Highlighter Hat by Susanna Winter

Highlighter Hat

January 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round; 23 stitches and 42 rnds = 10 cm in slipped-stitch pattern
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
262 - 323 yards (240 - 295 m)
Beanie (Slouchy); see sizing information below
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Seeing these three colors together reminded me immediately of highlighter pens. These pops of color will surely make your hat stand out in the crowd!

Highlighter Hat is made of fun color blocks in three contrasting colors. Alternating sections of stockinette and an easy slipped-stitch pattern make this a quick and enjoyable knit. The hat is available in two styles: a closer-fitting beanie and a more relaxed, slouchy style. With or without a pom pom? Why not try both: the pattern includes a photo-tutorial for making a three-color removable pom pom.

The hat is worked bottom up from the brim to the crown using a short circular needle. The pattern is written with both metric and US terminology. Both written and charted instructions are given for the slipped-stitch pattern.

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  • Beanie (Slouchy)
  • Finished circumference: 52.5 (57.5) cm / 20½ (22½)“
  • Length from brim to crown: 21 (23.5) cm / 8¼ (9¼)“

On a 56 cm / 22” head, the beanie is intended to be worn with 3.5 cm / 1½“ of negative ease. The slouchy style is intended to be worn with 1.5 cm / ½” of positive ease.

Lang Yarns Novena (50% wool, 30% alpaca, 20% nylon, 110 m/25 g), 3 colors, 1 skein each. The sample is knitted using colors #0165 fuchsia (A), #0011 yellow green (B), and #0079 turquoise (C).

Or DK-weight yarn in 3 colors

For the hat:

  • Color A: approx. 85 (95) m / 95 (105) yd
  • Color B: approx. 70 (85) m / 75 (95) yd
  • Color C: approx. 55 (70) m / 60 (75) yd

For the pom pom: Approx. 10–15 m / 10–15 yd of each of the three colors

Look for a smooth, round yarn with a lot of elasticity, such as a chainnette or cable-plied yarn.


  • For ribbing: 3.0 mm / US 2½ short (40 cm / 16”) circular needle
  • For stockinette and slipped-stitch pattern: 4.0 mm / US 6 short (40 cm / 16”) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)
  • For crown decreases: DPNs or long circular needle in the same size as for stockinette and slipped-stitch pattern


  • 1 stitch marker
  • Darning needle

For the pom pom:

  • 1 two- or four-hole button, approx. 12 mm / ½“ in diameter
  • Piece of cardboard (e.g., an empty cereal box)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Compass, or two circular items you can trace around (e.g., a drinking glass, button)

The pattern uses the following techniques: working in the round using a short circular needle, twisted stitches, slipped stitches, basic decreases. Ability to work from chart is recommended but written instructions are also provided for the slipped-stitch pattern. The pattern assumes knowledge of the long-tail cast on. A photo tutorial for making a three-color removable pom pom is included.

A big thank-you to my test knitters: BR7394, Hirmunen, Hurja-Hanna, Manna2013, MirkaH, and Neuloja80!

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