finished hatI purposely made this hat a bit shallow, more like what I assume is a 'skater' hat than a keep-your-ears-and-cheeks-warm hat. It's meant for my almost-9-year-old grandson, but it will fit many teens and adults, too.

The stripe pattern is based on a (very short) Fibonacci sequence, where each set of 2 rows equals 1. (It's okay if that didn't make sense. If it did, Math Geeks Unite!!)

The hat is knit in the round. I used two circular needles to do this, but if you're more comfortable with the magic loop method or DPN's, go for it. I won't be looking over your shoulder, so you can just go wild and I'll never know. Descriptions and videos of these methods can be found here, at

Size: 19.5"/49,5cm unstretched, up to 23"/58,5cm stretched
Style: Brim to Crown
Gauge: Stockinette stitch in the round 4.5 stitches per inch, 6.5 rows per inch (18 sts/26 rows = 4"/10cm)
Needles: 2 circulars, Size US 10/6mm
Yarn: Red Heart (worsted, light worsted); much less than one skein for main color (MC) and contrasting color (CC)

K2tog: knit 2 together; RS: right side; ss: stockinette stitch; sts: stitches

Row 1: Cable cast on
72 sts with CC. Join, being careful not to twist stitches.
Row 2: Place marker at the beginning of the round. Knit 2, purl 1. Repeat to the end of the round.
Row 3: Change to MC. Try the jogless join, or just join how you normally do - it's not going to make much of a difference in the look. K2, p1 to end of round.
Rows 4-5: K1, p1, *K2, p1*. Repeat * to * to last stitch. End with K1.
Row 6: K2, p1 to end of round.
Row 7: Change to CC. K2, p1 to end of round.
Rows 8-9: K1, p1, *K2, p1*. Repeat * to * to last stitch. End with K1.
Row 10-11: K2, p1 to end of round.
Row 12: K1, p1, *K2, p1*. Repeat * to * to last stitch. End with K1.
Rows 13-23: Change to MC. Knit ss for 11 rows.
Row 24: K6, k2tog. Repeat to end of round.
Row 25: K to end of round.
decrease pattRows 26-35: Continue decreasing (k5, k2tog; k4, k2tog etc.) separating each decrease row with a 'plain' knit row.
Row 36: K1, k2tog to end of row.
Rows 37-38: K2tog to end of row.

You should end up with 8 stitches to finish off, and a cool swirlish decrease pattern.

Cut the yarn, leaving 6-8" for sewing up and weaving in.

Sewing up isn't as terrible as it sounds. Using a yarn needle, thread the yarn tail through the 8 sts as you remove them from the needle(s) and pull it up tight to close the hole. You can tie an itty bitty knot in there somewhere if you want and then weave in the yarn tail. Or you can be more traditional and skip the knot, just doing a bang-up job of weaving in. Again, I won't know.

If you have any other ends, weave them in, too. (Yes, you could have figured that out for yourself, but I'm pretending that this is a "real" pattern!)

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