The Best Knitted Hats for Women for the Fall and Winter 2023/24

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It’s often hard to find a worthy hat in the store, but it’s much easier to make one yourself. Women’s knitted hat designs are much more interesting than the typical pieces you see on the shelves. They are also quick to make and a great way to learn how to knit. As the temperatures drop, it’s the perfect time to spend a few evenings on a project like this. Get inspired with these free knitted hats patterns and get ready to add this to your to-do list!

Take a look at the examples below and search for links to free patterns under the pictures.

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1. How To Knit A Basic Hat

This hat is a cute basic that will work with a variety of outfits. The solid color and chunky yarn make this knit hat stylish and eye-catching. The fabric turns out to be warm and durable, so it will serve you well for years to come. Plus, if you’re a beginner, this could be a great place to start. Take a closer look at the free pattern and get started right away!

  • DESIGNED by Ashleigh Kiser
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a knitted beanie.

Photos by Ashleigh Kiser / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on sewrella.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

2. The Great Pumpkin Hat

Festive and simple, this knitted hat is a great project for the whole family. It combines lightness and warmth and is a perfect late fall accessory. This project is suitable for knitters of all levels. Beginners will learn some knitting basics, while experienced crafters can take a few days off. Follow the free women’s hat knitting pattern to get started. It’s worth a try!

  • DESIGNED by Tanis Gray
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a boy holding a pumpkin and knitting a hat.

Photos by Tanis Gray / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

3. Wild One Knitted Cap

The combination of bright pink and muted gray makes this knit hat a real eye-catcher. This design will be comfortable to wear in the fall and especially on rainy days. It’s also a great way to spice up your outfit when you find it boring. Don’t be afraid to get started! The free knit cap pattern will help you get started.

  • DESIGNED by Annette Corsino
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a pink hat on a bike.

Photos by Annette Corsino / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

4. Le Béret

Berets are a must for fall. Even if you don’t wear them often, they look great with coats and other classic or casual outfits. It’s also a knitting project that will allow you to improve your skills and master some techniques. Knitted berets in muted pastel colors look much better than things you could buy in a regular store. Give it a try and it will grow on you! The free pattern is easy to follow.

  • DESIGNED by Tayler Harris
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a beret in different colors.

Photos by Tayler Harris / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on purlsoho.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

5. Embroidered Cable Knit Hat

This hat has a classic design that is perfect for all winter outfits. Warm and comfortable to wear, it’s a true staple and a must-have for the season. The stunning cable design is sure to add a touch of softness to your look. Best suited for intermediate knitters, it’s easy to make with the step-by-step pattern. Follow along for free and see what happens.

  • DESIGNED by Red Heart Design Team
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
a woman wearing a knitted hat with a pompom

Photos by Red Heart Design Team / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on yarnspirations.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

6. 242-5 a Crème Chantilly Hat

This beginner-friendly knit hat will make any of your outfits look feminine and delicate. The special shape of the piece makes it extremely comfortable, and you won’t even feel like you’re wearing anything while you’re keeping warm. If you’re looking for a project to hone your skills, this is it. The knitted hat pattern is free and easy to follow.

  • DESIGNED by DROPS design
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
a woman wearing a knitted hat in white color

Photos by DROPS design / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on garnstudio.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

7. All Roads Hat + Mittens

Create a versatile hat and mittens set that is meticulously designed to keep you cozy. The hat and mitts patterns use unique techniques, including short rows, for seamless shaping. The hat features a beautifully sculpted crown, while the mittens have an ergonomic design for both hands. Stay warm and stylish with this must-have duo, perfect for all your cold-weather adventures. The knitting pattern is free.

  • DESIGNED by Lili Tobias for Purl Soho
  • PROJECT TYPE hats & mittens
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a knitted hat and mittens.

Photos by Lili Tobias / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on purlsoho.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

8. Cat Ear Beanie

Imagine a hat that not only keeps you snug in the cold, but also turns heads with its adorable cat ears perched on top. With this project you create a cat-tastic piece that reflects your playful spirit! Whether you’re a cat lover, a trendsetter, or just someone who appreciates the joy of handmade fashion, this knitted cat ear cap is the purr-fect project for you. Feel free to follow the cat ear beanie knitting pattern.

  • DESIGNED by Louise Bollanos
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a knitted cat hat.

Photos by Louise Bollanos / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on handylittleme.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

9. Belleayre Earflap Hat

Get ready to cozy up with a retro-inspired earflap hat with stunning stranded colorwork. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this stylish headwear features a fluffy pom pom and charming tassel tails for added flair. Step up your winter fashion game with a head-turning accessory that’s as warm as it is fashionable. The earflap hat knitting pattern will help you every step of the way.

  • DESIGNED by Alexandra Tavel
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
A woman wearing a knitted hat with a pom pom.

