Running in Circles Hat – Free Pattern

Here’s a free pattern to knit!

PDF version link is at the bottom of the post.


I like hats. I like knitting hats. They are quick and don’t require much yarn. They keep your head warm in the winter and hide a bad hair day!

The lace is based on Milanese Lace from Barbara Walkers A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns.

Running in Circles Hat

Gauge 6 st per inch in stockinette on 3.5mm needles.

Supplies needed:

Sport Weight Yarn 50 grams. I used Knit Picks Stroll for the sample.

16″ circular needles; size 3.25mm and size 3.5mm (or double points)

Size 3.5mm double pointed needles

Tapestry needle for finishing ends.

Fits an adult size head.

Cast on 112 st on the 3.25 needle. Join in the round. K2, P2 around for 1 1/2″ to 2″.

Next row Increase: K12, M1 around (8x), then K8, M1 (2x) (122 stitches)

Now begin the Lace Pattern using the larger needles:

Row 1: K1 *K4, K2tog, Yo* K1

Row 2: K1 *K3, K2tog, K1, YO* K1

Row 3: K1 *K2, K2tog, K2, YO* K1

Row 4: K1 *K1 K2tog, K3, YO* K1

Row 5: K1 *K2tog, K4, YO* K1

Row 6: *K2tog, K4, YO* K2

Row 7: K1 *K1, YO, K3, K2tog* K1

Row 8: K1 *K2, YO, K2, K2tog* K1

Row 9: K1 *K3, YO, K1, K2tog* K1

Row 10: K1 *K4, YO, K2tog* K1

Repeat Rows 1 – 10 a total of 3 or 4 times before beginning Decrease stitches, depending on your head size. You’ll probably want to try it on here to be sure.


Dec 1: K1 * K4, K2tog* K1

Dec 2: K1 *K2, K2tog, K1, YO* K1

Dec 3: K1 * K2, K2tog, K1* K1

Dec 4: K1 * K1, K2tog, K1, YO* K1

Dec 5: K1 *K2tog, K2* K1

Dec 6: *K2tog, K1, YO* K2tog

Dec 7: *K2, K2tog* K1

Dec 8: *K1, K2tog, YO* K1

Dec 9: *K2tog, K1* K1

Dec 10: *K2tog, YO* K1

Dec 11: *K2tog* K1

Dec 12: Knit around

Dec 13: *K2tog*

8 stitches left. Using the Tapestry needle run yarn through remaining stitches. Weave in ends. Block on foam head ( You can get these cheap at a beauty supply store ).


I also made one out of my Hand Spun… Which I showed you in my post a few days ago New Pattern in Progress . I made the red one on the way up to Fort Yargo so that I would have a sample in a readily accessible yarn.


Hope you like it! If you make a Hat please post it on Ravelry!! Add it to the projects page and include a picture. I’d love to see it!

Click on the link for the PDF version.    Running-in-Circles-Hat-1-3


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16 Responses to Running in Circles Hat – Free Pattern

  1. Melissa says:

    I’m struggling a bit with the decrease rows. Things don’t seem to add up for me after decrease 6. Am I missing a correction to the pattern? The hat looks great so I would really like to finish it. Thanks!

    • Dona says:

      Hi Melissa,
      Let me look into it. I will get back with you later today. Thanks!

    • Dona says:

      Ok looks like there was a problem in row 6! I fixed it (I hope!) and replaced the PDF. Don’t know how that got past me for so long. Sorry!!
      Let me know if you find any further problems.
      I also noted on Ravelry that some folks found it to be to short for them, so I’m adding a note to do 3 OR 4 pattern sets, depending on head size.
      Thanks again!

      • Melissa says:

        Thanks! I see that some others on Ravelry had problems with a few other of the decrease rows. I’ll use the corrected row 6 and see where it gets me! Thanks for looking into it!

        • Melissa says:

          I’m new at this kind of thing, but it still doesn’t add up for me: decrease 6 now makes sense, but there’s something wrong at decrease 7. There were 61 stitches after decrease 6, but decrease 7 assumes you have 62 stitches. Should it go back to the Ktbl or just a K1?

          With the current math, there’s also something wrong with the final decreases to get down to 8 stitches.

          • Dona says:

            Oh my Gosh! I went back and looked at my notes and found it was a typo on line 7. It should indeed be a K1 not a K2 at the end. (that’s what happens when you try to do stuff before coffee!)
            I reworked it just to be sure. The final decreases look fine to me. I hope this gets it done for you this time! Thank you for your patients. I hope I get to see the final hat!

  2. Dona says:

    Ok I fixed the PDF. Sorry – I don’t know what happened. Should be working now!
    Thanks for pointing it out :-)

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Darn, the pattern pdf link isn’t working.

  4. Dona says:

    Opps, of course. My bad. You will need them when you begin the lace. I have updated the post and will update the PDF as well. Thank you!

  5. Dona says:

    Hi Kath,
    You will need to change needles as you are working the decreases. The circular needle won’t be able to bend around to the stitches as the circle closes towards the top of the hat. I recommend using the circular until it becomes too awkward, so the stitches don’t slip off the ends. You will know when you reach that point!
    Good luck! I hope you will post it on Ravelry so I can see the finished hat!

    • Kath says:

      Hey thanks for the response. Sorry I meant when do I change to the larger needles not between the circular and dpns.


  6. Kath says:

    Hi, I’m a bit of a beginner, but can’t see where to change needles in this pattern. I am assuming it is at the start of the lace pattern. Is that right?


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