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Free Knitting Pattern: Cotton Sun Hat

Lion Brand® Nature's Choice Organic® Cotton
Pattern #: L10458
Rating: ****3.8 (based on 5 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)


Adult S/M (M/L)
Hat will stretch to fit a wide range of sizes.

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

CORRECTIONS: (applied Jul 25, 2012)
Suggested needle size changed.
The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
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Wire in the brim gives this hat structure to keep out the sun. And, it looks pretty cute too! Designed by Kim Hamlin.

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Nature's Choice Organic® Cotton

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 480-098: Nature's Choice Organic Cotton Yarn : Almond
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Nature's Choice Organic® Cotton
Sorry, product is discontinued; no colors are available.
*Nature's Choice Organic Cotton (Article #480). 100% Organically Grown Cotton; package size: Solids: 3 oz. (85 g), 103 yd. (94 m)
Prints: 2.75 oz. (78 g), 94 yd. (86 m)

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•  480-098 Nature's Choice Organic Cotton Yarn : Almond
$ 16.98  
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Lion Brand Double-Pointed Needles - Size 10   $ 8.25  
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size G-6 (4 mm)   $ 2.45  
Boye Aluminum Circular Knitting Needles 16 inches Size 10   $ 6.70  
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
Needle nose pliers
Duct tape
32 (34) in. (81.5 (86.5 cm)) heavy gauge wire (a wire coat hanger works well) or craft wire

Cotton Sun Hat

Lion Brand® Nature's Choice Organic® Cotton


12 sts = about 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in rnds (k every rnd)

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


kfb (knit into front and then back)
An increase worked as follows:
1. Knit the next st through the front loop, but do not remove the st from your left hand needle.
2. Knit the same st once more, this time inserting your needle through the back loop of the st. You will have created 2 loops (sts) on your right hand needle.
3. Drop the st from your left hand needle - 1 st increased.
yo (yarn over)
An increase that also creates a small decorative hole (eyelet) in the fabric, worked as follows:
1. Bring yarn to front, between the needles.
2. Take yarn to back, over the right needle. This creates the new st. You are now ready to proceed with the next st as instructed.


The designer used size 7 needles to achieve the gauge stated in the pattern, but we are suggesting you try a size 10. As always, gauge is very individual and you may need to experiment with several different needle sizes to find what works for you.


Crochet Cast-On

1. Make a slip knot and insert hook through knot (photo below). Do not tighten the loop onto the hook; you will be inserting your hook into again.



2. Wrap yarn over hook and pull through slip knot.
3. Wrap yarn over hook again and draw through loop just made - you have cast-on 1 st.
4. Insert hook into slip knot loop again. (photo below).



5. Rep Steps 2-4 until a total of 5 (6) sts have been cast-on (photo below).



Divide sts onto 3 needles (photo below). Place marker for beginning of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts. Slip marker at the beginning of every rnd.



Rnd 1 (RS): (Kfb in next st) 5 times, k0 (1) - 10 (11) sts at the end of this rnd. Note: The '0' means that there will be one st remaining to knit at the end of the rnd for the M/L size only.
Rnd 2 and all even-numbered rnds: Knit.
Rnd 3: *K1, yo; rep from * around - 20 (22) sts at the end of this rnd.
Note: When sts have been sufficiently increased, change to circular needle.
Rnd 5: *K2, yo; rep from * around - 30 (33) sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 7: *K3, yo; rep from * around - 40 (44) sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 9: *K4, yo; rep from * around - 50 (55) sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 11: *K5, yo; rep from * around - 60 (66) sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 13: *K6, yo; rep from * around - 70 (77) sts at the end of this rnd.
Work in St st worked in rnds (k every rnd) until piece measures about 7 in. (18 cm) from beginning.
Next Rnd: *K7, yo; rep from * around - 80 (88) sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 6 Rnds: Knit.
Next Rnd: K4, yo, *k8, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4 - 90 (99) sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 6 Rnds: Knit.
Next Rnd (Turning Ridge): Purl.
Next 3 Rnds: Knit.
Bind off, leaving a long yarn tail.


Using pliers, form wire into a circle, overlapping ends by about 1 in. (2.5 cm) (photo below).



Wrap wire ends with duct tape to secure (photo below).



Lay wire circle onto WS of Hat. Fold Hat edge, along turning ridge, over wire (photo below).



Thread yarn tail into blunt needle and whipstitch edge of Hat, securing wire (photo below).



Weave in ends.

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k = knit rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s) st(s) = stitch(es)

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Pattern Average Rating: ****3.8 (based on 5 reviews)
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Cotton Sun Hat Reviewed by Kelly Chenault on 2012-01-26 ****
I've knitted this hat twice. My only complaint is that I found it hard to start, but then I find double pointed needles a little tricky in the beginning on any project. The project is easy, and both times I used regular cotton yarn, rather than the organic stuff. The hats fit well and are comfortable and cute. I've gotten several compliments on them. They also travel excellently, as they can be packed flat.

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