Thursday, February 01, 2007

Brother in Law Basket-Weave hat

The Brother In Law Basket-Weave Hat Pattern
This is a super simple pattern that makes a nice hat for guys when stockinette stitch isn't enough but anything else is too much work.You can make one for yourself or for a gift but please do not sell them, and if you want to share the pattern share the link and not the pattern itself.


  • Any worsted weight yarn
  • Size 8 circular knitting needles and/or dpns
  • Darning needle

Pattern: Cast on 80 stitches and join in the round. Do about 1" of K1, P1 ribbing then begin the pattern rows.

Rows 1-5: *K5, P5* repeat from * to *.

Row 6-10: *P5, K5* repeat from *to*.

Repeat these rows until hat is desired length. You then have two options for the top you can either continue the decreases in pattern or switch to stockinette as this part will hardly be noticeable. Choose which one you are going to do and work the stitches accordingly. I will tell you the number or stitches to work either in stockinette or pattern and you can decide which you will do. Either way you will still k2tog you will never p2tog.

Decrease Rows:

R1: *Work 8 stitches, K2tog* repeat from * to * across

R2: *Work 7 stitches, K2tog* repeat from * to * across

R3: *Work 6 stitches, K2tog* repeat from * to * across

R4: *Work 5 stitches, K2tog* repeat from * to * across

R5: *Work 4 stitches, K2tog* repeat from * to * across

R6: *Work 3 stitches, K2tog* repeat from * to * across

R7: *Work 2 stitches, K2tog* repeat from * to * across

R8: *Work 1 stitch, K2tog* repeat from * to * across

R9: K2tog across

Cut yarn. Thread through all the stitches and pull up tight. Then weave in your ends and you are done!


Anonymous said...

You have such cool hat patterns. Thanks for sharing them. I plan on making a basketweave scarf for my BIL . Now I can make him a hat too.

Hattie said...

Dang you read my mind! I was just gonna make up a pattern for a hat like this one, you just saved me the trouble! :) Keep up the patterns I love all the hats!

Angela said...

This looks like a great pattern. I am going to make it for my brother. If it works, I send you a pic.

Anonymous said...

What a great site! Love your are obviously very talented! :)

Anonymous said...

I check your page everyday. Your patterns are the best.

I'm starting to worry about you. You usually don't go so long without an entry.

Hope to see something new soon.

Michelle said...

Fantastic pattern for guys! I'm going to make it for my husband and two brothers! Very simple, but definately masculine.

Sonja said...

I can't wait to make this hat. It looks awesome.

Knit happy!

Jeanne said...

Hi Kody May, Just wanted to say a special thanks for your wonderful patterns. They are the best on the web. Planning to make this hat for my dau's boyfriend and also one for DH. I like patterns suitable for knitting while traveling also.

Jill said...

Hi Kody May! I just finished knitting my boyfriend this hat. It turned out to be slightly too small (he has a huge head)...but I was kinda glad that I now get to keep the hat for myself! Lol. I'll send you a pic as soon as I get my camera working again. I love your patterns!

amyality said...

I made this hat twice, the first was for a brother in law and the second for my boyfriend. I changed it a bit though. For the first hat I used #5 needles and increased the cast on to 90. I don't reccomend number #5's they were too hard to work with and my fingers hurt. I used handspun merino and silk wool of my own creation and it varries from chunky to worsted weight, it is slightly snug on my BIL but, he loves it and it is beautiful. Fort he second hat, I used #7 size needles and increased to 100 stitches for the cast on. I used a hand spun wool of my own creation and would call it again somewhere between chunky and worsted weight. I used solid brown then added a stripe that was tweed (one strand of white spun with one strand of the brown). The hat was for a guy with lots of curly hair and I didn't want it to be too tight and give him hat head. Worked perfectly. The hat slides off and on without being too tight. He loves it, wears it all the time and it, looks great. Because of all the changes I made and it being for boyfriend, I dubbed it "The Boyfriend Hat". I love the simplicity of the design, the basket weave is one of my favorite standby patterns. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your patterns. You do great work.

Lewis said...

I really want to start knit this hat, it looks great!
But i didn't get what did you mean when you wrote "work _ stiches" in the decreased rows. Sorry if that's an idiot question but i'm kinda new at this.

Anonymous said... much yarn does this use? I want to make it for my husband, but I need to know how much yarn to buy.

Anonymous said...

Hey Kodie,

I started winging it on a pattern quite similar to this one, and I've hit a snag: I started the hat on regular needles, and I'm now ready to start reducing. All the patterns I've looked at have recommended circular or double pointed needles to get that nice spirally top bit of the hat. Is there a way to knit that nice top part on regular needles, or should I find a way to switch my knitting onto double pointed needles? If it hasn't been made painfully apparent, I'm an absolute novice. Any advice you would be able to offer would be endlessly appreciated!

Thanks for a fantastic and comprehensive blog,


Anonymous said...

agh oh crap I've misspelled your name!

how boorish of me. i'm sorry.


Kody May said...

I usually decrease about the same I just purl on the wrong side rows. The top of the hat won't be quite as flat but it still looks lovely. Or on the first right side row do the stitches up to your first decrease, do the decrease then place a stitch marker. Repeat for each decrease. On the wrong side rows work regular to the stitch marker, slip it, then decrease. On the right side rows work to two stitches before the marker, decrease, then slip marker and continue. hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

I'll give that a try. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! I'll take a picture of the finished product when all's said and done.

