Dad Hat


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As it starts to get colder I feel the need to start Christmas gifts. My dad always wants a fold up brim hat, and I’ve finally got the perfect pattern down so I thought I’d share.

What you Need:
~Size 8 (US) 16″ circular needle and DPNs
~1 skein Ultra Alpaca or similar yarn
~A stitch marker
~A cable needle

C4F = Slip 2 stitches to cableneedle and hold in front, k2, k2 from cableneedle.

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch.

Cast on 100 stitches. Work in 1×1 rib for 2.5″

1+3.for the first 16 stitches: *k1,p1,k1,p1,k1* p1, k4, p1 *k1,p1,k1,p1,k1* knit to end of round.
2.for the first 16 stitches: *p1,k1,p1,k1,p1* p1, k4, p1 *p1,k1,p1,k1,p1* knit to end of round.
4.for the first 16 stitches: *p1,k1,p1,k1,p1* p1, C4F, p1 *p1,k1,p1,k1,p1* knit to end of round.

Repeat these four rows for 7.5″ (or longer, depending on what the recipient would like. When in doubt always knit longer, a

too long hat can be folded up but a too short one is useless) ending with a row 4.

Crown Decreases (switch to dpns when necessary):
1. *work 8 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
2. Work one row plain as established. (work seed stitch in the panels and stockinette stitch everywhere else.)
3. *work 7 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
4. *work 6 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
5. *work 5 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
6. *work 4 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
7. *work 3 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
8. *work 2 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
9. *work 1 stitch as established, k2tog* around.
10. *k2tog* around.

Thread yarn through remaining stitches, weave in ends, and fold up the brim.
The End!

The perfect guy-gift hat.

47 comments on “Dad Hat

  1. Am I the first to leave a comment about your cable hat pattern?
    I love this pattern and will make it for Hubby.
    I just finished a 1x ribbed hat for him and am anxious to begin another.
    I will your pattern as my guide.
    Thanx, Erin.
    hugs
    Gerry

  2. Hi Erin,

    I really love this pattern and the hat I am working on is turning out beautifully! I am a bit stuck, however, as I am having some trouble interpreting the decrease instructions. It seems to me that if I follow the instructions exactly, I would be decreasing in the middle of the cable. I can see from your photo that the cable runs to the top, uninterrupted. Can you please clarify the decreases for the hat (in terms of the seed stitch and cable panel)? Thanks so much!

  3. Today I finished this hat for my husband and it was my first attempt at cables. I'm so happy with this pattern and the cable turned out perfect! He is so excited with the finished hat. He works outside a fair amount of time in a cold, windy climate which is why I made it from worsted Misti Alpaca. Thanks so much!

  4. love the hat pattern what more my boyfriend likes it he never likes anything he says. he also likes the color and he doesn't ever want anything green but he sure likes this I want to make one for him, what is the brand and color of yarn you used I know if I don't use the exact same yarn he won't like it as well. can you tell me color and brand?

  5. Hi Erin,
    I loved this hat pattern until I got to the decreases. I don't like that they fall in the middle of the cable. What I did to fix the problem was start my first 8 stitches back in the previous row so that my first k2tog is actually on stitch #3 & 4. Looks much better.

  6. Could you explain to me in the decrease section that says " work stitches as established" Very nice hat and I am new at the cables so looking forward to trying it. Thank you, very nice hat and thanks for the free pattern. Diana

  7. Re: As established…..so the first decrease row would begin with k1,p1,k1,p1,k1
    p1, k2, k2T, p1
    k1,p1,k1,p1,k1
    knit to end

  8. First hat I'm knitting, so far, it's great! I do have a question – when decreasing, after k2tog it says "around," do you continue to work 8 more stitches and then decrease again or finish the row with only 1 decrease and knit the rest? I am a little confused. Thanks for your help

  9. Does this pattern only have one cable pattern? Either that or I don't understand the knitting instructions… help!

  10. Hi! Gorgeous hat there and I'm going to knit for a friend! it is my first time knitting and i am slightly confused with the instructions. So is it to cast on 100 stitches first using the 1 x 1 rib method? or cast on 100 stitches follow by 1 x1 rib?

  11. Thanks for your reply! I'm now going to start decreasing and i have some problems trying to understand the instruction.

    Would you mind explaining to me what it means to:

    Work 8 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
    –> What are the 8 stitches? is it *k1,p1,k1,p1,k1,p1,k1,k1*and then k2tog and repeat this till end of round?

    Work one row plain as established. (work seed stitch in the panels and stockinette stitch everywhere else.
    –>what does it mean by "work one row plain as established" and "seed stitch in the panels and stockinette stitch everywhere else"

    Thanks for your help!!!

  12. I'm currently knitting this hat. I'm starting on DPN and creating the cable in each set of 25 stitches (one on each DPN). I hope it turns out ok. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for this pretty pattern! It's my first attempt at cables!

  13. A real shame that the pattern cannot be printed! Is there any reason why you do not permit copying and pasting into a Word document so that it can be printed?

  14. Love this hat, just started and got to 2.5 ribbing. however is there only one cable and do you only do 16 stitches of the pattern at the beginning of the row and then knit the rest of the row. It's a little confusing to me. It says knit to end of round. There are asterisks which usually indicates to repeat but it doesn't say that. Help.

  15. Hello. I have just got to the decreasing stage of this pattern. As I am relatively new at knitting, I am unsure what you mean by working the stitches as established and then k2tog. Can someone please clarify this in a bit more detail?

  16. Hello. I have just got to the decreasing stage of this pattern. As I am relatively new at knitting, I am unsure what you mean by working the stitches as established and then k2tog. Can someone please clarify this in a bit more detail?

  17. Please help. Love this hat but where are the four rows at the beginning of the pattern? I only see three rows of instructions. Also is a worsted weight yarn the same as alpaca? I love the hat but don’t want to start it until I understand it completely. What am I missing? Thanks for the help.

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