Nightingale Knit Hat Pattern Free Pattern Page

This knit hat pattern is a prime example of deceptively easy. This is a super quick project knit up with #6 super bulky weight yarn and US15 (10mm) knitting needles. And, the stitch pattern is really easy, perfect for beginners, and looks far more complicated than it is. In this knit hat pattern I used a mock cable stitch pattern. Even if you have never knit cables before, I am sure you can knit these faux cables!

Download the Nightingale Knit Hat ad-free PDF pattern here.

Nightingale Knit Hat Pattern

You can make the Nightingale Knit Hat Pattern with any of the three types of knitting needles for knitting it in the round:

Beginner’s Guide to Knitting in the Round with the Magic Loop Technique

What You Will Need:

  • 200 yds #6 bulky weight yarn
  • US 15 (10mm) knitting needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker

Lion Brand Re-Spun Thick & Quick Yarn, color Wisteria

Shown in:

Lion Brand Yarn’s Re-Spun Thick and Quick, color Wisteria, 1 ball.

Gauge: 8 sts / 6 rounds = 4 in (10cm) after blocking in pattern.

Finished sizes: 18 (20, 22, 24) in head circumference, 10 in tall.

Learn more about how to achieve gauge and measurements to make the perfectly sized project every time with every knit and crochet pattern here.

Instructions for the Nightingale Knit Hat Pattern:

CO 36 (40, 44, 48), join in a round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Round 1: *K2, p2. Rep from * around. — 36 (40, 44, 48) sts

Round 2: *K1, yo, k1, p2. Rep from * around. — 45 (50, 55, 60) sts

Round 2: *K3, p2. Rep from * around. — 45 (50, 55, 60) sts

Round 4: *Sl1, k2, pass slipped st up and over the last 2 sts, p2. Rep from * around. — 36 (40, 44, 48) sts

Rep rounds 1 – 4 until hat is 8 in long.

Watch How to Knit the Nightingale Knit Hat Pattern with Magic Loop Technique and other knitting in the round options here:

Hat Crown Decreases:

Round 1: *K2, p2tog. Rep from * around. — 27 (30, 33, 36) sts

Round 2: *K2, p1. Rep from * around. — 27 (30, 33, 36) sts

Round 3: *K2tog, p1. Rep from * around. — 18 (20, 22, 24) sts

Round 4: *K1, p1. Rep from * around. — 18 (20, 22, 24) sts

Round 5: K2tog around. — 9 (10, 11, 12) sts

Cut yarn, leaving long tail. Thread tail onto yarn needle and slide through all rem sts. Cinch tightly to close, secure with a knot on the inside of the hat.


Weave in loose ends. Hand wash, block to finished measurements and allow to dry.

Kristin Omdahl is the best-selling author of dozens of knit and crochet books; designer of almost 1000 knit and crochet patterns; and producer of award-winning videos. You can join Kristin LIVE 5 days a week for The Kristin Omdahl Show on YouTube and browse through thousands of tutorial videos there, too. Kristin donates a portion of every sale to help survivors of domestic violence. Learn more about Kristin’s charity, Project Kristin Cares HERE.

I would love to see your creations. Just as much fun as making these myself is the satisfaction I get from seeing my designs come to life and other knit and crochet fans wearing them too. There are now 2 ways you can share what you have done!

  • I have recently added a wonderful new interactive section to the website which I invite you to take part in, it has been a smashing success and such fun so far. It is the new “Share Your Project” section. You, my creators, can upload images and descriptions of your creations to share with the ever growing community! To upload simply click here. 
  • If you want to continue the party, join the KO Community Forums on my website. It is 100% PRIVATE! You can start or join forum posts, and even direct message others, too. Join the KO Community forums HERE 

Additionally, I host a livestreaming podcast, vlog or show weekday on my YouTube Channel called The Kristin Omdahl Show. You can join the audience and even ask me questions LIVE! I often do a show and tell, or quick demo and I always interact with the live audience. It is a lot of fun!

You can browse through over 1000 previously recorded episodes HERE: The Kristin Omdahl Show Playlist. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get reminders when the next episode airs LIVE.

You can also Refer-A-Friend and get rewarded, too! Learn more HERE

I look forward to seeing what you create!



Nightingale Knit Hat Pattern Free Pattern Page by Kristin Omdahl

2 thoughts on “Nightingale Knit Hat Pattern Free Pattern Page

  1. Cathleen Pailet says:

    Kristin, thank you for posting this wonderful pattern. I’m starting it today. I live in New Orleans so it doesn’t get very cold here for very long and I knit hats for chemo patients. How can I make this pattern in a lighter weight yarn and what size needles should I use. Looking forward to your reply.
    I enjoyed the video tutorial as well. Have a great weekend. Kindest regards.

    • Kristin Omdahl says:

      Depending on what yarn you use, you would use an appropriately sized set of knitting needles for it. The yarn label is a good place too start. Once you determine your gauge, the stitch pattern is a multiple of 4 sts and you would want to add as many stitches in a multiple of 4 to get the circumference of the hat size you wish to make. For example, if you are getting 4 sts to the inch in a worsted weight yarn with a US8 (5mm) knitting needles, and you want to make a 20 in circumference hat, you would cast on 20 x 4 = 80 stitches.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *