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A Tweed Hat For Jason

As the rain quickly melts last week’s snow away the promise of more still lingers. For future cold days I designed Jason a thick and chunky hat with a folded brim for extra warmth. He works outside at a local airport near the water where he wears the simple blue hat I made for him last winter. It’s becoming rather worn and only half covers his ears so I thought it was time to make another.

There’s something beautiful about a Berroco Blackstone Tweed hand knit. The subtle flecks of tweed and a soft angora bloom makes for a perfect cozy winter hat.

Supplies: 2.5 balls of Berroco Blackstone Tweed Chunky in Steamers # 6602 (50m/66y per 50g ball – 65% wool 25% mohair & 10% angora)

Gauge: 13sts/4″ in stockinette

Needles: 5mm/8us (brim)& 6mm/10us 16″ Circular needles & double pointed needles

Size: To fit a man’s 24 inch head (this can be easily adjusted to fit a smaller head by either choosing a lighter weight of yarn or casting on less stitches. Just be sure to adjust your rib count and needle sizes accordingly).

Here’s what I did:

Cast on 70 stitches with smaller needles and join in the round.

Knit 5, Purl 5 to end of round. Repeat until brim measures 3 inches from cast on edge.

Switch to larger needles, knit until it measures 8 or so inches from cast on edge. (If making it for a smaller head I would suggest stopping a bit sooner.)

Decreases: (switch to double pointed needles when necessary)

Round 1: (K 8, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: (K 7, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: (K 6, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 6: Knit.

Round 7: (K 5, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 8: Knit.

Round 9: (K 4, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 10: Knit.

Round 11: (K 3, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 12: Knit.

Round 13: (K 2, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 14: Knit.

Round 15: (K 1, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 16: (K2tog) repeat to end of round.


Cut yarn leaving an 8 inch tail. Thread the yarn through the remaining stitches, pulling tight and securing in place on the wrong side. Weave in ends. Block if desired.

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19 Comments Post a comment
  1. xinnam #

    I need a better knitter than I to tell me how to adjust the pattern. Would it be in increments of 10?

    January 31, 2011
    • Increments of 10 would be easiest as it won’t require you to change the decreases or the rib pattern stitch counts.

      January 31, 2011
      • xinnam #

        I made this hat for my son in Cascade Eco Duo. Had to adjust for yarn and head size (bigger), but it turned out beautifully. My first hat and my first “knitted in the round” project. Great pattern! Thank you.

        February 13, 2011
      • Thank you for sharing, I’m glad your first project in the round was a success!

        February 21, 2011
  2. elaine #

    This is the perfect design for my husband – as soon as I found it, I started casting on. Using a KnitPicks aran in a light grey heather.

    Thanks for posting this free pattern! It’s just getting to be the right time of year for this!

    October 12, 2012
  3. Love your pattern and so did my Jason, can’t wait to really get to knitting it, maybe i’ll even make one for my little Jason who is four!

    October 21, 2012
    • Thank you Lindsey! I’m glad he liked it :)

      December 7, 2012
  4. Do you think there would be a major difference if sizes 9 and 11 needles were used I stead of the recommended sizes? I love the patten but do not have the recommended needles.

    December 3, 2012
    • It may make your hat larger or smaller if you don’t achieve the correct gauge. If you can achieve 13sts over 4 inches on the larger needle it should work out just fine.

      December 7, 2012
  5. Brian Kimes #

    Who is the model in the picture? I swear he is my clone!

    December 17, 2012
  6. Kathy Capral #

    I made the hat for my grandson (age 35) for Christmas and he loved it ai reversed the ribbing where the cap turns up so it matches when turned up. I am not sure I understood your pattern when decreasing, so I knitted throughout. I have started another hat and am doing the same on the turn up, but I will decrease while knitting in pattern. I love the har!

    January 13, 2013

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