Basic Magic Loop Hat Pattern – Worsted Weight

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Published July 11, 2018
Last Updated: June 11, 2019 - Current Version: 2.6
Update notes: Fixed increase round.

This basic beginner hat pattern is great for learning Magic Loop. Comes with directions for a fitted or slouchy hat and written for worsted-weight yarn.

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Pattern Details

  • Sizes: Adult
  • Finished Measurements: 8½(9½) in. deep x 16 in. around unstretched. Stretches to fit a head 22 in. in diameter.


  • Yarn: 150 yds. (140 m) worsted- weight yarn. Aran-weight yarn will work if you can get gauge.
  • Needles: 1 pair circular needles, 40-47"
  • Needle size: US 7 (4.5 mm) or size required to get gauge (5 sts/in)
  • Notions: Scissors, tapestry needle


  • 5 sts/in in St st


BOR – Beginning of Round
K – Knit
K2tog – Knit 2 Together
M1 – Make One
P – Purl
PM – Place Marker
St St – Stockinette Stitch
Work Even – Continue in the same stitch pattern without increasing or decreasing.

Shown: Slouchy version. 1 skein Malabrigo Twist in color #28 Blue Surf.

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