Sunday, September 12, 2010

Free Hat Pattern: Rolled-Brim Bulky Hat

Holy Cow! I'm here for the third time in a week. Who died and left me Blog Queen? I don't know. Maybe I'm just discovering once again that making this download of emotions and reporting my activities more faithfully increases my sense of well-being.

Anyway, today I made a perfect hat by accident and I decided to share it. Sometimes a yarn says "Try this." I've learned not to ignore those pleas. When I sat down next to a ball of Point 5 this morning, it was begging to be a hat. Not a structured, carefully shaped hat, just a simple pull-on hat with absolutely no embellishment in the way of stitch-work, cabling or ribbing. As always, my patterns are copy-righted, so feel free to use them for personal use or gifts, but please do not reproduce the pattern or the product for sale.


Yarn: Colinette Point 5, 1 hank

Supplies: Size 10 needles for working in the round; yarn needle to weave ends

This simple hat is a one-day project. It is knit completely in stockinette stitch in the round and the beauty of the yarn is all the adornment needed. It is highly customizable. You could add a knitted bow or flower on one side, attach long braided ties over each ear, or change the rolled brim to a fitted, ribbed one. For a whimsical change, you could add tassels to the top, or knit ears and attach them. It is an easy, quick, multi-purpose hat pattern.

Finished size: 20 inches (51 cm) circumference.

Gauge: The thick and thin nature of the yarn makes gauge difficult to assess. To be more accurate, you should measure at least three times in different places on your swatch and take an average. Be sure not to miss the smaller stitches in the thinnest strands of yarn when you count. 11 stitches = 5 inches.

Cast on 42 stitches. Join to work in round.

Knit every row loosely until piece measures 7 inches long.

Decrease rounds

Round 1: *Knit 7 K2tog repeat from * to end of round.

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: *Knit 6 K2tog repeat from * to end of round.

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: *Knit 5 K2tog repeat from * to end of round.

Round 6: *Knit 4 K2tog repeat from * to end of round.

Round 7: *Knit 3 K2tog repeat from * to end of round.

Round 8: *Knit 1 K2tog repeat from * to end of round.

Round 9: K2tog repeat to end of round.

Cut yarn, thread through remaining stitches, pull tight to close hole. Weave ends.



  1. Thank you ... this is JUST what I was looking for. We have just re-located and are hold-up in the Super 8. The housekeeper that is assigned to our room is so sweet that I want to make something for her before we move out. This pattern is simple and perfect! I plan on making one for myself also!!!

  2. Hi there. This hat looks fantastic. I just wanted to check needle size. You state size 10 - I'm assuming that's American sizing (i.e.6mm) but the yarn is written up as needing 12mm needles. I just want to check before I go ahead and buy the needles!!

    Many thanks

  3. Sally, thanks for using my pattern. I know they list a huge needle size on the ball band, but it would leave a holey fabric, too loose for a hat. In gauge, above, I noted to aim for 11 stitches in 5 inches. Any needle size that gets you there is perfect. I didn't use the usual 1 or 2 inch gauge measurement because the stitches are so varied in size, and the overall gauge is so small, it would not be accurate.
    Have fun!

  4. Oh yes, Sally, I should mention that I am a loose knitter (a function of knitting with arthritic hands). You may be able to make gauge with a size 11 or 13 needle (and yes, I mean US sizes for all of these).


  5. Great pattern - thanks so much - I live quite near to the place where Colinette is made in Powys, UK - the shop is like an Aladdins' cave - the colours are incredible.

  6. Dear Anonymous, thanks for checking out my pattern. I adore Colinette yarns. Every time I explain to someone that they are hand-dyed and come to us from Wales, their eyes get wide. I show them everything on my table that is made from a Colinette yarn and the array of colour is usually something they've never imagined. I am a huge fan, and very jealous of your close proximity.