This hat was originally designed for a long distance hiker with the trail name “Castle” (you can see her off the trail and wearing her hat in a couple of the photos), but it is a hat that any adult or child who loves castles will be thrilled to wear. A relatively quick knit that takes only a skein of yarn. Great gift idea!
If you choose an alternate yarn for this pattern, choose a worsted weight yarn that will give you the same gauge in the round and that has good stitch definition.
This pattern is suitable for knitters who are comfortable knitting in the round and following a chart. It consists of four pages and includes separate charts for the 2 sizes to make them easy to read. As always, the pattern has been professionally tech edited, and also test knit, to be clear and free of errors.
Sizes: To fit medium child (medium adult) with approximate head circumferences of 20 (22) in/50.5 (56) cm. The finished hat is quite stretchy so will fit a wide range of head sizes.
Finished Measurements: Finished circumference =18 (20) in/ 45.5 (50.5) cm
Finished length to top of crown = 7 1⁄4 (8 1⁄4) in/ 18.5 (21) cm
Gauge: 5 1⁄2, sts and 8 rows per inch over stockinette st in the round.
What You Need::
✦1 100g skein (approx 218 yds) of Plymouth Select “Worsted Merino Superwash”, 100% superwash fine merino wool. Shown in colors #5 (yellow) and #53 (blue bell). Or 130 (170) yards of a similar worsted weight yarn.
✦ One 16in/40cm circular needle and one set of dpns in size required to obtain gauge. I used US# 5/3.75mm. You may need a size or two above or below that.
✦ Tapestry needle
✦ 3 stitch markers in 2 different colors