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Moss Stitch Hat in 10 Sizes – Worsted or Sport / DK Weight Yarn – FREE Knitting Pattern

Free Pattern!  A simple, textured, close-fitting, unisex hat for the whole family. Knit in #3 Sport / DK or #4 Worsted weight yarn, with instructions for 10 different sizes, from Preemie to Adult Large. 

Moss Stitch Hat

by Yay For Yarn

A simple, textured, close-fitting, unisex hat for the whole family. Knit in #3 Sport / DK or #4 Worsted weight yarn, with instructions for 10 different sizes, from Preemie to Adult Large.

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Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Abbreviations:

K: knit

P: purl

sl: slip

CO: cast on

sts: stitches

K2tog: knit 2 together

P2tog: purl 2 together

psso: pass slipped stitch over

Written pattern for the Sport / DK Weight version is below, scroll down further for the Worsted Weight version.

Moss Stitch Hat in 10 Sizes – Sport / DK Weight Version

Instructions and yarn requirements for size Preemie are given outside the parentheses, and instructions and yarn requirements for all larger sizes are given inside the parentheses like this:

Preemie (0-6 Months, 6-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Child Small, Child Medium, Child Large, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large).

Because there are so many sizes included in this pattern, I recommend printing it out and using a highlighter or pen to mark all of the correct numbers for the size you are working before you begin.

I added a Seed Stitch Bow to my Sport / DK weight hat.  Click here to get the Free Pattern for the Seed Stitch Bow.

 

 

 

 

Needles:

US Size 4 circular knitting needles, 16” long and 32” long (for magic loop instead of double pointed needles) OR

US Size 4 double pointed needles, set of 5

NOTE: If working size Preemie or 0-6 Months, you must use double pointed needles, as a 16” circular needle will be too long. If you want to use a circular needle for those sizes, use a longer one with the magic loop method.

Yarn:

#3 Sport / DK weight yarn, 38 (46, 57, 77, 88, 97, 106, 115, 126, 137) yards.

You will also need:

4 Locking or Split-Ring Stitch Markers (if using double pointed needles, only 1 stitch marker)

Scissors

Ruler (for measuring gauge)

Yarn Needle or Blunt Tapestry Needle

 

Sizes (according to the wearer’s head circumference measurement):

Preemie: 12” circumference

0-6 Months: 13” circumference

6-12 Months: 14” circumference

12-18 Months: 16” circumference

Child Small: 17” circumference

Child Medium: 18” circumference

Child Large: 19 ¼” circumference

Adult Small: 21” circumference

Adult Medium: 22” circumference

Adult Large: 23” circumference

Hat is designed with negative ease, meaning the hat is a little smaller than the wearer’s head circumference, so it will stretch to comfortably stay on the head.

Actual Finished Size (circumference / hat length):
Preemie: 11” / 4 ½”

0-6 Months: 12” / 5”

6-12 Months: 13” / 5 ½”

12-18 Months: 14 ½” / 6 ¾”

Child Small: 15 ½” / 7 ¼”

Child Medium: 16 ½” / 7 ½”

Child Large: 17 ¾” / 7 ¾”

Adult Small: 19” / 8”

Adult Medium: 20” / 8 ¼”

Adult Large: 21 ¼” / 8 ½”

 

Gauge: 27 sts = 4” in moss stitch, 32 rows = 4” in moss stitch

 

With 16” circular needle OR double pointed needles and Long Tail Cast On,

CO 72 (80, 88, 96, 104, 112, 120, 128, 136, 144) sts.

If using double pointed needles, divide stitches evenly onto 4 needles, clip stitch marker onto last stitch of cast on edge, and join to work in the round, making sure your cast-on is not twisted. This marker shows the end of the round. You will not have to “sl marker” at the end of each round.

If using circular needles, place marker onto right needle tip and join to work in the round, making sure your cast-on is not twisted.

Round 1: *K1, P1* around, sl marker. You should still have 72 (80, 88, 96, 104, 112, 120, 128, 136, 144) sts.

Repeat Round 1 until you have a total of 5 (7, 7, 9, 9, 11, 11, 13, 13, 15) rows of ribbing. Work should measure approximately ” (⅞”, ⅞”, 1 ⅛”, 1 ⅛”, 1 ⅜”, 1 ⅜”, 1 ⅝”, 1 ⅝”, 1 ⅞”) from cast-on edge.

