Bothy hat by Ysolda Teague

Bothy hat

October 2022
James C. Brett Second Chance DK
DK (11 wpi) ?
48 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in unstretched 2x2 rib in the round.
US 3 - 3.25 mm
110 - 310 yards (101 - 283 m)
baby - toddler[child, adult small - medium , adult large - xl]
low vision format available
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Knitworthy is back! Join us this autumn for a new collection of gifts to knit, plus an online social club focussed on all things gift knitting.

Knitworthy 6 is a compendium of half a dozen beautiful accessory patterns perfect for gift knitting. The Knitworthy Social Club is a 12 week focus on gift knitting, whether the recipient is a loved one or yourself. The Bothy Hat is currently exclusively available in the Knitworthy 6 collection.The single pattern will be available from December 12th 2022.

Pattern accessibility There are three versions of this pattern pdf available. Print (3 column), mobile, and low vision.

Bothy Hat
If you are looking for a gift for the adventurous souls in your life, you can call off the search with the Bothy Hat. The ideal headgear for braving the outdoors, it features neat cable decreases that lend the finished knit its classic look – learn this beautifully polished method of shaping ribbing. Meanwhile, the folded brim will keep their ears warm and adds a touch of laid back flair to the design.

This is a project that is perfect for a knitter at any stage of experience. Available in four sizes from toddler to extra large adult and knit from the bottom up. Use double knitting weight yarn to create a tight gauge and guarantee simultaneous wind-proofing and cosiness. The adult sizes feature classic shaping in 4 ‘compass point’ lines. On the smaller sizes decreases are worked in three pairs to allow for enough cable decrease rounds to really show the detail. 

Bothies are found all over Scotland and are often used as refuges for walkers and mountaineers. Many are free of charge to stay in and provide a safe space from the elements, where any traveller can stop for the night, fostering an exchange of stories and information about the paths ahead. Ysolda created the Bothy Hat, inspired by the way these dwellings have become places of reciprocity and connection. And of course, for those who enjoy a hike in any conditions, a windproof hat is essential wear!

DK weight yarn with good stitch definition.
110165, 235, 310yds / 100150, 215, 285m
Shown in
Child: Stylecraft Recreate DK (40% Wool, 30% Acrylic, 30% Polyester (all recycled), 382 yds / 350m, 100g) in Sky.
Adult small – medium:West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft DK (100% wool, 246 yds / 225m, 100g) in challister.
Adult large – x-large: James C Brett Second Chance DK (100% recycled acrylic, 306 yds / 280m, 100g) in Eucalyptus SC06

US 3 / 3.25mm 16” / 40cm circular and/or dpns or circulars for your preferred method of working small circumferences in the round.

Stitch markers.

48 sts and 40 rnds = 4” / 10cm in unstretched 2x2 rib in the round.
6 knit stitches visible per 1” / 2.5cm of unstretched 2x2 rib.

baby - toddlerchild, adult small - medium , adult large - xl
To fit head cirumference of approx: 16 1/2[18 1/4, 22, 24 1/4]” / 41.5[45.5, 55, 60.5]cm.
Finished circumference unstretched: 10[11, 13 1/4, 14 3/4]” / 25\27.5, 33, 37cm.
Total finished length: 7 3/4[9 1/4, 10 1/2, 12 3/4]” / 15[18, 20.5, 25.5]cm.
Shown in child, adult small–medium (modelled images), and adult large – x-large.

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.