Forth Hat by Ysolda Teague

Forth Hat

April 2022
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
7.0 mm
76 - 300 yards (69 - 274 m)
baby to adult x-large
low vision format available
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Pattern accessibility There are three versions of this pattern pdf available. Print (3 column), mobile, and low vision.

Forth Hat
Our go-to hat pattern. This classic beanie is easy to knit and endlessly customisable. Simply choose your yarn and cast on, no swatching required.

The Forth Hat joins our popular swatchless hat family, alongside the Porty hat and viral bestseller Musselburgh. Forth applies the top-down, swatchless construction to the classic beanie hat. It’s the perfect canvas to make your own: simple changes make it a cute bobble hat or classic fisherman’s watchcap. The four point crown shaping uses lifted increases for a polished finish that works beautifully with stripes.

Whether you’re an adventurous beginner eager to learn new skills, or an experienced knitter looking for a quick, compelling project you’ll love knitting the Forth Hat. The swatchless design begins at the centre top: the crown is shaped by increasing outward in 4 ‘compass point’ lines. When you’ve created enough fabric to do so you can simply measure your gauge on the project, and match it to the numbers given for your size and gauge. Once the fun crown shaping is complete, there’s lots of soothing stockinette that makes for the perfect “take anywhere” project. Choose from a deep folded brim, or a simple ribbed band – directions are included for both 1x1 and 2x2 rib.

Fingering to bulky weight yarn.

Exact yardage will depend on size, gauge and yarn used. 100–120g of yarn is enough for any size, gauge and yarn combination. For DK-chunky weights you may need extra yarn to add a pom pom to the adult large size.

Shown in
Fingering: Garthenor Organic Preseli (100% wool, 1.76 oz / 50g, 219 yds / 200m) in Koi.
DK: Garthenor Organic Beacons (100% wool, 176 oz, 50g, 148 yds / 135m) in Bevan.
Heavy DK / Light Worsted: The Farmer’s Daughter Pishkun DK (100% MT and WY Rambouillet Wool, 100g, 255 yds / 233m) in
Elk Antler, Ranch Romance, and Dirty Little Dandelion.
Bulky: Qing Big Merino Chunky 80% Superwash Merino 20% Nylon, 100g, 76 yds / 70m) in Balloon.

Dpns or circulars for your preferred method of working small circumferences in the round.

16” / 40cm circular (for sizes above baby)
Choose a needle size based on your knowledge of your personal tension and the recommended needle size for your yarn. If using sock yarn use a needle a couple of sizes larger than you would use for socks. 

Ribbing needle
16” / 40cm circular 2 sizes smaller than main hat needle.

Stitch markers

The Forth Hat is written for multiple gauges, you can start knitting the hat with whichever needle size feels comfortable for you for the yarn you are using. 11 gauges between 7 and 2 stitches per inch / 2.5cm are included.

Directions are given for measuring the gauge while working the hat, but if you prefer to swatch do so in the round

baby[toddler, child-adult small, adult medium, adult large, adult x-large]

To fit head circumference: 16[18, 20, 22, 24, 26]“ / 40[45, 50, 55, 60, 65]cm

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 directions are in written form in LV pdf
  • 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. If this is something you use we’d love your feedback on how we could improve the pattern formatting for screen readers.