mossyKnoll Hat – Free Knitting Pattern

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Sorry for the delay this week. It has been another crazy one. Finals in 3 days and I am *so* not ready. :-S

The pattern this week was a two birds, one stone deal. <<Which, in my opinion, is the only way to go when you have way to many things on your plate. Not that I’m advocating the kills of birds or anything though. That would be awful. >> Back to the pattern… My beautiful and talented friend Jenyoseph did some art work for j.erin Knits and I was tasked with knitting a hat for her as payment. (A great deal for me, btw.) Her requirements were warm, earflaps, earthy tones, and beanie — I fiddled around for awhile with some random stash yarn and then decided that a trip to the store was in order. I was drawn to the Sensations It’s A Wrap yarn. I got it home and was off and running. After a few hours of messing with the pattern, mossyKnoll was born. The stitch pattern on this hat is super simple – Apart from the decreases, it is all knits and purls making it a perfect hat for beginners.

Since this hat is being shipped off tomorrow I already have this pattern in my queue for one for myself. ;)



Yarn: Sensations, It’s A Wrap (1 skein) and ½ skein contrast bulky yarn
Needles: Size 8 (circular and double-pointed) or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge:  4 sts & 6 rows per inch
Tools: Tapestry needle and crochet hook – size H

Earflaps <make 2 in MC and 2 in CC>:

Cast on 5 Sts

Row 1: P all sts
Row 2: sl1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1 (7sts)
Row 3 and all WS(odd) rows: sl1, p to end
Row 4: sl1, kfb, k3, kfb, k1 (9sts)
Row 6: sl1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1 (13 sts)
Row 8: sl1, kfb, k to 2 sts from end, kfb, k1 (15 sts)

Work in straight stockinette stitch (k right side rows, purl wrong side rows) while slipping the first stitch of every row until flap measures 3” from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.
<MC ONLY> Slip all live stitches to a stitch holder.
<CC ONLY> Bind off all stitches.


Knit across all 15 stitches of one MC earflap, flip the work and cast on 30 stitches using cable cast on, flip the work again (so you are looking at right side) and knit across the 15 stitches of the other MC earflap. Flip the work again (ws facing you) and cable cast on 25 sts. Join to work in the round.

Row 1-2: knit all sts
Row 3: *k16, p1* to end
Row 4: *p2, k12, p2, k1* to end
Row 5: *k2, p2, k8, p2, k3* to end
Row 6: *k4, p2, k4, p2, k5* to end
Row 7: *k6, p4, K7* to end
Row 8-10: *k7, p2, k8* to end
Row 11: Repeat Row 7
Row 12: Repeat Row 6
Row 13: Repeat Row 5
Row 14: Repeat Row 4
Row 15: Repeat Row 3
Row 16: *k7, p2, k7, p1* to end
Row 17: *k5, p4, k5, p1* to end
Row 18: *k3, p6, k3, p1* to end
Row 19: Repeat Row 17
Row 20: Repeat Row 16
Row 21: Repeat Row 3
Row 22: Repeat Row 4
Row 23: Repeat Row 5
Row 24: Repeat Row 6
Row 25: Repeat Row 7
Row 26-28: Repeat Row 8

Start Decreases:   <switch to dpns when needed>
Row 1: *k6, p1, p2tog, p1, k7* to end
Row 2: *k4, p2, k3, p2, k5* to end
Row 3: *k2, p2, k7, p2, k3* to end
Row 4: *p2, k2, ssk, k3, k2tog, k2, p2, k1* to end
Row 5: *k13, p1* to end
Row 6: *k3, ssk, k3, k2tog, k3, p1* to end
Row 7: * k11, p1* to end
Row 8: *k3, ssk, k1, k2tog, k3, p1* to end
Row 9: *ssk, k5, k2tog, p1* to end
Row 9: *k2, sl 1 st knitwise, k2tog, psso 2 knit sts, k2, p1* to end
Row 10: *k5, p1* to end
Row 11: *ssk, k1, k2tog, p1* to end
Row 12: *sl 1 st knitwise, k2tog, psso 2 knit sts, p1* to end
Row 13: *ssk* to end.

Cut yarn, pull through live stitches to close. Weave in ends.


Sew top of the CC earflaps (with right side facing out) into the inside of the MC earflaps. With CC, starting at the back of one of the earflaps, with right side facing begin single crocheting around the edge. I spaced my single crochets 1.5 stitches apart and that worked perfectly. Continue the single crochet around both earflaps (attaching the CC flaps) as you go.

Braids: Cut 8 strands of the CC yarn and 4 strands of the MC yarn, double the length of the braid you want plus a couple inches extra (you will lose some length when braiding. Split the strands into groups of 2, you will have 4 CC color groups & 2 MC groups. Attach 2 CC groups & 1 MC group to the bottom of each earflap in the same way that you would attach fringe. Braid the groups together and tie off the end.

You may use this pattern to create items for your own personal use but may not create items for sale
nor shall you include said pattern in a kit for sale, without the designer’s permission. Thank you!

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One Comment

  1. Wendy says:

    great hat pattern…looks like a pattern I could take w/ me…Love the simplicity of it!!! Thanks for sharing! :)