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I love things that can morph into other things. The caterpillar turning into the butterfly, the shot glasses that hold double function as chess pieces, and even my brothers’ Transformer toys growing up.

This hat and scarf duet fits perfectly with that love. The strategic placement of two buttons and use of a piece of ribbon change this design from a scarf into a hat and back again.

Wrapped around the neck once and fastened at the front, it’s a funky little scarf, and with a narrow ribbon threaded through the top edge and drawn tight, it’s a pretty lace hat.

Knit in a scrumptious alpaca/silk yarn this hat and scarf combo would make a fun gift (or knit two and give one as the hat and one as the scarf to make a set). Meanwhile, the all-over leafy lace pattern and wave lace edging will keep this quick knit interesting for the knitter.

spacer model: Linda Wilgus spacer photos: Brandon Wilgus


Scarf lying flat:
25 inches by 7 inches

Hat fits 20-24 inch head


spacer Knit Picks Andean Silk [55% super fine alpaca, 23% silk, 22% merino wool; 96 yd/87 m per 50g skein]; color: Cinnamon; 2 skeins

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer 1 set(s) US #6/4 mm needles

spacer Yarn needle
spacer 2 3/4 inch buttons
spacer A piece of 1/8 to 1/4 inch wide ribbon, approximately 35 inches long

18 sts/24 rows = 4 x 4 inches in stockinette stitch

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

Lace Pattern:
Row 1 and all following odd rows [WS]: K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2 [RS]: K2, [k4, k2tog, p2, [k1, yo] twice, k1, p2, ssk, k3], rep to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 4 [RS]: K2, [k3, k2tog, p2, k2, [yo, k1] twice, k1, p2, ssk, k2], rep to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 6 [RS]: K2, [k2, k2tog, p2, k3, [yo, k1] twice, k2, p2, ssk, k1], rep to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 8 [RS]: K2, [k1, k2tog, p2, k4, [yo, k1] twice, k3, p2, ssk], rep to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 10 [RS]: K2, [k1, yo, k1, p2, ssk, k7, k2tog, p2, k1, yo], rep to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 12 [RS]: K2, [k1, yo, k2, p2, ssk, k5, k2tog, p2, k2, yo], rep to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 14 [RS]: K2, [k1, yo, k3, p2, ssk, k3, k2tog, p2, k3, yo], rep to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 16 [RS]: K2, [k1, yo, k4, p2, ssk, k1, k2tog, p2, k4, yo], rep to last 3 sts, k3.



CO 95 sts.

Knit 4 rows.

Work the lace pattern (following either charts or written instructions as you prefer) twice.

Next row [WS]: K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

Next row [RS]: K46, k2tog, k to end. [94 sts on needle]

Next row [WS]: K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

Wave lace edging:
Row 1 [RS]: Knit.

Row 2
[WS]: K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 3 [RS]: K2, [k2tog 3 times, [yo, k1] 6 times, k2tog 3 times], rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 4 [WS]: Knit.

Rep these last 4 rows twice more.

BO all sts.


Weave in all yarn ends. Block if desired.

Attach buttons on the wave lace edging:
With the scarf lying flat in front of you and the wave lace edging closest to you, attach the first button on the bottom of the lace edging, approximately 3/4 of an inch away from the right edge. Attach the second button approximately 1 inch up from the bottom edge and 3 inches in from the right edge. Please refer to the photos for further guidance.

Use the yarnovers in the lace pattern as button holes to fasten the scarf around your neck.

For the hat, fold the scarf along the short edge to make it a circle with approximately 1-2 inches overlap (depending on how large you would like the hat to be). Fasten with the buttons on one end, using the yarnovers in the lace pattern as button holes. Thread the ribbon through a tapestry needle and weave this through the cast on stitches along the top edge of the scarf. Using the ribbon as a drawstring, close the top of the hat and tie a bow in the ribbon. You can either let the bow stick out of the hat on top as decoration or pull it through to the inside of the hat and hide it there as shown above.


Linda Wilgus is a 28 year old Dutch knitter moving around the world with her US Navy husband, their little baby daughter and their sock-stealing golden retriever Sophie.

She currently lives in England, where the weather allows for the knitting of lots of sweaters. Besides knitting, Linda enjoys exploring the English countryside, reading, writing, sewing and cooking. More of her patterns can be found on her website.