For some reason, this hat initially reminded the designer, Parna, of a beehive, which then reminded her of that old school beehive hairdo, which then led her to realize that not only are hats warm and comfy, but they can also be a great hairstyle fix on those days when you just don’t feel like having a hairstyle at all.
This hat is a great lesson in knits and purls in the round – the 1 x 1 ribbing transitions into a Seed Stitch pattern, demonstrating the different textures that can be accomplished with a very minor tweak in your stitch pattern. The texture looks great with either heavily or slightly variegated yarns.
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Circumference: 13 [16, 19, 22]”/33 [40, 48, 56] cm after blocking
20 stitches = 4”/10 cm in Seed Stitch after blocking. Seed Stitch grows when washed so block your swatch!
Advanced beginner: knitting in the round, recognizing knit and purl stitches
Version 11/2013 - Originally published.
Version 2/2021 - Updated layout. No errors, but we have updated the pattern with fun new things. Namely: added baby and child sizes, increased yardage requirements so they include a nice big pom pom, simplified the pattern to make it easier to work, tweaked the decreases so they stay more strictly in seed stitch.