Thistle Cap by L Abinante

Thistle Cap

December 2011
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in 2×2 ribbing unstretched
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
100 - 180 yards (91 - 165 m)
infant (16.5"/42cm), toddler (18.5"/47cm), child (20"/51cm), women m (22"/56cm), women l/men s (23"/58cm), men m (25"/63.5cm), men l (26"/66cm)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

I like to think I’m not a selfish knitter, but sometimes I kind of am. I spend more time designing and working up samples for patterns that I have very little time left to knit. People often expect hand knit gifts as a result of my constant needle working, and I get a wee bit stressed come holiday times. My solution? Quick, easy, unisex gift knits that can be whipped up during a movie marathon. Thistle Cap works up pretty quickly – faster if you cable without a cable needle.

Thistle Cap is a unisex hat that is quick to knit and fun to wear – just look at the funny faces you can make while wearing it!


  • Infant (0–6 months), 16.5”/42cm circumference
  • Toddler (6–18 months), 18.5”/47cm circumference
  • Child / Women’s Small, 20”/51cm circumference
  • Women’s Medium, 22”/56cm circumference
  • Women’s Large / Men’s Small, 23”/58cm circumference
  • Men’s Medium, 25”/63.5cm circumference
  • Men’s Large, 26”/66cm circumference

All sizes require less than 180 yards aran weight yarn.

The free version of the pattern includes one size (23”/58cm). Click here to download the free version (v1).