Pismo Hat by Marnie MacLean
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Pismo Hat

January 2004
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
33 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in 1x1 ribbing
US 2 - 2.75 mm
200 - 250 yards (183 - 229 m)
This pattern is available for free.

Pattern Description from MarnieMacLean.com: “Titled for a nearby beach, the Pismo hat is created to be light and comfortable, perfect for Southern California’s weather. While I’ve made a good many hats for Leo and can easily crank out a mid to bulky weight hat for him in a weekend that he’ll enjoy and wear on chilly evenings, his most worn hats are those that are ribbed and machine knit from thread weight yarn. Well, there’s no way I’m going to be able to produce a fabric as light as those hats, but I knew I could make him something very close and exactly to his specifications. The hat can be worked in the round with no seams or flat with a single seam up the back. Neither is hard, but the seamless version will require double pointed needles once you begin the decreases. If you are willing to spend the time to work many rounds of 1x1 ribbing, the end result will be a hat that can take you through most seasons and many occasions.”


  • 1 skein of Dalegarn Stork in main color of choice.
  • Small amount of Dalegarn Stork in contrasting color
  • Waste yarn for tubular cast-on (optional)
  • US #2 12” circular needles (seamless version)
  • 5 US #2 dpns (seamless version)
  • US #2 straight needles (seamed version)
  • 7 stitch markers (SM)
  • Tapestry needles

Notes on working hat:

  • When working ribbing, you can produce clean stripes by knitting the first row of a new color change. If you were to work the first row in 1x1 rib, you would see a broken color transition for each purl stitch.
  • When working in the round, you should consider a “jogless” stripe technique. I used this method, which works beautifully.

This pattern includes two versions: the seamless version and the seamed version.