Black Hawthorn Hat by Kyla Shea Overbay

Black Hawthorn Hat

June 2022
Sport (12 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stranded Colorwork
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
235 - 375 yards (215 - 343 m)
19" (21", 22.5")
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Named for the spikes found on black hawthorn trees, this hat features an interesting combination of standard stranded colorwork and colorwork dip stitches, creating subtly textured columns. Once mastered, this stitch pattern is addictive to knit and goes by quite quickly!

Sizing / Finished Measurements

Instructions are included for both long folded brim and a short brim, and for 3 adult sizes.

Circumference: approximately 19”, (21”, 22.5”) /(48 cm(52 cm,56.5 cm))

Length: approximately 11.25” (11.5”, 11.75”) for the long brim version (brim unfolded) or 9.75” (10”, 10.25”) for the short brim version

Yarn / Yardage

The purple sample was knit in Swans Island All American Sport in the colorway Blackberry, and Spincycle Dyed in the Wool in the colorway Pick Your Poison.

The blue sample was knit in Kelbourne Woolens Andorra in the colorway French Blue, and Spincycle Dyed in the Wool in the colorway Ghost Ranch.

While the originals combine solid and color shifting yarn, many other sport weight yarns can be used. Wool or wool-like yarns are recommended for a result similar to the samples.

Main color: 220 (235, 250) yards( 200 (214, 229) meters) for the long brim version, or 130 (145, 160) yards ( 119 (133, 146) meters) for the short brim version

Contrast color: 105 (120, 150) yards ( 96 (110, 137) meters)


US 4 (3.5 mm) for the brim and US 5 (3.75mm) for the body. Either a 40” (100 cm) circular for magic loop or a 16” (40 cm) circular combined with DPNS will work for this project.

Other Notions

  • 1 stitch marker for beginning of round
  • Darning needle for weaving in ends

Skills / Techniques

  • Knitting in the round
  • Stranded colorwork
  • Dip stitches

Note: This pattern comes with a link to a quick video demonstration for the dip stitches, as well as a photo tutorial. This pattern is charted only, with no line-by-line written instructions.

If you are printing this pattern and would like to save ink/paper, printing pages 2-3 only is recommended.