Stripey sideways hat pattern

§ February 8th, 2010 § Filed under Caps, Hats, Etc., Uncategorized § 11 Comments

So as requested here and on Ravelry, here is the detailed pattern for the sideways hat I posted about a few days ago.
UPDATE: .pdf link for download.

Gratuitous photo reminder:


I am posting the pattern here instead of as a downloadable .pdf, because I’d like some feedback first about steps I’ve missed or errors. If someone (Manisha?!) would test-knit it and let me know if the instructions make sense, that would be even better!


Level of difficulty: Advanced beginner/intermediate. Should know how to cast on provisionally, do kitchener stitch (grafting) or a three-needle bind off, and pick up and knit in the round with circular and double-pointed needles. All you need, really, are the excellent videos at, which demonstrate all these techniques very clearly.

Yarn: Worsted weight (I used Karabella Aurora 8, 98 yards/50 gms), 1 skein each in two colours – one main colour (MC), and one contrasting colour (CC).

Needles: 1 size 6 16 inch circular needle, 1 set of double pointed needles in size 6, 1 tapestry needle.

Gauge: 5 spi in stockinette stitch, 4.5 spi in garter stitch.

Size: Women’s regular, approx 21-22 inches in circumference. (The garter ridges in the central band stretch a bit, so you can adjust its length depending on how loose-fitting or tight you want the hat to be, to fit a man or a child.

Central band: (knit back and forth)

1. Using the ‘provisional’ method, cast on 20 stitches with the MC yarn.
2. Knit two rows – one garter ridge created.
3. Switch to CC yarn, knit two rows – one garter ridge created.
4. Continue in this way, alternating one garter ridge in MC and CC, until the band measures 21 inches. End with a garter ridge in CC. We shall call the needle with these stitches Needle # 1.
5. Undo the crochet chain at the provisional cast on, and pick up the live stitches on to the second needle (Needle # 2) (Cotton yarn is great for this crochet cast on, it prevents the fibres from the live stitches from snagging on to the chains.)
6. At this point, Needle # 1 has 20 st in CC; Needle # 2 has 20 st in MC.
7. Holding both needles together, Needle # 2 in front and RS on the outside, facing you, graft the edges together.

NOTE: If you don’t like grafting, you can always do a three-needle bind off. Remember to do the bind off with the WS of the band facing outside!

Shape crown: (knit in the round)

1. Using MC and the RS facing you, pick up and knit 120 stitches along the right edge of the band with a circular needle. Knit 1 round.
2. *K10, k2tog, repeat * all around for a total of 10 times.
3. Knit 1 round even.
4. *K 9, k2tog, repeat * all around.
5. Knit 1 round even.
6. *K 8, k2tog, repeat * all around.
7. Knit 1 round even.
8. In this fashion, continue decreasing every other round (k7, k 6, k 5, etc) until you have knit k1, k2tog. Switch to double-pointed needles as the stitches get fewer and fewer for the circular needles.
9. Knit 1 round even. (20 stitches on needle.)
10. K2tog all around (10 stitches on needle.)
11. Cut yarn, leaving a 4 inch tail, and threading it through a tapestry needle, draw yarn through remaining live stitches a few times, and pull tight.

Shape cuff (in the round):

1. Using MC and the RS facing you, pick up and knit 120 stitches along the left edge of the band with a circular needle.
2. K2, p2 all around.
3. Repeat step 2 for ten rounds, or for as long as you would like the cuff of the hat to be.
4. Bind off all stitches knitwise, to ensure a firm edge.
5. Weave in all ends. Wear hat, enjoy!

11 Responses to “Stripey sideways hat pattern”

  • Rima Aranha says:

    Totally cute! I want to make this soon.

  • Loved every post & creation of yours…. SPLENDID!!!! I would not believe if I did not see…… All the creations have that classy tag attached…. SO PERFECT!!!!! KUDOS to you!!!


  • mazhalai says:

    thank you for the pattern

  • Manisha says:

    Will be putting stitches on needles for this over the weekend! Yes!!!

  • Sanhita says:

    Lovely hat, lovely pattern!! Will be on my “to do” list!

  • Tracy says:

    This is very cool. I’ll try it soon for a charity knit, but may not be soon enough to give helpful feedback. Thanks for the pattern – looks brilliant.

  • manisha says:

    What color should I do the grafting with? MC or CC? If it is MC, I don’t have a long enough tail. :-( Poo! That’s cos I followed instructions from a website that said a long tail was not required. If it is CC, then Needle #1 needs to be in front cos otherwise the CC yarn is at the bottom. Or do I just attach yarn and start grafting? Sorry if this is a stupid question but I need help at this point!

  • manisha says:

    Next Q! For the crown, do I alternate between the two colors after every two rows? It appears that way when I peer closely at the pic. But it would be great if you could confirm! Thanks!

  • Manisha says:

    Here’s the finished hat!

  • Susann says:

    I *love* this hat. I made two for Christmas, have a request for another, and just e-mailed the link for the pattern to a friend. For my hats, I used a three-needle bind off to join the band, because I don’t know how to graft. One hat was for a 40-something husband of a friend, the other for a teenager. The teenager’s was made in his school colors. Both were a hit, and fit well. Thanks for the pattern! I will be making a few more of these.

  • I seem to be having a mental block — how does one cast on 20 stitches and later have 20 plus 20 stitches?? I understanding casting on 20 and knitting and knitting to form a ridge (garter stitch). Let me tell you my design idea–I have a crown from a failed hat and I want to knit the sideways band and attach to my old crown with a decorative ridge or some such thing. I think it will work and I will be able to use my old crown. What do you think? Thanks. sapodedo

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