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Be Wool Multi and the Basketweave Hat | free pattern

by Fiona Stevenson

Here we are at the third cozy, bulky hat – Basketweave! Our first two hats, Pike Street and Pomfret, were very straight forward with ribbed brims and stockinette throughout the rest of the hat. Today we’re going to add a little more visual interest with a textured knit pattern. So, download the free Basketweave Hat pattern from Universal Yarn. Then we’ll look over the Universal Yarn Be Wool Multi and pattern requirements before casting on our next gloriously thick, wooly hat.

The chunky Basketweave hat stands on a wooden table. It’s beige with pops of rust, dark teal, and yellow with a large beige fake fur pompom on top. Universal Yarn Be Wool Multi, Knit Pocks Rainbow Wood Double Point Knitting Needles 20cm (8″) - Set of 5 - 8mm/US 11, Clover 3109 umbo Locking Stitch Ring Markers, Clover Jumbo Tapestry Needles, knitted hat free patterns

You can knit 4 hats in 4 days with bulky yarn and quick knit patterns. Today let’s cast on the Basketweave Hat!

Day three – Basketweave Hat

The yarn that the pattern calls for is Be Wool Multi, and I decided to go with the recommended yarn to make this knitting project easy-peasy. I even went with the same color as the photo on the pattern cover page! Here are the yarn specifications.

Basketweave knitted hat by Universal Yarn Be Wool Multi and a rainbow fake fur pompom sit on a gray fake fur throw with a fire in a fireplace in the background. The yarn is mostly natural beige with pops of rust, teal, and yellow.

Basketweave Hat is an interesting and easy knit!

Two balls of Be Wool Multi and a rainbow fake fur pompom sit on a gray fake fur throw with a fire in a fireplace in the background. The yarn is mostly natural beige with pops of rust, teal, and yellow.

Super bulky and super fun! This Be Wool Multi – “Rusted” is the perfect yarn to show off the basketweave pattern texture.

Color 206 Rusted

Weight Super Bulky

Amount 6oz [170g]

Yardage 80yds [73m]

Fiber Content 60% Acrylic, 40% Wool

Machine Washable Yes!

Machine Drying Yes!

 skill level Easy (beginner) – knitting in the round, knit, purl, K2tog

finished measurements 21” [53.5cm]





Note: It takes 5 minutes to make a pompom using Clover Pom-Pom Maker! We describe it in detail with step-by-step photos in our earlier post, A knitted beanie is enhanced by twisting stitches in the ribbing

gauge 9 sts x 16rnds = 4” [10cm] in Basketweave pattern

Now, let’s cast on!

I made absolutely no modifications to this pattern knitting it, as written, from beginning to end. Anyone who follows my work knows that this is extremely rare! It was clear and very easy to follow. The basketweave pattern is simple, but adds some interest while knitting. It’s nice to have a change from plain ol’ stockinette stitch for this hat. I love the way that the little bit of texture breaks up any potential color pooling, and makes the pops of color in the Be Wool Multi, well, pop!

a close-up of the basketweave texture (alternating boxes of stockinette and garter stitch) of the Basketweave Hat.

A little bit of texture makes all the difference

Remember, if you are knitting this project on the 16” circular needles, you will need to switch to DPNs or a larger circular for magic loop to do the decrease at the crown. After passing the yarn tail through the remaining stitches on the top of your hat, draw the yarn down through the center of the hole, and pull tightly to close before weaving in the end.

The final touch to this fabulous hat is a fabulous fake fur pompom or make your own using the jumbo pompom maker!

This hat was the quickest knit for me coming in at about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Gotta love super bulky yarn and giant needles! And with that, my third hat of four was complete.


Alright, we are over halfway through with three warm and cozy hats to wear on these cold wintery days. We have two left to knit – the Coffee Beans & Sugar Cubes and Autumn Oak Hats. These next two are a bit more of a challenge, but still both super quick knits. Join me tomorrow for some cables and lace using cozy Posh Alpaca!

This is part 4 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 3: Pomfret Hat, double the pompoms, double the fun (free pattern)

Go to part 5: Autumn Oak knitted hat keeps you warm in the winter too!


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