I had this hosted on my old blog, so I might as well move it over here, too.

This was my attempt at a Knitty submission a few years back. It’s not brain surgery, but sometimes you need a little push to do something different with your knitting. Like.. leave off the entire top of the hat so your hair can poke through.


Psst.. want it in *.pdf? It’s right here. 

by Jessie Blum

I always wear my hair up – and unless I want a rather unfashionable lump underneath my stocking cap, my head remains cold and slightly damp. The answer? A warm wool hat somewhere between a cap and a headband. Slight shaping at the top ensures a snug fit, and it keeps not only your ears warm, but most of your head as well. And the best part? Your pony-tail is free!

Knit it in your favorite worsted weight yarn, though wool would be the warmest. The colors of Noro Kureyon make the hat fun and different than every other striped hat this winter.

The only hard part is keeping the pattern when decreasing – just make sure that you’re knitting the purls and purling the knits to keep the seed stitch going. The cap stretches a lot – make it an inch or so smaller than your own head circumference for a good fit.




Adult S [M, L]

Circumference: 18.5 [20, 21.5]


  • Noro Kureyon [100% wool; 100/m per 50g skein]; color: #95; 1 skein
  • 1 set US #7/4.5mm double-point needles
  • 1 16-inch US #7/4.5mm circular needle
  • 1 US #9/5.5mm needle (for casting off)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers


18 sts/30 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch, on US #7


Bottom Band

CO 77[84, 91] sts, join, and PM. Work in seed st for 1.75 inches.


Switch to St st. Work 2.75 inches in St st.

Top Band

Switch back to seed st. PM every 11[12, 13] sts Work in seed st for 1 inch.


Decrease Rounds

During decrease rounds, switch to DPNs, if necessary.

Work decrease rounds as follows:

*In seed stitch, work to 2 sts before marker. K2tog, pass marker. Repeat from * through round.

Knit one round in seed stitch.

Repeat these two rounds a total of 4 times – 49[56, 63] sts on needle.

BO loosely, in pattern, using US9 needle. Weave in all ends, put your hair up, and go brave the storm.

Copyright (c) 2004-2006 Jessie Blum


7 Responses

  1. Oh, I DO love the idea of this hat. I’ll have to make one for myself this winter as the afro puff DOES like to have its own room to breathe! 😀

  2. I loved knitting up your Phoebe pattern–have made it for some of my college age granddaughters and they love it too.
    Thanks a thousand times for sharing your pattern with us.

  3. I love that picture of a girl hugging a tree wearing Phoebe. Wow! She looks happy hugging that tree!

  4. Hi there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay.

    I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new

  5. Is this hat have a crochet patteren

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