Minimalist Hat Using Rowan Alpaca Soft DK
Minimalist Hat Using Rowan Alpaca Soft DK
With the subtlest of details and simplest of shapes, the Minimalist Hat is all about the way you feel when you wear it. Its clean lines—no visible edging treatment, no cuff, and nearly no visible shaping—are perfect for sublimely soft, squishy yarns that produce dense, delicious fabric. It just feels good. And it’s a free pattern!
The Minimalist Hat is a pleasure to knit in Rowan Alpaca Soft DK—a wonderfully soft blend of merino and alpaca. Four-plied and DK-weight, Alpaca Soft DK is lightweight, warm, and bouncy. The firm fabric has great stitch definition and a nice drape—just what we like in a slouchy hat.
19"/48cm around (fits 20-23"/51-58cm head); approx. 10"/25cm deep for shorter slouch or 12"/30cm for longer slouch.
Follow instructions for DK- weight version.
Rowan Alpaca Soft DK (137 yds/125m each)
Shorter version: 2 skeins or approx. 180 yds/165m.
Longer version: 2 skeins or approx. 240 yds/219m. See knitter's notes.
Shown in Shorter version in color 204 Classic Brown.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 6 (4mm) 16"/40cm circular needle and set of 5 double-points or size to obtain gauge.
US 4 (3.5mm) 16" circular needles or 2 sizes smaller than gauge needle.
22 sts = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch on gauge needle.
Please see the note on the pattern tab for more information on swatching for gauge, fabric and fit.
The Free Pattern
See "The Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
Swatching for gauge, fabric and fit
While this hat is super simple and quite forgiving, to end up with a cozy hat that you’ll wear and wear, you may want to finesse the fit and slouch.
We recommend knitting a swatch for gauge and fabric, starting with the needle size suggested on the ball band. You may find, however, that some yarn and needle combinations may not produce the sublimely soft fabric you need for this hat.
Aim for a fabric that’s soft enough to slouch, yet dense enough to keep its shape. Knit a swatch at least 5"/12.5cm square and block as directed in the pattern. After blocking, drying and resting, check your fabric. If your fabric is too stiff or too droopy, adjust your needle size accordingly. Note: If you find you need to unravel and reuse swatch yarn to finish hat, be sure to steam or soak as appropriate.
When you’ve found a fabric that you like, check your gauge. Find the pattern gauge closest to your blocked gauge. If you’re off slightly, don’t worry—there’s some wiggle room in the finished size to fit an average adult head.
If your blocked gauge doesn’t closely match any of the pattern gauges, but you love your fabric, calculate how many sts you will need to cast on for a hat that is about 2–4"/5–10cm smaller than your head; round to the nearest number that is divisible by 8. Then follow the instructions for the pattern gauge closest to your blocked gauge.
Dec(’d) = decrease(d); K2Tog = knit 2 sts together; SM = slip marker; SSK = slip, slip, knit (slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 knitwise, insert left needle into front of 2 slipped sts from left; from this position, K2Tog); St(s) = stitch(es).
Instructions given for DK-weight; worsted, heavy worsted and chunky-weights in parentheses (). When only one number is given, it applies to all weights.
With smaller circular needle, cast on 104 (96, 80, 64) sts using cable cast-on method. Don’t join in the round yet.
Row 1: Knit.
Join in round being careful not to twist, placing contrast color marker to designate beginning of round. On subsequent rounds, slip marker as you come to it.
Knit 2 rounds.
Change to gauge needle and knit to 7"/18cm from cast-on edge for shorter version or 9"/23cm from cast-on edge for longer version.
Note: Shaping rounds will add approx. 3"/7.5cm.
Place four more locking markers on needle as follows: After 13 (12, 10, 8) sts; after 26 (24, 20, 16) sts three times; 13 (12, 10, 8) sts remain to round marker.
Note: Sts should be divided evenly into four quadrants with beginning of round marker centered in one quadrant. Change to double-points when necessary, centering quadrant markers on each needle; clip beginning of round marker into work so it won’t fall off the needle. If you adjusted your cast-on number, adjust placement of locking markers accordingly.
Round 1 (dec round): *Knit to 2 sts before first marked stitch, SSK, SM, K2Tog (tug last st to tighten gap)*; repeat between * * three more times, knit to end. [8 sts dec’d]
Repeat dec round every following third round 4 (4, 3, 2) more times [64 (56, 48, 40) sts]; then every other round 4 (3, 3, 2) times [32 (32, 24, 24) sts]; then every round 3 (3, 2, 2) times. [8 sts]
Note: If you adjusted your cast-on sts, you will work either one more or one fewer decrease on the last repeat to finish with 8 sts.
Break yarn, leaving 8"/20cm tail. With darning needle, thread tail through all 8 sts one at a time; draw up tightly; repeat for strength. Weave in ends on wrong side.
Soak hat for 20 minutes in tepid water with a little no-rinse wool soap. Gently squeeze out as much water as possible. Roll up in a towel and gently squeeze out more moisture; or place in a zippered pillowcase and run through spin-only cycle in washing machine.
Lay flat on moisture-safe surface, gently nudging hat to desired width and length, without stretching cuff of hat to full width. Insert pins at a shallow angle along open edges of hat in frequent intervals to encourage it to dry flat. Without pinning, allow top of hat to naturally cup a little. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Gently steam press using press cloth along open edge of hat. Rotate fold and press out any fold lines. Let dry completely.
Free digital Minimalist Hat pattern (Download).
COLOR: 201 Simply White. Creamy white.
COLOR: 210 Rainy Day. Overcast sky on a drizzly day.
COLOR: 211 Charcoal. Medium grey.
COLOR: 216 Simply Black. Solid black.
COLOR: 204 Classic Brown. Tweedy brown.
COLOR: 202 Trench Coat. Light sand with a faint hint of pink.
COLOR: 213 Green Teal. More teal than green.
COLOR: 214 Hunter Green. Green with a hint of blue.
COLOR: 220 Autumn Gold. Golden pollen.
COLOR: 218 Brick. Pumpkin orange.
COLOR: 206 Deep Rose. Magenta-red.
COLOR: 205 Tea. Burgundy wine.
COLOR: 203 Toffee. Coffee Brown.
COLOR: 209 Enchanted. Pastel purple.
COLOR: 221 Off White. Cream.
COLOR: 222 Stone. Linen white.