With Love Hat Knitting Pattern


Hello Knitters!  Today I have a special pattern to share with you all, the With Love Hat.

For this pattern I have partnered with Lion Brand Yarn and STOMP Out Bullying to raise awareness and work to put an end to bullying through the campaign #HatNotHate.  Did you know that 1 in 4 students report being bullied and that the effects of bullying last into adulthood?

Personally, I think these numbers are higher.  I remember being a student and living in fear of bullies.  I remember the horrible things kids would say and do.  The worst part was that teachers often did nothing because they either didn’t see or didn’t know how to respond.

What I love about this campaign is that it is working to both raise awareness among children and to educate teachers and administrators on how to handle bullying.  Victims need to be empowered to stand up for themselves and others.   According to stopbullying.gov, when bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.

Can you imagine how much less bullying there would be if other students and teachers knew how to intervene and help?


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World Day of Bullying Prevention is on October 1st and #HatNotHate is working to raise awareness by making blue hats and distributing them to a local school.  Blue is the color of anti-bullying awareness and the color of solidarity.  Read more about #HatNotHate here.

To get involved you may mail blue hats to the following address:

Lion Brand Yarn Co.


135 Kero Road

Carlstadt, NJ 07072

All hats must be mailed in by September 24th to be distributed to the children on October 1st.  Additionally, if you make a blue hat for yourself share it on social media with the hashtag #HatNotHate.

This hat is made using Lion Brand’s LB Collection Cotton Jeans Yarn.  I absolutely love this yarn and wanted to use it for this hat because it has such great stitch definition!

I designed this hat with a subtle heart detailing to remind us all to spread a little more love in our lives.  The hearts build off one another as they reach up to the top of the hat signifying that when supporting and loving each other, we can create a safe and beautiful society.

From now until October 1st, I will be donating 50% of the profits from this pattern to STOMP Out Bullying.  I have also added the free version of this pattern below (keep scrolling).


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CLICK HERE to get the ad-free, printable pattern PDF



This pattern is made using a unique slipped stitch and cable detailing to create a beautiful textured heart design. Make this hat for yourself or give as a gift to spread some love!



Size US 6 (4.0 mm) 12, (16, 16)” circular knitting needle

Size US 7 (4.5 mm) 12, (16, 16)” circular knitting needle

Size US 7 (4.5 mm) double pointed knitting needles

100g/218yd (1 skein) LB Collection Cotton Jeans Yarn (shown in Classic Indigo) or yarn of your choice to obtain gauge


SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate


GAUGE:  20 stitches = 4” in stockinette stitch on size US 7 needles



Child (Youth, Adult)

Finished Hat Circumfrence: 14, (17, 20)”

To choose the correct hat size, measure the circumfrence of your head and choose a hat size that is about 2-3” smaller than your measured head circumfrence.



c1b: cable one back. Slip the next stitch onto a cable needle and hold in the back of your work, knit the next stitch on your left needle, then knit the stitch off the cable needle.

c1f: cable one front. Slip the next stitch onto a cable needle and hold in the front of your work, knit the next stitch on your left needle, then knit the stitch off the cable needle.

k2tog: knit 2 together (right leaning decrease)

M: stitch marker

PM: place stitch marker

SM: slip stitch marker

sl1: slip one stitch purl-wise

sl2: slip the next two stitches purl-wise

ssk: slip the next two stitches separately as if to knit, insert your left needle into the front loops of these stitches and knit them together (left leaning decrease)



This pattern will be worked in the round. The cuff will be worked on size 6 needles, while the body will be worked on size 7 needles. Crown decreases will be worked on double pointed needles.



Cast on 70, (84, 98) stitches on size 6 needles.

Join to work in round. Work k1, p1 rib stitch until piece measures 4, (4, 5)” from cast-on edge.

On the next round, switch to size 7 circular needles and work a double brim. To do this, lift the first stitch from the cast on edge over and onto your left needle. Then, knit the stitch you lifted up and the next stitch on your left needle together. Repeat across the round, knitting each stitch together with its correspinding stitch from the cast on edge. (Note: For help working a double brim, I have a video tutorial on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/Et8gYQtoM_g).



Row 1: [PM, p2, k5, sl2, k5] 5, (6, 7) times.

2: [SM, p2, k4, c1b, c1f, k4] 5, (6, 7) times.

3: [SM, p2, k4, sl1, k2, sl1, k4] 5, (6, 7) times.

4: [SM, p2, k3, c1b, k2, c1f, k3] 5, (6, 7) times.

5: [SM, p2, k3, sl1, k1, sl2, k1, sl1, k3] 5, (6, 7) times.

6: [SM, p2, k2, c1b, k1, c1b, k1, c1f, k2] 5, (6, 7) times.

7: [SM, p2, k2, sl1, k2, sl2, k2, sl1, k2] 5, (6, 7) times.

8: [SM, p2, k12] 5, (6, 7) times.

9: as row 7.

10: [SM, p2, k2, c1f, c1b, c1f, c1b, k2] 5, (6, 7) times.

Repeat rows 3-10 three, (three, four) more times.



11: as row 3.

12: as row 4.

13: as row 5.

14: [SM, p2, k2, k2tog, k1, c1b, k1, ssk, k2] 5, (6, 7) times.

15: [SM, p2, k2, sl1, k1, sl2, k1, sl1, k2] 5, (6, 7) times.

16: [SM, p2tog, k10] 5, (6, 7) times.

17: [SM, p1, k2, sl1, k2tog, ssk, sl1, k2] 5, (6, 7) times.

18: [SM, p1, k2, k2tog, ssk, k2] 5, (6, 7) times.

19: [SM, p1, k2tog, k2tog, k2tog] 5, (6, 7) times.

Cut yarn leaving a 10” tail. Removing stitch markers as you work, thread through remaining stitches twice and pull tight to cinch closed. Tie off and weave in all ends.



To block, soak in lukewarm water. Blow up a balloon 14, (17, 20)” around and stretch hat over balloon to dry. Attach pom-pom if desired.


I’d love to see your finished work! Share on social media using the hashtag #originallylovely or by tagging @originally.lovely on Instagram!

With Love, Kaitlin

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  1. Love your pattern. I made one for my daughter and fits perfectly. Then followed cast on of 98 stitches for adult and it was too big. Am I doing something wrong? Any advice?

    1. Hello, you could go ahead and cast on 84 stitches and make the size smaller. Otherwise be sure to check your gauge and if necessary, drop down a needle size.

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  3. Your pattern looks lovely. I have finished knitting the double brim & am beginning the body. I want to be clear on the instructions for the sl2 stitches. Does my yarn from my right needle pass the slipped stitches at the back or the front. Please clarify this before I get too far into the pattern. Thank you.

    1. Hi Heather! Slip the stitches with the yarn in the back of your work — this will be the case each time you slip stitches, whether it be sl1 or sl2. Let me know if you have any more questions! -Kaitlin

  4. Again I am seeking clarification of the instructions for this hat. In row 6 of the body my instructions only have my stitches in each grouping add up to 11, not the 14 that are on my needle. I believe instr. for 3 stitches have been omitted from this row. Am I correct? What stitches are missing. Here is what I have. (6: [SM, p2, k2, c1b, k1, c1b, k1, c1f, k2] 5, (6, 7) times.) I am knitting the large size-adult)

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