Basic Watch Cap by Mary Forte

Basic Watch Cap

November 2009
yarn held together
+ DK
= DK (11 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Double Seed Stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
380 - 570 yards (347 - 521 m)
Women's (20")/Men's (22")
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Pattern Description from Cast On, November 2009-January 2010: “Picture a sailor standing watch, wrapped against a frigid wind: heavy pea jacket, close-fitting wool cap. The traditional watch cap was knitted in navy blue wool, but knitters have adapted the tradition in countless ways. A watch cap typically fits closely to the head and over the ears. It often features a fold-up brim. Knitters take up watch caps for quick, fun projects. In their basic form, watch caps are simple and satisfying for beginning knitters. More advanced knitters can incorporate a variety of design strategies to challenge themselves.”

Yarn Symbol: Light (3)

Level of Experience: Easy

Sizes: Women’s (20”)/Men’s (22”)

Finished Measurements:

  • Circumference at Brim: (20”)/(22”)
  • Length: (8”)/(9”)


  • Rowan FELTED TWEED (1.76oz/50g, 190yds/175m, 50% Merino Wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Viscose): 2 (3) #159 Carbon
  • Size 7 (4.5mm) dpns & 16” (40cm) circular needles or size need to obtain correct gauge
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

Designer Note: This hat is worked with two strands of Rowan Felted Tweed held together as one.

Gauge: In Double Seed Stitch with two strands held tog, 19 sts & 32 rnds = 4”/10 cm. To save time, take time to check gauge.