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Checkered Hat

Checkered Hat
Checkered Hat
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Stop what you're doing. Your new favorite hat is waiting for you. Complete with an utterly adorable yarn pom pom, the Checkered Hat is the fun knitted hat you wouldn't mind wearing over and over again. Use this easy knit hat pattern to learn how to knit a hat with a beautiful colorworked design around the brim. If you've been looking for a way to jazz up your fall wardrobe, look no further. This knit hat is sure to make any of your outfits pop with its unique color combination while providing you with the ultimate comfort and warmth.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

GaugeIn 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking stitch.

Finished SizeS - Toddler; M - Child; L - Adult

Materials List

  • Caron® Simply Soft™ (Heathers: 5 oz/141.7 g; 250 yds/228 m; Solids: 6 oz/170 g; 315 yds/288 m)

    • MC Charcoal Heather (H9508) - 1 ball;

    • A Neon Pink (9775) - 1 ball;

    • B Neon Green (9777) - 1 ball;

    • C Neon Orange (9774) - ball

  • Size U.S. 8 (5 mm) circular knitting needle 16" [40.5 cm] long. Set of 4 size U.S. 8 (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Stitch marker


Special Technique

Fair Isle (Stranded) Technique:

Carry color not in use loosely across WS of work.

  1. Note: Hat is worked in-the-round; begin with circular needle, change to double pointed needles while shaping crownwhen there are too few sts to fit on circular needle.


Beginning at lower edge, using MC, cast on 72 (80, 88) sts. Join, being careful not to twist sts; place a marker (pm) for beginning of round.

Continuing with MC, knit 5 rounds, purl 1 round (turning round), knit 4 rounds.

Change to A; knit 1 round.

Change to MC; knit 1 round.

  1. Establish Pattern:

    Begin working from chart, changing colors as indicated; work Rounds 1 – 12.

    Change to MC on all sts; knit 1 round.

    Change to A; knit 1 round.

    Change to MC; knit 2 (4, 6) rounds, pm every 18 (20, 22) sts on last round.

  2. Shape Crown

    Beginning this round, dec 4 sts evenly every other round 13 (15, 17) times as follows: K2tog, [work to next marker, k2tog] 3 times, work to end—20 sts remain.

    Knit 1 round even.

    Decrease 10 sts evenly around by k2tog around—10 sts remain.
    Cut yarn, leaving a 10" [25.5 cm] tail. Using yarn needle and tail, thread tail through remaining sts; pull together to close top of Hat.

    Fasten off securely.


Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

Facing: Turn lower edge to WS along turning round; stitch neatly in place, being careful not to work too tightly.

Pompom: Wind A, B and C around 4 fingers approx 30 times. Tie tightly in the middle and leave a long end for attaching to Hat. Cut loops at both ends and trim to smooth round shape.

Attach Pompom to top of Hat.


Knit next 2 stitches together
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This is a great pattern - I love that you have included a chart for us! THANK YOU.

Charts intimidate me and I shy away from patterns that use them. But this is such a simple pattern, perfect for someone like me who has never worked from a chart before. And it makes a really pretty hat. I'm going to put it on my list for when I want to learn Fair Isle.


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