Tietze Hat

September 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
15 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
150 yards (137 m)
finished circumference: 19.25 (21.5)" / 49 (54.5)cm
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This hat is designed specifically for beginner knitters, and will help build your skills from knitting flat to knitting in the round, adding in purl stitches and then decreases.

I named this hat after one of my favorite people, my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Tietze (pronounced TEE-tsee), who was an endless fount of imagination and patience.

This pattern originally appeared—and is still available—as part of the “How to Teach Beginning Knitting” teaching module. The teaching module gives a guide to teaching a three-part beginning knitting course, and offers this pattern as one that can be used as a first project for beginner knitters.

The smaller hat will fit older children and adults with head circumferences of 20– 22” / 51–56cm. The larger hat (pictured) will fit adults with head circumferences of 22–24” / 56–61cm.


  • Malabrigo Twist (100% baby merino wool): 1 skein (150 yds / 137m), shown here in #618 / Liquid Ambar

Or substitute 150 yds / 137m of another Aran-weight wool yarn (that is, yarn that has a typical gauge of 4 sts/in).

Good substitutes include: MadelineTosh Chunky, Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica, Berroco Jasper, Lorna’s Laces Lion & Lamb Multi, Noro Kureyon, Noro Silk Garden, Plymouth Boku, Araucania Aysen.

Choose a light color so that you can see what you are doing as you learn to knit.

  • US 8 / 5mm needles (or size needed to get gauge) in ALL the following types; if you are a beginner, needles made with bamboo are recommended:

straight needles
16” or 20” circular needle
24” circular needle

  • 8 stitch markers

  • scissors

  • measuring tape or ruler