Winter Woods Knit Hat Pattern

Christmas came with a blanket of snow in the Seattle area for the first time in almost a decade. It didn’t last long. Soon after, the familiar rains returned, melting it all away. But during it’s stay, the beautiful snow-covered trees in the forest behind our house inspired me to create Winter Woods Hat.

Winter Woods is knit in the round. It is a mosaic or slipped stitch pattern, with only one color worked each round. I used the same stitch pattern that I used in Joy Comes In the Morning,  making it potentially reversible if color changes and weaving ends are done carefully. The stitch pattern includes yarn-over’s that are dropped on subsequent rounds to allow for more vertical stretch. Blocking is a must to open up those squares.

Gauge and Sizing

4.5 stitches = 1 inch

Sizes:

  • Small (19.5 inches)
  • Medium (21 inches)
  • Larger (23 inches)
Materials

Yarn: Aran or Worsted weight wool blend in following amounts.

  • Main color – 80 (95, 110)  yards
  • Contrasting color – 40 (55, 70) yards

I used Louisa Harding Esquel, which is a combination of wool, llama and silk. Colors are Natural and Moss.

Needles:

  • Size US6 16″ length or Double Pointed Needles
  • Size US8 in 16″ or Double Pointed Needles
  • Size US8 Double pointed needles or long one for Magic Loop
  • Tapestry Needle for weaving ends
Abbreviations
  • CO: Cast on
  • MC: Main Color
  • CC: Contrasting Color
  • P: Purl
  • K: Knit
  • Sl1 wyif: Slip 1 with yarn in front
  • Sl1 wyib: Slip 1 with yarn in back
  • YO: Yarn over
  • rnd(s): round(s)
Winter Woods Hat
Winter Woods Pattern

With smaller needles and MC, CO 88 (96, 104) stitches. Join for working in the round. Work 1×1 ribbing for an inch.

Switch to CC and Knit one round.

Switch back to MC and P one round, then K one round. Repeat these two rounds.

Switch to larger needles.

[Stitch Pattern]

Setup Round: CC: P1, *YO, P4. Repeat from * to last 3 sts. YO, P3.

Round 1: MC: K1, Drop YO, Sl1 wyib. *K3, Drop YO, Sl1. Repeat from * to last 2 sts, K2.

Round 2: MC: K1, Sl1. *K1, YO, K2, Sl1. Repeat from * until last 2 sts, K1, YO, K1.

Round 3: CC:  *P3, Drop YO, Sl1 wyif. Repeat from * to end.

Round 4: CC:  *P1, YO, P2, Sl1. Repeat from * to end.

Repeat Rnds 1-4. Then work Rnds 1-2, EXCEPT don’t work the YO’s in Round 2. Next, P one rnd in CC.

Switch to MC. P one rnd, K one rnd. Repeat these two rnds.

Switch to CC, and work Stitch Pattern Rounds as follows:

Work Setup Rnd, and Rnds 1-4 in appropriate colors. Work Rnds 1-2 again, but without the YO’s in Rnd 2. Next, P one rnd in CC.

Switch to MC. P one rnd, K one rnd. Repeat these two rnds.

Switch to CC, and work Stitch Pattern as follows.

Work Setup Rnd. Work Rnds 1-2, Except skip the YO’s in Rnd 2. Next, P one rnd in CC.

Decrease Section (Switch to double pointed needles or Magic Loop as needed.)

Switch to MC.

P one round.

For Large and Small Sizes (For Small size, begin with Round 5):

  1. K11, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  2. P one round.
  3. K10, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  4. P one round in CC. Switch to MC.
  5. K9, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  6. P one round.
  7. K8, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  8. P one round in CC. Switch to MC.
  9. K7, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  10. P one round.
  11. K6, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  12. P one round in CC. Switch to MC.
  13. K5, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  14. P one round.
  15. K4, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  16. P one round in CC. Switch to MC.
  17. K3, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  18. P one round.
  19. K2, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  20. P one round in CC. Switch to MC.
  21. K1 K2tog. Repeat to end.
  22. P one round.
  23. K2tog to end.

For Medium Size:

  1. K10, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  2. P one round.
  3. K9, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  4. P one round in CC. Switch to MC.
  5. K8, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  6. P one round.
  7. K7, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  8. P one round in CC. Switch to MC.
  9. K6, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  10. P one round.
  11. K5, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  12. P one round in CC. Switch to MC.
  13. K4, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  14. P one round.
  15. K3, K2 tog. Repeat to end.
  16. P one round in CC. Switch to MC.
  17. K2, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  18. P one round.
  19. K1, K2tog. Repeat to end.
  20. P2tog to end. (7 sts).

Cut yarn and thread through live sts and pull to close top of hat. Weave in ends carefully.

You’re going to want to block the heck out of this puppy. Soak hat in cool water with a bit of wool wash for half an hour. Gently squeeze out excess water and block, being sure to gently pull hat vertically to open up the squares in the stitch pattern.

Winter Woods Hat

Have a Blessed New Year.

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