Solo Adventure Hat by Mara Licole

Solo Adventure Hat

February 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
150 - 250 yards (137 - 229 m)
Small, Medium, Large
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PLEASE NOTE: This pattern was formerly named: Crossing Borders Hat. The name has been changed to better capture the inspiration for the design.

Have you every needed to get away from it all? Can you imagine packing your luggage, grabbing your passport, and throwing caution to the wind as you head to the airport for a flight to your dream destination? A solo adventure can soothe the soul and that is exactly why I went to Paris, France and London, England in 2016. I was on a solo adventure and I decided to commemorate that adventure by designing this hat. I started the design on the flight home and right before I stepped off the plane, I bound off my last stitches, punctuating the end of the best trip of my life. Whether you knit this on your own solo adventure or while dreaming of your solo adventure, I think you’ll enjoy this design.

Grab some DK weight yarn in two contrasting colors. Endless color combinations, easy slip-stitch pattern, and two crown finishing options will make you want to knit more than one! Add a fluffy pom pom for the ultimate finishing touch! The matching mitts makes this a must-knit set!


  • quicker and cozier knit in DK weight
  • uses German Twisted cast on to improve stretch
  • simple texture that puts the focus on the yarn chosen
  • perfect project to showcase artisanal yarns with interesting color patterns such as speckles
  • mosaic looks difficult but knitting one color at a time is easier than fair isle colorwork (for many knitters)


Yarn: approximately 150 - 250 yards | 137 - 229 meters of DK weight yarn

Sample Details:
Madelinetosh Tosh DK, 100% superwash merino; 225 yards | 206 meters per skein.

last picture hats shown in colors: Dubrovnik, Moorland, or Saffron (MC) and Paper (CC)

US 5 | 3.75 mm and US 7 | 4.50 mm
16” | 40 cm circular for knitting in the round
take care to use a size that gives the suggested gauge or gauge you prefer.


  • one stitch marker – to mark the beginning of the round
  • tapestry needle – to weave in ends
  • pompom is optional

measurements taken over 4” | 10 cm, after steam blocking.
21 stitches and 28 rnds in stockinette stitch

Sizes: small, medium, large.
The hat is meant to have up to 3 inches of negative ease, and is intended to fit teens/adults

Finished Measurements:

  • Brim Circumference 19, 21, 23” | 48, 53, 58 cm
  • Center Depth (without pompom) 11” | 28 cm

for fit reference, the models head circumference is approximately 22 inches.Final measurements are taken after blocking, lying flat/ not stretched*

Happy knitting, from me to you! xo - mara licole

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