Roll Brim Hat – adult

December 9, 2012

roll brim hat

The design of this roll brim hat is simple yet looks good on almost anyone, and the hat can be knit in a weekend. I’ve made so many of these hats I’ve lost count. You can vary the look greatly by using a variety of yarns. I’ve made them with solid colored yarns, handpainted, self striping, tweed and marled. I’ve also made them striped using two different colors and alternating colors every ten or twelve rows. The pattern is originally from here, and I make it exactly as stated in the instructions.

The samples shown are knit with Lion Brand Amazing yarn, in Olympia and Ruby colors. Any worsted weight yarn (weight category 4) will do, or you can use two strands of fingering or sock weight yard held together.

roll brim hat

Decreases at the crown make a beautiful pattern. 
roll brim hat

I always almost make a size Medium.
roll brim hat

Small (Medium, Large)
Circumference 20 (21¼, 22½)”

1 skein Lion Brand Amazing 50 g/1.75 oz./147 yards
Size 7 US (4.5 mm) 16″ circular needles
Size 7 US (4.5 mm) double pointed needles
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers

18 sts=4″ in stockinette stitch

Cast on 90 (96, 102) sts. Join and work in the round, being careful not to twist work. Place marker to mark beginning of round.
Work in stockinette stitch (knit every round) for 6″.

Begin decreases:
Round 1: *k13 (14,15), k2tog, rep from * = 84 (90, 96) sts
Round 2: knit
Round 3: *k12 (13, 14), k2tog, rep from * = 78 (84, 90) sts
Round 4: knit
Round 5: *k11 (12, 13), k2tog, rep from * = 72 (78, 84) sts
Round 6: knit

Continue in this manner until 48 sts remain, then decrease every round until 6 sts remain. Cut yarn and draw through remaining stitches and fasten off. Weave ends into hat. Enjoy!

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Debbie January 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Hi Missy, I just adore your brim hat pattern. First time for me using the Amazing yarn and it is so easy to work with. I am making myself my first one and have many more to knit. Thank you too for posting your pattern.


Heather Bott May 2, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Thanks for this pattern! I have a question that may relate to the fact that I’m not the most advanced knitter. As the number of stitches decreases the distance between the decrease and the end of the round also decreases. Are we always supposed to end the round with a decrease? If not, how does this work out? In each round, does the row always decrease by six? If so, then, isn’t it the case that we have to decrease at the end of the row even if the stated number of stitches between decreases hasn’t been achieved? Thank you!


Missy August 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

Hi Heather. Yes, you’re correct. every round ends with a decrease and there are six decreases in each decrease round. As you are continuing the decrease rows, there are fewer and fewer stitches between the decreases and eventually you get to the point where there are only 6 stitches left on the needles (1 stitch from each set of decreases) – then you’re done. I hope this helps clarify. If not, please let me know. Happy knitting!


Heather Bott May 6, 2014 at 10:14 am

I just finished making this hat with a different yarn than shown above. Once I found my counting mistake that threw off the decrease “star,” it worked out perfectly. In each row of decreases, there are six sets of the knitting sts + the decrease. And each round decreases by six stitches, as shown numerically above. This hat was really a pleasure to knit. I really like the way you have worked out the decreases. It closes up really nicely. My sister tried on the hat (L) today and said that she would want it a bit longer so it would cover her ears. So, if I were ever in the mood to knit her this hat, I would knit the first rounds to 6.5″ rather than 6″. Very nice pattern. Thank you.


Missy May 8, 2014 at 9:39 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I have made the hat longer, as your sister requested, for people who like more length to pull down, and it works out well. Happy knitting!


Marion Adams November 8, 2014 at 7:58 am

I assume that at some point in making the decreases you switch to the double pointed needles to make it easier. Am I right?I love the pattern and it is exactly what I was looking for.


Missy January 22, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Yes, that’s the idea. When decreasing, you wind up with too few stitches to use the circular needle any more. Some people prefer knitting the entire hat on double-pointed needles, but I prefer circular as I can work faster using those. Have fun! Let me know how it turns out.


Kelli November 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Hey Missy,

What a fun hat! I’ve only made one other hat – a baby hat – so this was a real adventure for me. Please pardon the novice question… you start measuring after the natural roll forms? It’s not 6″ from the edge, is it??

Thanks so much. I’m enjoying your whole blog. 🙂


Missy January 22, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Hi Kelli, I’m so sorry I didn’t see your message until now. You do measure the length of the hat from the very beginning, not after the roll forms. It’s not a big deal though – you’ll just wind up with a slightly longer hat.

I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog. I have many new posts in the works. Stay tuned!


Michele tanguay December 27, 2015 at 5:38 pm

How many cast on stitches would I use for a size 8 circular needle? That’s the only needle I have – love the pattern !! Thanks for sharing it !!


Missy January 7, 2016 at 10:19 am

Hi Michele,
Since you’re using a larger needle, I would cast on stitches for one size smaller hat than you need. For instance, if you want a medium hat, cast on the number of stitches for a small hat. If you want a small, cast on 84 stitches. Please let me know how it turns out – I love seeing everyone’s finished projects.


Michele tanguay December 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm

How many cast on stitches would I use for a size 8 circular needle ? Thanks so much for sharing that beautiful hat !


Michele tanguay January 7, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Thanks so much for responding back as I’m just started making it !


Michele February 1, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Hi missy , I REALLY enjoyed doing this hat pattern, in fact , I’m on my 2nd hat and EVERYBODY loves it!! I’m making one for my mom and this is such a easy , wonderful pattern !
I was wondering if I wanted to use a bulky weight yarn what size needles and how many cast on should I use ? For the past 3 years , I have been trying to find a easy to do yet beautiful in style and colored hat and thanks to you – I finally have one !
Most patterns I have tried have come out too big , too small , or the pattern ( I can tell by the comments ) ended up being wrong ! Thank you so much for making this pattern and sharing it for free!


Missy February 1, 2016 at 9:54 pm

I’m SO glad you’re enjoying this pattern! And thank you for letting me know. I’m traveling for the next couple of days so I don’t have access to my yarn and needle calculator, but I found this pattern on Ravelry It calls for size 10 needles and casting on 90 stitches. Best of luck.


Katrinia Bass January 3, 2017 at 10:08 am

I made this hat on size 8 needles casting on 90 stitches with Red Heart Super Saver yarn and it turned out great…..I love it when the math works out!


Missy January 4, 2017 at 4:21 pm

I’m so glad to hear that – thank you!


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