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"Trees fall for both storms and the wind, leaving behind seeds and saplings so a version of them can grow again." - Notes on Survival, Nikita Gill

Sapling is a hat full of optimism. Little saplings flourish around its circumference, reaching ever higher towards the warmth of the sun. A lightweight hat knit in 4-ply yarn, it's perfect for the first chill of autumn or the last brisk days of early spring.

About This Pattern

  • written instructions
  • charted instructions
  • worked in the round
  • screen reader and print challenged accessible version


  • 150 - 235 yards (137 - 214 meters) 4-ply yarn
  • 2.5mm needles (or size needed for gauge) suitable for working in the round
  • 2mm needles (or needles 0.5mm smaller than above)
  • stitch markers (optional) to note the beginning of the round and separate stitch pattern repeats
  • your preferred blocking equipment


Sapling comes in three sizes: (adult small, adult medium, adult large).

Adult Small: 20" / 51 cm, to fit 22" / 56cm
Adult Medium: 22" / 56 cm, to fit 24" / 61 cm
Adult Large: 24" / 61cm, to fit 26" / 66 cm

Accessible Version

The accessible version of this pattern is included with your download. It has been formatted to suit low vision / print challenged knitters and to be compatible with screen readers.

Specifically, the pattern has:
  • 24 point sans-serif font (Arial) throughout
  • Fully saturated black text on white background
  • Single column layout
  • Left-aligned text
  • No italics
  • No header or footer – just page numbers (bottom left)
  • Consistent use of heading tags for easy navigation
  • Internal links to aid navigation
  • All instructions written out in text without reliance on diagrams or charts
  • All words written out in full (i.e. no abbreviations)
  • No bulleted lists
  • No tables*
In addition, the main version of the pattern has been checked to ensure that any charts, diagrams, or other visual instructions are suitable for colour-blind readers.

All of my patterns have been tested and tech edited, and include details of how to contact me should you need pattern support.

Please note that patterns are for personal use only. If you would like to use one of my patterns to make items to sell or for teaching a class, please get in touch. Yarn store owners are very welcome to make samples.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (632KB)
  • PDF (11MB)

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