Cool Stripes Skull Cap

sideways hat

Cool Stripes Skull Cap

By Denise Layman

Let’s turn things on their side!! A nice step up from the Basic Beanie, this skull cap uses simple ribbing and variegated yarn to add visual interest.

This is a super fast knit that is fun and easy to memorize!



Knitting loom: Hat Loom-set to large gauge

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

Yarn: Sample worked in: Patons Classic Wool Worsted (worsted weight; 100% wool; 210 yds/100g per ball): 1 ball Wedgewood #77011

Gauge: 14 sts and 23 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Welted pat. To save time, take time to check gauge.

Sizes: X-small (small, medium, large) to fit the average infant (child, woman, man)

Instructions are given for the smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given it applies to all sizes.

Finished Measurements: Circumference: 14 1/2 (17, 19 1/2, 22) inches; Height: 5 3/4 (6 3/4, 8, 8 1/2) inches

Special Abbreviation

Wrap and Turn (W&T): Work the number of sts indicated in the pattern. Lift up the loop on the next peg and wrap the working yarn around that peg in a clockwise direction. Place the original loop back on the peg, above the new one just made. Then turn to work in the opposite direction and begin the next row on the peg next to the wrapped peg. To hide wraps on subsequent rows: Work to wrapped st. Knit wrap and stitch together.

Welted Pattern (any number of sts)

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Rows 3-6: Rep Rows 1 and 2.

Rows 7-14: Knit.

Rep Rows 1-14 for pat.

Pattern Notes

Hat is worked sideways as a flat piece. Crown is shaped using short rows.

You may want to use a stitch marker on the pegs to mark where your short rows end.



Using the purl cast-on method, cast on 20 (24, 28, 30) sts.

Work short rows in Welted pat as follows:

Row 1: Sl 1, k18 (22, 26, 28), W&T.

Row 2: Purl to last st, k1.

Row 3: Sl 1, k17 (21, 25, 27), W&T.

Row 4: Purl to last st, k1.

Row 5: Sl 1, k16 (20, 24, 26), W&T.

Row 6: Purl to last st, k1.

Row 7: Sl 1, k15 (19, 23, 25), W&T.

Row 8: Knit to last 4 sts, p3, k1.

Row 9: Sl 1, k14 (18, 22, 24), W&T.

Row 10: Knit to last 4 sts, p3, k1.

Row 11: Sl 1, k13 (17, 22, 23), W&T.

Row 12: Knit to last 4 sts, p3, k1.

Row 13: Sl 1, knit to end, hiding extra loops on wrapped pegs when you come to them.

Row 14: Knit to last 4 sts, p3, k1.

Rep [Rows 1-14] 5 (6, 7, 8) more times.

Bind off loosely.

Cut yarn, leaving a 14-inch tail.


Block as desired.

Use tail to gather the top edge of the hat at the crown; then sew back seam.

Weave in ends.



2 thoughts on “Cool Stripes Skull Cap

  1. The pattern is best made as written, but if you are adventurous and willing to try it you would have to experiment with how many stitches to use and how many repeats of the pattern to make it the size you want. Or you might be able to use it as written if you skip every other peg, or use two pegs as one on the AIO loom.

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