I saw the Barbie movie the day it came out, my friends and I basically did double feature, henceforth Barbenheimer haha. Yes, we did have matching shirts as well. Afterwards, I thought, “hey, this would be a good excuse to get back into knitting and actually try to make a wearable.” I think the last wearable I attempted is stashed somewhere, waiting to get finished… I figured a hat would be easier, plus I found a stash of untouched pink yarn. (I usually wear dark colors if I am being honest). This is just the rough outline of what I did because my knitting gauge was a bit weird and will have the chart as well.

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Gauge is the most confusing thing for me. It’s like the label says one thing with larger-sized needles, and I used smaller sized-needles, and my gauge still turned out larger than what the label said. I think my gauge was 16 sts by 21 rows in stockinette stitch for a 4-inch (10 cm) swatch with 4.5 mm needles, and the yarn label said 18 sts by 24 rows with 5.0 mm needles. I would say aim for that gauge or larger, like 16+ sts. The reason I suggest this is because of the size of duplicate stitch chart. In order for it to fit on the hat, you want the hat be at least 2x times the amount of columns than the chart to be visible on the front and to have enough vertical space as well. The sizing of the hat still worked out for me because I have a big head v_v, the hat was like 22″ and was just a bit loose which I personally don’t mind.

If you know more about gauge let me know if you also run into this issue or get the same gauge with the yarn!


You will be needing 3 colors for this one, I used medium weight yarn (4) for the hat:

  • Color A for the body
  • Color B for the duplicate stitch for the border of the head
  • Color C for the duplicate stitch for the head
  • 4.0 mm circular knitting needles
  • 4.5 mm circular knitting needles
  • 4.5 mm double-pointed knitting needles
  • needle to weave ends
  • stitch marker


  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • k2tog – knit 2 together
  • st(s) – stitch(es)

Making the brim

There are many ways to do a brim, it can be 2 inches or 4 inches to fold over. You can do a k1 p1 or a k2 p2 rib stitch for the brim.

Use the 4.0 mm needles or the smaller needles you have and cast on 88 stitches (if you want a smaller hat cast 80 sts, which will result in a hat that is 20″ in circumference) with the color A yarn and join in the round. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Repeat *k1, p1* across the round (or do a k2,p2 rib stitch)

I stopped when it reached 4″ because I like to fold it over but stop at 2″ if you’d like!


Switch to the 4.5 mm circular knitting needles.

Knit all the stitches (do a stockinette stitch)

Continue working in stockinette stitch until it measures about 5″ – 5.5″ from the edge of brim or to your desired length. Make sure it is at least 22 rows so image from the duplicate stitch will fit.

Crown Shaping

Here we will be decreasing, and you can go ahead and start using your 4.5 mm double-pointed needles as needed here.

Round 1: Repeat *k6, k2tog* across the round. 77 (70) sts.

Round 2: Knit all the stitches

Round 3: Repeat *k5, k2tog* across the round. 66 (60) sts.

Round 4: Knit all the stitches

Round 5: Repeat *k4, k2tog* across the round. 55 (50) sts.

Round 6: Knit all the stitches

Round 7: Repeat *k3, k2tog* across the round. 44 (40) sts.

Round 8: Knit all the stitches

Round 9: Repeat *k2, k2tog* across the round. 33 (30) sts.

Round 10: Knit all the stitches

Round 11: Repeat *k1, k2tog* across the round. 22 (20) sts.

If you want this hat to have a hole for a pony tail I suggest casting off here. Cut the yarn and weave in the ends.

Round 12: Knit all the stitches

Round 13: Repeat *k2tog* across the round. 11 (10) sts.

Cut tail to weave in ends.

Duplicate Stitch

For this hat, it was the first time I did a duplicate stitch. It was not that hard as I thought but please look up videos if you need help. For this one I started on the third row above the edge of the brim for the duplicate stitch. I started with color C and did the head, then did the outline with color B. Once you are done with each color, cut and weave in the ends.

It should look like this.

You can add a pom pom on the end of the hat. I added a removable one because I couldn’t choose which color combos to use for the pom pom. I hope you had fun making the hat! I know this is a knit pattern but you can try to use it for crochet, or even enlarge the chart to put on a bag or a pillow as well. If you make it feel free to post it and tag me on my socials! I’d love to see how it turned out and the color combos you used! Also I plan on make a few different ones for barbie so stay tuned!

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