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Ideal for using up scraps of lace yarn left over from lace-knitting projects, this simple hat is also a great way to try out some new techniques for multi-stranding yarn. Learn how to create multiple strands of yarn from one ball without cutting and winding. Experiment with creating subtly graduated ombre effects. And, as a bonus, to multiply the benefits, the crown features a novel decrease to add to your repertoire (one which creates a pretty braided column, no less).

Pattern contains
The pattern is fully written out. Links to tutorials for more unusual techniques. Options for slouchy and beanie versions and a ribbed or hemmed brim.

Choose a size approx. 5-7 cm (2-3 in) less than your actual head size for a snug fit. Can be worked as a beanie or a slouch (full instructions provided). Hat lengths are provided in the pattern and it is always advisable to take a measurement from crown to base of the earlobe and adjust the length as desired.

0-6 months: 32cm/ 12 ½ in
6-18 months:36cm/ 14 in
18 months- 4 years: 39cm/15 ½ in
4 years- adult S: 46.5cm/18 ¼ in
Adult M: 50cm/19 ¾ in
Adult L: 53cm/21 in

My blue sample is shown as a beanie in adult small on a head circ of 21in/53cm.


3.75 mm/ US size 5 circular needle plus a needle 0.5-1mm or 1-2 US sizes smaller for the brim.

Or correct needles to obtain gauge You can use DPNS if you prefer. Pattern assumes magic loop, but you may substitute your preferred method for small circumference knitting when decreasing the crown.

28 stitches and rows over 10cm/4 in over stockinette with laceweight yarn help triple.

Skills required:
Knitting in the round
decreasing (link to tutorial and instructions provided for novel decrease)


Tapestry needle to weave in ends.

Yarn and yardage

I used Alpaca/Silk/Cashmere lace weight from Old Maiden Aunt in Lon Dubh (dark blue), Delightful Lace by Rooster in Callao (light blue) and Scrumptious Lace by Fyberspates in Cream.

You can use three or more laceweight yarns of your choice. Note that the yarns I used were all in the region of a 1000m per 100g. Laceweight yarns can be quite variable - with heavier lace coming in at more like 5-600m per 100g. It is possible to make a very warm and close knit version of this hat with heavier lace - but you will need smaller needles to get gauge. Alternatively if using heavier lace you can experiment with casting on a smaller size but working the length directions for the size required.

Yardage is for guidance only and is a total for all the yarns used combined. Always allow some extra yarn. If you change the suggested yarn or use yarns of different weights you may need to allow greater yardage.

0-6 months: 190m/210yds
6-18 months:230m/250yds
18 months- 4 years: 285m/315yds
4 years- adult S:400m/440yds
Adult M:480m/520yds
Adult L:525m/575yds
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