The Making Headway Hat by Sarah Edmundson

The Making Headway Hat

January 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in k1, p1 ribbing
US 4 - 3.5 mm
200 yards (183 m)
One size. Will comfortably fit head 21-24 inches in circumference. Needle/yarn adjustments possible for other sizes.
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The Making Headway Hat is a lovely hat pattern that knits up easily and beautifully. The strong architectural lines make it a great knit for both women and men and it works well as a slouchy hat or a regular fit. It is the hat that you will end up reaching for regularly and is even light enough to wear inside, as well as keeping you warm outside. It’s gorgeous in that favourite skein of hand dyed yarn that you bought because the colour really sang to you or, really, whatever else takes your fancy!

The creation of The Making Headway Hat was all about…..well……making headway! Knitting forward, one stitch at a time, on a new journey.

A new version of the pattern is now added. This version contains the original instructions, as well as revised instructions to knit the hat inside-out, eliminating much purling for those (like me!) who slow down when purling.

Thanks for taking the time to check out the pattern!

Errata on original file (Making Headway Hat.pdf): Crown Decreases: Row 7 and Row 8 should read: Repeat Row 6**

Errata now corrected


One size. Fits head circumference 21–24”. Could easily be adjusted by changing needle size and yarn weight.


3.5 mm (US 4) DPNs, or your preferred needles for knitting in the round


DK weight, 200 yards.

Samples used:
Mineville Wool Project (Sisterhood Fibres) 100% Merino DK Single, colour Ocean Depths (218 yards/200 metres per 100 grams)
Madelinetosh DK, 100% Superwash Merino, colour Celadon (225 yards/206 metres per skein)

Thanks to my lovely test knitters for knitting this pattern :)