A knitted hat in a Fair Isle pattern is a thing of beauty, but a challenge to make. If you want a hat that explores color but is far simpler to create, try weaving a hat instead! On a rigid heddle loom, these three hat designs use two or three colors and a simple plain weave to create either a pinstripe, houndstooth or broken stripe. They are finished with a soft knitted band that hugs the head gently. Whether you need hats for adults or kids, these have got your heads covered.
Baby, (Toddler, Adult)
16 (18, 22)” Circumference
7.5 (8.5, 10)” Deep
Blue Sky Extra
(55% Baby Alpaca, 45% Fine Merino; 218yds/150g)
1 skein each:
3514 – Marsh (Color A)
3521 – Lake Ice (Color B)
3519 – Fedora (Color C)
If you are making all three hats you only need one skein of each color. For just the baby and toddler hats you need 1 skein each of color A & B, for the adult hat only you need 1 skein each of Color B & C.
7.5 epi x 7 ppi
17sts x 26 rows = 4" x 4" in stockinette stitch
rigid heddle loom at least 8 (8, 11)" wide
7.5 or 8-dent heddle
2 stick shuttles
cotton or linen thread for hems
72” x 56 ends for baby & toddler hats (woven on a single warp)
50” x 80 ends for adult hat
width in the heddle
7.5 (7.5, 10.75)”
US 7 (4.5mm) 16” circular needles
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.
tapestry needle , pom pom maker, crochet hook