Ziggy Hat by Melissa Littlefield

Ziggy Hat

October 2022
Shorn IV
DK (11 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in Zig-Zag Pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
200 - 300 yards (183 - 274 m)
17 (19.5, 22)"
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Texture and movement are two of my favorite things about knitted fabric. The Ziggy Hat captures both! The zig-zag pattern looks complex, but adventurous beginners can achieve the knitting techniques used. The 1x1 cables can easily be worked without a cable needle. A folded brim—with built-in ribbing—will keep you toasty in the winter winds.

The hat is stretchy and available in three circumferences: 17 (19.5, 22).” It’s intended to be worn with approximately 2” of negative ease. The main pattern is charted and written; the crown decreases are written, but not charted. Video tutorial links are included.

This hat was designed for Shorn IV, a small-batch yarn made from sheep I know and love. The fiber was grown in Illinois, milled in Michigan, and is all natural in a beautifully blended gray.


Sizes: 17 (19.5, 22)” 43 (50, 56) cm circumference; 8 (8, 9.25)” 20 (20, 23.5) cm height (with folded brim)

Needles: US size 5 (3.75mm) or size to obtain gauge, with a cord long enough for magic loop (36” or 40”). If you use magic loop, you may still need DPNs to finish the decreases and closure at the top of the hat.

Notions: 7 (8, 9) stitch markers, tapestry needle, cable needle (optional)

Gauge in zig-zag pattern: 23 sts & 35 rnds / 4”

Yarn: 250 (250, 300) yds /of a DK weight yarn. Suggested: Shorn IV 250yds/ 3.5oz per skein.

• German Twisted Cast-on
• Joining & working in the round
• 1x1 cables
• Decreases (K2tog, P2tog)
• Whip stitch (finishing the brim)

Knit in Shorn IV in natural gray; size 19.5” worn with approximately 2” negative ease.

Zig-Zag Pattern adapted from the “Fancy ZigZag Stitch” Mon Tricot Knitting Dictionary (1986). Special thanks to Marianne for sending me the stitch dictionary.

Thanks to my tech editor, Jekaterina Dmitrijeva. And a huge thank you to the test knitters: Pat, Abir, Kathy, Diane, Angela, and Susan.

If you have any questions about the pattern, please email me at knittingthestash@gmail.com and I would be happy to help!