Porty Hat by Ysolda Teague

Porty Hat

October 2021
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
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
130 - 350 yards (119 - 320 m)
baby (B) [kid (K), adult (A), adult large (AL)]
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.

Porty Hat
A classic brimmed watchcap in cosy 1x1 rib. The multi-gauge pattern is a perfect one-skein stash buster and includes 4 sizes from baby to adult xl. Best of all? There’s no swatching required.

The Porty Hat follows up on our bestselling Musselburgh pattern with a similar top-down, swatchless construction and just as much cool, casual style. We’ve named it after our local beach in Edinburgh, where a cosy hat that can be pulled down over your ears to keep out the chill is an essential accessory. The Porty Hat’s universal appeal and comfortable, elastic fit, make it a wonderful gift for anyone on your list.

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 Porty 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 1x1 rib that makes for the perfect “take anywhere” project.

Smooth sock yarn? Something squishy and chunky? Stripes, speckles or colour-blocking? Extra long with a giant pom-pom? Understated or loud? How will you make this blank canvas your own?

Fingering to bulky weight yarn.
Exact yardage will depend on size, gauge and yarn used. 100g 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: Neighborhood Fiber Co Studio DK (100% Merino, 4 oz / 113g, 275 yds / 250m) in Charles Center.
Worsted: Neighborhood Fiber Co Studio Worsted (100% Merino, 4 oz / 113g, 200 yds / 183m) in Upton.
Chunky: De Rerum Natura Cyrano (100% Merino, 164 yds / 150m, 100g) in Plume.
Bulky: Lion Brand Hue + Me (80% acrylic, 20% wool, 4.41 oz / 125g, 137 yds / 125m) in Rose Water.

The Porty 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.

Stich markers

Porty Hat includes 4 sizes and 7 gauges, so you can knit it with the yarn you prefer, to fit everyone. Because every size starts in exactly the same way you can skip swatching and measure gauge on your project.

baby (B) [kid (K), adult (A), adult large (AL)]
To fit head circumference: 16 [19, 22, 25]” / 40 [47.5, 55, 62.5]cm.
Total length: 7 [8 3/4, 10 3/4, 12 1/4]” / 17.5 [22, 27, 30.5]cm.
Length with brim folded up: 5 1/4 [6 3/4, 8 1/2, 9 3/4]” / 13 [17, 21.5, 24.5]cm.

The needle size that works best for your yarn will depend on your individual tension. The recommended needle size for the yarn is a good starting point.

Skills for knitting this project

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 for the cable section are in written form in LV pdf
  • 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.