Bex's Hat by Ysolda Teague

Bex's Hat

January 2022
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in 2 x 2 ribbing
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
90 - 225 yards (82 - 206 m)
Baby[Toddler, Child/Adult S, M, L, XL]
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Pattern accessibility There are three versions of this pattern pdf available. Print (3 column), mobile, and low vision.

Bex’s Hat
Bex’s hat is the playful sibling to our popular free knitted hat pattern, Daniel’s hat. Both hats make the most of squishy brioche in the round and Bex’s hat gives you all the fun features of a pleasing knitted beanie that you’ll want to work up again and again. Choose the Bex hat to learn 2 colour brioche in the round (which is easier than working it flat). The pattern also includes the option to work simple decreases for the crown shaping or fully reversible decreases meaning you can progress your skills each time you knit the Bex’s hat. When you chose the reversible decreases, this hat is fully reversible which means you get 2 hats for 1 knit project!

Bex’s hat is perfect for combining a solid colour with a variegated or even self striping yarn. Or you could choose to use small amounts of yarn for a fade effect. Ysolda was so inspired by the Dashing DK colours from Qing Fibres used in this sample that she carefully calculated the yardage so that you can make 2 hats from 2 skeins and reverse which colour is used for the 2x2 rib band. Support your favourite indie dyer with a pattern designed to make the most of your precious skeins.

Our favourite detail? The crown shaping worked at 3 points with centred double decreases. It adds a pleasing visual detail as well as making for a good fit whether worn slouchy or nice and snug with the brim turned over. The canvas is yours to create with.

DK weight yarn.
Shown in Qing Dashing DK (100% SW Ultrafine South African Merino, 225m, 100g) in MC Damask, and CC Holographic.
MC: 65[85, 100, 120, 135, 155] yds / 60[80, 90, 110, 125, 140]m
CC: 25[40, 45, 55, 60, 70] yds / 25[35, 40, 50, 55, 65]m

Size A: US 8 / 5mm 16” / 40cm circular needle and dpns or your preferred method of knitting small circumferences in the rnd.
Size B: US 6 / 4mm 16” / 40cm circular needle, for 2x2 ribbing.

Stitch markers, cable needle.

20 sts and 36 rounds = 4” / 10cm in 2x2 rib in the round on needle B.
15 sts and 46 rounds (23 visible brk) = 4” / 10cm in brioche rib in the round on needle A.

BabyToddler, Child/Adult S, M, L, XL
Finished circumference: 14 1/2[16, 17 1/2, 19 1/4, 21, 22 1/2]“

Low vision details: 

  • The main text is black 24pt sans serif and all text is black on a white background.
  • No italics are used
  • The schematic measurements are written out, and the schematic is labeled with 24pt text
  • Images have alt text

Screen readers:
The low vision version is tagged to work with screen reading software and have been tested. Images have alt text. Abbreviations are used in the directions, they are defined but may be read aloud oddly. Numbers for multiple sizes are presented as lists of numbers within the text and may be difficult to keep track of when using a screen reader. If this is something you use we’d love your feedback on how we could improve the pattern formatting for screen readers.