This is a pattern for a cute little winter hat with a bit of a Nordic flair thanks to the classic stranded pattern. It knits up quickly in a worsted weight yarn and offers endless color options. It’s worked top-down which makes adjusting for personal taste quite easy. Add more rounds before the stranded pattern for a slouchier look or cut out some rounds if you want the hat to be more close fitting. Also depth of the ribbing is a matter of taste. I usually like a deeper ribbing for a snug fit, especially for the kids.
Kid 50-54 cm / Adult 54-58 cm
A note on sizing: As the snow stars stranded pattern is based on a repeat of 18 sts there are limits to the sizing options on this one. I’ve worked samples in two sizes. The smaller one fits my 2 and a half year old boy with some room to grow. His head circumference is not quite 51 cm (19“). But it’s also fine for my 8 year old daughter with about 54 cm (21“) head circumference. The larger version (light brown) should fit an average sized adult head. Some adjustments to size can be achieved by playing around with gauge and yarn weight.
Worsted Weight yarn, gauge 20 to 22 sts per 10 cm. Samples worked in the following yarns:
|Cast on||Cast on 6 sts/6 sts (I prefer using a circular cast-on) and distribute sts on either DPNs or a circular needle.|
|Crown||1st round: *kfb, pm repeat from * 5 more times
2nd round: *kfb, k to marker, slm repeat from * 5 more times
Repeat round 2 until 90 sts / 108 sts are on the needles (15 / 18 increase round in total)
|Alternative crown shaping||For a less scrunchy crown switch to increasing every second instead of every round after the initial 10 rounds.|
|Straight part||Work in stockinette stitch for at least 10 / 14 rounds (beanie) up to 20 / 24 rounds (slouchy).|
|Stranded pattern||Add contrast color and start working color chart – 5 / 6 times per round. After completing color chart work 3 more rounds of stockinette.|
|Decrease round||For a snug hat band switch to smaller needle and decrease 9 / 10 sts evenly across round.|
|Ribbing||Work in 1×1 ribbing for at least 10 rounds or for as long as you prefer.|
|Finishing||Bind off in pattern (k1, p1) using contrast color. Sew in ends. Wash. Wear and enjoy!|