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Free one-skein hat pattern – Arrow

September 27, 2010


So this slightly slouchy hat pretty much just made itself – it’s supposed to be for my babydaddy, but oh dang, it sure looks cute on me. Maybe it will be too girly for him.😉 It’s a quickie and uses less than 200 yards of yarn – i used Plymouth Encore’s Colorspun worsted in “Emeralds” (colorway 7148) and had about a third of a skein left over, plus cool stripey effect (you can feel free to use whatever worsted weight yarn you want – you can also choose to stripe it on your own using 3 or 4 colors of yarn, or knit it solid – WHATEVER!). You can knit the whole thing on DPNS or start with a circular and switch to DPNS near the top. This hat starts at the brim. The stitch pattern is simple enough for a beginning knitter who feels comfortable working in the round.

The Ravelry pattern page is here if you wanna, ya know, queue it up, add it to your faves or any of that fun stuff.

Note: Make sure you’re doing “k1-tbl, p” for the twisted rib. The typo was brought to my attention by a Raveler who’s already casted this on. Doublecheck yours!


  • Yarn: Plymouth Colorspun Worsted, 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; 100g/200 yards; 1 skein
  • US8 dpns
  • US8 16″ circular needle (optional)
  • Stitch marker (1)
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Stitches & Abbreviations:

  • k: knit
  • p: purl
  • k1-tbl: knit one stitch through the back loop
  • k2tog: knit two stitches together
  • yo (increase): yarn over
  • sl1: slip one stitch from left needle to right
  • psso: pass slipped stitch over
  • M1-F (increase): “front” raised increase: insert your left hand needle from front to back under the running thread between your left and right hand needles then knit the stitch.*
  • eor: End Of Round

* I made this abbreviation up – in a “normal” situation, you knit into the back of this stitch in order to tighten this stitch and lessen a “hole” – however, I’ve knit into the front specifically to make this hole visible as a design element.


Using the long-tail cast-on method, cast on 78 stitches, join for working in the round and place marker for end of round. Knit 12 rows of “twisted rib” as follows:

*k1-tbl, p1; repeat from * to eor.

When you’ve knit twelve rows of twisted rib for the brim, knit the increase round:

*k2, M1-F; repeat from * to eor. 117 stitches.

Knit 10 rows straight and begin stitch pattern:

Round 1: *k2, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k5; repeat from * to eor.
Round 2 (and every alt row): knit
Round 3: * k3, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k4; repeat from * to eor.
Round 5: *k4, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k3; repeat from * to eor.
Round 7: *k5, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 9: *k2, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k2, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1; repeat from * to eor.
Round 11: *k1, (yo, sl1, k1, psso) twice, k2, yo, sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 13: *k2, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog, yo, k1; repeat from * to eor.
Round 15: *k5, k2tog, yo, k2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 17: *k4, k2tog, yo, k3; repeat from * to eor.
Round 19: *k3, k2tog, yo, k4; repeat from * to eor.
Round 21: *k2, k2tog, yo, k5; repeat from * to eor.
Round 23: *k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1; repeat from * to eor.
Round 25: *k2tog, yo, k3, (yo, sl1, k1, psso) twice; repeat from * to eor.
Round 27: *k1, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k3, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1; repeat from * to eor.

When you’ve completed these twenty-seven rows, knit 2 rows. If you’d like a longer/slouchier hat you can knit more rows here. Otherwise, continue on:

Round 30: *k7, k2tog; repeat from * to eor.
Round 31: knit
Round 32: *k6, k2tog; repeat from * to eor.
Round 33: knit
Round 34: *k5, sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 35: *k4, sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 36: *k3, sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 37: *k2, sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 38: *k1, sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 39: *sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 40: k2tog around.

Cut yarn and with tapestry needle, thread through remaining stitches on the needle. Weave in ends. I didn’t block my hat since it’s mostly acrylic – but you can make that choice depending on what you use for yarn, personal tastes, etc…

As always, this pattern is for your personal use. If you like this pattern and choose to knit it, I’d really love it if you’d add it to your Ravelry projects. You can also donate to the baby fund by buying one of my other patterns or contributing to our natural childbirth fundraising efforts – we are working hard to save up the money for a midwife, doula, and a home water birth, but we could really use your help. This economy has been rough on us and finding a job with my expanding belly has been difficult, to say the least!

And, of course, if you run into any problems or have questions or comments, feel free to post them here. I’ll be prompt, promise! And, if you feel so inclined, please share this pattern via tweeting, stumbleupon, etc. using the easy links below (there’s also “print” button to make things easy, too).

As for me, tomorrow I’ll begin the fourth reknitting of my cowl for Shokay. Yak down or not, let’s hope this is the final round – i thought three times would be a charm – looks like i found the exception.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2010 1:50 am

    I`ve just knitted this hat. Very nice pattern. Love it.
    Its something wrong with my camera, but I will put it in my projects on Ravelry when its fixed.

  2. Debi Boutell permalink
    November 17, 2010 9:21 pm

    Nice pattern, beautiful hat! Please note that after first increase round, you have 117 stitches, not 108 as stated in the pattern. I frogged twice before I did the math! End result was very nice!!

    • Claire Bailey permalink
      March 1, 2011 9:48 pm

      So how did you fix the problem with the 117 stitches?

      Thank you

  3. Belinda permalink
    December 5, 2010 3:06 pm

    After the increase k2,M1-F, repeat to eor I have 117 not 108 Sts.

  4. wende permalink
    December 30, 2010 6:57 pm

    I was wondering what the repeat count was for this pattern. I cast on w/78, but the hat is coming out very small. I would like to increase the cast on, but need to know the number to increase.

  5. Amy permalink
    September 27, 2011 4:07 am

    Are rows 15 and on meant to be decreasing rows? I think my stitch count must be wrong because the pattern does not go evenly to the end of the row on those ones. Any advice? How many stitches should i have at that point? Can’t wait to make the hat correctly – it’s so pretty.

    • September 27, 2011 8:38 am

      Hey there! I will pull up the pattern on my phone and see if I can’t help but I am not sure if I can (away from needles, yarn and computer at the moment). You can also try the ravelry forums🙂 over 100 people have knit it already!

  6. Surya permalink
    November 29, 2012 7:17 pm

    Do you have a guage for this project? Would be much appreciated; couldn’t find anywhere. Thanks.

    • November 29, 2012 7:49 pm

      I don’t, sorry! I never gauged myself.

  7. Jill permalink
    February 20, 2013 5:37 pm

    Hi Dori! Love this pattern! Just wondering if you used one whole skein? I have skein of manos wool clasica – 138 yards/100 grs and I am not sure if it will be enough yarn for the hat.

    • February 20, 2013 8:20 pm

      I didn’t use an entire skein of the yarn i used – nope! Maybe half or a little more.🙂

      • Jill permalink
        February 21, 2013 4:38 am

        Thanks so much for the quick response! I am looking forward to getting started on this hat!!


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