Dove Knits

Sunday, August 27, 2006

If she doesn't like this one...

...she can knit one herself.

I redid this hat, which was returned to me by the recepient because she likes her hats with an upturned brim.

This has got to be the warmest hat EVER. It's basically two hats knit inside each other, giving it a double thickness throughout, plus the brim makes it quadruple thickness around the ears. She'd better like this hat, because I'm kinda tired of remaking them. I'm not crazy about the crown on this one, though, so I may need to redo it.

EDIT: Even though it's really not much of a pattern, I decided to post what I did in case anyone else needs World's Warmest Hat. As always, please do not use this pattern for commercial means (charity bazaars are ok), don't distribute the pattern (just send them to my blog -- it's free!), and let me know if you have any problems (my email is listed on my profile page) and send me pictures of your finished item!


Yarn: Paton’s Classic Merino Wool (100% merino wool, 223 yd/205 m per 100g skein), 2 skeins. You will have a lot of the second skein left over. Hat shown is in Leaf Green.

Needles: US size 8 (5mm) double-pointed needles, set of 5.

Gauge:18 st/4 in in st st. I don't bother measuring row gauge for this, as it's all done in inches.

NOTE: The hat is knit in two steps. Basically, you knit one hat, then pick up stitches along the cast-on edge and knit another hat from that. The second hat folds up inside the first to give you double-thickness, and the brim, therefore, gives two MORE layers around the ears. Because there are two layers, each layer is knit longer than a hat would ordinarily be to accomodate the second layer. If you want your hat to only have one laywer, knit until it measures 7.5 inches before starting decreases (and, obviously, don't pick up for the second layer later).


Outer side:Using long-tail method, CO 90 stitches. Divide them among 4 needles to have 30 st on the first needle and 20 on needles 2, 3, and 4.

Join, without twisting.

Work in st st until work measures 9.5 inches from CO edge.

Note: BE SURE TO COUNT ROUNDS, because you’ll need to work the same number of rounds for the lining. To keep track of rows, use a row counter and adjust it each time you come back to needle 1 (the one with 30 st).

Work decreases (be sure to write down how many rounds you worked until the decreases):

Round 1: (k2tog, k8) to end of round. 81 st remaining.
Round 2: (k2tog, k7) to end of round. 72 st remaining.
Round 3: (k2tog, k6) to end of round. 63 st remaining.
Round 4: (k2tog, k5) to end of round. 54 st remaining.
Round 5: (k2tog, k4) to end of round 45 st remaining.
Round 6: (k2tog, k3) to end of round. 36 st remaining.
Round 7: (k2tog, k2) to end of round. 27 st remaining.
Round 8: (k2tog, k1) to end of round. 18 st remaining.

Break off yarn, leaving about 12” tail. Thread through remaining 18 st and pull tightly to gather.


With RS of Outer Side facing, pick up and knit 90 st along the CO edge of Outer Side.

Work Cable and Rib pattern (multiple of 10 st):

Round 1: (k2, p2, k4, p2) to end of round.
Round 2: (k2, p2, sl 2 st to cable needle and hold in FRONT of work, k next 2 st, k 2 st from cable needle, p2) to end of round.
Rounds 3-6: Repeat Round 1.

Repeat these 6 rounds until Lining measures 2.5 inches from CO edge. (It took 3 repeats for me, but may take more or fewer depending on your row gauge.) KEEP TRACK of how many rounds you’ve knit.

Switch to st st and work until same number of rounds has been worked for lining as for outer side.

Work Decrease rounds 1-8. Break off yarn, leaving 12” tail. Thread through remaining 18 st and pull tightly to gather.

Finishing: Fold hat so that the lining is on the inside. Thread yarn tails at top of hat through tapestry needle, line up tops of lining and inside, and sew them together with a couple of stitches. Turn hat inside out (lining facing) and weave in all ends and trim (if you plan on blocking the hat, wait until after blocking to trim the ends). Turn hat outside out and fold up brim.

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At 11:38 AM, Blogger hstitxh said...

Thanks for putting the pattern up

At 5:01 PM, Blogger Veronica said...

I really like that hat, and I would make one, only it doesn't really get cold enough here. I'm keeping my eye on that pattern, though!

At 9:09 AM, Blogger demondoll said...

Found you through a pattern link. Thank you for the fab pattern, I hava friend in Toronto who will love it!

At 10:22 AM, Blogger SeeMe said...

Howdy! About how big around is this hat? I need to make a hat for someone who resembles Charlie Brown. (Huge head!)

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Love the hat!! How can I make one in a child size?

At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After getting severe frostbite as a child, I think that I have FINALLY found a hat that will save my ears a multitude of pain this winter! Thanks for posting the pattern!

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I am so happy to find this pattern! My husband is 75 yrs, a diabetic and heart patient; and he gets so cold outdoors. His request was for a "warm" hat and I think this will do the trick. Do you think it would work to use wool on the outer hat and alpaca on the lining? I may give that a try. Thanks for posting.

At 9:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My BF wears a hat similar to this one at school. Mind you , he goes to one of those dead strict ALL BOYS military schools :) Now his "school cap" has an upturned border, but being a Boys school (yippeee!!! No girlies for him to look at or talk to :) yet again, lol) , theupturned border is ribbed as opposed to cable knit.

Now he wears a woollen cap when away at school, so why not wear one out on dates?

I knitted this hat just for him, with one modification. A pompom at the top,.. yes thats right a POMPOM!!! He tried to talk his way out of it but I wasnt havin any of it :)
Whenever he coems home for a weekend , he wears his "worlds warmest cap" with a pompom and it does the job in more ways than one :)

Great hat!!!
More girls shud knit hats for their Bf's :):):)

At 5:46 AM, Blogger PangFamily said...

Love this pattern, and I'm halfway thru knitting it. I do have one question, is the brim only 1-1/4" wide when folded?

At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the hat pattern! This is a very warm and attractive hat, and I enjoyed making it. It's a nice easy pattern. I have a photo of my hat at:

On the crown, I started my decrease with a k7, k2tog, so I could have nice round numbers of stitches remaining each decrease round, with the last round being k2tog around.

To pangfamily: My brim is 2-1/2"...this is how long you do the cable stitch for the liner. The total hat length is 9", and with the 2-1/2" brim the body (with brim folded) ends up being 6-1/2" long.

- Stacy

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Dee said...

Thanks for sharing your pattern! I'm in Minnesota, about 100 miles from Canada so it gets really cold here during the really long winters. I'm always on the lookout for things to make that are warmer than store-bought, and this fits the bill perfectly :-) My kidlets will be much warmer this coming winter, thanks to you.

At 9:07 PM, Blogger Dee12 said...

I have a question about this hat. When you are knitting it, the cable faces the outside. How do you turn the brim and have the cable facing out.

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

do you have a picture of the hat? it says photo not found click for photos but that doesn't work


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