Team USA Hat Knitting Pattern


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The uniforms for the Olympic Games change from year to year, so this team USA hat knitting pattern doesn’t look like the ones they have for the 2022 Games, but it is a classic design for cheering on your team (or making plain or adding a different word).

I designed this hat when I worked at About.com and I think it was inspired by one of the hats the team had in 2014, though theirs had the USA spelled out in blue, white and red respectively, where I just used red.

This is actually a super simple Stockinette watchcap style hat that you can make without the USA logo in whatever color you like. It’s sized for men and women, and you can fold the brim up or leave it down as you like.

Use the basic pattern with yarn from your stash to make a great basic hat, too!

What You’ll Need

  • one ball Cascade 220 Superwash (I used color 813) or about 125 (140) yards of medium weight yarn of your choice
  • medium weight yarn in color of your choice for lettering (I used red)
  • size 7 US (4.5 mm) circular needle, 16-inch cable
  • set of size 7 US (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles
  • yarn needle
  • USA chart (optional)

Gauge

20 stitches and 24 rounds per 4 inches (5 stitches and 6 rounds per inch) in Stockinette Stitch in the round.

Size

Finished hat is 18 (21.5) inches around and 9 (11) inches tall, for a snug fit on a woman (man). Instructions are given in the smaller size first with the larger size in parentheses.

Team USA Hat Knitting Pattern

Cast on 90 (108) stitches on circular needle. Join in round and work in knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for 2 inches.

Work in Stockinette Stitch for 5 (7.5) inches; 7 (9.5) inches total.

Shaping the Small Hat

Note: change to double-pointed needles when you have too few stitches to comfortably work on circular.

  1. *Knit 7, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  2. Knit.
  3. *Knit 6, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  4. Knit.
  5. *Knit 5, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  6. Knit.
  7. *Knit 4, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  8. Knit.
  9. *Knit 3, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  10. Knit.
  11. *Knit 2, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  12. Knit.
  13. *Knit 1, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  14. *Knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.

9 stitches remain. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread yarn onto yarn needle, slip stitches through and cinch tight.

Shaping the Large Hat

Note: change to double-pointed needles when you have too few stitches to comfortably work on circular.

  1. *Knit 4, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  2. Knit.
  3. *Knit 3, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  4. Knit.
  5. *Knit 2, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  6. Knit.
  7. *Knit 1, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  8. *Knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  9. *Knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.

9 stitches remain. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread yarn onto yarn needle, slip stitches through and cinch tight.

Finishing the Team USA Hat

If desired, add letters or a word using duplicate stitch. Just remember that if you want to fold the brim up you’ll need the letters to be higher up so they can still be seen when you wear it.

USA knitting chart
Here’s the chart I used, which you can save, or draw your own, or just improvise!

Don’t know how to duplicate stitch? Purl Soho has a good tutorial (though I always eyeball my stitches rather than literally marking it out). If you like video better check out this one from Very Pink Knits.

If you make this project I’d love for you to share on Ravelry!

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