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Free Knitting Pattern: Kool Hat

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Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease® (original)
Pattern #: 30051
Rating: *****4.7 (based on 10 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: Child 5-6, Child 9-10, Tween/Teen 8-16
Child’s S (M, L) Circumference 16 (17, 18) inches
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.


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Color (A)
Cotton-Ease® (original)

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 700-113: Cotton-Ease yarn: Cherry Red (discontinued)
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Discontinued - click here for possible substitutions

Color (B)
Cotton-Ease® (original)

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 700-158: Cotton-Ease yarn: Pineapple
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Cotton-Ease® (original)
Sorry, product is discontinued; no colors are available.
*Cotton-Ease® (original) (Article #700). 50% Cotton/50% Acrylic; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (207yds/188m) pull skeins

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•  700-113 Cotton-Ease yarn: Cherry Red (discontinued)
$ 4.99  
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Note: (main color)
•  700-158 Cotton-Ease yarn: Pineapple
$ 4.99  
Discontinued, sorry!
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Note: (CC for Red Hat; MC for Pineapple Hat)
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 6 [4.00 mm]   $ 3.60  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  

Kool Hat

Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease® (original)


18 stitches + 26 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side). 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


Stripe patterns
Red Hat Version

Work 4 rows CC, 4 rows MC, 2 rows CC, 4 rows MC, 4 rows CC.
Pineapple Hat Version

(Work 2 rows CC, 4 rows MC) 3 times, work 2 rows CC

With MC, cast on 72 (78, 84) stitches. Work in Knit 1, Purl 1 Ribbing for 1¾ inches. Change to Stockinette stitch and work 4 rows. Work even in chosen Stripe Pattern until Hat measures 6 (6, 7) inches from beginning.

Begin crown shaping as follows:
Row 1 *Knit 4, knit 2 together; repeat from the * to end – 60 (65, 70) stitches.
Row 2 and all wrong side rows Purl.
Row 3 *Knit 3, knit 2 together; repeat from the * to end – 48 (52, 56) stitches.
Row 5 *Knit 2, knit 2 together; repeat from the * to end – 36 (39, 42) stitches.
Row 7 *Knit 1, knit 2 together; repeat from the * to end – 24 (26, 28) stitches.
Row 9 *Knit 2 together; repeat from the * to end – 12 (13, 14) stitches.
Row 10 *Knit 2 together; repeat from the * to end – 6 (7, 7) stitches.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail, and thread through large-eyed, blunt needle. Draw through all stitches and tighten. Sew in place and sew back Hat seam.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
p = purl psso = pass slipped stitch over
rep = repeat(s)(ing) st(s) = stitch(es)
tbl = through the back loop tog = together
WS = wrong side yo = yarn over

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.7 (based on 10 reviews)
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Kool Hat Reviewed by Tanya Seidman on 2012-02-11 ***
Easy pattern, however the colors look like Ronald McDonald.

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