Back Roads Hat by Melissa Burke

Back Roads Hat

by Melissa Burke
September 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch, unblocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
145 - 175 yards (133 - 160 m)
Small (20"/51 cm), Medium (22"/56 cm), Large (24"/61 cm)
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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
--Robert Frost (1874-1963), The Road Not Taken

The Back Roads Hat is reflective of those long forgotten byways, inviting adventure with a cabled ribbing and a lovely textural pattern of curving stockinette stitch paired with garter stitch ridges and slip-stitch crosses.

The pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit to reduce the potential for error.

If you like the Back Roads Hat, be sure to check out the coordinating Back Roads Mitts and Back Roads Headband!


For your reference when picking a size to work, our model is wearing a size Medium. Her head circumference is 22-7/8” (58.1 cm).


Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up using a variety of stitches for added interest.


  • Knit and purl stitches
  • Knitting in the round
  • Increase and decrease stitches - M1L, M1R, k2tog, ssk, CDD
  • Knitting through the back loop
  • No cable needle 2 stitch cables
  • Slipped stitches


The pattern is charted, but also includes complete written directions so the ability to read a chart is not necessary to work this pattern.


A worsted weight yarn with good stitch definition and little to no halo is recommended. Some tonals will work, but highly variegated yarn will distract from the slipped stitch pattern.


You will also need:
Tapestry/blunt yarn needle
Stitch marker