Fool for All Seasons : - First Fall 2018

Fool for All Seasons

Square Jester Hat/Fool for All Seasons, a free knitting pattern from Free knitting pattern for a square/round colorwork hat with colorwork pomballs.


Fool for All Seasons

beauty shot


There's something about a stiff wind and cool temps that seems to bring out the sass in many prairie dwellers. If the weather is going to be grim, we aren't. Sometimes it seems that the colder it gets, the wackier the hats become. This hat comes from this urge to turn silly when the weather turns serious.

The project is quite easy. The colourwork is simple and the top needs no shaping. The pomballs provide all the tanginess you'll need - just two little sizzles of something a little different.

I'd love to see a whole family decked out in these hats for holiday photos!


spacer model: Sarah Schira

spacer photos: Sandra Schira

Print Essentials Print Everything


Newborn[Baby, Toddler/Preschooler, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large]


Circumference: 12[14, 16, 18, 20, 22] inches/ 30[35, 40, 45, 51, 56] cm
Depth: 6[6.75, 7.5, 8.75, 9.75, 10.75] inches/ 15[17, 19, 22, 25, 27] cm

Choose a size with at least 2"/5cm of negative ease in the adult sizes, a little less for the kids' sizes.


Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport [100% Merino; 136 yd/ 136 m per 50g skein];
spacer [C1] 1946 Silver Grey; 1 skein
spacer [C2] 900 Charcoal; 1 skein
spacer [C3] 1910 Summer Sky Heather; 1 skein
spacer [C4 ]239 Majolica Blue; 1 skein

Approximate Yardage:
spacer [C1] 28[35, 46, 55, 70, 91] yd/ 26[32, 43, 51, 65, 84] m
spacer [C2] 31[39, 51, 61, 78, 102] yd/ 29[36, 47, 56, 72, 93] m
spacer [C3] 15[19, 25, 29, 37, 48] yd/ 14[18, 23, 27, 34, 44] m
spacer [C4] 24[30, 39, 47, 60, 78] yd/ 22[28, 36, 43, 46, 72] m

For working the first two sizes
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below - every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer US #2/2.75mm needles for small circumference in the round: DPNs, 1 long or 2 shorter circulars
spacer US #4/3.5mm needles for small circumference in the round: DPNs, 1 long or 2 shorter circulars

For working all other sizes
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below - every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer US #2/2.75mm needles for small circumference in the round: DPNs, 1 long or 2 shorter circulars
spacer US #2/2.75mm 16 inch circular needle
spacer US #4/3.5mm 16 inch circular needle

spacer yarn needle
spacer stitch marker
spacer small amount of stuffing


24 sts/32 rounds = 4 inches/10cm stockinette in the round using larger needles
24 sts/32 rounds = 4 inches/10cm stranded colourwork in the round using larger needles, after blocking


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

As written, the newborn and baby sizes are not slouchy. As a mother, I didn't like worrying about how the bulk of a hat felt in a car seat. It's easy to add length should you desire.

CDD: Slip 2 sts together (as if to k2tog), k1, pass 2 slipped sts over st just knit.





Using smaller needles (small circumference needle for first two sizes, circular for larger sizes) and C4, cast on 72[84, 96, 108, 120, 132] sts. Join to work in the round and place a beginning of round marker, being careful not to twist your work.

Ribbing round: [K2, p2] around
Work ribbing as set until piece measures 1[1, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5] inches/ 2.5[2.5, 4, 4, 4, 4] cm from the cast-on edge.

Switch to larger needles (small circumference needles for first two sizes, circular for larger sizes) and knit one round.

Next round: Work Colorwork chart around.
Work full chart 2[2, 2, 2, 3, 3] times, and work [rounds 1-5, rounds 1-10, rounds 1-15, -, rounds 1-10] again.

Setup for closure:
Remove BOR marker. Using the background colour of the band you have just finished, k 18[21, 24, 27, 30, 33] .

Redistribute the stitches so that half are on one needle and the other half are on a second needle – 36[42, 48, 54, 60, 66] sts on each. With RS facing, work a three-needle bind off. This will create a decorative ridge along the top of the hat.

Pomball (Make 2)
Note: Use Pomball Small chart for first three sizes, use Pomball Large chart for the rest.

With C4 and smaller needles for small circumference in the round, cast on 6 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Without joining to work in the round, kfb across. 12 sts.

Distribute sts across needles as you prefer and join for working in the round.
Using the chart, work pomball, remembering to keep floats loose around the ‘corners' between the needles.

If working Small chart, stop after round 9 to stuff the pomball 3/4 full.
If working Large chart, stop after round 13, to stuff the pomball 3/4 full.

After final round, finish stuffing pomball.

Break yarn, leaving a 12-inch/30-cm tail and thread onto yarn needle. Pull through remaining sts and then plunge the needle straight down through the centre of the ball and come out through the middle of the other end, where the cast-on end waits.


Attaching the Pomball
Using yarn needle, bring each end of one ball through a top corner of the hat. Knot them together and then weave in one, leaving the other to finish attaching the ball. Thread that one on needle and bring it through the corner. Then insert the needle through the bottom of the pomball, catching a bit of the fabric, and back into the hat. Repeat one more time and weave in end.

Repeat on the other corner with the second pomball.

Weave in ends. Soak and block (don't worry about the pomballs - just wash them like normal knitting and pat them into shape). Wear with sassy defiance that no weather will drag you down.


designernameSarah loves to make casually sophisticated accessories for staying stylishly warm on the Canadian prairies. She is the coldest person she knows, but her whole family is also knitworthy in a cold landscape, so she faces an eternal struggle between gift knitting and keeping herself toasty warm.

She has a collection of hats with pomballs instead of pompoms: The Pomball Collection. See more of her designs and find her podcast on her website.

Pattern & images © 2018 Sarah Schira.