His Hat by Marnie MacLean
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His Hat

January 2003
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in 1x1 ribbing
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
119 yards (109 m)
Child & Adult
This pattern is available for free.

Pattern Description from Marnie MacLean.com: “For most women I know (myself included) if it looks good, we will wear it. I’ve worn beautiful shoes that have torn my feet to shreds, or dresses that needed constant attention to keep them in that perfect position. I don’t know how many itchy sweaters or breathlessly tight pants I donned in the relentless pursuit of fashion.

Most men I know, on the other hand, would just as soon put Tabasco in their eyes as throw out a comfortable (albeit overly well ventilated) pair of underwear. Comfort is key for men and deviating from that usually involves significant arm twisting even for their own wedding. This is an important factor to consider whenever making something for a man in your life, be he your brother, friend, nephew or partner. Search for a yarn that is as soft as anything you’d make for a baby, but in colors that he won’t run screaming from. Scottie is a great choice since Merino is one of the most man friendly fibers I can imagine. The tweed combinations offered in this line are great for creating a single hat that will compliment an entire wardrobe.

But, hey, don’t feel limited to making this hat for men, women love it too and the ribbing makes it a good pattern for most adult sizes. The gauge is such that you can easily finish this hat in less than a week, which mean you could have a bucket load of last minute gift hats in a very short period of time.“


  • 10.5 dble pointed needles (set of 5 if possible)
  • 1 skein of Scottie in color of choice

Yarn Substitution: Scottie is a bulky weight wool yarn. Any bulky weight yarn that achieves gauge should be fine. To reproduce the look of this hat, you could hold three or more different color strands of sport weight yarn, at once, and knit them as a single yarn. In this case, the colors are red, white and black.