Photos by Alexandra Tavel / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on twoofwands.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

10. Harmony Hues

Experience the magic of expertly crafted knitwear with the Harmony Hues Hat. This hat features a two-tone corrugated rib at the brim that flows seamlessly into vibrant colorwork. With or without a bobble, this versatile hat offers endless creative possibilities. Get the free pattern on the blog or purchase the ad-free PDF pattern for a journey of knitting joy and warmth. Elevate your style with Harmony Hues! 

  • DESIGNED by Marly Bird
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
A knitted multicolored hat with a fur pom pom.

Photos by Marly Bird / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on marlybird.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

11. Holiday Balaclava

Elevate your winter style with our charming knitted balaclava, meticulously crafted for a comfortable, natural fit that avoids any tightness on your head. This sleek knit hat features a button closure for secure yet stylish wear. Say goodbye to hair static as you effortlessly embrace both warmth and fashion. Experience the ultimate in coziness this season with the free knitting pattern.

  • DESIGNED by THINNNG
  • PROJECT TYPE balaclava
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a hood hat in red color.

Photos by THINNNG / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

12. Warm Winter Hood

Experience the joy of creating this cozy hood and bonnet combo, perfect for chilly days. Knit it with ease – the modular design allows you to work the entire piece in one go. Adjust the size to fit your needs, from snug and fitted to roomy and oversized. This versatile accessory will keep you warm and stylish whether you wear the hood up or down. Say goodbye to long seams with a simple finish. Create your perfect winter companion today. The balaclava knitting pattern is free.

  • DESIGNED by Lee Meredith
  • PROJECT TYPE hood
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a knitted hood in green.

Photos by Knit Picks / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on knitpicks.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

13. Double Brim Bulky Hat

Cold winter mornings are a lot brighter and comfier with this chunky knit beanie! The trendy design combined with the warm yarn makes this a must-have for the cold season. The simple techniques used make this a quick knit, so consider starting this project when you want to unwind after a more complicated one. The easy-to-follow knitting instructions ensure that your crafting experience will be the best it can be.

  • DESIGNED by Annanitato Lolo
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of knitted hats.

Photos by Annanitato Lolo / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on crazyhands.net, or read more about it on Ravelry.

14. Basic Beret

Add a little French flair to your look and learn how to knit a beret with this beginner-friendly pattern! Berets are often underestimated, but they are really comfortable to wear when you don’t want to ruin your hair, and the design of the beret itself is so comfortable that you don’t even feel like you’re wearing anything. To make one, just follow the step-by-step knitting pattern on the original website. Cheer up and stay warm!

  • DESIGNED by Hattie Townsend
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing knitted blue beanies.

Photos by Hattie Townsend / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on premieryarns.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

15. The One Classic Knitted Beanie

This knit beanie is designed for comfort and warmth. With a wide, folded brim for added coziness and precise, short-row shaping at the neck, it provides ample coverage without encroaching on your forehead. The hat’s generous height lifts the crown, creating warmth without excessive bulk. After many iterations, this hat embodies the perfect balance of fit and style, a testament to dedication and craftsmanship. To make one yourself, simply follow the free pattern.

  • DESIGNED by Adrienna Slagle
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a knitted beanie and holding a leaf.

Photos by Adrienna Slagle / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

16. Flamin Knit Beanie

Introducing a cozy and quick-knit beanie featuring the unique Fireflowers stitch! Despite its intricate appearance, this stitch uses only one color per round, making it accessible to all skill levels. With as little as 30 yards/meters of contrast yarn, you can show off vibrant hand-dyed colors or opt for neon hues to make the Fireflowers stitch really pop. Knit with a bulky yarn for warmth without sacrificing style. Check out the original website for the easy-to-follow pattern!

  • DESIGNED by Alison Jarvis
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman is wearing a knitted hat that glows in the dark.

Photos by Alison Jarvis / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on knitty.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

17. Frostine Beanie

Improve your skills while enhancing your winter style. This warm knit beanie pattern is a compromise between comfort and style that allows even beginners to make a quality piece. If you’ve been wanting to add something to your basics, this is your chance. Follow the free step-by-step knitting pattern and let the magic happen.

  • DESIGNED by Auguste Knit
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing white knitted hats.

Photos by Auguste Knit / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

18. Marshmallow Beanie

This is a quick ribbed hat pattern for knitters of all levels. The texture is quite voluminous and with the right yarn it will keep you toasty no matter how cold it is outside. This project is for those who want to improve their knitting without stress. The video tutorial will guide you through the process step by step.

  • DESIGNED by Veronika Lindberg
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a pink knitted hat. The woman looks stylish and cozy in her colorful headwear.