Rounds 2-3: *P1, K1* around, sl marker. You should still have 72 (80, 88, 96, 104, 112, 120, 128, 136, 144) sts.

Rounds 4-5: *K1, P1* around, sl marker. You should still have 72 (80, 88, 96, 104, 112, 120, 128, 136, 144) sts.

Repeat Rounds 2-5 until you have a total of 15 (15, 17, 23, 25, 23, 23, 21, 21, 19) rounds of moss stitch. Work should measure approximately 2 ½” (2 ¾”, 3”, 4”, 4 ¼”, 4 ¼”, 4 ¼”, 4 ¼”, 4 ¼”, 4 ¼”) from cast-on edge, ending with Round 2 or Round 4.

Sizes Preemie, 0-6 Months, Child Small, Adult Small, and Adult Medium will end with Round 2.

Sizes 6-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Child Medium, Child Large, and Adult Large will end with Round 4.

If using circular needles, clip stitch markers onto cable after every 18th (20th, 22nd, 24th, 26th, 28th, 30th, 32nd, 34th, 36th) st. This divides the stitches into fourths.

If using double pointed needles, make sure stitches are divided onto the needles in fourths. You should have 18 (20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36) sts on each double pointed needle. So, if pattern says to work until 4 sts left before marker, work until there are 4 sts left on the double pointed needle. You will not have to slip markers, but continue to refer to the marker on your cast-on edge to know where the end of the round is.

It is now time to decrease the crown of the hat. If you are using circular needles, there will come a point when the hat circumference is too small for the length of the needle. At that point, you can switch to the 32” needle and continue with the magic loop method, or switch to double pointed needles.

There are 2 pairs of decrease rounds, Pair A and Pair B, which alternate. If the size you are working ended with Round 2, begin with Pair A. If the size you are working ended with Round 4, begin with Pair B.

Pair A:

Round 1: (*P1, K1* to 4 sts before marker, P1. Sl 1 knitwise with yarn in back, K2tog, psso. Sl marker.) Repeat between (and) 3 more times around. 8 sts decreased.

Round 2: *K1, P1* around, slipping mid-round markers as you come to them, sl end of round marker.

Pair B:

Round 1: (*K1, P1* to 4 sts before marker, K1. Sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, P2tog, psso. Sl marker.) Repeat between (and) 3 more times around. 8 sts decreased.

Round 2: *P1, K1* around, slipping mid-round markers as you come to them, sl end of round marker.

Alternate working both pairs of decrease rounds until you have completed 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16) pairs of decrease rounds. You should have 16 sts left.

Final Round:

If your last pair of decrease rounds was Pair A, *K1, sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, P2tog, psso, sl marker* around. You should have 8 sts left.

If your last pair of decrease rounds was Pair B, *P1, sl 1 knitwise with yarn in back, K2tog, psso, sl marker* around. You should have 8 sts left.

Cut yarn, leaving a 6”-8” tail. Use yarn needle to thread the tail through the remaining stitches on the needle(s). Cinch the little hole closed and tie off. Weave in ends.

This pattern is intended for your personal use only. You may not share it, copy it, sell it, give it away, or mass-produce the finished product. However, you may sell the finished items on a small scale, as long as you convey in your item description that you used a Yay For Yarn pattern.

Yay For Yarn Copyright© 2018- Current. All patterns and photos are owned by Yay For Yarn.

 

Moss Stitch Hat in 10 Sizes – Worsted Weight Version

Instructions and yarn requirements for size Preemie are given outside the parentheses, and instructions and yarn requirements for all larger sizes are given inside the parentheses like this:

Preemie (0-6 Months, 6-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Child Small, Child Medium, Child Large, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large).

Because there are so many sizes included in this pattern, I recommend printing it out and using a highlighter or pen to mark all of the correct numbers for the size you are working before you begin.

Needles:

US Size 8 circular knitting needles, 16” long

and 32” long (for magic loop instead of double pointed needles) OR

US Size 8 double pointed needles, set of 5

NOTE: If working size Preemie or 0-6 Months, you must use double pointed needles, as a 16” circular needle will be too long. If you want to use a circular needle for those sizes, use a longer one with the magic loop method.

Yarn:

#4 Worsted weight yarn, 28 (33, 40, 55, 62, 68, 76, 82, 88, 95) yards.

