knitted hat

Free Knitting Pattern – Mandala Hat

Hello everyone!

I am Mary from and and today I am taking control of the blog! But don’t worry, is only for today and to share a free knitting pattern!

Knitted Hat


Erin and I met by chance after she decided to test ono of my crochet patterns called Aquamarine Vest. Since then she kept testing pattern after pattern, and of course we became yarn buddies. Specially since we both knit and crochet. And since most people prefer to stick to one craft or the other, I haven’t met many that are proficient in both, we clicked 🙂

It was Erin that introdiced me to the Lion Brand Mandala Yarn, since she was so exited to show her new acquisition, she sent a few photos to brag, ahem, to show them to me and do what we do best, talk about yarn.

Crochet cowl
Crochet Mandala Cowl

I fell in love with a speciphic colorway, the one called Spirit, and I coudn’t countain myself and eded up buying it. If fact, I created a Free pattern for this yarn, I called it Mandala Cowl. And later I had to make a knited version too. To keep things simple I named it Knit Mandala Cowl.


Knitted Cowl
Knit Mandala Cowl



Since she introduced me to this lovely yarn, I feel is only right to share the love, and let this be my first guest post on her blog!

The Mandala Hat, was designed to be paired with the Mandala yarn (of course) but any DK weight yarn will also work for this project.

It only requires 150 yards of yarn, which is exactly how much I got left over from making the Knit Mandala Cowl.

And if you decide to keep it Pom-Pom free, you won’t need as much yarn. Or if you still want to add a pom-pom but don’t have as much yarn left over or available, you can make a smaller pom-pom (mine is huge), or use other yarn to create the pom-pom, and since this yarn presents itself in a wide variety of colors, a different color pom-pom will just add to it’s charm.

Anyways, I know you came here for the pattern so here it goes.

By the way, you can find the PDF on Ravelry here: Mandala Hat

Or keep scroling to find the pattern here as well!

Skill level: Intermediate

Gauge: 20 sts by 28 rows = 4 in (10 cm) in stockinette after blocking.

Stitches used and abbreviations:
CO = Cast On
K = Knit
P= Purl
K2tog = Knit two together
● SSK = slip slip knit
Rnd/Rnds = Round/Rounds

Yarn: Mandala by Lionbrand. Lightweight; DK (#3) (11 wpi) Sample was made with colorway “thunderbird”

Yardage: 150 yards (138 meters)

Needle: #7 (4.5 mm) 16 in circular needle /DPNs or necessary needle to obtain gauge

Sizes: Toddler, Child, Teen/Adult, Large Adult

To fit: 17/18 in, 19/20 in, 21/22, 22/23 in circumference approx.
(43/46 cm, 48/50 cm, 53/55 55/59 cm in circumference approx.)

Final Measurement:
Unstretched Circumference: 15, 16, 17, 18 in (38, 40.5,
43, 45 cm approx.)

Free Knitting Pattern – Mandala Hat

CO 80 (90,100, 110) st.

Join to work in rounds, and mark the beg/end of round with a stitch marker.

Rnds 1 to 15: K1, p1
Rnd 16: Knit
Rnd 17: *[P1, k1]x3, k4 – Repeat from * to end of round.
Rnd 18: *[K1, p1]x3, k4 – Repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat Rounds [17 + 18] 13 (15, 17,19) times

Crown Decrease:

Rnd 1: *[P1, k1]x3, k2, k2tog – Repeat from * to end of rnd. 72 (81, 90, 99) sts.
Rnd 2: *[K1, p1]x3, k3 – Repeat from * to end of round.
Rnd 3: *[P1, k1]x3, k1, k2tog – Repeat from * to end of rnd. 64 (72, 80, 88) sts.
Rnd 4: *[K1, p1]x3, k2 – Repeat from * to end of round.
Rnd 5: *[P1, k1]x2, p1, ssk, k1 – Repeat from * to end of rnd. 56 (63, 70, 77) sts.
Rnd 6: *[K1, p1]x2, k3 – Repeat from * to end of round.
Rnd 7: *[P1, k1]x2, ssk, k1 – Repeat from * to end of rnd. 48 (54, 60, 66) sts.
Rnd 8: *[K1, p1]x2, k2 – Repeat from * to end of round.
Rnd 9: *P1, k1, p1, ssk, k1 – Repeat from * to end of rnd. 40 (45, 50, 55) sts.
Rnd 10: *K1, p1, k3 – Repeat from * to end of round.
Rnd 11: *P1, k1, ssk, k1 – Repeat from * to end of rnd. 32 (36, 40, 44) sts.
Rnd 12: *k1, p1, k2 – Repeat from * to end of round.


Don’t Bind off, break yarn and thread through remaining stitches.
Pull tight, stitch it up to close, and weave in ends.
Block as necessary to obtain size.
Make pom pom and stitch it to the top of the hat if desired.

Don’t forget to share your final objects on social media using the hashtag
#Craftytuts and #mandalahat so everyone can find them!


Happy Knitting!