Minimalist Hat Using Catherine Lowe Merino 3
Minimalist Hat Using Catherine Lowe Merino 3
With the subtlest of details and simplest of shapes, the Minimalist Hat—a free pattern—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 stunning yarns that produce beautifully soft fabric. It just feels good.
Catherine Lowe’s 100% extrafine, superior Merino 3 creates a Minimalist Hat that overflows with grace and integrity. This yarn’s extremely stable stitch structure and stunning stitch definition comes from the single, thread-like strands of merino which are wound parallel, not twisted. A Minimalist Hat in Merino 3 will retain its shape and appearance through countless wears and washes!
Approx. 19"/48cm around (fits 20–23"/51–58cm head); approx. 11"/28cm deep for medium slouch.
1 skein Catherine Lowe Merino 3 (400 yds/365m).
Or approx. 300 yds/275m of a similar light fingering or lace-weight yarn.
Sample shown in color Citrine.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 1½ (2.5mm) 16"/40cm circular needle and set of 5 double-points, or size to obtain gauge.
US 0 (2mm) 16"/40cm circular needle, or two sizes smaller than gauge needle, for cast-on and edging.
5 locking markers, one in a contrast color to designate beginning of round.
Blunt darning needle to finish.
Approx. 36 sts/44 rounds = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch (knit every round).
We suggest keeping a mending tool within arms reach as you knit. It'll make a dropped stitch or strand much easier to catch and repair!
The Free Pattern
See "The Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
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).
With smaller circular needle, cast on 168 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 7 rounds.
Change to gauge needle and knit to 8"/20cm from cast-on edge.
Note: Shaping rounds will add approx. 3"/7.5cm.
Place four more locking markers on needle as follows: After 21 sts; after 42 sts three times; 21 sts remain to beginning-of-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.
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; 160 sts remain]
Repeat dec round every following third round 4 more times [128 sts]; then every other round 6 times [80 sts]; then every round 9 times. [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: Citrine. Goldenrod.
COLOR: Venezia. Dijon.
COLOR: Amaro. Burnt orange.
COLOR: Cardinal. Ruby.
COLOR: Fez. Currant.
COLOR: Gaucho. Toasted pecan.
COLOR: Vintage. Grape purple.
COLOR: Byzantium. Heathery purple.
COLOR: Watermark. Silvery grey.
COLOR: Storm. Ash.
COLOR: Peacock. Deep, dark peacock green.
COLOR: Black Violet. Deep, dark indigo.
COLOR: Bluenote. Light indigo.
COLOR: Bocciablu/Navy. Deep navy.
COLOR: Morning. Palest icy blue.
COLOR: Night/Black. Deep black.
COLOR: Porcelain. White with a hint of ivory.
COLOR: Shadow. Iron.
COLOR: Shy. Pale blush.
COLOR: Snowfall. Brightest white.
COLOR: Whisper. Frost.