Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wickerwork Hat

Wickerwork Hat

I stumbled across this yarn in my stash the other day and I realized that it would make the perfect gift for a friend who's about to move away. So I got right down to work and created this fun Wickerwork Hat, complete with pompom (there is a photo of it without the pompom below, in case you want to see it without). It would also make a great stash-busting holiday gift, since I think most of us have at least a skein or two of worsted-weight wool hanging around!

Sans pompom. In a different color, this would
make a nice man-hat as well.
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool (100% Pure New Wool; 210 yards [192 meters]/100 grams); #202 (Cream) - one skein

Needles: 16" circular needle in size US 5, 16" circular needle in size US 8, one set of double pointed needles, also in size US 8

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches on size 7 needles

So let's get started! First, using your size 5 needle, cast on 104 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Then, knit 1.5" in the following ribbing:

Ribbing Row: k1, * p2, k2; rep from *; end p2, k1

And once that's done, we'll switch to our size 8 needles and our main pattern, which is Wickerwork Pattern from page 146 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. For this pattern, we'll need the following notation:

rt (right twist): knit two together, leaving stitches on left-hand needle; next, insert right-hand needle from the front between the two stitches just knitted together, and knit the first stitch again.  Finally, slip both stitches from left-hand needle together

lt (left twist): with right-hand needle behind left-hand needle, skip one stitch and knit the second stitch in back loop; then insert right-hand needle into the backs of both stitches and k2tog-b (knit two together through back loops, inserting right needle from the right)

And we'll proceed like so:

Row 1: k1, * p2, k2 *; end p2, k1

Row 2: * k1, p1, rt, lt, p1, k1 *

Row 3: * k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1 *

Row 4: * k1, rt, p2, lt, k1 *

Row 5: k2, * p4, k4 *; end p4, k2

Row 6: knit

Row 7: same as row 1

Row 8: * lt, p1, k2, p1, rt *

Row 9: * p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1 *

Row 10: * p1, lt, k2, rt, p1 *

Row 11: p2, * k4, p4 *; end k4, p2

Row 12: knit

Knit rows 1 - 12 three times, and then it's time to begin our decreases. So let's proceed as follows:

Decrease Row 1: * k1, p1, ssk, k2tog, p1, k1*

Decrease Row 2: * k1, rt, lt, k1 *

Decrease Row 3: * k2, p2, k2 *

You'll want to switch to your dpns now, if you haven't already

Decrease Row 4: * k2tog, p2, ssk *

Decrease Row 5: slip first stitch from first dpn and slide to last dpn; then, * p2, k2tog *

Decrease Row 6: * p2tog, p1 *

Decrease Row 7: purl

Decrease Row 8: * p2tog *

Decrease Row 9: p1, * p2tog *

Clip tail and, using tapestry needle, thread through final 7 stitches. Pull tight, thread to inside of hat, and knot. Tuck in ends. If desired, make pompom and affix to hat. Put on and twirl happily.


  1. Thanks for this wonderful pattern and well written directions!

    1. I'm so glad you like it! And if you have any questions, please let me know :)

  2. Hi,

    Can this be knitted on straight needles not circular.

    1. Hi!

      Unfortunately this particular pattern would require quite a bit of modification for straight needles. And in fact I haven't designed any hats that don't use circulars - maybe I'll add one to the list :)

  3. I use straight needles and three days to finish this pretty hat. thanks for the sharing.

    1. Are you the same commenter as before? Did you basically just go back and forth from the break and then seam it? Either way, I'm glad it worked out for you! :)

  4. Have you tried making this for a toddler or child? If so, how would you change the pattern?

    1. Hi!

      I have not made this hat in a smaller size; however, I think the easiest thing to do for a child size would be to knit it with yarn that gave you a gauge of 22 stitches per four inches (and using whichever size needle you needed to accomplish that for the main pattern and a needle two sizes smaller for the ribbing). You may need to trim 1/2" to 1" from the ribbing as well. For a toddler size you'd want more like 24 stitches per four inches, and a bit less ribbing if you want it to fit snugly on top (you can leave the ribbing the same if you want a bit of extra room on top, which would look good with the pompom anyway). Let me know if you have any more questions :)

    2. if it's a 16 pattern repeat you can simply cut out by 16 or 8 stitches to reduce the size.

  5. Are you using size 5 us or mm needles?

    1. Hi Raylinda! US 5. I am trying to update my patterns with this information; I'll do this one now :)

  6. If I need more stitches, in what increments can I add them for this pattern? Was the commenter above correct with 8 or 16?

    1. Hi Sarah! You can add increments of 8 in this pattern :) Let me know if you have any other questions!

    2. Perfect! Thanks so much for your speedy reply!
      I'm excited to learn the new skill of twisting stitches. Thanks! :)

    3. Of course! And twisting stitches is easy, fun, and opens a lot of doors, pattern-wise! I hope you enjoy it. :)