You will also need:

4 Locking or Split-Ring Stitch Markers

Scissors

Ruler (for measuring gauge)

Yarn Needle or Blunt Tapestry Needle

Sizes (according to the wearer’s head circumference measurement):

Preemie: 12” circumference

0-6 Months: 13” circumference

6-12 Months: 14” circumference

12-18 Months: 16” circumference

Child Small: 17” circumference

Child Medium: 18” circumference

Child Large: 19 ¼” circumference

Adult Small: 21” circumference

Adult Medium: 22” circumference

Adult Large: 23” circumference

Hat is designed with negative ease, meaning the hat is a little smaller than the wearer’s head circumference, so it will stretch to comfortably stay on the head.

Actual Finished Size (circumference / hat length):
Preemie: 11” / 4 ½”

0-6 Months: 12” / 5”

6-12 Months: 13” / 5 ½”

12-18 Months: 14 ½” / 6 ¾”

Child Small: 15 ½” / 7 ¼”

Child Medium: 16 ½” / 7 ½”

Child Large: 17 ¾” / 7 ¾”

Adult Small: 19” / 8”

Adult Medium: 20” / 8 ¼”

Adult Large: 21 ¼” / 8 ½”

Gauge: 16 sts = 4” in moss stitch, 26 rows = 4” in moss stitch

With 16” circular needle OR double pointed needles and Long Tail Cast On,

CO 44 (48, 52, 58, 62, 66, 72, 76, 80, 86) sts.

If using double pointed needles, divide stitches evenly onto 4 needles, clip stitch marker onto last stitch of cast on edge, and join to work in the round, making sure your cast-on is not twisted. This marker shows the end of the round. You will not have to “sl marker” at the end of each round.

If using circular needles, place marker onto right needle tip and join to work in the round, making sure your cast-on is not twisted.

Round 1: *K1, P1* around, sl marker. You should still have 44 (48, 52, 58, 62, 66, 72, 76, 80, 86) sts.

Repeat Round 1 until you have a total of 4 (5, 5, 7, 8, 8, 10, 11, 11, 12) rounds of ribbing. Work should measure approximately ⅝” (¾”, ¾”, 1 1/16”, 1 ¼”, 1 ¼”, 1 ½”, 1 11/16”, 1 11/16”, 1 ⅞”) from cast-on edge.

Rounds 2-3: *P1, K1* around, sl marker. You should still have 44 (48, 52, 58, 62, 66, 72, 76, 80, 86) sts.

Rounds 4-5: *K1, P1* around, sl marker. You should still have 44 (48, 52, 58, 62, 66, 72, 76, 80, 86) sts.

Repeat Rounds 2-5 until you have a total of 15 (17, 19, 23, 25, 25, 25, 23, 25, 23) rounds of moss stitch. Work should measure approximately 3” (3 ⅜”, 3 11/16”, 4 ⅝”, 5 1/16”, 5 1/16”, 5 ⅜”, 5 ¼”, 5 ½”, 5 ⅜”) from cast-on edge, ending with Round 2 or Round 4.

Sizes 0-6 Months, Child Small, Child Medium, Child Large, and Adult Medium will end with Round 2.

Sizes Preemie, 6-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Adult Small, and Adult Large will end with Round 4.

For all sizes except 0-6 Months, Child Large, and Adult Medium:

You will need to work a preliminary pair of of decrease rounds before beginning the main decrease rounds. For this pair of rounds, I recommend placing the markers as described in the following instructions, even if you are using double pointed needles.

For size Preemie: Currently have 44 sts. Place marker after 22nd st.

Round 1: (*K1, P1* to 4 sts before marker, K1. Sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, P2tog, psso.) Sl marker. Repeat between (and) once more, sl end of round marker. You should now have 40 sts.

Round 2: *P1, K1* around, slipping mid-round markers as you come to them, sl end of round marker.

For size 6-12 Months: Currently have 52 sts. Place marker after 26th st.

Round 1: (*K1, P1* to 4 sts before marker, K1. Sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, P2tog, psso.) Sl marker. Repeat between (and) once more, sl end of round marker. You should now have 48 sts.

Round 2: *P1, K1* around, slipping mid-round markers as you come to them, sl end of round marker.

For size 12-18 Months: Currently have 58 sts. Place marker after 30th st.

Round 1: *K1, P1* to 4 sts before marker, K1. Sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, P2tog, psso. Sl marker. *K1, P1* to end of round, sl end of round marker. You should now have 56 sts.

