Trio of Colorwork Hats by Purl Soho

Trio of Colorwork Hats

December 2017
Jumbo (0-4 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 9 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitche
US 19 - 15.0 mm
48 - 96 yards (44 - 88 m)
Toddler/Kid, Adult Small/Medium, Adult Large
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This pattern is available for free.


  • Main Color (MC): 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Gentle Giant, 100% merino wool. NOTE: If making Adult Large Polka Dots Hat with an I-Cord topper, you’ll need 2 skeins of the Main Color.
  • Contrast Color (CC): 1 skein of Gentle Giant

NOTE: Switch the colors and have enough yarn to make two Toddler/ Kid Hats!

  • US 19, 32-, 40-, or 47-inch circular needles (for magic loop method)

NOTE: If you don’t want to use the magic loop method, you can use a set of US 19 double pointed needles for traditional in-the-round knitting, instead.
- Optional: Two double pointed needles for I-Cord topper

We used the following color combinations…

Vertical Stripes Hat: MC is White Peppercorn; CC is Mint Ice

Polka Dots Hat: MC is Heirloom White; CC is Cowrie Pink

Fair Isle Ombré Hat: MC is White Peppercorn; CC is Super Yellow

SAMPLES: Our Vertical Stripes and Polka Dots Hats are size Adult Small/ Medium, and our Fair Isle Ombré Hat is size Toddler/ Kid.


8 stitches and 9 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


Toddler/Kid, Adult Small/Medium, Adult Large

  • Finished circumference: 16 (18, 20) inches
  • Finished height (excluding topper): Approximately 8¾ (9¾, 10¾) inches


To make these hats, we used the magic loop method, a popular alternative to using double pointed needles. For the magic loop method you use circular needles that are longer than you would normally use for regular in-the-round knitting. Curious? Visit our Magic Loop Tutorial to learn all about it! (Bad time to learn a new technique? Double pointed needles will work just fine, too!)