • The brim of the hat is about 2”. You can increase or decrease the number of rows to either create a thicker or thinner brim.
  • The hat is 10” tall, making it slouchy. You can add more rows to the height of the hat to increase the slouch. Or decrease the number of rows if you would like a less slouchy hat.
  • You can make this hat in smaller sizes, just make sure you cast on an even number of stitches.
  • This pattern is beginner friendly, using knit and purl stitches.
  • K2tog means to knit two stitches together.


Want to learn to make your own Faux fur poms? Check out my post on how to make your own faux fur pom poms.


Size: adult 

Cast on 48 stitches. Join in the round and place stitch marker.

You will now begin to create the brim of the hat.

Rows 1-6: k1, p1 repeat to the end of the round.

Now it is time to start working the body of the hat.

Row 7: p1, k1 repeat to the end of the round

Row 8: p1, k1 repeat to the end of the round

Row 9: k1, p1 repeat to the end of the round

Row 10: k1, p1 repeat to the end of the round

Row 11- 28: Repeat rows 7-10

Now you will begin decreasing.

Row 29: k4, k2tog, Repeat until the last two stitches, k2

Row 30: k each stitch

Row 31: k3, k2tog repeat until the last two stitches, k2

Row 32: k each stitch

Switched to DPN’s or if you do not like to use DPN’s then finish of hat here.

Row 33: k2, k2tog repeat until the last two stitches, k2

Row 34: k1, k2tog repeat until the last two stitches, k2

Row 35: k2tog repeat until the end of the round.

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!

50 thoughts on “The Seed Stitch Knit Hat”

    1. Hi! You can adjust the pattern by casting on more stitches. just make sure you cast on an even amount of stitches. If your gauge is around 6 stitches per inch you will probably need to cast on around 120 stitches or so.

    2. Use two or three (depending on the actual thickness of the dk yarn, and they do vary in thickness) strands held togoether. That will approximate a bulky yarn.

  1. Love how my hat came out!!! I made brim of hat a bit longer so it could fold over. I Was looking for a pattern that was easy but a hat that looks like good quality, this was perfect!!! Thank you!

  2. I would like patterns to knit hats and mittens that are easy for me to do ,I enjoy knitting scarfs, hats mittens, slippers looking forward to a few free patterns thanks

  3. This is great, I’ve been searching for a pattern for this hat. 🙂 Just to clarify, on the repeats of rows 7-10, row 28 will be a p1,k1 row?

  4. Loved knitting this hat. I have just started knitting again after many years of disinterest due to knitting too much of the time. It was nice to finish the hat in record time for me. Thanks for this being a free pattern. I have 2 daughters ho will love this hat so I am sure I will be knitting another. I used Lush Alpaca yarn in a lilac colour for this hat.

  5. Hi ! This hat is beautiful ! It s going to be my next project ^^
    Are you using the magic loop to do the hat with your circular needles please ? Or do you use a small cable (like 20cm)
    Thank you !

  6. If I use Lions Pride Woolspun yarn ( which is bulky weight yarn #5) which requires a 10.5 needle, how many stitches should I cast on for the hat ? What a wonderful pattern you have – can’t wait to start early and make it ! Thanks

    1. I LOVE this pattern! I wanted a pattern that is easy but looks difficult. I inherited a bunch of yarn when my mother in law passed. I just started a new job. The clinic I work at is just down the hall from the cancer clinic. Th is pattern is absolutely perfect for a warm chemo hat. It’s quick, easy and beautiful. I can’t think of a better use for the yarn!! The best part is it’s extremely easy to adapt to different yarn weights!
      Thank you!

  7. Hi. I’m trying to make the hat , right now. When and how do you connect the yarn into one circle? In the begging or the end? Thank you.

    1. I would like to knit this for a 7 year old. I saw in a previous reply you advised to cast on 42 stitches. I was wondering, if I wish to make the hat non-slouchy when should I begin the decrease? Thank you!

  8. Hi, I’m a beginner at knitting and I would like to knit your hat in a size to fit my one year old grandson. I don’t understand how to knit it smaller, please can you help?

  9. Love the look of this beanie. I’m using a lighter weight yarn, and have cast on 105 stitches to meet the gauge. I am close to finishing the body. It’s time to start the decrease rounds, but with 105 stitches, I’m not sure how to adjust the pattern. Also, is an odd number not going to work when decreasing?

    1. I cannot answer for sure on how this will look in the end. But I would start decreasing by knitting 5, k2tog. Then knit the next round. Then k4,k2tog… and so on.

  10. Hi. I’m a newbie, so apologies for this question: Are the instructions for finishing off the hat with double pointed needles vs. circular needles the same? I wasn’t sure what was meant by “Switched to DPN’s or if you do not like to use DPN’s then finish of hat here.”

    1. Using double pointed needles will allow you to decrease the top of the hat more, giving it more shape. But the hats will be very similar looking in the end, especially if you top your hat off with a Pom Pom.

  11. This is beautiful and I shall make it my next project. But I have never used dpns. How many of them will I need to finish the beanie and any tips on how I am meant to use them to finish this lovely piece. Thank you so much

    1. You can finish your hat off with the circular needles if you prefer!

      Otherwise you’ll need 4 double pointed needles. And I suggest watching YouTube tutorials on tips for using them. I find visual is easier to learn.

  12. Thank you so very much for sharing such a beautiful pattern.
    I have used Butter Cream Yarn “Angel Hair” which is a 5 Bulky weight. Purchased the yarn at Joanns.
    The hats are so beautiful and warm. I have gifted 20+ to charity and am still knitting up a storm.

  13. I made this hat today for my aunt, who will start chemo next week. I used Wool-ease thick and quick, in purple. My first try with moss stitch. It turned out beautiful, thank you so much for the pattern! One thing I noticed during the decrease rounds, I did the k4, k2tog, repeat, but I never had an extra 2 sts for the final k2 listed at the end of each decrease. I counted the stitches before decreasing, and the count was right, but not sure what exactly I did! Thank you

  14. I made the spiral hat and the hurdle hat in one day and I absolutely love both. I made the hurdle shorter and think I like that length the best. I also used an 8mm needle for the brim and then switched to the 9 for the hat. Thank you for the patterns. Think I will try the Diamond and the Seed stitch next.

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