Photos by Veronika Lindberg / Ravelry.com

Find the original video tutorial on Youtube, or read more about it on Ravelry.

19. Licht Hat

A quick knitted hat that will come in handy in autumn, winter, and spring. This is a great project for those who want to try cable designs but are intimidated by their visual complexity. The pattern gives you the opportunity to easily create a cable texture and decide if you like working with it or not. You will also use cluster stitches. A video tutorial helps you along the way.

  • DESIGNED by Ysolda Teague
  • PROJECT TYPE hat
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two women wearing knitted hats and Christmas sweaters.

Photos by  Ysolda Teague/ Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

20. Windswept Hat

Stop the wind, knit a hat! This cable knit design is a nice one for an advanced beginner. If you have mastered the basic stitches and want to progress, this project will help you. You will use knit, purl, and slip stitches, as well as circular and cable knitting. The design is stunning, so it’s a must-have accessory for your colorful outfits.

  • DESIGNED by Rachael Huffman
  • PROJECT TYPE hat
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a pink knitted hat.

Photos by Rachael Huffman / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

21. Chunky Beanie #2

Simple knit hat pattern for a basic winter hat. If you’re looking for some elegance to add to your look, this is it. There’s nothing over the top, and the minimalist style is a true leader of the season. The pattern is open to your color choices, but stick to the recommended yarn type for best results. The hat is versatile and fits most people.

  • DESIGNED by Pauliina Rajala
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing knitted hats in the snow.

Photos by Pauliina Rajala / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Instagram, or read more about it on Ravelry.

22. Almond Super Bulky Hat

A textured, chunky hat for knitters of all levels. This pattern is for those who want to learn how to incorporate decorative elements into the piece. The project is quite simple and guarantees you a stress-free experience if you read the instructions carefully and follow each step. The pattern comes with a free video tutorial on YouTube.

  • DESIGNED by Annanitato Lolo
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of knitted hats on a mannequin's head.

Photos by Annanitato Lolo / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on crazyhands.net, or read more about it on Ravelry.

23. Mountain Rose Earflap Hat

An extremely warm winter beanie design suitable for the mountains! If you value warmth and comfort above all else, this pattern is for you. Such a knitted earflap hat is a good addition to the wardrobe of an active person who likes to be outside no matter what the weather. The Scandinavian design only adds to the charm of the piece.

  • DESIGNED by Kat
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures showcasing knitted hats.

Photos by Kat / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

24. Everyday Ribbed Hat

Great basic hat for winter and mid-season. The simple ribbed design makes it easy to match with any type of clothing: it will look good with a formal coat as well as a casual jacket. The piece looks good in any color, so you can choose whether you prefer your basics to be bright or more muted. This free knitted beanie pattern is also suitable for beginners.

  • DESIGNED by Christie Archer
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a pink beanie, a knitted hat.

Photos by Christie Archer / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

25. Fishing Kitties

Simple, voluminous knit cat hat for your cute outfits. This piece is versatile and will work with almost any outfit. However, it will look especially good with light or medium-sized clothing. The pattern is easy to follow and will be great for knitters of all levels, from advanced beginners on up. Just read the knitted cat hat pattern and follow it step by step.

  • DESIGNED by Regan Pittman
  • PROJECT TYPE beanies
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures showcasing a woman donning stylish knitted hats.

Photos by Regan Pittman / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

26. Easy-Cross Hat

A classic winter hat pattern for those who love to knit. The pattern is simple yet includes an interesting folded rib stitch. It includes a separate video tutorial for this technique, so you won’t have any trouble during the process. The hat is worked from the bottom up, starting at the cuff. The rest is just simple knitting stitches that even a beginner can do.

  • DESIGNED by Sandra Tessmer
  • PROJECT TYPE beanies
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
        Two pictures of knitted hats inside a box.

Photos by Sandra Tessmer / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

27. Trinity Beret

A high-quality, lightweight beret for your spring accessories set. A knit hat like this is great to have when the half season arrives. It goes well with almost any clothing style, whether you prefer to keep it simple or wear something more sophisticated. The pattern is simple, and the instructions are really easy to follow, so don’t be scared.

  • DESIGNED by Lena Skvagerson
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a purple knitted hat.

Photos by Jimmy Beans Wool / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on jimmybeanswool.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

28. Candlelight Hat

Pretty, fun, and comfortable – that’s all you need for a knit hat to be good. This pattern has all those qualities. It’s really quick to make and will take less than a week to finish. The hat is knitted in the round with a ribbed brim. You’ll also see the simple yarn over eyelets. It won’t be difficult with the step-by-step pattern, so save it for later!

  • DESIGNED by Fabrications Ottawa
  • PROJECT TYPE hats
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a purple knitted hat with pom poms.

Photos by Fabrications Ottawa / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on fabricationsottawa.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

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