The Holly Hostess Hat by Susan Rainey

The Holly Hostess Hat

November 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1.5 mm
90 - 120 yards (82 - 110 m)
Small S (18”), Medium M (19”), Large L (20”), Extra Large XL (21”)
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The second annual Hostess Hat is now available for HOLLY-day knitting!! This is the “sister” hat to last year’s The Hostess Hat.

Make one for yourself to wear when you are the hostess OR make it as a hostess gift! It instantly adds some festive flair to the holiday season!!

Small S (18”), Medium M (19”), Large L (20”), Extra Large XL (21”)
Standard Fit Hat: Overall length is approx. 8-8 ½ inches
Slouchy Hat: Overall length is approx. 9-9 ½ inches

Worsted weight yarn cream or white.
Shown in Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian wool, 220yds/100 gms); Natural 8010 (~50 gms, not incl embellishments)

20 sts and 28 rounds in stranded knitting on larger needle

US Size 6 (4mm) circular needles or size needed to achieve gauge; length depends on your preferred knitting technique (i.e., magic loop, etc.) for ~20 inches in the round;

US Size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needles (one size smaller than above, for ribbing), see note about length

Size 6 DPNs (for shaping at crown)

Crochet Hook 1.5 mm or any size that works for placing beads


Size 2 or 3 silver lined seed beads in red and green; each holly motif takes 14 green and 4 red beads

Sources: Gardenofbeadin; ); Stormcloud Trading (651-645-0343, 1 tube each, Blue Zircon 36907, Light Red 36905); the green beads I used do have a blue tint!!
This Ravelry discussion includes links to green and red beads.

NOTE: I used red and green beads I had in stash, but wish I had used gold beads for border charts.