Evergreen Hat Pattern
I chose Lanas Stop York Merino for the stitch definition with cables, it is super soft, luxurious and warm. I find this to be closer to a dk or double knit weight than sport weight, so consider that if using another yarn.
A dk weight yarn with merino will give a lovely springy and clear cable. For those who can’t wear wool, we tested this with Stylecraft Life DK and it worked well. Special DK by Stylecraft would also work well.
Version 1 has a shorter brim and optional pompom for some fun.
Version 2 has a folded brim which you can adjust in length to suit your head size. Anywhere between 4 inches (10cm) deep for a smaller head and 6 inches (15cm) deep for a larger head, should work nicely.
The green sample of the Evergreen Hat Pattern shown has a 5 inch brim (15cm) and the optional pompom made with an 85mm Clover PomPom maker.
The diamond cable pattern features cables, a texture pattern in the centre of the diamonds and a reverse stocking stitch background to make the cables pop.
A friend suggested the name Evergreen because of the rich Forest Green I’ve used for the Version 2 sample. It’s a quick knit worked in the round from the bottom up.
I’ve knitted several of the Evergreen Hats as gifts and everyone loves the cables and the texture pattern inside them.
Any DK yarn will be fine as long as you get the right tension/gauge, but Stylecraft Special DK is a very affordable yarn for those on a budget.
My Mum has the pink/purple one shown in the gallery and I kept the dark green one for myself. I used Stylecraft Special DK for her hat, she loves anything I knit for her, but she felts anything made of pure wool, even superwash.
My Dad has one in a creamy aran colour, his go to neutral, he asked for black but while I love him, I don’t knit black yarn for anyone.
A note on sizing for the Evergreen Hat Pattern:
The cable pattern itself is VERY stretchy, as is the ribbing with this yarn. It will easily fit between a 16 inch head circumference and up to a 23 inch head.
It also fits my Dad who has a 25 inch head circumference! If you wish to make this for a child 4-12, work a shorter brim and follow the rest of the pattern as normal. His hands a big too, which is why I won’t be knitting him gloves any time soon 🙂
- DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)
- 21.25 stitches and 27 rows = 10 cm in cabled pattern
- US 6 – 4.0 mm, US 8 – 5.0 mm
- 180 – 300 yards (165 – 274 m)
- fits 17-23 inch head
Working in the round, basic hat construction, basic cables, knit, purl, cast on, finishing.
Suitable Yarns: Lanas Stop York Merino, Knit Picks Capra, Stylecraft Special DK or Life DK
Thanks to my amazing friend Jacqui Turner for allowing me to use her image of the hat using Sirdar Click DK with wool in a grey/blue colour. Isn’t it fabulous? Her hat used two balls of the yarn, approx 100g 329 yds.