Learn to Knit Your First Cap

So, you’ve knit a scarf or two, what now? Time to “move beyond the rectangle” and start knitting shapes!

This project is designed for knitters who are comfortable with the basics – casting-on, knitting, and purling. In this tutorial we learn the next steps – knitting in-the-round, working ribbing, working with double-pointed needles, and working decreases.

Pattern includes three sizes – Child, Adult Small, and Adult Large.

This pattern includes links to four instructional videos to guide you through the new techniques you’ll learn.

Materials Needed:
• one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted (widely available at craft stores), or any worsted-weight yarn
• size 7 US 16″ circular needles
• size 7 US double-pointed needles
• a tapestry needle for weaving in your ends

This pattern is available in three different formats, each includes links to 4-part video tutorial:

1. PDF Pattern, traditional and printable. $8.00 via PayPal

2. Amazon Kindle digital download (suitable for Kindle devices and devices that use the Kindle app): $6.00 US.

3. eReader (For non-Kindle eReaders, like Sony eReader and Barnes & Noble Nook, or any device using the Google Play Books app) $6.72 US

63 comments on “Learn to Knit Your First Cap

  1. Denise – thank you for the suggestion! I’ve had many requests to do a tutorial on that sweater…I’ll have to see what I can do.
    S t a c i

  2. Hi Staci

    What is the gauge for the three hat sizes? Do I follow the gauge indicated on the yarn wrapper?

  3. Claire – the gauge is 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch (listed in the pattern), but it isn’t all that important. This hat is super stretchy, and will fit almost any head!

    S t a c i

  4. I am about to try to knit a hat for the first time and I really want to use your tutorial and pattern, only I promised my five year old daughter I would knit her hat in a beautiful variegated pink alpaca bamboo I bought already that calls for size 10 US needles. Is there any way I can make your pattern work?

  5. Jennifer – no, sorry…you really need to find a pattern that uses that gauge to be able to knit a hat that fits properly. I suggest searching Ravelry for a hat that uses that yarn. Good luck!

    S t a c i

  6. Hi Staci ,I’m 16 years old and I taught my self to knit ,I also have quite the yarn stash But I can only make scarfs ? But I don’t know how to start on circular needles. I somewhat have DPN’s down. I don’t think I’m doing something right on the circulars.


  7. Stacy, I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your site!! I have always wanted to learn how to knit socks and with your help I finally did it and I enjoyed it so much! You are an amazing teacher and I am so happy I found your site.

  8. Staci, I have made a few hats by now and have done the “invisible connect” at the beginning of the first round of ribbing. I noticed in your basic hat video you just start the ribbing without a connection. Will there be a gap there or will all be OK? Thanks

  9. Hi Staci, how many stitches did you cast on for the child size? I really lobe the pattern, because it’s very simple, but still, i cant figure it out myself.

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