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by Megan Reardon

This is a small cap which ties underneath the chin. It is worked primarily in stockinette stitch with shaping and edge decoration done on right side rows. The entire cap is worked in one piece from cord to cord.

You can make this using one ball of Goa, but just barely, so leave really short yarn ends [you're going to just hide them anyhow]. If you would like to make it a little larger, I would recommend buying two balls of yarn, you can make the cords longer as well.

My inspiration was a cap I found in a costume shop years ago, which I believe was supposed to be a Medieval biggen or coif. I like to wear my hair clipped up in back, which doesn't allow for very graceful winter hat wearing. What I like about this is that it will cover my ears without disrupting my hair. Vain, I know.

photo/model: Megan Reardon

Average adult. [Instructions for making it larger are in the pattern.]

17 inches from the base of one cord to the next [ear to ear]
6 inches across [front of head to back]



1 ball GGH Goa [50% cotton, 50% acrylic; 50g.; 66 yds.; color 10]

1 pair of US #7/4.5mm straight needles [or any length circular if preferred]
1 pair of US #9/5.5mm straight needles [or any length circular if preferred]
Tapestry needle


13 sts/20 Rows = 4" in stockinette stitch


Using #7 needles CO 2 sts, work in St st for 6 inches, finish on a WS row.

Main hat
Switch to #9 needles.
Row 1: k1, m1, k1
Row 2 and all WS rows: p all.
Row 3: k3
Row 5: k1, m1, k1, m1, k1
Row 7: k2, m1, k1, m1, k2
Row 9: k2, m1, k3, m1, k2
Row 11: k2, m1, k5, m1, k2
Row 13: p3, m1, k5, m1, p3
Row 15: k4, m1, k5, m1, k4
Row 17: p3, k2, m1, k5, m1, k2, p3
Row 19: k all
Row 21 p3, k3, m1, k5, m1, k3, p3
Row 23: k all
Row 25: p3, k4, m1, k5, m1, k4, p3
Row 27: k all
Row 29: p3, k5, m1, k5, m1, k5, p3
Row 31: k all
Row 33: p3, k17, p3
Row 35: k all
Row 37: p3, k17, p3
Row 39: k all
Row 41: p3, k17, p3
Row 43: k all
Row 45: p3, k17, p3
Row 47: k all
Row 49: p3, k17, p3
Row 51: k all
Row 53: p3, k17, p3
Row 55: k all
Row 57: p3, k17, p3
Row 59: k all
Row 61: p3, k17, p3
Row 63: k all
[If you wanted to make the hat a little larger -- longer from ear to ear -- repeat Rows 61 to 64 here.]
Row 65: p3, k5, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k4, p3
Row 67: k all
Row 69: p3, k4, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k3, p3
Row 71: k all
Row 73: p3, k3, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k2, p3
Row 75: k all
Row 77: p3, k2, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k1, p3
Row 79: k4, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k3
Row 81: p3, k2tog, k3, k2tog, p3
Row 83: k2, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k1
Row 85: k1, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1
Row 87: k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1
Row 89: k1, k2tog, k2tog
Row 91: k3
Row 93: k1, k2tog

Switch to #7 needles, work St st for 6 inches; BO.


Knot ends of yarn and weave up into the cords.

Megan lives in the Bay Area, spends too much time online, and keeps track of it at Not Martha.
Pattern & images © 2003 Megan Reardon. Contact Megan.