The Traveler Hat by Andrea Mowry

The Traveler Hat

May 2024
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Measured over k2, p2 ribbing knit in the round, after blocking.
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
100 - 350 yards (91 - 320 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)
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I love the soothing rhythm of the Traveler stitch pattern, and wanted it in a small project I could cast on again and again for all of my loved ones! This pattern comes sized for the whole family in two different yarn weights. The Traveler Hat is knit from the bottom up, beginning with an extra cozy folded brim, and then transitioning into the super squishy texture of the Traveler patterns.

1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

To fit: Baby (Toddler, Youth, Adult Small, Adult Large) with a recommended 0 to -3”/0 to -7.5 cm of ease

All samples are size 4 (Adult Small) modeled on a 21“/53.5 cm head.

Unstretched Brim Circumference
Fingering Weight Version: 14.5 (17, 18, 20.5, 21.75)”/37 (43, 45.5, 52, 55.5) cm
Worsted Weight Version: 14.5 (16, 19.25, 20.75, 22.5)”/37 (40.5, 49, 52.5, 57) cm

Hat Height (with brim folded)
Fingering Weight: 6.75 (7, 8.25, 8.5, 8.75)”/17 (18, 21, 21.5, 22) cm
Worsted Weight: 6.5 (7, 8.5, 8.75, 8.75)”/16.5 (18, 21.5, 22, 22) cm

These are just approximations. Total yarn usage will depend on the yarn you use (fiber content, ply, etc.), your personal gauge, and any modifications you may make.

Fingering Weight Woolen Spun Yarn: 32 (39, 50, 56, 62) g/176 (215, 275, 308, 341) yds/161 (196, 251, 282, 312) m

Worsted Weight Woolen Spun Yarn: 36 (43, 61, 66, 74) g/101 (120, 171, 185, 207) yds/92 (110, 156, 169, 189) m

For the Traveler Hats I chose to use two of Brooklyn Tweed’s classic bases - Shelter and Loft. I love creating versatile patterns that come with more than one yarn weight option and lots of sizes, so as soon as I finished my first Traveler Hat in Shelter, I decided to cast on another in its fingering weight sibling, Loft. If you’ve heard me talk about yarn, then you probably know that my happy place is woolen spun yarns. Not only are they delightfully squishy and textured to knit with, but they are also very insulating thanks to having a core of air that is warmed by our own body temperature - creating the coziest of handknits!

Brooklyn Tweed 100% US grown Targhee/Columbia Wool
Fingering Weight Version: Loft (50 g/275 yds/251 m) - 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skeins Snowbound (grey) or Tartan (blue)

Worsted Weight Version: Shelter (50g/140 yds/128 m) - 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skeins Pollen (yellow)

Fingering Weight (Worsted Weight)
Main Fabric: US 5/3.75 mm (US 7/4.5 mm) - 16”/40 cm circular needle and preferred needles for small circumference knitting.
(Use the needle size you need to achieve gauge.)

Stitch markers (4 total, 1 unique for the BOR), tapestry needle, scissors, row counter (optional)

Fingering Weight Version: 26.5 sts & 46 rnds = 4”/10 cm
Worsted Weight Version: 20 sts & 34 rnds = 4”/10 cm
Measured over k2, p2 ribbing knit in the round, after blocking.

Twisted German Cast On
Slipping Stitches

Click here to be directed to a pdf with some yarn substitution ideas! These yarns have not all been tested, so we can not guarantee their outcome, but we do hope they provide a jumping off point for inspiration!