Now that the chilly weather has settled in to stay, we’ve got our knitting needles working on overtime. This is our favourite time of year to knit fun things that will keep our family and friends (and also ourselves) warm! That’s why we find ourselves spending part of the fall scouring the Internet for new hat patterns that we haven’t tried before but that we think look especially toasty.
Just in case you’re feeling as enthusiastic about the idea of knitting some awesome new hats this fall as well, here are 15 of the most interesting patterns that we’ve come across so far in this year’s search!
1. Scrunchie hat
Have your favourite designs always had some kind of visual texture of cool design element that makes them a little more interesting to both wear and knit than the average hat? Then we have a feeling this ridged colour gradient design featured on Lucy Neatby is going to be right up your alley!
2. Alize hat
Just in case you’re feeling up for a challenge and you’d prefer to create something that has a really unique design element, here’s an awesome pattern from Anadiomena’s Designs that walks you through the steps of creating a stunning stitched leaf motif! We can’t get over how well the pulled stitch embellishment stands out against the basic striping around the rest of the hat.
3. Chunky Cloche hat
If you’re going to put in the time and effort of hand knitting something from scratch, would you rather make a hat that’s a little more old fashioned, classic, or vintage looking in its style? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Pixiebell made this slightly modernized (but still somewhat traditionally styled) cloche hat! We adore the buttoned strap.
4. Cove hat
Have you always been a huge fan of slouch hats but you’re looking for something that has a bit more visual interest than the average scrunchy toque pattern you’ve seen around? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Jo Storie Hand Knits made this oversized (but well fitting) toque that combines seed stitch with a lovely chainlink style cable for a look that appears very intricate but is actually much simpler to create than you might think.
5. Encircling Ewe beanie
Perhaps your favourite kind of knitting has actually always been colour work and you’d much prefer to create visual images within your knitting rather than doing more texture things like cables? In that case, we think perhaps you’ll get along a little better with something like this fantastic ewe themed beanie outlined stitch by stitch on Day Dreams.
6. Foliage hat
Leaves might seem like an obvious fall hat design choice but we still find that we can just never seem to get enough of them! This particular pattern from Irina Dmitrieva shows you how to make the shape within your stitches using yarn overs and surprisingly simple stitching patterns for an effect that’s simultaneously beautiful and subtle. We adore the way it looks in green, but we’ve also knit it in other bright colours and loved the finished product just as much!
7. Hudson Riverfront hat
If you’re going to put time and effort into a handmade hat, would you rather it be a style that’s a little more toasty and likely to keep your head very warm indeed, even on into the winter? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Fine Craft Guild made this extra warm hat complete with ear flaps and faux fur embellishment.
8. Happy K hat
Did we really catch your attention at the mention of cables but it’s because you adore them and you think you’d like to do even more of them than the previous patterns we showed you allow for? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Pumora created this lovely weaving hat that’s great for intermediate knitters.
9. Schuyler beanie
Just in case you’re very interested indeed in doing some Fair Isle knitting or colour work but the little sheep, while adorable, aren’t necessarily a style you’d wear, here’s a more patterned alternative for your consideration! Check out how Fairmount Fibres used a neutral base and an accent colour to create a lovely woven lead pattern within their stitches.
10. Fall Acorn hat
When you started thinking about fall hat patterns, did you actually start picturing something much more explicitly fall themed than some of what we’ve shown you, so you’ve been scrolling through our list in hopes of finding something with a bit more novelty? Well, this pattern is sized for kids, but it’s still one of our favourites! Check out how Little Red Window made this fantastic acorn hat for fall.
11. Swedish Style hat
If you’ve never tried knitting in this adorable Swedish stitch that looks like a woven braid then we’d absolutely suggest giving it a try! To get you started, here’s a fantastic toque pattern that’s shockingly simple for how intricate the effect is. Get the full details (including the ribbed edge and pom pom) thanks to Crazy Hands!
12. Zig Zag Chevron hat
Are you still feeling quite interested in the idea of making a hat that’s got some visual interest, shaped pattern, or colour changing but you’re just not sure that your skills are quite up to the challenge of actual colour work or Fair Isle yet? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Little Red Window made this beautifully colour blocked chevron hat instead! This is one of those patterns that will look stunning no matter what colour scheme you choose.
13. Argyle hat
Do you actually live somewhere slightly warmer, where knitting things like patterned eyelets into your hat won’t leave you feeling too chilly when you wear it? Well, if you’re decently experienced with simple, introductory lace techniques then we doubt you’ll have any problems at all creating something like this fantastic argyle inspired hat outlined step by step on Originally Lovely.
14. Berdetta beanie
Perhaps you’re actually only just advancing past beginner knitting status but you’re still completely intent on making something that’s very unique indeed, so you’re searching for a pattern with a bit of textured interest or unique stitching to it? In that case, we’d absolutely encourage you to take a look at the way Open Field wove their yarn across their stitches to create an embellishment that’s reminiscent of a pretty lattice.
15. Morel hat
Have you always been a fan of sock weight or fingering weight knitting because you adore the stitch definition it provides? Then we think perhaps you’ll get along a little better with something like this fantastically detailed looking hat from Florrie Marie that’s really created using some of the simplest stitches in the book, just completed in unique combination. We simply adore the final effect it has!