Free Knitting Pattern: Winter Waffle Hat

Posted by Jenn

Where I am, Winter has been a long time coming. Finally (or unfortunately, depending on how you feel about it!), it has arrived, leading most of us to cuddle under blankets, blast the heat, turn on the wood stove, and chug tea like it's our jobs.

I sat down to design a hat and originally picked up a thin (but beautiful) yarn. Just as I was about to start the stitch pattern, I decided I wanted something that was going to be quick and - perhaps most importantly - warm! This Winter Waffle hat is the result. Check it out:

Craft: Knitting

Level: Easy


  • Super Bulky weight yarn (I used one skein of Bernat Roving in the color Teal that I purchased from Blitsy)
  • Size US 10 circular needle and DPNs (you can use the DPNs for the entire hat if you'd like; otherwise, you'll just need them for decreasing at the top)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker


  • PM: Place Marker
  • K2tog: Knit 2 Together: Knit the next two stitches together (right-slanting decrease)
  • YO: Yarn Over
  • st/s: Stitches


  • Slip stitch marker at the end of each round so you know where the next row begins


CO 58 sts

Ribbing Pattern:

*K1, P1* around, PM

Repeat Ribbing Pattern for 1"

Row 1:

*YO, k2, pass YO over 2 knitted sts* around

Row 2:

Knit around

Repeat rounds 1 + 2 until entire hat measures 6" high, ending on R2

Decreasing for top of hat

Note: Switch to DPNs once hat is too small to fit on your circulars.

Row 1:

*YO, k2tog, pass YO over the k2tog st* around

Row 2:

Knit around

Repeat rounds 3 + 4 until 4 sts remain, ending with an R3 row.


Cut yarn. Using a tapestry needle, thread yarn through remaining stitches and tug. Weave in ends and enjoy!