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Free Hat Knitting Patterns

Free Penguin Pal Hat Knitting Pattern

This cheery penguin brightens up a cold winter day.

This cheerful cap is as cool as can be, but it's sure to keep any child warm. Once you get the hang of knitting from a chart, you may play around with more designs to see which other animals would make a cute hat!


Circumference: 16" (40.5cm)


Height: 7" (18cm)

What You'll Need

Yarn: Worsted weight wool yarn, approximately 95 yards (87m) color A; 30 yards (27.5m) color B; about 15 yards (14m) color C

We used: Cascade 220 (100% wool; 220 yards [201m] per 31/2oz [100g] skein): #8555 black (color A), 1 skein; #7824 orange (color B), 1 skein; #8505 white (color C), 1 skein

Needles: US size 6 (4mm)

Notion: Tapestry needle


20 stitches and 32 rows=4" (10cm) in stockinette stitch

Note: When changing colors, drop the old color and bring the new color up from under the old color, twisting them together to avoid gaps. For each section being worked, you will need 2 balls color A, 1 ball color B, and 2 small balls color C.

Make the Hat

With color B cast on 80 stitches. Work 8 rows in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row).

Work 4 rows in (knit 1, purl 1) ribbing. Cut color B.

Next row (right side): With first ball of color A knit 30, drop A; join color C, knit 20, drop color C; join second ball of A, knit 30, turn work.

Row 2: Still working with second ball of A, purl 30, drop A; pick up color C, purl 20, drop C; pick up first ball of A, purl 30, turn work.

Repeat these 2 rows seven times more.

View Enlarged Image Use this chart to create the penguin pattern.

Start row 1 (right-side row) of chart. Follow chart for next 14 rows using separate balls of yarn for each area.

Decrease Rows

Row 1 (right side): With yarn A, (knit 8, knit 2 together) 8 times. (72 stitches)

Rows 2, 4, and 6: Purl.

Row 3: (Knit 7, knit 2 together) 8 times. (64 stitches)

Row 5: (Knit 6, knit 2 together) 8 times. (56 stitches)

Row 7: (Knit 5, knit 2 together) 8 times. (48 stitches)

Row 8: (Purl 2 together, purl 4) 8 times. (40 stitches)

Row 9: (Knit 3, knit 2 together) 8 times. (32 stitches)

Row 10: (Purl 2 together, purl 2) 8 times. (24 stitches)

Row 11: (Knit 2 together, knit 1) 8 times. (16 stitches)

Row 12: (Purl 2 together) to end of row. (8 stitches)

Cut yarn leaving about 20" (51cm) tail. Thread tail through tapestry needle and slip needle through remaining 8 live stitches. Pull yarn tail gently to draw stitches together snugly, and fasten off. Sew back seam using mattress stitch. Weave in all loose ends to inside of hat.

Knitting hats is great for beginning and expert knitters alike. These knitting patterns will help you increase your knitting skill and have fun at the same time.

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Contributing designers: Cathleen Stephen, Beth Walker-O'Brien, Shirley MacNulty, Lucie Sinkler