Carlsbad Hat by Marnie MacLean

Carlsbad Hat

January 2005
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
197 yards (180 m)
18" (19.5", 21")
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This pattern is available for free.

Pattern Description from “Carlsbad is a city in the San Diego area of California. Mild temperatures and beautiful beaches can be found year round. Sometimes, the ocean breeze is just cool enough to warrant a hat, but one that is light and breathable.

The Carlsbad hat is constructed largely as the Pismo Hat is. It’s a tight fitting beanie knit with fine gauge cotton yarn and using paired decreases for a professional finish. Where the Carlsbad hat differs is in its weight. Knit in stockinette instead of ribbing, it’s a hat you can forget you are wearing. The fabric is light, thin and cool, and being cotton, it won’t cause sensitive skin to itch.“


  • 1 skein of Idena Bambino Bomull or another baby cotton in color of choice.
  • Optional: scraps of contrasting color for stripe(s)
  • US #1 needles (flat or circular)
  • 6 stitch markers (SM)
  • Tapestry needles

Gauge: In stockinette 32 stitches x 48 rows = 4”

Sizes: S (M, L)

Finished Circumference: 18” (19.5”, 21”)


  • If you wish to modify for a different size, add or subtract stitches in multiples of 6.
  • To determine best size, measure circumference of head. If in between, go down a size.