Knitting Pattern: Aviator Hat with Chin Strap

1 Feb

This pattern will make a hat to fit approximately 9 – 18mos.




1 skein Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick (Super Bulky Weight)
size 10 needles, set of dpns and 16″ circular
tapestry or darning needles for weaving ends and sewing on buttons
3 buttons approximately 1″ in diameter (2.5cm)

Make Earflap A:
CO 3 sts
Row 1: k3
Row 2: kfb, k3, kfb
Row 3: k5
Row 4: kfb, k5, kfb
Row 5: k7
Row 6: kfb, k7, kfb
Row 7: k9
Break yarn and place stitches on stitch holder (or you can just leave them on the needle).

Make Chin Strap + Earflap B:
CO 3 sts
Rows 1 – 3: k all sts
Row 4: k1, BO 1 stitch, k1
Row 5: k1, CO 1 stitch, k1
Rows 6 – ?: knit garter stitch until strap is desired length. This was 7.5″ for me or about 40 rows but I realized I probably should have made it shorter, more like 35 rows.
Row 41: repeat rows 2 – 7 like Earflap A but do not break yarn.
Row 47: k9, CO 7 sts, move the reserved stitches from Earflap A onto needles and k the 9 sts.
Rows 48 – 50: k all sts
Break yarn and place stitches on stitch holder

Make Forehead Flap:
CO 15 sts
Rows 1 – 14: k all sts (this should measure approximately 2.5″)
At this point you are going to join this flap with the earflaps and start knitting in the round
Row 15: k across the 15 sts of Forehead Flap, CO 3 sts, move reserved stitches from earflaps onto needles and k the 25 sts, CO 3 sts, place a marker and join in the round.
Rounds 16 – 22: Knit all round in garter stitch (now that you’re knitting in the round this means purling one round to the marker, knitting one round, and alternating in this manner. These 6 rounds should have added about 1.5″ to the whole piece.
Remaining rounds: knit stockinette stitch about 1..5″ and then start decreases.

Decrease Rounds (switch to dpns when necessary):
Round 1: [k2tog, k7]*, repeat to last 10 sts, k2tog, k8
Round 2: k all sts
Round 3: [k2tog, k6]*, repeat to last 9 sts, k2tog, k7
Round 4: k all sts
Round 5: [k2tog, k5]*, repeat to last 8 sts, k2tog, k6
Round 6: k all sts
Round 7: [k2tog, k4]*, repeat to last 7 sts, k2tog, k5
Repeat round 7 until you have decreased to 16 sts, then k2tog all the way around. You should have 8 sts remaining. Break yarn and draw through these 8 sts.

Weave in all ends and sew on buttons (see photos for reference).

You could incorporate button holes into the forehead flap in the appropriate places if you want to be able to unbutton it.And if you come across any mistakes while following this pattern, I would like to know so I can correct it before others attempt to follow it.

If you’re not a knitter or you don’t have the time to make your own, you can buy some in my shop! Visit Bebe Bijou Boutique on Also, you may reproduce these for sale as long as they are reproduced by you, in your home and design credits go to Bebe Bijou Boutique. You may not, however, reproduce this pattern for sale. If you would like to share the pattern please refer (or link) directly to this post. Thanks for looking!

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4 Responses to “Knitting Pattern: Aviator Hat with Chin Strap”

  1. Marie @ MyMomThoughts February 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    This is such a cute hat. I only wish the directions were for crochet too since I don’t know how to knit, and I’ve already got everything under the sun for crochet.

    • bebebijouboutique February 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      I actually only crochet when absolutely necessary because I find it so awkward, otherwise I might attempt to transcribe this for you. Thanks for looking anyway!

      • Marie @ MyMomThoughts February 2, 2013 at 8:57 am #

        I feel the same way towards knitting! It’s still really cute! 🙂

  2. anastasiamw February 1, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    That is seriously just too cute!

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