April 24, 2021

Learn to Make the Needle Knit Elizabeth Hat

Inside: The needle knit Elizabeth Hat pattern includes sizes Toddler to Adult Large. Tutorial videos provided for both right and left handed knitters.

The Elizabeth Hat is dedicated to the memory of a fellow crafter I had the blessing of knowing.  She was a beloved member of our Facebook and YouTube communities and she will be missed.

This fitted beanie is stretchy and features a ribbed brim, textured body of the reverse Edelweiss stitch and decreased crown.  This breathable, comfy hat is sure to be loved by everyone in your family.  Or make a few to donate to your community as chemo hats.  Sizes include Toddler to Adult.

needle knit elizabeth hat
Elizabeth Hat using the Reverse Edelweiss stitch pattern

The decreased crown shapes the top of the hat for a better fit.  While this pattern is written for a specific gauge the shaping technique may be used with any gauge or hat pattern that uses a multiple of 8 stitches.

Needle Knit Elizabeth Hat Pattern

By Kristen Mangus

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:


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Medium (#4) weight yarn
Red Heart Chic Sheep (3.5 oz/100 g; 186 yds/170 m) 1 ball.
Color Vineyard used in sample.

US 8 (5.00 mm) – 5 DPNs or circular needle.
Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Interchangeable circular needle and Knitter’s Pride Karbonz DPNs used in samples.

Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Stitch marker

Approx = approximately
Beg = Beginning
Cont = Continue
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit two stitches together 
P = Purl
P2tog = Purl two stitches together
Pat = Pattern
Rep = Repeat
Rnd = Round
St(s) = Stitch(es)

If you need a knitting refresher check out my How to Knit for Complete Beginners video series.

20 sts x 28 rows in 4” (10 cm) in Reverse Edelweiss st.


Toddler (Child, Small, Medium, Large)

Circumference 12.75 (14.5, 16, 17.5, 19.25) inches and [32.25 (37, 40.75, 44.5, 49) cm and 7.5 (8, 8.5, 9, 9.5)  inches [19 (20.5, 21.5, 23, 24) cm] in height. 


This hat is very stretchy with 3 inches [7.5 cm] of positive ease.  While the finished hat may be slightly smaller than a regular hat it is designed to stretch to fit.


Cast on 64 (72, 80, 88, 96) sts. If using DPNs, divide sts evenly over 4 needles. Connect in the round by switching first and last stitches and place marker between them. 

Rnd 1: *K2. P2. Rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnd 1 for 1.5 (1.5, 1.5, 2, 2) inches [4 (4, 4, 5, 5) cm].

NOTE: For longer brim rep Rnd 1 until desired length.

Reverse Edelweiss Stitch

Before beginning on DPNs, slip last stitch on empty needle and stitch marker for beginning of round. This extra stitch keeps marker in place and is used in Rnd 2.

Rnd 1: Knit all.

Rnd 2: K1, *k2tog, p2tog in same st*. Repeat from * to * until 1 st remains. Slip 1 PW and remove marker. Slip previous st back on left needle. K2tog without dropping sts, move yarn to back and place marker on right needle. P2tog in same st.

Rnd 3: Knit all.  (NOTE: The first st is already knit when finishing Rnd 2.)

Rnd 4: *K2tog, p2tog in same st*. Repeat from * to *, to the end.

Rep Rnds 1-4 in Reverse Edelweiss st until work from beg measures approx 5.5 (6, 6.5, 7, 7.5) inches [14 (15, 16.5, 18, 19) cm]. 

needle knit elizabeth hat with folded brim
If you like a folded up brim just add an inch or more to the length of the hat.


Starting at the beginning of the round place a stitch marker every 8 (9, 10, 11, 12) sts.   

Rnd 1: *Knit 6 (7, 8, 9, 10), K2tog. Rep from * around. 56 (64, 72, 80, 88)  sts.
Rnd 2 and alt rnds: Knit.
Rnd 3: *Knit 5 (6, 7, 8, 9), K2tog. Rep from * around. 48 (56, 64, 72, 80)  sts.
Rnd 5: *Knit 4, (5, 6, 7, 8), K2tog. Rep from * around. 40 (48, 56, 64, 72) sts.
Rnd 7: *Knit 3 (4, 5, 6, 7), K2tog. Rep from * around. 32 (40, 48, 56, 64) sts. 

Rnd 9: *Knit 2 (3, 4, 5, 6), K2tog. Rep from * around. 24 (32, 40, 48, 56) sts. 

Rnd 11: *Knit 1 (2, 3, 4, 5), K2tog. Rep from * around. 16 (24, 32, 40, 48) sts. 

Rnd 13: *Knit 0 (1, 2, 3, 4), K2tog. Rep from * around. 8 (16, 24, 32, 40) sts.  [Toddler Size break yarn leaving a long tail and continue with FINISHING below.]

Rnd 15: *Knit X (0, 1, 2, 3), K2tog. Rep from * around. X (8, 16, 24, 32) sts.  [Child Size break yarn leaving a long tail and continue with FINISHING below.]

Rnd 17:  *Knit X (X, 0, 1, 2), K2tog. Rep from * around. X (X, 8, 16, 24) sts.  [Small Size break yarn leaving a long tail and continue with FINISHING below.]

Rnd 19:  *Knit X (X, X, 0, 1), K2tog. Rep from * around. X (X, X, 8, 16) sts.  [Medium Size break yarn leaving a long tail and continue with FINISHING below.]

Rnd 21:  *K2tog. Rep from * around. X (X, X, X, 8) sts.  [Large Size break yarn leaving a long tail and continue with FINISHING below.]


Thread tail through rem sts and draw up tightly. Fasten securely. Weave in tails.


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Needle Knit Elizabeth Hat Video Tutorials

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I included multiple videos for this hat pattern.

The first video shows how to work the Reverse Edelweiss stitch pattern. Use the time stamps below to help you navigate the video. The timestamps in bold are the most helpful for working this pattern.

00:00:00 Welcome
00:01:34 FLAT PANEL – SET UP
00:01:54 Row 1 RS
00:02:15 Row 2 WS
00:03:39 SLOW MOTION – k2tog & p2tog in same st
00:05:05 Troubleshooting – un-knit special stitch

00:05:53 Row 3 RS
00:06:47 Row 4 WS
00:07:22 End of Row 4 & Repeating Notes
00:08:44 Round 1
00:09:34 Round 2
00:10:46 End of Round 2 – last st and 1st st
00:11:55 Round 3
00:12:12 Round 4 notes

00:13:04 Wrap up

The second video shows how to shape the crown (from the original Edelweiss Hat knit along). The second video is set to begin at the crown.

Right handed

Left handed

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About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the owner of GoodKnit Kisses whose mission is to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal online community of followers by sharing her personal passion for loom knitting, needle knitting, crochet and all things creative through YouTube tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and pattern design. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.

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