Barnloft Hat by Kelly McClure

Barnloft Hat

November 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
35 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in stranded patt on 3.25 mm in fingering weight
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
260 - 300 yards (238 - 274 m)
small, medium, large; 20-23" head size
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These cozy hats will keep you warm right through the winter and they look splendid in low-contrast, monochromatic colours. Choose from two simple diamond designs and knit either a regular or a fold-up brim.

A fingering OR sport weight yarn with some fuzz content like angora or mohair makes the hat beyond comfy with a perfect halo. See the chart on page 3 for details about
sizing and yardage (for fold-up brims).

These hats are constructed from the bottom to the crown with simple decreases on the top. Circular needles are used but you may use either dpns or Magic Loop method to close up the crown. Instructions for a Tubular Cast On are given and provide a stretchy and professional-looking edge.

Skill Level

Skills knit, purl, tubular cast on (optional - instructions given), stranding, chart reading

Sizes small, medium, large (20-23” head size); shown in Hat 1 (blue) size small, Hat 2 (orange) size medium, Hat 2 (yellow) size large (on a 21” head)


  • approx 35 sts and 42 rows = 10 cm (4”) in stranded patt on 3.25 mm after blocking (fingering)

  • approx 32 sts and 36 rows (sport)

Suggested Brands

  • 2 skeins Bohoknits Bouncy Bunny 80% merino wool, 20% angora 200 m (219 yds) per 50 g


  • 2 skeins Quince and Co. Chickadee 100% wool 166 m (181 yds) per 50 g


  • 2.75 mm (US 2) 40 cm (16”) circs

  • 3.25 mm (US 3) 40 cm (16”) circs

  • 3.25 mm (US 3) dpns

  • 3 mm (US C) crochet hook (for tubular cast on) or size needed to obtain gauge

Other Materials

  • tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook

  • 1 stitch marker

  • smooth scrap yarn (for tubular cast on)

Video Links

Long-tail cast on

Two-Handed Stranding

Magic Loop method

Provisional cast on method

Tubular cast on method