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The pattern design is simple but the yarn is furry and slippery which makes the project more challenging to knit. The yarn is very soft with good stretch.

Both of my spirited children decided, at young ages, that they would not wear hand knit sweaters. But fortunately, they do let me accessorize them! My son, Will, loves dramatic play so I designed a Davey Crockett coonskin cap for him.

I would like to thank Kristi Porter for the knitting geometry consult as well as the fine folks at Willow's End in Boothbay Harbor, ME, who first introduced me to Funny yarn.

model: William Owen Black photo: Melissa Walters

S [young child], M [older child], L [adult]
Diameter [with fabric not stretched]: 7[7, 8] inches
Length: 4[5, 6] inches


[MC] Funny Lux-Pelsgarn [100% nylon; 56m per 50g skein]; color: Farg 2494; 2[2, 2] skeins
[CC] Funny Pelsgarn [100% nylon; 90m per 50g skein];color: Farg 1099 [black]; 1[1, 1] skeins

1 set US #10/6mm double-point needles
16-inch US #10/6mm circular needle
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Marker



15 sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch


Body of the Hat

Using the circular needle, CO 62[62, 66] sts with MC. Being careful not to twist the CO row, join and mark the beg of the round with a stitch marker.

*K1P1* around for 2 inches.

Then work in St st for 2[3, 4] more inches.

To Create the Top Ridge of the Hat

This step requires some patience because the yarn is fuzzy so stitches can be difficult to see. But it is an important to give the hat some structure so that it looks like a hat and not a wig!

Using one of your double pointed needles, on the WS of the fabric, pick up the stitch that is 4 rows directly below the stitch you are about to knit on your left needle. Pull this picked up stitch and slide it onto the left needle. K tog [so that you are knitting the picked up stitch with the first stitch on the needle]. Repeat around to complete the ridge.

Top of Hat

Begin decreasing as follows and change to double pointed needles when you have too few stitches to continue on the circular needles:

For the youth sizes:

Row 1: K2tog, k29, k2tog, k29 -- 60 sts.

Row 2: *K4, k2tog* around -- 50 sts.

Row 3: Knit.

Row 4: *K3, k2tog* around -- 40 sts.

Row 5: Knit.

Row 6: *K2, k2tog* around --30 sts.

Row 7: Knit.

Row 8: *K1, k2tog* around -- 20 sts.

Row 9: Knit.

Row 10: *K2tog* around -- 10 sts.

Row 11: *K2tog* around -- 5 sts.

For the adult size:

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: *K4, k2tog* around --55 sts.

Row 3 and 4: Knit.

Row 5: *K3, k2tog* around -- 44 sts.

Row 6: Knit.

Row 7: *K2, k2tog* around -- 33 sts.

Row 8: Knit.

Row 9: *K1, k2tog* around -- 22 sts.

Row 10: Knit.

Row 11: *K2tog* around -- 11 sts.

Row 12: *K2tog* around, K1 -- 6 sts.

Break yarn and thread through the remaining stitches.


[one size for all hats]

Using double point needles, CO 6 sts with CC. [To make the striping more prominent, use the contrasting yarn doubled. If you want the striping on the tail to be more subtle, then use a single strand.]

Distribute sts on 3 needles [2 sts each needle]. Place marker between the first and second sts of needle #1 so that you can keep track of when you start a new row.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Inc in every st [12 sts].

Row 3 and 4: Knit.

Change to MC [Because the yarn is carried on the inside of the tail, you do not break the yarn when changing colors. Just carry the strand loosely.]

Rows 5: Knit.

Row 6: *K1, inc in the next stitch* around [18 sts].

Rows 7 and 8: Knit.

Change to CC

Row 9: Knit.

Row 10: *K1, inc in the next stitch* around [27 sts].

Row 11: Knit.

Rows 12 to 15: Knit with MC.

Rows 16 to 18: Knit with CC.

Rows 19 to 22: Knit with MC.

Rows 23 to 25: Knit with CC.

Change to MC. Work in St st until tail is 7 inches long.

Then *K1, k2tog* around for 2 rows [12 sts].

Bind off [this is the end that you will sew to the hat].


Sew in ends with darning needle. Sew tail to hat.


Melissa Walters lives in Maine with her husband and two children. When she is not with her family and knitting, she works as a PA in a busy health center.

She has been knitting for more than 20 years. Her other original designs include hand-knit stirrup covers for her GYN table at work and a hammock for her daughter's pet rats.

This is her first published pattern.