Lolo by Jared Flood


September 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch, after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
140 - 150 yards (128 - 137 m)
Small/Medium (Large): 18 (20)" circumference, 10¼ (11¼)" height from center of crown to base of earflaps
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Architectural lines and innovative construction elevate an aviator cap you can knit with a single skein of Shelter. Lolo is worked sideways from a provisional cast-on; crown shaping is achieved with short rows while increases and decreases form a sinuous brim that covers the ears. Lines of slipped stitches flow across the garter background to accentuate the shaping and create sculptural shifts in texture. This unisex hat can be knit in multiple sizes by changing needle size and gauge; directions are given for 18” and 20” circumferences. Block the finished cap over a steep-sided bowl or other head-shaped form to correct excessive angularity.


The hat begins with a Crocheted Provisional Cast On at center back, and is worked from side to side with Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method, in a garter and slipped stitch pattern to highlight shaping. The earflaps are integrated through increases and decreases. The end of the hat is joined to the beginning with Joinery Bind Off. Stitches are picked up around the short crown edge of hat, and a few rounds are worked circularly to close the crown of the hat.


140 (150) yards of worsted weight wool yarn


1 (2) skein(s) of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)

Photographed in color Wool Socks (Size Small/Medium) & Soot (Size Large)


Size Small/Medium: 20 stitches & 40 rows (20 ridges) = 4” in garter stitch, after blocking

Size Large: 18 stitches & 36 Rows (18 ridges) = 4” in garter stitch, after blocking


Size A (for Body of Hat)

One pair of straight needles or a 32″ circular needle* in size needed to obtain gauge listed for size you are making

Suggested Size:
Size Small/Medium: 4 1/2 mm (US 7)
Size Large: 5 mm (US8)

Size B (for Crown)

One 32″ circular needle or a set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) one size smaller than Size A needle(s)

Suggested Size:
Size Small/Medium: 4 mm (US 6)
Size Large: 4 1/2 mm (US 7)

Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used.

32″ circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e., Crown)

Finished Dimensions

Small/Medium (Large):
18 (20)“ circumference, 10¼ (11¼)” height from center of crown to base of earflaps

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Crocheted Provisional Cast On (crocheted directly onto knitting needle)
Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method
Joinery Bind Off (commonly known as “Three Needle Bind Off”)

Skill Level

3 out of 5

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