From Bridgett at Rambling Designs

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Please welcome my friend, Bridgett at Rambling Designs Be sure to visit her blog, she’s got some awesome designs!!!




This hat was dreamt up.. Literally! I do dream of fiber, yarn and knitting.

This hat mingled itself into my dreams, it was persistent… it would not go away!

Night after night it came back until I finally broke down and cast on.  I only knew what it was supposed to look like when it was done, but after the first few rows it all fell into place as if it was meant to be.

So here now, without further ado:


Yarn: Red heart carefree cotton 1 ball (I wanted something “easy care?.. you could use handspun yarn too, as I will for the next one I am going to make)

Needles: US size 7 set of 4 dpn and a set of straights or circular (whatever you prefer) in the same size. Crochet hook in matching size (optional)

Notions: Yarn needle, 2 1 ¼ inch buttons, stitch marker, different color string, or row marke

This pattern is written to fit 22 inches head circumference. It does stretch a bit further then that, but if you need it much larger then that you have to add inches to the first strip of knitting and pick up more stitches for the crown.  (Remember: bigger hat= more yarn!)


Co =cast on

K  =knit/knit stitch

P  =purl/purl stitch

Rep  =repeat

Tbl  = through back loop

Wyif  = with yarn in front

K2tog  = knit the next two stitches together



With straight Needles (or the circular ones depending on what you chose) cast on 23 stitches

Row 1: k1tbl, k across to last stitch, sl1wyif turn (RS Row)

Row 2: k1tbl, p across to last stitch, sl1wyif

Rep. row 1 and 2 each 4 more times (10 rows all together)

Row 11: k1tbl, p to last stitch, sl1wyif, turn (RS Row) (mark this row with a different color string, this is the row where the bind off edge will be sewn to)

Row 12: k1tbl, *k1, p1, rep from* across to last stitch, sl1wyif, turn

Rep.  row 12 another 123 times or until piece measures aprox. 20 3/2 inches from cast on edge. End after completing a WS Row)

Bind off all stitches as follows:

K1, k1, pass first stitch over second, k1, rep from* until all stitches have been worked off.

Cut thread and leave about 10 inch tail to sew. Should you want a smaller/bigger hat, just stop when (or keep on going until) you have reach about 3 inches shorter (negative ease) then the head’s circumference you are making this hat for

You will now sew the bind off edge to row 11 (not to the cast on edge!!!!)to make a circle. Make sure you only sew in the back of the knitting so you won’t see the seam in front and don’t twist the strip!

There should be a stockinet stitch “flap? when you are done. You can “tack? it down a bit with a few stitches, make sure they stay invisible on the back side of the “flap?) or you can just leave it the way it is for now. The buttons will be sewn on to this flap, when the hat is done.

With right side of the circle facing you, pick up and knit 60 stitches evenly around circumference lace a marker at beginning of round. Divide Stitches evenly on 3 dpn (20 stitches on each), (if you are making a smaller/bigger hat, you will have to pick up less/more stitches here! And the sequence in which you decrease might differ a little; it might not be k8 k2tog unless you have a number that works with this sequence)

K  5 rounds plain

Now you will start the decrease for the crown of the hat as follows:

Next round (Round 1): *k8, k2tog, rep from* around

 Round 2 and all even numbered Rounds: K 1 round plain

Round 3: *k7, k2tog, rep from* around

Round 5: *k6, k2tog, rep from* around

Round 7: *k5, k2 tog, rep from* around

Round 9: *k4, k2tog, rep from* around

Round 11:*k3, k2tog, rep from* around

Round 13: *k2, k2tog, rep from* around

Round 15: k1 k2tog, rep from* around (=4 stitches on each needle)

Cut thread, leave about 10 inch tail, with yarn needle thread Yarn through all stitches on all needles twice, remove needles, pull  yarn and stitches tight together, thread the yarn end to the inside of the hat. Sew in all ends; sew on the buttons to the stockinet stitch “flap? (should the flap curl a bit, just tack it down with a few stitches, if you haven’t already done so).

If you feel like it, you can use the crochet hook and work one row of crab stitch evenly around the bottom edge of the hat as follows:

With right side of hat facing you, pull up a loop through any stitch on the edge of the hat.*Move hook to the next stitch to the right and pull up a second loop, now catch yarn and pull through both loops on the hook, rep from* around, close round with a slip stitch. Sew in ends.

Now put on your new hat, a warm coat and go for a walk in the beautiful winter countryside!


 Don’t forget! We’ll have a new project tomorrow! 

 P.S. Bridgett and her family are in the middle of a long distance move, so you may not see this project on her blog, but it’s worth the trip just to see her knitting. Awesome! 🙂








2 Responses to “From Bridgett at Rambling Designs”

  1. Ruth Says:

    I love this hat and will definitely put the pattern in my list of “things to do”. Thanks for the pattern and great picture to inspire me!

  2. SKrapperDigitals Says:

    Hi! 🙂 this hat is awesome!! I’m just doing a little holiday blog hopping to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year! 🙂 *Hugs* 🙂

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