Classic Designs for the Modern Knitter

Home & Away: Simple Hat

Yes, this is the same hat that I designed as part of the Simple Hat KAL last year.  It's such a must-have accessory, it seemed an excellent choice for the only accessory spot in Home & Away!

The knit-a-long based around this hat demonstrated how to knit a properly fitting hat.

The key, as with all knitting, is to be sure you first knit a gauge swatch. Once you’re sure you are getting gauge, choose a circumference that is 0–2” / 0–5 cm smaller than your actual head circumference. Negative ease will ensure a properly fitting hat!

This pattern includes instructions for hats in five sizes at three different gauges!

TO FIT

Baby 16" (Toddler 18", Child 20", Adult 22", XL Adult 24")

Shown in version C with 1.5" / 4 cm of negative ease; suggested negative ease of 0–2" / 0–5 cm 

VERSION A: BULKY WEIGHT

FINISHED CIRCUMFERENCE:

15 (17, 19, 21, 23)" / 38 (43, 48, 53, 58) cm

FINISHED HEIGHT: 6 (6.75, 7.75, 8.75, 9.75)" /15.25 (17, 19.5, 22.25, 24.75) cm

YARN: 1 skein Quince & Co. Osprey (100% American wool; 170 yd / 155 m per 100 g skein) OR 45 (56, 70, 88, 110) yd / 41 (51, 64, 80, 100) m of bulky weight yarn

NEEDLES: US 9 / 5.5 mm
16" / 40 cm circular; US 10 / 6.0 mm

16" / 40 cm circular and set of double-pointed needles

NOTIONS: Stitch markers, tapestry needle

GAUGE: 14 sts and 20 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St st

VERSION B: WORSTED WEIGHT

FINISHED CIRCUMFERENCE:

14.5 (16.75, 19.25, 20.75, 22.5)" / 37 (42.5, 49, 52.75, 57.25) cm

FINISHED HEIGHT: 5.5 (6.25, 7.25, 8.5, 9.75)" / 14 (15.75, 18.25, 21.5, 24.75) cm

YARN: 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skein(s) Quince & Co. Lark (100% Ameri- can wool; 134 yd / 123 m per 

50 g skein) OR 75 (95, 115, 140, 170) yd / 69 (87, 105, 125, 155) of worsted weight yarn

NEEDLES: US 5 / 3.75 mm 16" / 40 cm circular;

US 7 / 4.5 mm 16" / 40 cm circular and set of double-pointed needles

NOTIONS: Stitch markers, tapestry needle

GAUGE: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St st

VERSION C: DK WEIGHT

FINISHED CIRCUMFERENCE:

15 (16.25, 18.75, 21, 22.75)" / 38 (41.25, 47.75, 53, 57.75) cm

FINISHED HEIGHT: 5.75 (7, 7.25, 8.5, 9.5)" / 14.5 (17.75, 18.25, 21.5, 24) cm

YARN: 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skein(s) Quince & Co. Chickadee (100% American wool; 170 yd / 155 m per 100 g skein) in Kumlien’s Gull OR 92 (116, 144, 180, 215) / 84 (106, 132, 165, 197) m of dk weight yarn

NEEDLES: US 3 / 3.25 mm
16" / 40 cm circular;

US 5 / 3.75 mm

16" / 40 cm circular and set of double-pointed needles

NOTIONS: Stitch markers, tapestry needle

GAUGE: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St st 

Hannah Fettig