Bumblebee Knit Hat – Free Knitting Pattern

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Winter is here, and that means hot beverages, festive feeling in the air, and most importantly cozy knits!

I like dark and neutral colors, but sometimes adding a bright one helps through the shorter days and colder nights. Mustard/turmeric colors have become my favorite and this yarn had been sitting in my stash for a while after being gifted to me on my birthday. So I decided to make a cozy hat with an interesting texture on it, that could bring out more of the beautiful color and at the same time keep me well and warm.

Special thanks to my good friend Mavis who is a way better hat model than me!


This hat is knit in the round, if you have never knit in the round, I recommend using the magic loop technique. I specially like knitting in the round because there are no seams and therefore nothing to sew together, but it also gives it a cleaner look. Plus, with circular needles, your project always stays together, which works great for knitting on the run, if you are like and me find some knitting time in your commute.

The brim is knit double the usual length, to allow for folding it in half. It gives an extra coziness for really cold days, but I also really like the look of a folded brim, don’t you?

The pattern includes sizes for baby, child and adult, and it works really fast, so if you need a last minute handmade gift, this pattern is guaranteed to do the trick.

Don’t be intimidated by the texture! It’s actually a very simple pattern and all you need to know is how to knit and how to purl.


The yarn that was gifted to me was actually from a New York yarn shop called Purl Soho, which has beautiful premium yarn. The color was called Yellow Turmeric (I love that name!) and I believe it’s Soft Merino Wool. But you can use any kind of Bulky (6) weight yarn, I recommend using my go to, Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. You can get it in mustard for very similar color, or choose from the many different colors they carry!

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Abbreviations (US terms):

K – knit

P – purl

Rpt – repeat

PM – Place marker

St(s) – stitch(es)


10 stitches, 16 rows – 4’ inches (10 cms)


You can easily attach a Pom Pom on top if desired


Baby: 15 to 16 inches circumference

Child: 18-20 inches circumference

Adult: 20-22 inches circumference

Follow the right size on the pattern

(Baby, Child, Adult)


With smaller needles, cast on (32, 40, 44 ) stitches and join in the round. PM.

Ribbing: *K2, P2.  Repeat from * until end of row.

Repeat ribbing row until you have (2.6, 3.4,, 4.5) inches of ribbing

Change to larger needles.

Row 1: *P2, K2. Repeat from * until end of row.

Row 2: Rpt row 1

Row3: *K2, P2. Repeat from * until end of row.

Row 4: repeat Row 3

Rpt Row 1 to 4 until hat measures (6.5, 8.5 ,11) inches from end to end.

Cut a long piece of yarn without detaching from hat yet, and using a yarn needle, insert through loops one by one, removing them from the knitting needle.

Pull hard to close the gap, and bring the yarn tail inside the hat.

Weave in all ends.

Fold hat ribbing up  as pictured.

Attach pom pom if desired

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Published by Magali

I'm a knitter, crocheter, maker, animator, wife. I live in a big messy city and making things has become a passion that brings me to explore it more, meet people who enjoy it too, and have something fun to do while I commute too! I love to share my designs and tutorials to make it easy for more people to join the craft(s).

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