Vintage Hat


Vintage Hat

With this pattern, learn how to knit a hat straight out of The Great Gatsby!

The classic Art Deco period style meets knitting in this 1920s-inspired pattern. Finding timeless pieces that will keep you in style all season long is all about knitting hat patterns with elegance, just like this Vintage Hat. One of the best features of his hat is its versatility. Wear the long attached tie turban-style and twisted around the front, or wind it into a rose shape for a special touch of femininity.


Gauge13 sts and 17 rows = 4" in 3 x 3 ribbing, using 1 strand each of A and B held tog and size 10 needles.

Finished SizeFinished Circumference Approx 22 " (size is adjusted by wrapping tie)

Materials List

  • Yarn:

    • A: 2 skeins of La Boheme from Fiesta yarns (strand A 64% brushed kid mohair, 28% wool, 8% nylon; strand B 100% rayon boucle; 4 oz; 165 yds), color 11294

    • B: 1 ball of Kid Merino from Crystal Palace Yarns (28% kid mohair, 28% merino wool, 44% micro nylon; 25 g; 240 yds), color 204

  • Needles: US 10 (6 mm) circular (16" to 20") and US 10 doublepointed, or size required to obtain gauge, and US 15 (10 mm) straight for CO only
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle
  • Head form

Decorative Cast On Tutorial

Check out this video tutorial to learn how to do the decorative cast on used for this hat.


Stitch Patterns

Seed Stitch
(Even number of sts)
Row 1: *K1, P1; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: *P1, K1; rep from * to end of row.
Rep rows 1 and 2.

3 x 3 Ribbing
(Multiple of 6 sts)
All rows: *P3, K3; rep from * to end of row.


Using size 15 needle and 1 strand each of A and B held tog, CO 72 sts using decorative cast-on method.

Change to size 10 circular needle.

Work in seed st for 4 rows.

Work in 3 x 3 ribbing for 4 rows.

PM and join into rnd. Cont working in 3 x 3 ribbing until hat measures 5".

  1. Crown Shaping

    Work decs as follows, changing to dpns when necessary.

    Rnd 1: *P1, P2tog, K3; rep from * to end of rnd—60 sts.
    Rnd 2: *P2, K3; rep from * to end of rnd.
    Rnd 3: *P2tog, K3; rep from * to end of rnd—48 sts.
    Rnd 4: *P1, K3; rep from * to end of rnd.
    Rnd 5: *P1, K1, K2tog; rep from * to end of rnd—36 sts.
    Rnd 6: *P2tog, K1; rep from * to end of rnd—24 sts.
    Rnd 7: *K1, P1; rep from * to end of rnd.
    Rnd 8: *P1, K1; rep from * to end of rnd.
    Rnd 9: *P2tog, K2tog; rep from * to end of rnd—12 sts.
    Rnd 10: *K1, P1; rep from * to end of rnd.
    Rnd 11: *P2tog; rep from * to end of rnd—6 sts.

    Pull yarn through rem 6 sts. Fasten securely.

  2. Tie

    Using size 10 needle and 1 strand each of A and B held tog, CO 3 sts.

    Border I
    Row 1: K1f&b, K1, K1f&b—5 sts.
    Rows 2, 4, and 6: Knit.
    Row 3: Sl 1 wyif, K1f&b, K1, K1f&b, K1tbl—7 sts.
    Row 5: Sl 1 wyif, K1f&b, K3, K1f&b, K1tbl—9 sts.

    Row 7: Sl 1 wyif, K7, K1tbl.
    Row 8: Sl 1 wyif, K2, P3, K2, K1tbl.
    Rep rows 7 and 8 until tie measures 73".

    Border II
    Row 1: Sl 1 wyif, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K1tbl—7 sts.
    Rows 2 and 4: Knit.
    Row 3: Sl 1 wyif, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1tbl—5 sts.
    Row 5: K2tog, K1, K2tog—3 sts.

    BO all sts.


Work in ends. Block hat and tie. Place hat on head form to dry. After drying, fold tie in half RS tog. Fold hat RS tog. Place the folded edge of the tie in the opening at the bottom of the hat and sew through all 4 layers using 2 strands of Kid Merino held tog. This secures the tie and closes the seam. Block seam.

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I would appreciate more suggestions for substitutes for the suggested yarn. The hat and scarf are absolutely beautiful!

I love the feminine look of this 1920s era hat. It definitely needs the scarf to go with it as a set and am disappointed that the instructions are not presented as a set. Has anyone in this comment feed been able to find a free pattern for the scarf or come up with one yourself that you can share?

A point of clarification please. The cast on is 72 but the working stitches would be 144, right?

No, that is not right, the cast on is 72 double stranded stitches, so each double only counts as 1 stitch.

pattern for the scarf in the picture, is it available?

Hi patappel 4053115, unfortunately, we do not have the pattern for the scarf on our site. We suggest contacting Martingale, the designer of the pattern, to see if they have the instructions available. Here's their website: Hope this helps! -Kathryn, Editor for AllFreeKnitting

Can you please tell me where I can get the pattern for the gorgeous scarf the model is wearing with the hat? I know it's not a "matching" pattern, but in the same La Boheme yarn, it makes a stunning set. Thank you!