Round 2: *P1, K1* around, slipping mid-round markers as you come to them, sl end of round marker.

For size Child Small: Currently have 62 sts. Place markers after 16th, 32nd, and 48th sts.

Round 1: (*P1, K1* to 4 sts before marker, P1. Sl 1 knitwise with yarn in back, K2tog, psso. Sl marker.) Repeat between (and) twice more. *P1, K1* to end of round, sl end of round marker. You should now have 56 sts.

Round 2: *K1, P1* around, slipping mid-round markers as you come to them, sl end of round marker.

For size Child Medium: Currently have 66 sts. Place marker after 34th st.

Round 1: *P1, K1* to 4 sts before marker, P1. Sl 1 knitwise with yarn in back, K2tog, psso. Sl marker. *P1, K1* to end of round, sl end of round marker. You should now have 64 sts.

Round 2: *K1, P1* around, slipping mid-round markers as you come to them, sl end of round marker.

For size Adult Small: Currently have 76 sts. Place marker after 38th st.

Round 1: (*K1, P1* to 4 sts before marker, K1. Sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, P2tog, psso.) Sl marker. Repeat between (and) once more, sl end of round marker. You should now have 72 sts.

Round 2: *P1, K1* around, slipping mid-round markers as you come to them, sl end of round marker.

For size Adult Large: Currently have 86 sts. Place markers after 22nd, 44th, and 66th sts.

Round 1: (*K1, P1* to 4 sts before marker, K1. Sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, P2tog, psso. Sl marker.) Repeat between (and) twice more. *K1, P1* to end of round, sl end of round marker. You should now have 80 sts.

Round 2: *P1, K1* around, slipping mid-round markers as you come to them, sl end of round marker.

Remove all markers currently on your needles EXCEPT the marker that shows the beginning/end of the round.

If using circular needles, clip stitch markers onto cable after every 10th (12th, 12th, 14th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 18th, 20th, 20th)st. This divides the stitches into fourths.

If using double pointed needles, make sure stitches are divided onto the needles in fourths. You should have 10 (12, 12, 14, 14, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20) sts on each double pointed needle. So, if pattern says to work until 4 sts left before marker, work until there are 4 sts left on the double pointed needle. You will not have to slip markers, but continue to refer to the marker on your cast-on edge to know where the end of the round is.

It is now time to decrease the crown of the hat. If you are using circular needles, there will come a point when the hat circumference is too small for the length of the needle. At that point, you can switch to the 32” needle and continue with the magic loop method, or switch to double pointed needles.

There are 2 pairs of decrease rounds, Pair A and Pair B, which alternate. For sizes Preemie, 0-6 Months, 6-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Child Large, Adult Small, Adult Medium, and Adult Large, begin with Pair A. For sizes Child Small and Child Medium, begin with Pair B.

Pair A:

Round 1: (*P1, K1* to 4 sts before marker, P1. Sl 1 knitwise with yarn in back, K2tog, psso. Sl marker.) Repeat between (and) 3 more times around. 8 sts decreased.

Round 2: *K1, P1* around, slipping mid-round markers as you come to them, sl end of round marker.

Pair B:

Round 1: (*K1, P1* to 4 sts before marker, K1. Sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, P2tog, psso. Sl marker.) Repeat between (and) 3 more times around. 8 sts decreased.

Round 2: *P1, K1* around, slipping mid-round markers as you come to them, sl end of round marker.

Alternate working both pairs of decrease rounds until you have completed 4 (4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) total pairs of decrease rounds (including preliminary pair of decrease rounds, if your size required it). You should have 16 sts left.

Final Round:

If your last pair of decrease rounds was Pair A, *K1, sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, P2tog, psso, sl marker* around. You should have 8 sts left.

If your last pair of decrease rounds was Pair B, *P1, sl 1 knitwise with yarn in back, K2tog, psso, sl marker* around. You should have 8 sts left.

Cut yarn, leaving a 6”-8” tail. Use yarn needle to thread the tail through the remaining stitches on the needle(s). Cinch the little hole closed and tie off. Weave in ends.

This pattern is intended for your personal use only. You may not share it, copy it, sell it, give it away, or mass-produce the finished product. However, you may sell the finished items on a small scale, as long as you convey in your item description that you used a Yay For Yarn pattern.

Yay For Yarn Copyright© 2018- Current. All patterns and photos are owned by Yay For Yarn.

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