The Aldershot Hat by cold comfort knits

The Aldershot Hat

September 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 39 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
440 yards (402 m)
One; with directions on adjusting for larger and smaller head sizes
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Created to optimize those leftover (yet still cherished!) bits of sock yarn, The Aldershot Hat is an easy-to-wear, easy-to-customize stash-buster. Wear it cool and slouchy, or roll up the brim for a cozy fitted beanie. Make it larger or smaller, longer or shorter. Use two colours…or three, or four. Dive into your stash and use your imagination…you can’t go wrong with this super-versatile hat.

The directions (and math) for adjusting the size (up and down) are given in the pattern.


10” (25 cm) length x 8.5” (21.5 cm) width / 17” (43 cm) circumference; un-stretched.
With 2.5” (6 cm) brim rolled up, the total length is 7.25” (18 cm).
To fit approx. 22” (56 cm) head circumference.


A total of ~ 100 grams / 440 yards / 400 meters of fingering weight yarn—1/2 in MC and 1/2 in CC. You will be holding together two strands of yarn throughout—one of each colour.

The sample hat—pictured slouchy—was knit using a solid MC (Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts Socknado in the colour “Champagne”), and a speckled CC (Primrose Yarn Co. Adelaide in the colour “Hermione”). The finished hat weighed 93 grams, and required ~ 220 yards / 200 meters of each colour.

The sample hat—picture as a fitted beanie with rolled brim—was knit using Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock in the colour “Beach Glass” (MC) and Hedgehog Fibres Sock in the colour Déjà Vu (CC).

It’s easy to introduce as many colours as you like…simply change the colours you’re holding together.
One of my favourite variations uses ~ 50 grams of a solid yarn (MC) and ~ 25 grams each of two different speckled yarns (CC1 and CC2). This variation produces subtle stripes and uses up smaller amounts of leftover speckled stash yarn.

Change needle size if required to achieve correct gauge.

One 16” (40 cm) circular needle size US 7 (4.5 mm).
One set of four double-pointed needles size US 7 (4.5 mm).


19 stitches & 39 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in Garter Stitch; un-stretched.

Turning over a new leaf—starting in September 2019, cold comfort patterns will be formatted with printing/tree-saving in mind. Photos will be limited within patterns (still available on Ravelry and Instagram, though) with a more printer friendly paper-saving layout. Enjoy!