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Softie Hat

Jonna Helin

Our version of the perfect knitted hat.

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Knitted hats tend to stretch out and no one likes a hat that falls off one’s head or doesn’t stay in place. There are several reasons why a knitted hat doesn’t hold its shape but the material is a big factor. Sheep’s wool (particularly merino) is elastic and tends to hold its shape well, but for example, silk mohair and alpaca are more prone to stretch with time. Thus, when deciding how many stitches to cast on, always remember the characteristics of your fiber of choice.

We’ve been knitting a high pile of these hats in every colour of the rainbow (and beyond) to find the perfect fit for a knitted hat. The fabric for Softie is not only firm enough for a good, long-lasting accessory, but it also has another great feature: it doesn’t itch at all!

One Size
(to fit 21–23″ / 54–58 cm head circumference)

Circumference (without stretching): 15.5″ / 40 cm.
Height (without brim folded): 13″ / 32 cm.

Yarn: 2 balls of Sandnes Garn Børstet Alpakka (96% alpaca, 4% nylon, 120 yds / 110 m – 50 g).

Tip! You can also substitute the other skein of Børstet Alpakka with Sandnes Garn Kos (9% wool, 62% baby alpaca, 29% nylon, 164 yds / 150 m – 50 g). Or approx. 240 yds / 220 m bulky weight yarn.

The hat is knitted with two strands of yarn held together throughout the pattern.

Needles: US 8 / 5 mm 16″ / 40 cm circular needles (or longer if you use the magic loop method) or DPNs.

Notions: 1 stitch marker, tapestry needle.

18 sts x 18 rnds to 4″ / 10 cm in 1 x 1 ribbing, after blocking.


This pattern is written to fit an approximately 21–23″ / 54–58 cm head circumference. However, it is incredibly easy to adjust the size if needed: you simply cast on a couple of stitches more or less. Just make sure to cast on a stitch count divisible by 4. [Thus, a stitch count of 68 (for a smaller) and 76 (for a larger) hat would work.]

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Our version of the perfect beanie. Fitting an soft!
You can download the pattern for free.
Knitted from soft Sandnes Garn Børstet Alpakka
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