Jun 2, 2011

Molly's Hats

While knitting my way through a bunch of yarn for a Raverly group, I realized I was leaving half-skeins of yarn left and right, unused in my knitting basket. I’ve been trying to knit through a skein before I start a next one, and so having all these half-skeins laying about was starting to bother me. To remedey the situation, I whipped up a hat pattern that is easy to memorize, can be made solid or striped with great results either way, and will help you use up all your half-skeins of yarn in no time!

The Molly Hat can be knit up using wool, blended, acrylic, and even cotton yarn! I’ve been using the pattern to knit up nest: Maine hats by the bundle! This pattern has been named after Molly Weasley and her love of hand-knits in the Harry Potter movies! I like to imagine Molly Weasley didn’t just knit for her own children and their friends, but that she used her needles to knit for as many folks as she could - this hat pattern was created with that charitable spirit in mind


* one skein Lion Brand Wool Ease (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 197 yards/180 meters per 85 grams)
* US 8 / 5.0 mm 16” circular needle
* US 9 / 5.5 mm 16” circular needle and dpns
* darning needle for weaving in ends


20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in pattern stitch


One size fits most adults.



  1. Thanks Robyn, I too am making hats to give to local teens and children in need. I'll be making this quick one and I'll look at the others too! As well as leftover half-skeins, I also use smaller bits to put a few stripes in some of my hats.

  2. Thank you so much for this beautiful, simple (and free!) pattern! Just finished mine using a half-skein of the same colored Wool Ease yarn you used in the picture. :). LOVE it! I'm certain this will be a pattern I will use more of, not only for myself but in gifts for others. Thank you for sharing your gift so freely. :). ~Linda from WA

  3. Thank you for this lovely pattern! I made it over the weekend, and I found that I like the "wrong" side of the hat even better. So much squishy texture! I will definitely be making more of these.
    ~Melynda from OR

  4. Does this pattern work if you are just using #9 US circular needles? I am new to knitting and are not good at switching needles. Will I need to decrease my cast on or leave it the same?