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Exclusive Easy Pattern! Shirley's Hat

This pattern is dedicated to my boyfriend’s mum, Shirley!

Shirley asked for a simple hat and scarf set that would be easy for beginners, and would make use of the beautiful Opal Rainforest 4-ply variegated yarn.

So, I put together a quick and easy beanie hat. I kept it really simple to show off the lovely colour changes. Due to the lightweight yarn, it’s suited for chilly autumn or spring days where you just need to keep the tips of your ears covered! It will fit an average adult woman’s head. (At least, I’m assuming my head is basically average.)

It’s knitted on straight 3.25mm needles and all you need to know is how to knit, purl, increase (by knitting front and back) and decrease (by knitting two together). That’s it! I’ll be doing tutorials on all these stitches in the coming weeks, as well.

Because of the straight needles, there is a bit of a noticeable seam on the back, but I think it actually looks really cool! If it bothers you, it will be completely unnoticeable if you use non-variegated yarn. You can use any 4-ply (fingering-weight) yarn.

Towards the beginning of the hat there will be a large amount of stitches on the needle, so I used stitch markers to mark every 50 stitches so I could keep track!

This will be part 1 of a two part set - the matching scarf is coming soon (I’m still working on that one!).

I took inspiration for the shaping from the Beret in the “Simply Knit...Hats” book by Fiona Bailey.

Shirley's Hat


4-ply self-patterning yarn (such as Opal Rainforest)

3.25mm needles


Cast on 136 stitches.

Row 1: k1, p1.

Repeat row 1, 9 more times.

Row 11: (k1, kfb) 68 times. (204 stitches.)

Row 12 and every following wrong side row: purl.

Row 13: knit.

Continue in stocking stitch for 21 more rows.

Row 35: (k2tog, k4) to end. (170 stitches.) Row 37: knit.

Continue in stocking stitch for 5 more rows.

Row 43: (k2tog, k3) to end. (136 stitches.)

Row 45: knit.

Continue in stocking stitch for 3 more rows.

Row 49: (k2tog, k2) to end. (102 stitches.)

Row 51: knit.

Row 53: (k2tog, k1) to end. (68 stitches.)

Row 55: (k2tog, k4) to last 2 sts, k2. (57 stitches.)

Row 57: (k2tog, k3) to last 2 sts, k2. (46 stitches.)

Row 59: (k2tog, k2) to last 2 sts, k2. (35 stitches.)

Row 61: (k2tog, k1) to last 2 sts, k2. (24 stitches.)

Row 63: k2tog to end. (12 sts.)

Thread yarn through remaining stitches and draw together.

Sew up seam.


k: knit

p: purl

kfb: knit into the front and back of the stitch

stocking stitch: knit every stitch on the right side, purl every stitch on the wrong side.

k2tog: knit two stitches together.

I hope you enjoy knitting Shirley's Hat! Let me know how you get on in the comments below. Did you make any variations? What yarn did you use?

Yours Yarnfully,