B said...

I made this hat for my husband last winter, and he loves it! He just started wearing it again for this year's cold weather, and that reminded me that I never commented back ... Thank you for the great pattern! It was fun to make, and looks so good on him! Thank you!

Sara said...

The thing I like most about this hat is the spiral effect it has in the decrease, but I am having a hard time re-creating it. I guess I don't understand what you mean when you say "continue the decreases in pattern." My last full row begins with K5, P5. To begin decrease do I P5, K3, K2tog, P5, K3, K2tog, etc? When the second row of the decrease comes around I do P5, K2, K2tog around. And for the third row P5, K1, K2tog. This isn't coming out right.
Could you spell out the correct way to "decrease in pattern" row by row? Thanks so much, I love this hat!

Anonymous said...

I did my own take making a lined/reversible hat by starting out with the pattern backwards and just knitting basically one hat and going straight into this turned out really neat! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

You are truly an awesome woman. I love your patterns...they're so "with-it", and my grandkids LOVE them. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful pattern. I followed it and made my FIRST hat. I'm a beginner and get frustrated with complicated patterns...maybe that's just my personality! This was a fun project. It's for my boyfriend, but I'm tempted to keep it for me!

Anonymous said...

Thank You very much for your beautiful pattern.

Anonymous said...

I have a few of your hats in my Ravelry queu, and I'm making this one for my husband first.
Your patterns are very chique, thank you for posting them!

ewendkos said...

What's the stitch gauge for this pattern?


Sinclair said...

I am going to make this as an 88 stitch hat because my 80 stitch size 8s in worsted weight always end up child sized.

Michael said...

Hi Kody May. I am a relatively inexperienced knitter and I am going to make this hat, and also a matching scarf. I understand the pattern, but I'm a bit stuck on your wool gauge and needle size. I work on Australian ply weights for wool. Could you help me by explaining how you measure the "ply" of worsted wool. Also, size 8 needles as I know them are really chunky. Is this correct?

Anonymous said...

Hi there kody,

i don't understand what you mean (*Work _ stitches, K2tog* repeat from * to * across) in the decreased rows. What does that mean..? i'm kinda new at this. Here my email address hope to hear from you soon..., because i just started working on my hat.

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I found you on ravelry and LOVE this BIL hat. I am a fairly new knitter and am sooooo puzzled by the decrease in pattern instructions. Any chance you could break it down into WAAAY simpler for us newbies? I love the basket weave pattern and would really like to continue it to the end. I hope you still check this and will get back to me. Here's my email:
Look forward to hearing from you!

Mariellen Jordan said...

I too have started this hat and on the decrease rows of stockinette or pattern. I am confused as to what you mean. The start point is pearl, do I pearl 5 knit 3 and knit 2 together? Thanks

No More 3x5s said...

Hi Kody May,
This would be the perfect hat to go with a basket-weave scarf I made for my husband...but how much yarn does it require? I have a limited amount remaining from the scarf...

Sølvi said...

Thanks for posting this. It´s such a nice pattern. Now my darling will be both warm and stylish! :-)

(found you through Ravelry)

Anonymous said...

Hello there.. I am with a couple of the other posters as well and am a bit confused on your decreasing in this pattern. Would you be able to break it down for me as well? I am a newer knitter and I would like to continue to decrease in pattern. But I am not really sure how to do that. I thought I realized how to do it but in looking at another poster who said she did what I was thinking of doing and it didnt turn out right, now I am nervous about doing it. To me it seems you would work 8 stitches and knit two together, but that to me means, knit 5, purl 3, k2tog. Then continue throughout the hat. Is that correct? I know you say you can just use stockinette stitch also, and I guess doing it in stockinette it makes sense to just knit 8 stitches and then k2tog, but I would really like to decrease in pattern and dont know how. Can you help? I would appreciate it. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this pattern!!!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. Hard to find good patterns for men. Will use this for a friend who's having radiation treatments & losing his hair. Linda

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pattern! I think I can do this:)

Cosmia, Inflammatory Knit said...

Thanks so much for posting this pattern! I knitted it for my boyfriend and added a bobble on top.. unfortunately he put it in the washing machine so I'm currently knitting it for the second time!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kody May, I too am amazed at all of your fantastic patterns. I would like to know if you have a chart for another Kanji word. The word I would like is "Sexy" and "Amazing" I have been diagnosed with breast cancer again and now these two words play a HUGE role. Thanks and Congrats on the new man and baby.

Nicole said...

Hi, I am a beginning knitter (much better crocheter). I decided to take the plunge and do a knit hat - and it turned out great. Your instructions are easy to follow and the hat looks great. I used 4 mm circular needles and worsted weight wool and it fits a small adult okay (think I will give it to my son.) Going to make another one now with 5 mm circular needles and hope it will fit my husband. Thanks for a great pattern suitable for even a beginning knitter!

pbquig said...

Have you tried magically looping this pattern, it looks like a good candidate. I'm going to try and I'll let you know how it comes out.
Pirate Knitting

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Erin Respess said...

Love this hat!! New to knitting though. Can you tell me about how much yarn this takes, and also what circumference that hat makes? My husband is about a 25in head and the last hat I tried to do was way to small!!

Anonymous said...

I made an infinity cowl in 3 knit, 3 purl basketweave stitch. I am going to make this hat to match using this pattern as opposed to your 5 knit, 5 purl.

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