Split Decision Hat by Shana S. Cohen

Split Decision Hat

April 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch knit flat
US 6 - 4.0 mm
150 - 220 yards (137 - 201 m)
Finished circumference: 15.2” (16.8”, 18.5”, 20.2”, 21.9”) / 39 (43, 47, 51, 55.6) cm, Finished height: Short: 8.2-8.5” (20.8-21.6 cm) Tall: 9.9-10.2” (25-26 cm)
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If you’ve been following me for a bit, you know that I love creating pieces that can be worn in many ways and I love garter stitch with clever construction. Combine those interests with my love of using up leftover scraps, and you’ve got the SPLIT DECISION HAT. This hat can be worn in many ways, and it’s fun to knit. The finished product is just as pleasing in a single color as it is with color blocking or stripes.

I love the multi-directional quality of garter stitch. Because the fabric is square, it is easy to work the fabric in one direction, and you can pick up and work in a perpendicular direction without much fuss in counting stitches. Simple shaping creates the crown in a non-traditional way. This is a great canvas for using up partial skeins, and the change in direction of knitting creates a unique expression of colors and stripes. Make a SPLIT DECISION about how to style your hat: with either side in front or even half of each side showing. I hope you love making this stash-buster hat as much as I loved creating it!

I created this design using leftovers of DK weight yarn, all 100% Superwash Merino, ranging from 270 yd / 247 m per 100 g to 250 yd / 229 m per 115 g. Any DK weight yarn will work! Fingering weight can also be held double to achieve the DK gauge.

An adult sized hat requires about 65-85 g of DK weight yarn. Mix and match colors as you like, striping partial skeins to make something truly unique. Each half of the hat takes roughly the same amount of yarn, so weigh your project after completing the first half to know how much additional yarn is needed. This hat is also a wonderful canvas to show off self-striping yarn and yarn with long color changes.

19 stitches & 38 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter stitch knit flat

US 6 (4.0 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

Sizes 1 (2, 3, 4, 5)
15.2” (16.8”, 18.5”, 20.2”, 21.9”) / 39 (43, 47, 51, 55.6) cm.

Short: 8.2-8.5” (20.8-21.6 cm)
Tall: 9.9-10.2” (25-26 cm)

The short height may or may not have full ear coverage. The taller height can be worn slouchy or folded up.

It is possible to create sizes between these as well by understanding your gauge and desired finished dimensions. Because garter stitch is so stretchy, this hat can fit a variety of head sizes. It can be worked with up to 4-5” (10-13 cm) of negative ease for a tighter fit or 1-2” (2.5-5 cm) of negative ease for a looser fit.

Tech editing: Bronwyn Hahn
Test knitting: Jenny B., Randi B., Rebecca F., Laura G., Becca H., Heather L., Amy Beth M., Mary M., Nikii M., Lindsey P., Lauren S., Anita T., and Cera W.