Ellerbe Hat by Naomi Parkhurst

Ellerbe Hat

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February 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette worked in the round
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
137 - 220 yards (125 - 201 m)
To fit head sizes 18 (20, 22) inches [46 (51, 56) cm].
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Discontinued. This digital pattern is no longer available online.

The cornflower design I used for my Ellerbe Mitts makes another appearance here, creating a larger flower or snowflake shown to best advantage on the back of a slouchy hat. The flowers can be worked in the same yarn as the body (which looks subtle in a solid color, and can be striking in a multicolored yarn) or can be worked in yarn that contrasts in color or texture.

A purchase of either of my Ellerbe patterns means a US$2 discount on buying the other. Discount is automatically applied at checkout.

Ellerbe Creek runs through Durham, North Carolina.


  • To fit head sizes 18 (20, 22) inches [46 (51, 56) cm].
  • Brim measures 16 (18, 20) inches [40.5 (46, 51) cm] just above ribbing.
  • You can also increase to the desired diameter (about 2 inches [5cm] less than head size) and work from there, making it easy to adapt this to other yarns or head sizes, or to a beanie.


  • 18 stitches and 26 rounds over 4 inches [10cm] in stockinette on larger needles.

Materials needed:

  • 137 (177, 220) yards [125.5 (162, 201.5) m] of main color worsted weight yarn. Sample is worked in Quince & Co. Lark.
  • 8 yards [7.5m] of contrast color worsted weight yarn (or extra of main color). Sample uses Berocco Ultra Alpaca.
  • US size 8 [5mm] needles for working in the round.
  • US size 7 [4.5mm] needles for ribbing in the round.
  • cable needle (optional)
  • darning needle for working in ends.


  • You need to know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, yarn over, slip stitches, cable, increase, decrease, and knit in the round.
  • Both written instructions and a chart are provided.