Downton Hat


Downton Hat


Downton Hat
Downton Hat

Take a spin back through time with knit hat patterns that were created during another era. This classically designed Downton Hat is based off of a World War I baby hat design. Thankfully for us, this hat pattern provides several different sizes, including one for baby and one for adults. Now no matter what your age, you can have fun donning a vintage design inspired by the 1900s.


Knitting Needle Size3 or 3.25 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

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Repeat? Who wore the Downton hat, would anyone know? TY!!

The blog is temporarily? unavailable so the link you provided above takes us directly to Ravelry where the pattern can be downloaded for free. There is also a video provided for this tutorial via if you follow the link provided to you on Ravelry. Membership for Ravelry is free also.

I am knitting this hat for the third time. I have tried picking up the stitches (when changing from the square to round knitting part) purlwise, knitwise and now I am going to try in the pattern. Each time so far I can see a line where the square becomes a circle. I am hoping this time there is no line. Any recommendations on how to proceed would be welcome. Other than this I love the pattern and find it easy to work.

This is a Downton day! First the yarn giveaway, then I spotted the Downton Abbey cardigan, and now this hat, which is beautiful. I love the squareness of it and the folded brim. My daughter, who loves all things vintage, would really like it.

I have made a few of these and I have tried to put them on a Styrofoam head to get them to not be square at the top. It does not seem to work. I have gotten them wet and pinned them. Has anyone had this issue or is it that I made a mistake in the ones that I did? Maybe there is another way to block it? Thanks

I've made 7 of these and the square top is part of the uniqueness. It's to look like a hat, not a cap. I've also used worsted yarn and a bigger needle. I've made the smaller sizes and they've worked as adult hats... very beautiful. I then purchased antique hat pins and have given them to all the ladies on my Christmas list.

Just checked the pattern and think it would be delightful to knit and wear, after all it has a brim of sorts, but would like it in more vibrant colours. I'd like to knit it in a rich brown to wear with my favourite coat and then in a vivid blue to wear with my especially favourite navy coat... perhaps in black just to have it in black should I want it

Just watched the series finale of Downton Abbey, so I'm craving all things Downton now. I think this pattern is a great way to celebrate the series in a vintage way, but will still be very wearable. I wonder if it would look too odd in a bright, non-vintage color if I wanted to try it in something other than gray. Has anyone tried it in a bright primary color or something?

Unfortunately, when I tried to download the printfriendly version of this pattern, the site was blocked as being dangerous.

Hello! According to the blogger, you can download the pattern using the link provided on her site and then paste the pattern URL into Once you do so, you should be able to print the pattern in full. Hope this helps! -Kathryn, Editor of

Hi. I can't even get on her site! It goes through the to Blogger, I sign in, enter her Url , (http// - I hope!) and it then says permission refused. Don't know what else to try...

Hello Booboo, the link has been updated, so you should be able to access the pattern now. Sorry for the inconvenience. -Kathryn, Editor of

I knit a half dozen of these hats using leftover fair isle sock yarn for the turned up brim, the part that's light gray on the model. Great for stash reduction, and the fair isle fits in with the style of the Downton times.

Is the top part of the hat supposed to be a square? When I calculate the row gauge, it seems to be a rectangle (56 rows for the Adult 1 size) I am using the Sublime yarn that the model hat was knitted in. My hat measures 4" x 5.6".

Hi michaeljthill2133737, We suggest contacting the designer of the Downton Hat, Annie Cholewa. You'll find her contact information by clicking through to the pattern information on her blog. -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I enjoyed watching the video. I printed the pattern first and watched the video so now I know how the pattern goes.

Excellent hat, made it for my grand daughter in size child. She's 1 yr. old, but has a large head. Probably could have made size baby. I added a rose and two leaves on the brim and love it! Thanks so much.

Managed to access and print the pattern without any problems whatsoever. Thank you so much for sharing it. I can't wait to knit it up!

To get pattern to Abbey Hat use this website: it will bring you to the website where you can download pattern. Good luck have fun.

I would love to make this but I get a 404-File not found error message. So sad.

I have downloaded this pattern a few weeks ago. I tried again today and it downloads. You need to have adobe reader in order to see it. So find a free adobe reader program and load it to your computer so you will be able to see it and print.

As with everyone else can't open the pattern. What's the point of putting on a pattern when you cannot access it!!!

Did they take it down? I get an error message: WordPress file not found. Very disappointed, wanted to make this for a friend.

Got the same error message today.

cant down load pattren

I'm adding my note re not being able to open this pattern to the earlier comments from those who have also had a problem. Is there a solution? Thanks!

Which Downton Abbey Cast Member wore this hat?


love this, and I'm a Downton Abbey fan which makes it even better :)

I am unable to open this pattern. I am very interested in making this hat and wonder if there is any other way to get this pattern. Thanks.

Very disappointed that pattern was not available. What happened?

could i possibly get this pattern in loom knit ? i've tried my hand at knitting with needles, just can't do it , but i do loom knit.

Love the hat! My mother would call it "smart". Can someone explain what is meant by "KO" and "PO" in the pattern instructions? Thank you.

Knit zero, purl zero. Love the hat also

I am trying to open the pattern and there is no response please help

How do I get this pattern?

could i possibly get this pattern in crochet? i've tried my hand at knitting, just can't do it , but i do crochet.

I made this hat and it is adorable. Just follow the directions and you will see how it all works out. I used 5 double point needles for the 'circular' part, instead of a circular needle. 4 needles were used (one for each side of the square crown) and the fifth needle (which was always rotating) I used in my right hand to knit. I am an experienced knitter, but this hat is not hard to make.

For some reason the pattern for the Downton Abbey Hat will NOT come through so I could print it out.

double lined does seem a bit more than easy

I believe you're referring to the sections where you see something like this: P0(2,0,2,0) The P0 part is saying purl 0 stitches (in the case of the smallest pattern size).

I am a beginning knitter and I don't see how this pattern can be rated EASY. Yeah, what does PO mean?

What does PO mean?

PO means Pass Over. U tube is a great resource for knitting. Put you request into U tube and you can see the stitch demonstrated. Good Luck

Quoting... akbearfoot on Jan 22, 2013 I believe you're referring to the sections where you see something like this: P0(2,0,2,0) The P0 part is saying purl 0 stitches (in the case of the smallest pattern size).

Please comment if you make this hat. and let us know how easy/hard it is to assemble. I love the look.

The pattern isn't terribly clear on how it gets from straight needle rectangle to a round hat... it's a mystery as to how it all comes together.

You knit the crown as a rectangle then pick up stitches along the three sides of that rectangle that are not the current live working side. You join those in the round and work the sides and brim of the hat in the round. It looks pretty easy; I may have to try it!


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