New Project: Must-Have Plaid Hat

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We’re Mad for Plaid!
This Fall –ok, and frankly since my punk rock, late teens — I’m mad for plaid, so I’m thrilled to see retailers and runways alike, riding the cross-stripes train! From Tartan to lumber jack, it’s hip to be (melded) square(s); and I dig ’em all. It’s the simplest form, checkerboard and outlined cubes, however that has me swooning this season.

Which brings me to the point of this post, and my latest beanie pattern: the Mad for Plaid (aka Ode to Designer, Adam Lippes) Hat!  You don’t need to deal with complicated stranding methods to get the graphic look of this plaid. Knit simply with the mosaic method of slipping the stitches of the yarn not in play, the result is immediate and satisfying. Here’s how:

Mad for Plaid Hat
Materials
1 ball each, Patons Classic Wool Roving (100% wool; 109 m/120 yds), in colors: (A) Aran, and (B) Black.
Size U.S. 10 1/2 (6.5 mm) double-pointed needles (dpns) –or size needed to obtain gauge.
Size U.S. 11 (8 mm), 16″(41 cm) circular needle (circ)–or size needed to obtain gauge.
Size U.S. 11 (8 mm) double-pointed needles (dpns) –or size needed to obtain gauge. (NO SLOUCH VERSION ONLY)
Tapestry needle

Sizes
S/M(L/XL)

Finished Measurements
Circumference: 20″(21″)/51 (53.5 cm)
Fits up to 22″ (23″)/56 (58.5) head
No Slouch Version Length: 8″(8 1/2″)/20 (21.5) cm
Slouchy Version Length: 10″(11″)/25.5 (28) cm

Gauge
12 sts x 22 rows = 4″/10 cm in garter mosaic pattern stitch.

Directions
With A and smaller dpns, CO 60(63) sts. Divide sts evenly amongst needles; join taking care not to twist.

Rows 1-6: *K1, p2; rep from * around.

Switch to circ needle.

Row 7: Knit.

Join B when necessary.

Row 8: *Sl 1 with Color A , K2 with Color B; rep from * around.

Row 9: *Sl 1 (A); p2 (B); rep from * around.

Row 10: With A, knit.

Row 11:  With A, purl.

Rep Rows 8-11 for garter mosaic pattern stitch, until piece measures 7″ (7 1/2″)/No Slouch Version, and 10″(11″) Slouch Version.

SLOUCHY VERSION:
Bind off, leaving long tail of A.
NO SLOUCH VERSION ONLY:
Crown shaping — switch to larger dpns when necessary.
Row 1: *K1, k2tog; rep from * around.

Rows 2, 4 & 6: Purl.

Row 3: *K2tog; rep from * around.

Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * around, ending with a k0 (k1).

Row 7: Repeat Row 5. –5 (6) sts.

BO, leaving a tail.

With tapestry needle, weave tail through remaining live sts on needles; remove needles; cinch shut. Feet tail through inside of hat.

Finishing
SLOUCHY VERSION ONLY
Close hat crown as follows:

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Vickie’s Signature Slouchy Beanie Closure Method (Follow L-R)

  • With tapestry needle & Color A tail, insert through center front and back (joining front and back at center); take a stitch. (Upper left photo above.)
  • Pinch side edges to the same center point and stitch through both thicknesses. The top of the beanie will now be in a star formation.
  • Continue in this manner, pinching the opposite edges and stitch them together until top of hat is completely closed. Fasten off.
Plaidhats

Shown: White, Slouchy Plaid; Red, No-Slouch Plaid

BOTH VERSIONS
Using colors A & B held together, make pompom using your preferred method. I love using a Pompom Maker!

Sew pompom onto top of hat.

Weave in ends.

Love your beanie, and ready to embrace even more plaid? Here are four, be-squared blankets by the talented, Yarnspirations in-house designers!

plaid collage

Yours in Plaid,
Vickie

logo Vickie Howell International Spokesperson, Yarnspirations
http://www.vickiehowell.com

16 Comments

  1. Unless you are working this in the round (which I am) if you purl row 11, you will not get a garter stitch ridge. Otherwise, great pattern. I read “switch to circs” as “knit in the round”. Oh well, don’t like to seam things anyway.

  2. Will there be a picture of someone wearing this hat? I’d love to see it on a person/model. Thank you.

  3. Unable to print out the plaid hat. Help! My fingers are itching to get started.

    • Hi Eunice,

      The pattern is in the post – you can print the entire post or copy and paste the pattern into a word processor and print it from there if you do not want the entire post! :)

  4. Always have been a sucker for plaid patterns and this neat hat just rocketed to the top of my upcoming projects list….Thank You so much!

  5. Is there one in crochet?

  6. do you have this pattern in a easy crochet?

  7. Nice hat. But do you have a crochet version since I don’t knit.

  8. Great hay. But do you have a crochet version since I don’t knit.

  9. Love your hat pattern! Gorgeous!! Would you have a crochet pattern for the same hat?

    Thanks

  10. Really nice pattern – I must check my stash and get started right away.
    Many thanks

  11. Thank you, Vickie, for posting this darling black n white plaid beanie hat. I am looking forward to making it soon….just gotta check if I have the required needles. Reallllly darling! !

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