Hi alpacagirl6769, unfortunately, we do not have the pattern for the scarf on our site. We suggest contacting Martingale, the designer of the pattern, to see if they have the instructions available. Here's their website: Hope this helps! -Kathryn, Editor for AllFreeKnitting

Lovely hat and the pattern is well written. I am always looking for hat patterns which are out of the ordinary and this one is. It is so feminine looking as well. It would make a nice gift for friends as well. Thank you

love it

I've never seen a knit hat quite like this one, and I have to say that I love it. I saw the version with the rosette first and I fell in love with it, and then I saw the version with it tied in the back,and I like it just as well. They are both so pretty and feminine. And since it calls for merino wool, I think that it's going to be wonderfully soft and cozy.

Just a little more information about Place Markers (PMs). It's a great way to use up those tiny stray ends of wool. Keep the brightly coloured ones in a clear bag. Then you can clip a short piece to pop into the knitting when you need to mark a place. I just lay a piece about four inches long between the last few stitches.

A very Flapper, Downton Abbey feel. This hat is a nice change. Well written, so easy to follow and the choice of yarn is perfect. This is one I'll put in the save file!

What does PM mean in this pattern? Pattern looks great, love to make it.

PM means to place a marker in every instance I have seen it used. In this case, you are supposed to place a marker so you can find the beginning of the round when you need to. I agree, the pattern looks great. I want to make one, too, but I never wear hats. Maybe I can find someone to make one for!

What substitute yarn could be used for this gorgeous vintage hat please and would the tension remain the the same to get the same effect, I am in New Zealand

Hey there, Gregsam! According to, a good substitution for La Boheme yarn is Bamboucle Yarn by Elsebeth Lavold, which almost has an exact gauge match at 17-18 sts per 10 cm. A substitute for Kid Merino would be Kid Royal by Alize. Check out the website for a ton of other substitutions. I hope that helps! Happy knitting! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Hi kkittleson, many thanks for sharing, I am a new user and Not so confident with the Internet - cheers I still want to have a go thou

the pattern is in the e book...I just bought the paperback book for $3.00 plus shipping on

yes! please give us the scarf pattern, too! :D pretty please with a rosette on top? :D

Try this link for the E-Book - And you can find the paperback for 1/2 the price on Amazon.

I too would like the pattern for the scarf...both pieces compliment each other.....Gorgeous.....

I would love to have the pattern of the scarf as well! Any chance you could publish that as well, please?

has anyone tried this with a different yarn? I'm afraid la boheme is out of my budget

Yes, I have used the scarf pattern with several different weights of yarn and it always turns out great. I sometimes only use one wrap of yarn though because it makes too big of a hole in some cases. It knits up beautifully. With fingering yarn, I like to double the width though. It makes it too narrow for my taste. I didn't knit the hat so I can't comment about that.

Has anyone tried this with a less expensive yarn? I'm afraid La Boheme is out of my budget.

The scarf is pattern 6 in the e-pattern book called Casual, Elegant Knits - Classy Designs for Women and Men By Dawn Leeseman, Faina Goberstein $19.99 eBook Only: eBook Instant PDF Download $19.99

Is there an individual price for this scarf pattern?

this scarf is absolutely beautiful... I hope we can get this pattern.. I just bought a bunch of mohair.. in ivory.

I would like to get the pattern for the scarf. Please let me know how to get it.

I was wondering where I could find the scarf pattern too - the set would make a beautiful gift.

So, where is the pattern for the matching scarf for this art deco hat? They are lovely. SusanCre8s

what does knit 1 tbl mean? Also, does the rose really stay in place?

Thru back loop

OK, finally found the pattern--it should be martindale. I finally found it by putting the name of the book into the search. You can also get this through Amazon as a book and it's only about $11.90 but you'd have to pay shipping on an actual book so it would probably wind up about the same cost. Just depends on if you want a hard copy or eBook.

Is it shopmartigale or shopmartingale? Is this available as a free pattern? Thanks.

I bought yarn for this hat today--but I'd like the pattern for the scarf--it is so pretty. I C & P the link that Member 5541644 gave but it just took me to some suggestions for Martindale (had no idea that there were so many states with cities with the name of Martindale)--cities, feed stores, Wink Martidale (anyone remember him?). Anyway, after 6-7 pages of Martindales I gave up--would love to have a direct link if anyone comes up with one.

Great pattern - also like the extra instructions for some methods I havent used yet --- thanks D

It's not a pattern but try this link for the stitches used to make the scarf. Hope this helps.

this link says the video tutorial does not exist

PJ - Nice hat, but I too want the pattern for the scarf. It is awesome.

I did some research and the pattern for the scarf can be bought here @ casual elegant knits by Faina Goberstein and Dawn Leeseman it's an e-book download for $19.99 hope this helps

Thanks for the lead. You can find the book on for less than $5.

I also would like the scarf pattern. Is there anyone out there that can tell me where to obtain it?

I absolutely adore the hat pattern , is the scarf pattern available please. Yours with kindness Carmen

I also think the Vintage hat is very pretty, and I would also like the pattern for the scarf,

Lovely hat. But where can I get the pattern for the scarf? I love it!!! :)


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