I love to pay attention to the beauty of nature in the details of even its smallest elements. Feathers are a great example of subtle, natural perfection. Lighter than air but surprisingly strong, they keep the birds warm and make it possible for them to fly. As an added bonus, birds’ plumages are incredibly beautiful. This pattern comes from my desire to own a knitted plumage of my own. To create it, I observed feathers and played with lace stitches until the pattern resembled my winged friends’ assets. The hat is made of several “feathers” worked side by side. Each of them starts as a large pattern and narrows toward the top of the hat. At this point, the distinction between feathers fades away to form a flower on the back of your head. The double ribbing made from a provisional cast-on makes a neat finishing and adds some extra warmth to this openwork pattern.
22 sts × 28 rounds = 4 inches (10 cm) in lace pattern in the round using larger needle (blocked)
22 sts × 28 rounds = 4 inches (10 cm) in rib pattern in the round using smaller needle (blocked)
Crochet Provisional Cast-On
This hat is worked in the round from the bottom up, starting with a provisional cast-on that is undone once the ribbing is completed. The ribbing is then folded to create a double-layer brim. The body and the crown of the hat are worked in a lace pattern.
Child (Adult S, Adult L)
Brim circumference: 17.75 (20.25, 23) inches / 45 (51, 58.5) cm
Recommended ease: To be worn with approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) of negative ease at the brim
CO - cast on
inc - increase
k - knit
k2tog - knit two together
k3tog - knit three together
m1l - make one left
p - purl
pm - place marker
prov CO - provisional cast-on
rem - remaining
rnd(s) - round(s)
ssk - slip slip knit
sssk - slip slip slip knit
st(s) - stitch(es)
tbl - through back loop
yo - yarn over
DK weight, Sweet Georgia Superwash DK (100% superwash merino), 256 yds (234 m) per 115-g skein
149 (194, 244) yds / 136 (177, 223) m
Slate (1 skein)
Any DK weight yarn can be used for this pattern. I recommend using a soft fiber that won’t be itchy.
For brim: US 4 (3.5 mm), 16-inch (40-cm) circular needles or DPNs, or two sizes down from needle you make gauge with.
For body and crown: US 6 (4 mm), 16-inch(40-cm) circular needles or DPNs, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- 1 stitch marker
- Tapestry needle
- Waste yarn
- Crochet hook
Feather Hat Pattern
You may work this hat either from the chart or from the written instructions. Look for the separate sections as you proceed through the pattern.
With smaller needles and waste yarn, CO 98 (112, 126) sts using the Crochet Provisional Cast-On.
Join live yarn and knit all sts for 1 row. Pm and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches.
Work in (p1, k1) ribbing until the brim measures 3 inches (7.5 cm).
Fold the brim inward, placing the CO edge inside and lining up the CO sts with the sts that are on the needles.
Undo your prov CO one stitch at a time, and knit together the next stitch on the needle with the stitch released from the prov CO.
Switch to larger needles.
Inc rnd: (P1, k6, m1l, k7, m1l) around. [112 (128, 144) sts]
You will now begin working from the chart,working rnds 1–8, 2 (3, 4) times [16 (24, 32) rnds total], then rnds 9–33, 1 time. [14 (16, 18) sts]
If you wish, you may use the following written instructions instead. Then proceed to Finishing.
Rnd 1:[P1, (k2tog, k1, yo, k1) twice, yo, k1, ssk, k1, yo, k1,ssk] around.
Rnd 2:(P1, k15) around.
Rnd 3:(P1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, ssk, k1,k2tog, yo) around.
Rnd 4:(P2, k13, p1) around.
Rnd 5:(P2, yo, k3tog, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, sssk, yo, p1) around.
Rnd 6:Repeat rnd 4.
Rnd 7:(P2, k2tog, k1, yo, k7, yo, k1, ssk, p1) around.
Rnd 8:Repeat rnd 4.
Work rnds 1–8, 2 (3, 4) times [16 (24, 32) rnds total].
Rnd 9:(P1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, k1, ssk) around.
Rnd 10:(P1, k4, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, ssk, k4) around.
Rnd 11:(P1, k3, k2tog, yo, k2, p1, k2, yo, ssk, k3) around.
Rnd 12:(P1, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, p1, k3, yo, ssk, k2) around.
Rnd 13:(P1, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k1) around.
Rnd 14:(P1, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk) around.
Rnds 15–18:Repeat rnds 11–14.
Rnd 19:[P1, k3, k2tog, yo, (p1, ktbl) twice, p1, yo, ssk, k3] around.
Rnd 20:[P1, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, (p1, ktbl) twice, p1, k1, yo, ssk, k2] around.
Rnd 21:[P1, k1, k2tog, yo, (p1, ktbl) 4 times, p1, yo, ssk, k1] around.
Rnd 22:[P1, k2tog, yo, k1, (p1, ktbl) 4 times, p1, k1, yo, ssk] around.
Rnds 23–28:(P1, ktbl) around.
Rnd 29:[(P1, ktbl) 3 times, k2tog, p1, ssk, (ktbl, p1) twice, ktbl] around. [98 (112, 126) sts]
Rnd 30:(P1, ktbl) twice, p1, k2tog, p1, ssk, (p1, ktbl) twice. [84 (96, 108) sts]
Rnd 31:(P1, ktbl) twice, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl, p1, ktbl. [70 (80, 90) sts]
Rnd 32:P1, ktbl, p1, k2tog, p1, ssk, p1, ktbl. [56 (64, 72) sts]
Rnd 33:P1, ktbl, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl. [42 (48, 54) sts]
Rnd 34:P1, k2tog, p1, ssk. [28 (32, 36) sts]
Rnd 35:P1, k3tog. [14 (16, 18) sts]
Next rnd:K2tog around. [7 (8, 9) sts]
Next rnd:K2tog to last 1 (0, 1) st, k 1 (0, 1). [4 (4, 5) sts]
Cut yarn, then thread through rem sts. Weave in all ends and block your hat to the desired dimensions.
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