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Buffalo Plaid Hat Knitting Pattern

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I am so obsessed with colour work, especially buffalo plaid. There is something so cozy about the look! Not to mention, it reminds me of growing up down the street from our community lake and bundling up for an evening of ice skating followed by hot chocolate by the fire. I feel so lucky that I had a true Canadian childhood, where cozy colour work knits (especially plaid) were a huge part of my wardrobe. That is why I made this knit buffalo plaid hat pattern to share with you guys. I have a feeling that many of my followers have similar childhood memories and would love to re-create those sentiments in their winter wardrobe as well.

If you are hesitant to try stranded knitting (i.e. working with two colours), I urge you to watch my stranded knitting video tutorial. In the video, I demonstrate how I hold the yarn and switch colours in an easy way. Once you get some practice under your belt, you’ll be ready to knit up this simple, yet stylish winter hat!

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I have written out and posted the free knit buffalo plaid hat pattern below on this page.

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Buffalo Plaid Hat Knitting Pattern

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Materials:

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Size:

Adult (head circumference 22 inches).

Gauge:

21 stitches, 22 rows = 4 Inches in stockinette stitch with size 8 (5mm) knitting needles.

Abbreviations:

K: Knit
P: Purl
K2Tog: Knit Two Together decrease

Notes:

This hat is knit in the round on circular knitting needles, switching to double pointed needles when necessary during the decreasing of stitches for shaping the top.

When working the stranded stitches, always hold the non-dominant color to the left, and the dominant color to the right.  As a result, the yarn held to the left will produce a slightly larger stitch than the yarn held to the right; which will ensure the stitches are consistent in size and also make the non-dominant color pop.

For those of you that are new to stranded knitting, I have also created a bonus video on stranded knitting, which shows you how I hold the yarn and switch colours.

Pattern:

Using size 4 (3.5mm) circular needles and color A, cast on 100 stitches.  Place stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round and then join (being careful not to twist the stitches).

Rounds 1-18: *k1,P1; repeat from * to end of round to create 1X1 ribbing for the brim of the hat.

Slip stitches onto size 8 (5mm) circular needle to knit the remainder of the hat.  Note that the remainder of the hat is knit in stockinette stitch (knit all stitches). Follow the colour chart below by repeating stitches 1-20 five times per round for the next 30 rounds.  Colour A is represented by the grey squares, and colour B is represented by the red squares.

This is where we start decreasing, which will shape the top of the hat (you can switch to double pointed needles when necessary).  Follow Rounds 1-10 and colour chart below.

Decreasing Rounds:

Round 1:  *K8, K2Tog; repeat from * to end of round (90 stitches remain).

Round 2: Knit all stitches.

Round 3: *K7, K2Tog; repeat from * to end of round (80 stitches remain).

Round 4: Knit all stitches.

Round 5:  *K6, K2Tog; repeat from * to end of round (70 stitches remain).

Round 6: Knit all stitches.

Round 7: *K5, K2Tog; repeat from * to end of round (60 stitches remain).

Round 8: Knit all stitches.

Round 9: *K4, K2Tog; repeat from * to end of round (50 stitches remain).

Round 10: Knit all stitches.   Continue to Finishing.

Finishing:

Cut yarn (leave a long tail) and pull through yarn needle.  Thread through the remaining stitches and pull tight.  Secure and weave in ends.

Finally, attach a pompom to the top of the hat with a yarn needle.

How to Knit a Buffalo Plaid Hat

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33 Responses

  1. Thank you for a beautiful pattern, the hat is gorgeous and the pretty socks would be great paired with it as a Christmas gift in matching yarns.
    Your directions are fun and easy to follow and the tutorials are very well explained, your tips really make a difference to make all come out great. Again, thank you.

  2. Hi, Love this pattern and the tutorial on stranded knitting was very helpful and gave me the courage to try it. However the pattern is for an adult circumference of 22 ” and I have found 19″ works for me. How would I downsize the pattern to fit?

  3. Might I suggest, instead of changing to dpns when decreasing, using a second circular needle.
    I found the ‘Buffalo Plaid’ hat accidentally… such a happy accident. I found your pattern well written, and thought it very generous of you to offer it freely. Thank you.

  4. Love the pattern, have the yarn and can’t wait to begin. Is the size mentioned, 22″ , the finished hat circumference or the actual head size of an adult? Thanks.

  5. I love your pattern! I would like to make it larger… I began to knit it and sadly it’s too tight ?.

    Should I add more stitches, and if so, how much? Or use bigger needles? I’m a little confused…

    Thank you very much and again, beautiful pattern!

    1. Hi Nadine. I would just use bigger needles and follow the patter as it is. This will result in a slightly larger and more stretchy hat.

  6. I just made this toque and I want to thank you very much for the pattern. I hadn’t knit in years so there are a few mistakes in my toque but your pattern was very easy to follow and my toque is complete with a black fur pompom.

  7. I made this hat and it came out perfect. Your video tutorial is very helpful. I made this hat for me and my daughters. Thank you.

  8. Hello! Thank you so much for the beautiful pattern, I’m looking forward to making it 🙂 I want to make my hat with a double brim, can I use the this exact same pattern or do you suggest any adjustments? Thank you!

  9. Thank you for an awesome and very educational video. I learned a great deal and a much easier way to change colors. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and gift. Hugs

  10. Me gusto mucho este patrón y aunque mi estilo de tejer es estilo inglés intentaré hacerlo igual. Y también me gustaría aplicar este punto para realizar una manta. Muchas gracias por compartirlo y saludos desde el sur de Argentina !

  11. Thank you so much!! Such a beauty!!
    I’m curious about your pom pom…
    It looks so perfect! Any tips to making one just as beautiful

    1. Hi Jill, You could use any worsted with yarn, but I recommend using one that is 100% wool, as I find it works best for colour work. If you’re looking for a recommendation, Knit Picks has a fantastic line called Wool of the Andes. It’s quite similar in thickness to what you might be considering and is also more budget-friendly. I’ve had great success with it and think you might too!

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