Brimster–Free Pattern of the Month!

Hi all! I’ve decided to make the free pattern thing that I posted on April 1st a monthly tradition of sorts. That said, it’s May 1st and time for something new. Enjoy! xx, Vickie

by Vickie Howell
(Originally designed for and published Knit.1 Magazine Fall 2005. All rights reserved.)


4 balls in Dark Grey of Cashmere Blend by Lion Brand, 1.75 oz/40g balls, each approx 84 yds/77m

US size 7 (4.5mm) 20″ circular needle OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
1 set of 5 US size 7 (4.5mm) dpns OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Tapestry Needle

1 sheet of clear plastic canvas (available at craft stores)

One Size

To fit up to a 23″ head.

28sts and 24 rows to 4″/10cm over k2xp2 rib pattern.


Cast on 98 sts. Work in 2×2 rib for 4″. Place piece on stitch holder.

*Note Front is worked from side to side.
Cast on 32sts. Work in k2xp2 rib for 6 rows.
Next RS row: Mark this end of row as lower edge and opposite end as top edge. K2tog, P2tog, work in 2×2 rib to end.
Next row: Work in k2xp2 to last 2 sts, P1, K1, .
Continue in this manner until piece measures 6″.
Next RS row: P1, inc1, K1, inc1, work in k2xp2 rib to end.
Continue working in rib until piece measures 7″. Bind off.


Transfer 98 sts holder onto circular needle. With RS facing, pick up 50 sts along side edge of front piece marked as top–146 sts. Join round (so that back and front pieces form a circle) and place marker. Work in k2xp2 rib for 1.5″.
**Note: You can either seam the front and back pieces together now, or wait until you’re finished knitting. Your choice.

Shaping the top:
Next round: *K2tog, p2. Repeat from * to end.
Next round: Knit all knit sts, purl all purl sts (K1xP2 rib) to end–111 sts.
Next round: *K1, P2tog. Repeat from * to end–74 sts.
Next round: K1, P1 to end.
Next round: K2tog to end–37 sts.
**Note: Transfer stitches over to dpns at this point or whenever you feel it becomes necessary.
Next round: K2tog to last st, K1–19 sts.
Next round: Next round: Knit.
Next round: K2 tog to last st, K1.–10 sts.
Next round: Knit all sts.
Next round: K2tog to end–5 sts.
Break yarn and draw through remaining live sts to close.


With RS facing, pick-up and knit 32 sts along the lower edge of the front piece.
Row 2 (WS): Purl all sts.
Row 3: Knit all sts
Row 4: Purl all sts.
Row 5: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, SSK.
Row 6: P2tog, P to last to sts SSP–28 sts.
Row 7: Knit all sts.
Row 8: Purl all sts.
Row 9: Repeat Row 5–26 sts.
Row 10: Repeat Row 6–24 sts.
Row 11: K2tog (twice), K to last 4 sts, SSK (twice)–20 sts.
Row 12: P2tog (twice), P to last 4 sts, SSP (twice)–16 sts.
Row 13: Repeat Row 11–12 sts.
Row 14 (turning ridge): Knit all sts.
Row 15: (K1, inc1) twice, K to last 2 sts, (inc1, K1) twice–16 sts.
Row 16: (P1, inc1) twice, P to last 2 sts, (inc1, P1) twice.–20 sts.
Row 17: Repeat Row 15–24 sts.
Row 18: Purl all sts.
Row 19: K1, inc1, K to last st, inc1, K1–26 sts.
Row 20: P1, inc1, P to last st, inc1, P1–28 sts.
Row 21: Knit all sts.
Row 22: Purl all sts.
Row 23: Repeat Row 19–30 sts.
Row 24: Repeat Row 20–32.
Rows 25-28: Repeat rows 21-22 (twice)
Bind off.

Using template cut out plastic canvas brim piece. Fold hat brim in half at the turning ridge, creating brim pocket. Place plastic canvas piece inside pocket and with tapestry needle, seam closed. Block if necessary.

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15 Responses to “Brimster–Free Pattern of the Month!”

  1. mookie's fish

    i love this hat and and decided to make it for the bf for his bday. i noticed that the directions printed in knit.1 are different than the ones you posted in your blog. it seems that your directions will make a larger hat. he’s a big guy, so i’m proceeding with your directions. any advice?

  2. Cheryl Moss

    Throughout the pattern there are funny symbols where the ” symbol and something else should be. Can you send me via email or otherwise a version with the real info?

    Also this is the perfect item. Exactly what my 14yr had wanted.
    It looks a little stretched out at the bottom, can you reccomend a way to make it more snug? My son has a smallish head.

  3. Jenny

    Jenny, Web girl here. I think I found and fixed all the funky symbols. They were quotation marks gone bad.

    Vickie says that the hat is not really stretched out – during the shoot the stylists just randomly decided to flip up the back.

    Hope that helps!

  4. Vickie Howell

    Thanks Jenny for answering this for me. 🙂

    Cheryl, if you’re still worried that the cap will be too loose you can try double-stranding your yarn with some elastic thread. That should do the trick! –Vickie

  5. Anonymous

    I’ve been looking for a pattern like this for weeks!!! Thanks!! One thing though…… where would I find the template for the brim? Thanks again

  6. Bonnie

    Thanks for the great pattern. I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. I was wondering, though, where to find the template for the brim.

    Thanks again,


  7. pje

    Great pattern–just what my brother wanted for Christmas. I just started working on the front but am a little confused. The pattern says to P1, K1, then work in 2×2 to end after starting the previous row with K2tog & P2tog. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but is this backwards? If you reverse it and start the row in 2×2 then end with P1 K1 then you are purling over the k2tog and knitting the p2tog. And does continue in this manner mean to continue decreasing, or to continue in 2×2? Sorry to be so daft!

  8. Anonymous

    The pattern is great, but the template for the brim insert isn’t there. Could you please post it?’
    Jo Hoo

  9. ilana

    PJE, you’re not the only one who’s confused! I started knitting the front and wound up with a triangular piece of knitting, which I didn’t think could be right.
    Vickey, the pattern is lovely, but I’m also a little confused about the front piece. Could I impose on you to clear this up for PJE and me?

  10. Anonymous

    Vicki! Hi! I just wanted to say, since I couldn’t find a brim hat pattern, I had made up a similar brim hat out of crochet, but I had just made two brim halves and crochetted a finished edge look for a more sturdy feel. After I read about the plastic canvas, I thot WOW! I don’t have to use cardboard either! I love your show! Keep up the Excellent work!! -Nellie

  11. Vickie Howell

    Hey, guys. I realized that I had the unedited version of this pattern up all of this time. Nice. Sorry about that, but it should be all good now. xo, Vic

  12. Anonymous

    love the hat, but would love to be able to print the pattern. Any suggestions?

  13. mj

    I love this hat.. I decided to knit one for all the guys in my family for Christmas this year. I know they’ll all love it!!

  14. Edie

    I must say, I’m with pje and Iliana on this. Vickie, can you please post a modification to clarify the front part of the hat? I’m well into the project and feel as though I’m afraid to continue without some clarification. Just as pje put it, “The pattern says to P1, K1, then work in 2×2 to end after starting the previous row with K2tog & P2tog…. is this backwards? If you reverse it and start the row in 2×2 then end with P1 K1 then you are purling over the k2tog and knitting the p2tog.” and what does “continue in this manner” refer to? The previous 2 rows? Just the previous row, or just the 2×2 ribbing?? Do you understand what we’re missing? Can you please help us with this? It’s a lovely pattern and I would love to complete it. Thanks in advance for your assistance, Vickie!