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Gertrude – A Free Knitted Hat Pattern

Why is she Gertrude? She just is 🙂

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Gertrude is knit with two colors of Beautiful You from Lion Brand Yarns, although you could do it with one skein if you prefer. Knit in the round from the bottom up, the fancy stitch pattern alternates sections of lace with small cable panels, and is made to be worn slouched. It’s a perfect item to knit and wear for the spring and summer!

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Finished Size:

Ribbed brim is super stretchy, up to 24″.

Hat is approximately 12″ long from cast-on edge to center of crown.

Materials:

Approximately 300 yds Sport weight yarn (CYCA 2, Fine) in 2 colors. I used 2 skeins Lion Brand Yarn Beautiful You (or 1 if you wish to skip the color work). I used Spanish Villa #165-143 as the MC and Pumice Stone #165-150 as the contrast color.

16″ round circular needle size US 3/3.25mm and US 5/3.75mm – gauge is not critical for this pattern as it’s very stretchy.

DPNS or long cabled circular needle size 5/3.75mm as desired for crown decreases

Stitch marker

Cable needle

Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:

K – knit

K2tog – knit 2 together

P – purl

Yo – yarn over

Special Stitches:

C4F – Cable 4 Front – place 2 sts on cable needle, hold in front of work, k2 from left-hand needle, k2 from cable needle.

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Brim:

With CC and smaller needles, cast on 84 sts. Set up to work in the round being careful not to twist, place marker for beg of rnd.

Work 4 rows k1, p1 ribbing.

With MC, work 4 rows k1, p1 ribbing.

With CC work 4 rows k1, p1 ribbing, increasing 12 sts evenly spaced on final rnd. End off CC. 96 sts

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Body:

Switch to larger needles.

Rnd 1: *(Yo, k2tog) 3 times, p1, k4, p1. Rep from * around.

Rnd 2: *K6, p1, k4, p1. Rep from * around.

Rnds 3 – 4: Rep Rnds 1 – 2.

Rnd 5: *(Yo, k2tog) 3 times, p1, C4F, p1. Rep from * around.

Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 2.

Rnds 7 – 8: Rep Rnds 1 – 2.

Rnd 9: *P1, k4, p1, (yo, k2tog) 3 times. Rep from * around.

Rnd 10: *P1, k4, p1, k6. Rep from * around.

Rnds 11 – 12: Rep Rnds 9 – 10.

Rnd 13: *P1, C4F, p1, (yo, k2tog) 3 times. Rep from * around.

Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 10.

Rnd 15 – 16: Rep Rnds 9 – 10.

Rep Rnds 1 – 16 twice more.

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Crown:

Rnd 1: *Yo, k2tog. Rep from * around.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rnds 3 – 5: Rep Rnds 1 – 2, then Rnd 1 once more.

Rnd 6: *K8, (k2tog) twice. Rep from * around. 80 sts

Rnds 7 – 9: Rep Rnds 1 – 2, then Rnd 1 once more.

Rnd 10: *K6, (k2tog) twice. Rep from * around. 64 sts

Rnds 11 – 13: Rep Rnds 1- 2, then Rnd 1 once more.

Rnd 14: *K4, (k2tog) twice. 48 sts

Change to DPNS or Magic Loop when necessary.

Rnds 15 – 17: Rep Rnds 1 -2, then Rnd 1 once more.

Rnd 18: *K2, (k2tog) twice. Rep from * around. 32 sts

Rnds 19 – 21: Rep Rnds 1 – 2, then Rnd 1 once more.

Rnd 22: *K2tog. Rep from * around. 16 sts

Cut yarn leaving long tail. Thread tail into tapestry needle and thread needle through each live stitch, pulling tight into a circle. End off.

Finishing:

Weave in ends, steam block lightly.

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3 thoughts on “Gertrude – A Free Knitted Hat Pattern”

  1. Can you please explain the needle size? 3/3.25mm and 5/3.75mm , is this 3 or 3 1/4 and 5 or 5 3/4 also what ply is the wool?.
    Liz

    1. US size before the / mm size after. I clarified it on the post. And thanks for catching the missing yarn info! It’s sport weight, CYCA 2, Fine.

  2. I cast on the required amount of stitches with sport weight yarn and it was not enough stitches to make the cable needles workable. Dread using double points. Any suggestions?

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