The Ball Cap

In Aran weight yarn, Hats, Patterns, Shop sample available, Worsted weight yarn by Shannon

The Ball Cap was designed for a very special, and very smart-alec’ed friend who is going through a rough time, health-wise. His last name is Ball, he has hinted quite strongly for a hand-knitted hat, so what’s a knitter to do? I had to make the boy a hat! And then I got a bit obsessed and ended up making five.

This is a quick pattern, perfect for holiday knitting. It takes very little time, and the finished product is perfect for anyone on your list. There are two crown options – rounded or pointy.


  • Finished Measurements: Small, medium, large, extra large: 13 (15.25, 17.5, 19.75)” circumference, unstretched (easily stretches to fit much larger circumference). Hats are sized to fit head circumference: 16-18 (18-20, 20-22, 22-24)”
  • Yarn: approximately 130-180 yards worsted-weight yarn.
  • Needles: US8/5mm needles for small circumference knitting, or size needed to get gauge.
  • Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle.
  • Gauge: 22 sts = 4”/10 cm in k3, p1 rib, measured after blocking.