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Make a knitted bobble hat like Cheryl’s

Knitted bobble hats are all the rage again, and everybody wants one just like Cheryl Cole’s.  But don’t worry if you haven’t got £50 to spare – make your own!

This is an easy pattern that if perfect for the novice knitter and is perfect for keeping warm in the  cold weather. All you have to do is buy some wool and some needles and get knitting.

Make your own hat!

knitted hat

This hat by Mary is really simple to make and will cost you a fraction of the price – especially if you use up an odd balls of wool or  refashion wool from your old jumpers.

Note: We do realise that this doesn’t look like Cheryl’s hat …yet… but  If you want a hat just like hers choose a slightly fluffy double knit wool in a cream or beige, or pale pink.

The key to making it look like Cheryl’s is the bobble.  Most bobble hats use a fairly small bobble, but for this one, bigger is best.  Go  for one at least 15 cms in diameter.

You will need

If you’re buying new yarn 2 x 50g balls should be sufficient (depends how much you use in the pom pom). As you can see from the pictures, I use up a lot of leftovers when making hats .

1 pair of  size 3.75 needles

1 Pair of  size 4.00 needles

To make

Cast on 113 stitches using 3.75mm needles

30 rows in rib (Knit 1, Purl 1 to the end of the row – for 22 rows)

*these 30 rows create the turnback for the hat

Change to 4mm needles and continue in stocking stitch ( knit right side, purl wrong side) for 14cm

  1. Shape crown – this looks more complicated than it is – after a few rows, you can see the pattern of where the decreasings occur.
  2. Row 1 K13 (K3tog K25) 3 times,K3tog K13 (105 sts)
  3. Row 2 Purl to end
  4. Row 3 K12 (K3tog K23) 3 times,K3tog K12 (97 sts)
  5. Row 4 and all even rows till Row 24 Purl to end
  6. Row 5 K11 (K3tog K21) 3 times,K3tog K11 (89 sts)
  7. Row 7 K10 (K3tog K19) 3 times,K3tog K10 (81 sts)
  8. Row 9 K9 (K3tog K17) 3 times,K3tog K9 (73 sts)
  9. Row 11 K8 (K3tog K15) 3 times,K3tog K8 (65 sts)
  10. Row 13 K7 (K3tog K13) 3 times,K3tog K7 (57 sts)
  11. Row 15 K6 (K3tog K11) 3 times,K3tog K6 (49 sts)
  12. Row 17 K5 (K3tog K9) 3 times, K3tog K5 (41 sts)
  13. Row 19 K4 (K3tog K7) 3 times, K3tog K4 (33 sts)
  14. Row 21 K3 (K3tog K5) 3 times, K3tog K3 (25 sts)
  15. Row 23 K2 (K3tog K3) 3 times, K3tog K2 (17 sts)
  16. Row 25 K1 (K3tog K1) 3 times, K3tog K1 (9 sts)

To finish

Break off the yarn but not too short. Thread it through the remaining stitches and draw up.

Turn to the wrong side and sew up the back seam.

Make a bobble using the leftover yarn wound over two cardboard circles (at least 15cm in diameter for a BIG Cheryl-sized pom pom), cut and tied in the middle. Sew it firmly onto the hat.

NOTE: If you’ve not made a pom pom before we’ve added a link at the end to a site with step-by-step instructions.

A child’s hat, to fit approx 8 years, is worked the same as above but on 105 stitches and starting the crown shaping at Row 3.

  • K= knit
  • P= purl
  • K3tog knit 3 together by putting the right hand needle through the first 3 stitches on the left hand needle and knitting them as one. If you find it easier, to slip the first stitch to the right hand needle, knit the next 2 together and then slip the stitch back from the right hand needle over them, to give one stitch, this gives the same shaping just a slightly different appearance.

Knitting know how

The pattern above comes to us courtesy of Mary Mayfield.

Find out more about Mary and her other projects on her blogs:

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There are 15 comments

  1. Posted by SaraBB on November 30, 2009 at 8:30am

    Fab , love it wouldnt it make a brilliant Christmas pressie

  2. Posted by SusanG on December 1, 2009 at 11:06pm

    I love this - do you have a downloadable PDF of the pattern? - I can't really knit with the laptop on my knee! Sue

  3. Posted by Frances on December 4, 2009 at 1:06pm

    Anybody prepared to make me one? :)

  4. Posted by Hilary Bruffell on December 4, 2009 at 1:37pm

    It is on the way!

  5. Posted by selena hemms on January 6, 2010 at 5:46pm

    can you make me one please i will pay! but i want it in beige and the big bobble too please thanks selena

  6. Posted by jammaker on January 15, 2010 at 9:29am

    I can't believe how lucky I am - I managed to get hold of some gorgeous Debbie Bliss Cachmerino Aran wool in exactly the same colour as Cheryl's hat - and what's more it was about half price in John Lewis's remnant box. This will be my first knitting project for more than 20 years - wish me luck!

  7. Posted by Kevin on August 22, 2010 at 8:01pm

    Hi I'm after a pattern to make a noddy style bobble hat, dark blue. They are for some mad blokes who dress up as 17th century sailors. Need about twenty to start with and i can't knit yet.

  8. Posted by Clare Flynn on September 2, 2010 at 10:52am

    We'll put out an appeal on our Facebook and Twitter pages for you Kevin

  9. Posted by Hilary Bruffell on September 2, 2010 at 11:01am

    Hi Kevin, if you aren't keen on knitting you might be better off sewing the hats in jersey fabric. You would only need to cut the shape you want (allowing a couple of cms for seams) and stitch them together. jersey is a very forgiving fabric for a hat as it is so stretchy. Or if you do want to knit them, you could use this pattern and just extend the centre portion before decreasing.

  10. Posted by Kevin on September 6, 2010 at 11:24pm

    Thanks for your help, i have found a lady who can knit and in return i can do some work for her, cheers!

  11. Posted by Clare Flynn on September 7, 2010 at 9:05am

    That's great Kevin - there's nowt like a bit of bartering!

  12. Posted by joy on September 16, 2010 at 2:50pm

    Any of you clever knitters advise me how to adapt cheryls beanie hat pattern for a 4 year old. Need to knit him a stripy one urgently and havent a clue how to adapt a pattern!!! can knit though luckily!!!!! thanks a million joy

  13. Posted by becibu on December 25, 2010 at 11:05pm

    Would anyone be able to knit me a cheryl cole hat?? i will pay someone pretty please xxx

  14. Posted by Angela on March 22, 2011 at 11:57am

    I've discovered that you can adapt my pattern for those stripey knitted tea cosies to make a bobble hat.... simply stitch up the side seams, not leaving any opening for spout and handle. You can make child's size by making the tea cosy smaller (narrower and not as long).... I hope to post a photo of one on the makeitandmendit site very soon. I'm thinking of making them for my favourite animal charity to sell as fund raisers next winter .... but tell me honestly, do you think people will laugh at kids wearing them? "Ha ha ha... you're wearing a TEA COSY!!!" ???

  15. Posted by linder on January 29, 2013 at 5:40pm

    Hi, I'm trying to make a cheryly bobble, but 113 stitches in rib isn't working, it's making a moss stitch and also am I making 30 rows or 22 rows?