City Chic Winter Hat


City Chic Winter Hat

Walk the streets in style while donning the City Chic Winter Hat. This simple yet stylish knit hat pattern features a whimsical pom pom and traditional Latvian Braid accent. Perfect for the intermediate knitter looking for a knit hat pattern with a little flare, the City Chic Winter Hat is sure to stand the test of time for seasons to come.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, 8 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)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Simply Soft (170 g/6. oz;288 m/315 yds); Contrast A Neon Yellow (9773) - 1 ball
  • Simply Soft Heathers (141 g/5. oz;228 m/250 yds); Main Color (MC) Charcoal Heather (9508) - 1 ball
  • Sizes U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) and U.S. 8 (5 mm) circular knitting needles 16" [40 cm] long
  • Set of four size U.S. 8 (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch marker



18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking stitch with larger needles and 1 strand.



One size to fit average woman’s head.



Alt = alternate(ing)
Approx = approximately
Beg = beginning
K = knit
k2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.
P = purl
rem = remain(ing)
rep = repeat
rnd(s) = round(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)



With 2 strands of MC tog and smaller circular needle, cast on 88 sts. Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.
1st rnd: Knit.
2nd rnd: Purl.
Rep last 2 rnds until work from beg measures 2½" [6 cm], ending on a knit rnd.

Work Latvian Braid: 1st rnd: *With 2 strands of MC, K1. With 2 strands of A, K1. Rep from * around.
2nd rnd: With both MC and A held in front of work, *With MC, P1. With A, P1. When switching yarns, wrap yarn for next st under yarn used for previous st. Rep from * around.
3rd rnd: *With MC, P1. With A, P1. When switching yarns, wrap yarn for next st over yarn used for previous st. Rep from * around.
Break A and 1 strand of MC.

With rem 1 strand of MC and larger circular knitting needle, knit in rnds until work from beg measures 6" [15 cm].

Shape top, changing to set of 4 doublepointed needles where appropriate:
1st rnd: *K9. K2tog. Rep from * around. 80 sts.
2nd and alt rnds: Knit.
3rd rnd: *K8. K2tog. Rep from * around. 72 sts.
5th rnd: *K7. K2tog. Rep form * around. 64 sts.
7th rnd: *K6. K2tog. Rep from * around. 56 sts.
9th rnd: *K5. K2tog. Rep from * around. 48 sts.
11th rnd: *K4. K2tog. Rep from * around. 40 sts.
13th rnd: *K3. K2tog. Rep from * around. 32 sts.
15th rnd: *K2. K2tog. Rep from * around. 24 sts.
17th rnd: *K1. K2tog. Rep from * around. 16 sts.
18th rnd: *K2tog. Rep from * around. 8 sts.
Break yarn, leaving a long end. Thread end through rem sts and draw up tightly. Fasten securely.

Wrap A around 4 fingers approx 90 times. Remove from fingers and tie tightly in center. Cut through each side of loops. Trim to a smooth round shape. Sew to top of Hat.

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Can you explain "When switching yarns, wrap yarn for next st under yarn used for previous st. Rep from around." what does wrapping yarn under yarn AND wrap yarn over yarn?

This instruction is to wrap the new yarn around the old yarn and twist them together, if it is not done or not done correctly, it will create a hole when changing colours. For a knit stitch wrap the yarn under, for purl stitches wrap the yarn over, it is to keep the colour changes consistent and not leave a hole at the change.

Where your pattern says Shape top, changing to set of 4 double pointed needles where appropriate. What does this mean? I'm new. Also do I have to buy the circular and double pointed needles in both sizes? Is there a video on someone making this? It would be a lot easier to follow along and learn that way or a class?

Where the pattern says to change to double pointed needles where appropriate means that when the stitches become too tight to work on circulars you switch to dp's. You need the circular needles in both size 4.5mm and 5mm, you only need dp's in 5mm. Youtube is full of videos that many new knitter's find extremely helpful (even some of us older knitters that have forgotten things use them) This would actually be a really good first project on dp's for a new knitter.

Can the Chic City Hat be done with straight knitting needles?

It can be done on straight needles with a seam. You have to convert the pattern so that every second row is actually done in purl to make it match the picture.


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