Striped and Stranded Hat by Carmen Jorissen

Striped and Stranded Hat

March 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette stitch with larger needles, worked in the round
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
153 - 186 yards (140 - 170 m)
55cm / 60cm circumference head (approx 5cm negative ease)
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This is a knitting pattern for a colourwork hat. You will need at least 2 colours of sportweight wool/wool blend yarn. My finished hat (55cm size) weighs 50grams.

The sizes 55cm - 60cm circumference head are suitable for adults. You could also knit this hat using fingering weight yarns to get a smaller size. The hats are respectively 51-56cm in circumference so they have negative ease (otherwise your hat will fall right off).

I’ve recorded a full step-by-step tutorial video for my Patreon page (linked here - available for Elder Tier patrons), including instructions on:

  • alternate cable cast on
  • increasing using kfb
  • colourwork knitting: 3 different ways to hold your yarn
  • decreasing
  • finishing instructions
  • blocking

I’ve knit two samples of this hat, and I have used the following yarns:
Hey Mama Wolf sportweight sockyarn (300m/100g)
West Wool Bicycle (350m/100g)
CamaRose DK Hverdagsuld (150m/100g)

You need at least 2 colours but you can of course use more.

I’ve used 2.5mm needles for the brim to make it nice and tight, and 3.5mm needles for the colourwork. For the 3.5mm needle sizes, I have used one shorter length (60cm) circular needle which was perfect for the circumference of my hat. For the crown I used a 80cm length circular needle to knit using magic loop technique. You could also use DPNs for this part.

Skill level:
This pattern is for intermediate-advanced knitters because of the colourwork. If you have not tried colourwork before, no worries! You can always sign up to my patreon page to get the full tutorial, and you will also get access to my Colourwork Confidence Masterclass.