A Seafaring Man by Janelle Serio

A Seafaring Man

April 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 6 rows = 1 inch
in Stockinette before blocking on larger needles
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
90 - 200 yards (82 - 183 m)
Finished sizes 15(17, 19, 21, 23)in/38(43, 48, 53, 58)
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This unisex hat is knitted using the stranded knitting technique typical to Fair Isle Knitting, in the round on circular needles. Color work fabric can be a bit unforgiving, so the fabric gauge has been designed to provide enough stretch to fit a head up to an inch (or maybe even a bit more than an inch) larger in circumference than the unstretched finished hat. Consequently, you’ll want to achieve a fabric that is not too dense.

This hat can be made with a square or rounded crown and each of those have some options. The square top can be worn as is, or the points simply sewn together to create an “envelope” top. Alternately, the corners of the squares can be embellished with handmade or store bought pom poms or tassels if desired.

The rounded crown can also be embellished with a tassel or pom pom.

This pattern uses 100% wool worsted weight yarn. This will yield the best finished results. Samples use Rowan Pure Wool Worsted and Cascade 220. The hat requires two colors. Here are some yarn estimates and their corresponding hat/head sizes:

MC: 15 (20, 25, 30, 40) gm/35 (45, 55, 66, 88) yds/32 (42, 50, 60, 80) m
CC: 25 (30, 35, 45, 55) gm/55 (66, 77, 99, 121) yds/50 (60, 70, 90, 110) m
Finished Hat Circumference: 15 (17, 19, 21, 23) in/38(43, 48, 53, 58) cm
Sized to Fit Head Circumference: 16 (18, 20, 22, 24) in/40 (46, 51, 56, 61) cm
Finished Length, Square Crown: 6.5 (7, 8.5, 8.5, 9) in/17 (18, 22, 22, 23) cm
Finished Length, Rounded Crown: 7 (8, 9, 9, 9.5) in/18(20, 23, 23, 24) cm

*As always, measure the head of your recipient for best results!*

*The pattern includes picture tutorials for tassel making and for the 3-needle bind-off used to create the square crown with an interior seam. Some additional resources are listed below:*

Resources for Pom Pom Making





Resources for the 3-needle bind-off used in the pattern:


Resources for tassel making:





Special Note: Do not print off the whole pattern before looking it over. The pattern contains several pages due to charts and photo tutorials. You can print only the pages you need.