Sunday, 7 August 2011

My Hat Pattern

This is a simple pattern that I've developed over the past 3-4 years. By using thick wool/yarn and bigger needles it's a quick knit and very economical.
Joe's fave knit with 2 strands of 8ply/double knit wool
this one is made with a very nubbly chunky wool that goes thick and thin
using double-pointed needles

You'll need about 80grams of yarn....if you have 8ply/DK you could use two different colours to create an unusual flecked look, otherwise use Aran weight yarn...approx 12ply.
1 6.5mm needle
a set of double pointed needles, size 6mm

These links may be useful......
..needle conversion chart
 yarn ply conversion chart
knitting with dpns

Cast on 60 stitches using 2 strands of 8ply held together and a straight 6.5 mm needle...I find this much easier than trying to cast on to a set of double pointed needles.

1) Knit onto the double-pointed needle set with about 20sts on each needle and knit one round.
2) Purl one round
3 and 5) Knit
4 and 6) Purl

Continue with knit rounds only until work measures about 5inches/13cms

Repeat rows 3-6 and get ready to start decreasing to create the crown of the hat. If you'd prefer leave out the purl rows and just knit 4 more rows.

Decrease....and place marker at end of first row
1){K4, K2 together} 10 should have 50 sts now
2 , 4, 6) Knit
3) {K3, K2tog} 10 you'll have 40sts
5) {K2, K2tog} 10times...30sts
7) {K1, K2tog} 10times...20sts
8, 9 and 10) K2 together to end
Slip yarn through last stitch and then use a large darning needle to pass it through to other side and weave in the end.

To make a child's hat simply cast on 50stitches instead of the 60stitches and knit until it's about 3-3 1/2 inches in place of the 4ins for the adult size.

Please let me know if you are unsure of anything or find a mistake or two!

eta Another finished hat...this time I added a brown stripe every 4 rows and for the garter stitch rows at the top...I really like the way the stripes break up the pooling of the colours.

The crown of the hats always remind me of a carousel or's a bit hard to see from this photo.


  1. Hello Sue! Popping over from Nellymary's - what a lovely blog you have here. I'm looking forward to having a go at your hat pattern, they look great!

  2. Hallo Christine..what a pleasure to have you here...I've knit 2 hats since Saturday afternoon! With the double wool the guage is about 5rows to the inch/2.5cmc so it really is a "quick knit"