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A Family of Stripey Hats

A Family of Stripey Hats

A Family of Stripey Hats

"A covey of cute caps."

If you’re looking for a taste of zippy stripes, our free pattern features headgear for the whole family. We used Rowan’s Pure Wool Worsted, a family-favorite superwash wool that comes in a beautiful array of soft neutrals, mid-tone brights, and deep darks.

We’ve created colorways in sets of three, so you can make a fun family of hats that aren’t too matchy. Or head over to the Rowan Pure Wool Worsted page and choose your own colors from over 40 shades.

This was the free pattern in our 2014 Holiday Newsletter. If you don't have a copy, click on "The Free Pattern" tab.

3 skeins Rowan Pure Wool Worsted(219 yds each): 1 in each of 3 colors. We used Pure Wool Worsted colors 137 Oxygen, 135 Papaya, and 110 Umber—the Snowshoe Colorway.

Newborn (Child, Large Child, Adult, Large Adult). Instructions given for Newborn; other sizes in parentheses ( ).

14 (16, 18, 20, 22)"/36 (41, 46, 51, 56)cm.

Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, 1 skein each in 3 colors (219 yds each). Note: 3 skeins of Pure Wool Worsted should yield 1 hat in each size.

Or approx. 65 (75, 85, 110, 120) yds [60 (69, 78, 100, 110)m] total of an equivalent worsted-weight yarn.

US 7 (4.5mm) 16"/40cm circular needle and double-points, or size to obtain gauge.
US 6 (4mm) 16"/40cm circular needle (or one size smaller than gauge needle).
5 stitch markers, 1 in a contrasting color. Darning needle. Pom-pom maker.

20 sts/28 rounds = 4"/10cm.

See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.

GLOSSARY: K = knit; K2Tog = knit 2 sts together; P = purl; St(s) = stitch(es).

Before you begin, determine your striping sequence. If you’re aiming to make one 3-color hat in each size as we’ve done, here’s a fun yarn-use strategy: Save a smaller hat for last and let a roll of the dice determine how many rounds you do with your next color. Then you can use any last bits for pom-poms.

Your ribbed edging provides 6 rounds; the remainder of hat provides 34 (38, 42, 46, 50) rounds—you can divide these into stripes any way you like! If your row gauge is off, add or subtract rounds as necessary. For tidier transitions in your stripes of two rounds or more, lift the right leg of the stitch below the first stitch of the second round onto the needle and knit it together with the loop of the stitch above.

Ribbed edging: With smaller circular needle and cable cast-on method, cast on 72 (80, 92, 100, 112) sts; do not join yet.
Row 1 (RS): (K2, P2) to end of row. Place contrasting marker onto needle and join in round, being careful not to twist.
Rounds 2-6: (K2, P2) to end of round.

Crown: Change to larger circular needle and stockinette stitch (knit every round) in desired striping sequence.

Round 1: K2Tog 2 (0, 2, 0, 2) times, evenly spaced. [70 (80, 90, 100, 110) sts].
Knit 19 (21, 23, 25, 27) more rounds; on last round, place 4 more markers every 14 (16, 18, 20, 22) sts. [Approx. 3¾ (4, 4¼, , 5)" from cast-on edge; decrease rounds will add approx. 2 (, 2½, , 3)".]

Shaping: Decrease Round: *Knit to 2 sts before marker, K2Tog*; repeat between * * to end. [5 sts decreased] Knit one round. Repeat decrease round every round until 5 sts remain, changing to double-points when necessary.

Finishing: Cut yarn, leaving an 8" tail. With darning needle, thread tail through remaining sts and draw up tightly. Weave in ends on wrong side. Gently steam or wet block; allow to dry. Attach pom-poms securely.

Download printable "A Family of Stripey Hats" pdf pattern.

COLORWAY: Flannel Shirt.

COLORWAY: Snowshoe.

COLORWAY: Woodpile.

COLORWAY: Bonfire.

COLORWAY: Maple Sugar.


COLORWAY: Cross Country.

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