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Pomme de Mer Hat

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What started as a joke (pom de mer - pompom of the sea) turned into Pomme de Mer, a hat with a slip-stitch pattern resembling the textured carapace of a sea urchin (the actual meaning of the phrase) that just happens to be topped with a pompom. This DK-weight hat is fun to knit and cozy to wear, even if you’re nowhere near the sea.

What you’ll love about knitting this hat
  • Stitch pattern has been maximized for knitting - you’ll knit every other round yet end up with a delightfully textured hat
  • Stitch pattern is presented in both written and charted forms
  • Guidance for making the pompom removable is included

What you’ll love about wearing this hat
  • That texture
  • That pompom
  • That DK-weight yarn makes it a three-season hat

Finished Size

Head circumference: 20 inches / 50 cm 

Height: 8 inches / 20 cm

  • String Theory Merino DK (100% Merino wool; 280 yds / 256 m per 4 oz / 113 g skein), color: Cobalt, 1 skein, (approx. 150 yds)
  • US5 40-inch / 100 cm circular needle for working Magic Loop (or your preferred method of working small circumferences) or size needed to achieve gauge
  • Stitch marker, tapestry needle, pompom, 
½-inch button (optional)


20 sts x 28 rounds = 4 inches / 10 cm in Pomme de Mer Stitch


Photographs: Gale Zucker Photography
Model: April Rose

Technical editing: Laura Cameron
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