Coaxial Hat

As I had hoped, I was able to pull together my promised hat pattern in the first week of November. I found a good places to take indoor pictures, and stayed up a little too late on Monday night to make it happen. I had a good reason to push myself to publish it last week, a reason that will become very obvious later this coming week.

(Hint: If you love this hat or have plans to make another one of my patterns, I would wait a few days before buying. Unless you don’t care about saving 25% off the price of the pattern and need to cast on RIGHT NOW. If so, by all means, please go ahead and purchase as many as you like!)

Today, I am happy to write the blog introduction for the Coaxial Hat!

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My sister-in-law requested a hat because she is always cold, but as a stylist she can’t afford to wear a warm hat that messes up her “do”, especially at work. The hat is designed with extra ease and slouch, so as not to crush her perfectly coiffed curls, but the double-layer slip stitch pattern provides extra warmth.

Most any wool or wool-blend worsted weight yarn would work well in this hat pattern – don’t be afraid to combine two different yarns to get the color combination that makes you happy. An indie-dyed vibrant yarn would look great against a dark commercial yarn, or maybe two small skeins of hand-spun!

Required Skills:

This hat is worked from the brim to the crown in the round using a ribbed brim and an all-over two-color slip stitch pattern. Crown decreases are worked within the slip stitch pattern. The design is both written and charted. These instructions do not recommend a particular method for knitting in the round.

Gauge: Needles:

26 sts/64 rounds = 4″ (10 cm) square U.S. Size 5 (3.75 mm) in slip stitch pattern after blocking. or size needed to produce noted gauge.

Sizes and Finished Measurements:

1-2 Years [3-10 Years | Teen/Small Adult | Large Adult] – Unstretched brim circumference is 16″ [18″, 20″ and 22″] or 40.5 cm [45.75 cm, 50.75 cm and 55.75 cm]  Note: Measurements for each size assume 1-2” of positive ease at the circumference for a loose-fitting hat.


Wandering Wool Heights Worsted, 1 skein each, 100% Superwash Merino, 218 yds/100g.  Color A – “Grey Matter” & Color B “Sugar Plum”.  T/Sm Adult sized sample used approximately 130 yds of Color A & 100 yds of Color B

Additional Supplies:

Plate or circle for blocking, Tapestry Needle, Scissors, Tape Measure

Good Yarn Substitutions:CoaxialBlocking

Cascade 220, Malabrigo Rios, Dream in Color Classy, Imperial Yarn Erin or your favorite worsted weight wool, or wool-blend yarn. A handspun yarn in worsted weight should work well, too.

The blue and black sample is the one I made for my sister-in-law. It uses Malabrigo Rios and Cascade 220 superwash.

That last picture shows the hat blocking over a plate. The important thing when blocking is that you not stretch out the ribbing and you leave the hat lying flat until it is completely dry.

If you like this, there is a coordinating mitten pattern in the works…

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