Ensata Hat by Amy van de Laar

Ensata Hat

June 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Ensata Chart pattern, after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
163 yards (149 m)
17¾" [45 cm] circumference; to fit head sizes 19-23” [48-58.5 cm]
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A ring of curvy lace leaves contrasts with the clean geometry of the crown shaping in the Ensata hat. Flowing organically from the lace pattern, the all-over twisted rib gives structure and elasticity to this stretchy beanie. Ensata is knit in 4-ply fingering weight Peerie, for even more body and stitch definition.


The hat is worked circularly from the bottom up.


  • 1 skein of Brooklyn Tweed Peerie (100% American Merino Wool; 210 yards/50 grams)
  • Photographed in color Fleet


  • 163 total yards of fingering weight wool yarn


  • 27 stitches & 30 rounds = 4” in Half Twisted Ribbing, after blocking
  • 27 stitches & 30 rounds = 4” in Ensata Chart pattern, after blocking

Note: Gauge for this project changes considerably after blocking; please block your swatch prior to measuring to ensure correct sizing.


  • One pair of 16” circular needles, and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3.5 mm (US 4)

*32” circular needle can be used instead of 16” circular and DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round.

Finished Dimensions

  • 17¾“ 45 cm circumference; 8½” 21.5 cm length
  • Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking

Note that this hat is sized to fit adult head sizes ranging from 19-23” [48-58.5 cm] circumference. The stitch pattern used is extremely stretchy. Although the unstretched dimensions for finished circumference appear small, the elasticity of finished fabric will fit the head sizes listed above.

Skill Level

Intermediate: 3 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns for this garment are charted only.