How to knit a ladies bobble hat

If you're looking for a quick, easy knitting project, a hat is a great choice. No matter your skill level, you can find a hat pattern that works for you. If you're looking for a simple pattern with a little bit of a challenge, try adding a bobble -- or pom-pom -- to your hat. It's a great way to make a cute, stylish hat very quickly and without any headaches.

Knit the body of the hat. With size 8 needles, cast on 90 stitches. Work in knit 1, purl 1 rib until the hat is 16.3 cm (6 1/2 inches) long. Change to size 6 needles. Knit every row until the hat is 26.3 cm (10 1/2 inches) long, and then begin to decrease.

For the first row of the decrease, knit 8, and then knit 2 together. Repeat to the end of the row. Knit the second row and all even rows. For all odd rows, knit one fewer stitch before knitting 2 together (so for Row 5 you will knit 7 and then knit 2 together to the end of the row, and so on). For the final row, knit 2 together all the way around. Cut the yarn, leaving a 15 cm (6 inch) tail. Thread the yarn through the remaining stitches and pull tight.

Create the bobble. Cut two circles of cardboard to whatever diameter you want your bobble to be. Cut 2.5 cm (1 inch) holes in the middle of each circle (your cardboard circles will look like doughnuts). Put the two pieces of cardboard together and wrap the yarn around the cardboard, threading it through the hole in the centre. Cover the entire doughnut shape with yarn. The more yarn you use and the closer you wrap the yarn, the fuller your bobble will be. Cut the yarn around the outside edge of the doughnut shape. Wrap a piece of yarn around the centre of the bobble. Leave a 15 cm (6 inch) tail to attach the bobble. Cut the cardboard and remove it. Fluff the bobble and trim the yarn until it's even.

Finish the hat. Thread the tail on the bobble through the centre of the hat. Tie the yarn to secure the bobble. Weave in all ends.


You can make the hat bigger or smaller by changing the needle size or the weight of the yarn. You can experiment with the pattern by adding stripes, designs, and cables.

Things You'll Need

  • 113 grams (4 oz) worsted-weight yarn
  • Double-pointed needles, Size 8
  • Double-pointed needles, Size 6
  • Circular needle (optional), Size 6
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scrap of cardboard
  • Scissors
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