This hat strikes a sweet balance between the practical and the whimsical. The ribbing is a breeze to knit, making this a great project to work while on-the-go. The eyelet lace and purl stitch details evoke a feminine feel while the slouchy shape keeps it fresh and edgy. The eyelets continue in a pretty swirl through the crown and the laced-up ribbon adds just the right amount of flirtation and fancy to the finished piece. Use a luxurious silk blend yarn to make it even more wonderful!
The hat is knit from brim to crown, with the ribbing worked on needles one size down from the main body of the hat. The pattern is written for either worsted or DK weight yarn. Both versions fit an average adult woman, 18-22” (46-56 cm) circumference head, with the DK version resulting in a slightly slouchier fit. The hat is finished with a length of ribbon or some i-cord in a contrasting color laced up one side.
Worsted: 5 sts/inch (20 sts/10 cm) and 7 rnds/inch (28 rnds/10 cm) on size 8 (5.0 mm) needles in stockinette in the round.
DK: 6 sts/inch (24 sts/10 cm) and 8 rnds/inch (32 rnds/10 cm) on size 6 (4.0 mm) needles in stockinette in the round.
Worsted: ~ 140 yards (128 m) of worsted weight yarn. Shown in Mondegreen by The Verdant Gryphon (200 yards/113 grams, 60% Bluefaced Leicester wool, 20% silk, 20% camel). Colorway: The Ants Are My Friends (blue-green).
Worsted also shown in Codex by The Sanguine Gryphon (234 yards/113 grams, 52% silk, 48% Bluefaced Leicester wool). Colorway: And Sing Myself (purple).
DK: ~180 yards (165 m) of DK weight yarn. Shown in Traveller by Cephalopod Yarns (280 yards/114 grams, 100% Merino wool). Colorway: Aokigahara (olive green).
Optional: ~15 yards (14 m) of contrast color for i-cord (instead of ribbon).
Many thanks to my wonderful test knitters: cocon27, JStockert, knitsanae, Kybosh, missdawn25, and nvdv33 for their great work! Also thanks to Megan and Katy, my lovely models.