Harper by Julie Hoover


January 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in 1x1 Twisted Ribbing with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
230 yards (210 m)
16½” circumference unstretched (to comfortably fit head sizes 20–24″); 9¼” length
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This simple slouch cap of Loft is a study in tone and texture. Worked over gauge in twisted rib, Harper is stretchy enough to comfortably fit most adult heads. Subtle stripes create a woven effect of softly blended colors. Choose closely related shades, as shown, or go graphic with high contrast.


  • The hat is worked circularly from the brim to the crown.
  • The colors are alternated on every round.


Fingering weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:

115 yards each of Color 1 (C1) and Color 2 (C2)


Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
1 skein each of C1 and C2
Photographed in colors Faded Quilt (C1) & Fossil (C2) and Foothills (C1) & Fossil (C2)


29 stitches & 32 rounds = 4″ in 1×1 Twisted Ribbing with Size A needle(s), after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One 16″ circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for Band)
One 16″ circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size C (for Tubular Cast On only)
One set of DPNs, three sizes smaller than Size B
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

32″ circular needle can be used instead of 16″ circular and DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round.

If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. You may wish to test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.

Finished Dimensions

16½” circumference unstretched (to comfortably fit head sizes 20–24″); 9¼” length

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern
1×1 Tubular Cast On

Skill Level

2 out of 5