Thursday, November 01, 2007

Snowflake Hat

This continues my tradition of knitting matching hats for all the children in my family (current count: 4) each winter. First, there were pointy Christmas tree hats with i-cord garland and button ornaments. The next year, it was snowman caps, plain white with carrot-shaped noses and button eyes and mini toboggan hats on top. This year, I decided to go a little less wacky since the kids are getting a little older now.

Queue this on Ravelry!

Caron Simply Soft (100% acrylic, 6oz/170g, 330yds/302m) one skein in White
Caron Simply Soft Brites! (100% acrylic, 6oz/170g, 315yds/288m) one skein in Berry Blue
US7 (4.5mm) 16in (41cm) circular needle
US7 (4.5mm) double-pointed needles
Tapestry Needle

21sts x 26rows = 4in (10cm) in stranded stst on US7 (4.5mm)
Note: Your gauge in stranded stst and solid-color stst will be different. It is important to do a gauge swatch using the fair isle pattern.

Finished Size:
Infant 6-12 months (Child, Adult S, Adult L) = 16 (18.25, 20.5, 22.75)in [41 (46, 52, 58)cm] head circumference, unstretched
[Shown in Infant Size]

Click here for Abbreviations

With White and circular needle (dpns for Infant size), CO 84 (96, 108, 120) sts.
Join, being careful not to twist.
Work in k2, p2 ribbing for 4 (5, 5, 6) rnds.
Join Blue, and begin working corresponding chart.
Switch to dpns when necessary.
When only 12 sts remain, cut yarn and thread tail through remaining loops using tapestry needle. Pull tight and tie off. Weave in ends.

Feel free to comment here with questions.

This pattern is intended for personal use only. Please do not try to sell it or any product made from it. Thank you.


  1. Love the snowflake hat. I'm so inspired. I'm going to be starting one in black with grey snowflakes for my little boy. Thanks a bunch.

  2. Glad you like it. Hope your son does too.

  3. i really like this pattern but I am struggling with this whole circular needle/dpns thing. Is it possible to do this pattern on straight needles?


  4. Yeah, you could do it on straight needles. You would cast on two more stitches, and just work one even on each end. Then when you seam it up in the end, those two stitches would be hidden in the seam.

    More explicitly, you would cast on 86 (98, 110, 122) sts. And on each row, you would k1, work the corresponding row of the chart 6 times, then k the last st.

    Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  5. I really like the hat! Very pretty! I've never done fair isle before, but think I'm gonna give it a shot....

  6. Beautiful hat...I've now knit five so far for my son and his quick and easy!

    However...I did have better results when I started using size 6 needles for the rib knit brim of the hat, then switched to size 7 for the remainder.

    Thanks again!

  7. When would I switch to dpns? Should 4 or 5 dpns be used? I am doing the adult small cap.

  8. You can switch to dpns whenever you start having to stretch out your stitches to go around the circular needle. Or if you use an extra long circular, you can employ the magic loop method and continue to use the circular throughout the hat.

  9. Oh, and it doesn't matter how many dpns you use. Some sets come with 4, 5 or even 6 needles, so however many you have/feel comfortable using.

  10. Iðd love to see your other Christmas hats :)

  11. I am getting ready to decrease on the hat (child)....if I understand correctly there are only 6 decrease thru out the pattern????...I don't want to get to far and find that I am doing something wrong???? HELP! :)

  12. There will be 12 decreases every fourth round. Looking at the chart for the child size, you'll see the little 'carrots' (like an upside-down 'V' leaning to one side or the other). Each of those represents either a k2tog or a ssk, depending on the direction it's leaning (check out the chart key). So, starting with 96 sts, you'll decrease 12 sts on round 19 and every four round after that four more times (36 sts remaining). Then decrease 12 sts every other round twice (12 sts remaining). Then you'll cinch up those last 12 sts. Make sense?

  13. Thank You for the beautiful pattern. I am currently knitting it in sky blue and cream and it looks amazing.

  14. Hi Carissa, would you mind if I used this for charity giving? I'm knitting for those that lost everything in the WA State wildfires this summer. Let me know and thx!

    1. Of course! I hope you warm a lot of heads. Let me know if you have any questions.

  15. Thank you I like your snowflake hat, I will knit this for my baby, thank you so much.

  16. Beautiful hat! Just knitted the baby hat in baby blue and white on straight needles. So beautiful and easy to follow directions. I had never done Fair Isle style before- I am going to make myself one now!
    Thanks so much!

  17. I just finished one in navy/turquoise for my grandson and he loves it. Next one in opposite color, as requested, by his older brother. It was easy and worked up quickly....Thank you !

  18. Not sure what SSK means. Is it the same as knit 2 together ?

  19. What hat size range compares to the adult small and large?

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