Old Fashioned Stocking Hats by Cori Eichelberger

Old Fashioned Stocking Hats

October 2010
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
Long version worsted-weight: 31”/78.7cm long
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A throwback to a classic long stocking hat, this pattern has been re-designed to include fingering-weight yarn options and more sizes. The long stocking hat was mostly worn in the Victorian Era and were common garments as early as 1557, when English physician Andrew Borde wrote, “Let your nyght cap be of scarlet… to be made of a good thycke quylte of cotton, or els of pure flockes or of cleane wolle …” This hat, written for both fingering- and worsted-weight yarn in both long and short versions will take you back to a time where sleeping caps were common to keep the chill off at night.

SIZES: Child Small/Medium (Child-Large; Adult-Small/Medium; Adult-Large)
The hat is designed to be worn with negative ease; knit one size smaller than actual head circumference.

FINGERING-WEIGHT FINISHED SIZES: 15(17.5, 20, 22.5)” (38 (44.5, 51, 57) cm)

WORSTED-WEIGHT FINISHED SIZES: 14.5(17, 19, 22)” (37 (43, 48.5, 56) cm)

FINISHED LENGTHS (from cast on to tip):
Long version worsted-weight: 31”/78.7cm long
Long version fingering-weight: 32”/81.2cm long
Short version worsted-weight: 23”/58cm long
Short version fingering-weight: 25”/63.5cm long
Instructions are given separately for the fingering- and worsted-weight yarns. Within those instructions, round counts for the long version are given in parentheses where different from the short version.