FO Friday: Top Down Hat

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I’m a big fan of top down hats. You don’t need to measure or make a gauge swatch before you cast on. Here’s the hat I knit for Brian. My basic recipe:

CO 8 sts.
Increase Round: Increase 8 stitches.
Work 1 round plain.
Alternate these two rounds until you reach your desired circumference.
Work in your pattern until your hat is long enough.
Then work some ribbing, or don’t. Or work some other edging.
Bind off all the stitches.

Brian had been wearing a hat I knit him ages ago that was starting to pill and look very sad. So I dove into my stash and pulled out a beautiful skein of Astral Bath Tesseract in Lethe. I used US 2 needles on the body of the hat, and a US 1 needle on the ribbing. And you know what? I actually finished it a few days before Christmas!



The yarn is an incredibly soft combination of merino, silk, and cashmere. It’s really lightweight but still warm, and Brian has been wearing it a ton, so I know he likes it!

6 Responses

  1. jen
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    Hi – I love your patterns – simple and really beautiful ! For this hat do you start on dpns or a super short circular?

    • Mari
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      I do magic loop on circulars, but dpns would also work!

  2. annie
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    I love the hat , simple but oh so nice with a lovely yarn

    what stitch are you using to make your increases ?

    • Mari
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      On the SilverSpun hat I was using KFB, and on the grey one M1R

  3. elizabeth
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    I would love to make the top down hat, but how do I cast on 8 sts on a circular needle and join. The shortest circular I have is 12in. and I can’t seem to join the sts. I’m not an experienced knitter, but I do knit hats, and just ordered your Creedmoor cowl, and have your pattern for the Animee cowl that I want to make.
    Thank you,

    • Mari
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      Elizabeth, You can use DPNs or magic loop method

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