Broken Rib Hat Pattern

The ultimate stash-busting beanie pattern.


$8.00 USD


Get creative with your yarn stash and knit up a cozy, versatile beanie with the Broken Rib beanie pattern. With instructions for four different yarn weights and three head sizes for each weight, this pattern is perfect for any knitter looking to use up their leftover yarn. The broken rib stitch creates a classic, ribbed look, and the fold-up brim can be worn two ways for added slouch or a more fitted look.

Designed to be worn with up to 5cm of negative ease, this relaxed-fit beanie is slightly slouchy, with a length 2.5cm longer than your natural head height. However, you can easily adjust the length for a more fitted crown if you prefer. This is your hat, after all!

Note: this pattern is a PDF and a download link will be emailed to you after purchase.

Fit & Yarn Details

I recommend 100% wool or a wool blend for stitch definition and warmth.

Actual Head Circumference: cm = 51 (56, 61) / inches = 20 (22, 24)

Gauge (in a 10x10 cm / 4x4" square in stockinette stitch), needles and meterage / yardage: 

Yarn Weight Gauge Needles Yarn Amount
4ply / Fingering 26 sts x 32 rows 3.25 & 2.75mm / US 3 & 2 230 (275, 320)m / 252 (300, 350) yds
5ply / Sport 24 sts x 30 rows 3.5 & 3.0mm / US 4 & 2.5 200 (240, 280)m / 219 (263, 306) yds
8ply / DK 22 sts x 28 rows 4.0 & 3.5mm / US 6 & 4 170 (200, 240)m / 186 (219, 262) yds
10ply / Worsted 20 sts x 26 rows 4.5 & 3.75mm / US 7 & 5 155 (180, 215)m / 170 (198, 236) yds

For the samples I used: 

  • The blue hat is in The Grumpy Merino 8ply yarn in Mr Dutton colour. This traceable yarn is squishy soft and grown/made in NZ. You'll need 2 (2, 3) balls.
  • The green hat is in Fiddlesticks Peppin 10 in colour 1030. It's Australian merino and also squishy soft. You'll need 2 (3, 4) balls.
  • The grey hat is in Quince & Co Chickadee in Iceland colour. You'll need 2 skeins for all sizes.

Techniques Used:

Because this hat is designed to be reversible, you can also check out this blog post specifically on hiding your ends for this hat.

3 August 2023 (version AL.A) - An edit was made to include smaller needle sizes for the ribbing portion. Any patterns purchased after this date include these new details.


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