1 St Kit Hat by Nick Davis

1 St Kit Hat

October 2022
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
410 - 437 yards (375 - 400 m)
One size fits most adults and big-headed children
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I should’ve called this the ONE STITCH CHALLENGE HAT, fellow kids, but I am not going to.

The challenge: a decent hat in one stitch. The result: a simple sack hat!

Fine yarn and doubled fabric make up for lack of shaping and stockinette’s potential curl. If you omit the buttons (fatal flaw: I put buttons on everything. I don’t even like sewing buttons), you can make a minimalist hat; if you don’t mind the embellishment, you can add buttons to make this a convertible cowl/hat monstrosity. (It’s a pretty nice monstrosity.)

This project is portable and extremely scrap-friendly—knit it in unique stripes! I like it in lightweight yarn, but this could easily be knit in other yarnweights with minimal math at setup.

In some ways, the finishing makes this an intermediate project; in other ways, you’re on the internet, friend, and if you’ve got the moxie to knit a whole stockinette tube in the round for 18-20”, I think you can find a tutorial and use the fancy finishing techniques by the time you get to them. And then you’ll have those in your toolbox for furture projects.

This is definitely an any-gauge project. I’ve added all details for the sample, basically, so that you’ll have them and I can know the written pattern isn’t lazily made just because the project’s easy, but this .PDF includes a quick guide to knitting your sack hat in any yarn you like, up to worsted/aran. Unfortunately, I really like the fine-gauge version, so any future projects I work up will probably be that.

If you work this in a heavier yarn, I’d love to see your work, and I’ll probably be haunting any project pages in hopes of seeing cool variations.

Gauge is 28 sts and 38 rows in 4”/10cm in blocked stockinette, in fingering-weight yarn, as shown in the sample. Please be sure to check your gauge.

(You’ll note that the notes on knitting this at any gauge mention a different lightweight gauge as well as the one I actually used; this makes the math easier if you’re customizing the size.)


  • 1 skein or 100g Cascade Heritage Wave, shown in 502/Solar, similar yarn, or 100g sockweight scraps
  • 1 16” circular needle in US3/3.25mm, or size needed for gauge.
  • 1 spare dpn, if preferred for 3-needle bindoff
  • Tapestry needle
  • Smooth scrap yarn for provisional cast-on
  • Crochet hook in size suited to yarn
  • Optional (but necessary for project shown): six ⅝“ buttons