No bells, no whistles, no flourishes, no feathers, the beauty of our Fours Spokes Hat lies in its straightforward design and subtle details.
Named for the four tracks that radiate from the top of the hat, our Four Spokes Hat is an ideal beginner project for the design-minded. You knit it flat and seam up the back, so no circular or double pointed needles, and the simple pattern offers a tackle-able challenge, working garter stitch that jogs a row at regular intervals. Fun and easy!
We chose Season Alpaca to knit up this cozy winter workhorse. Choose from 14 evocative colors, each one drawn from the beauty of the natural world, from Ebbtide Blue and Peony Pink to Peach Stone and Lavender Moon.
The quietly handsome Four Spokes Hat defies age; babies, middle schoolers, middle agers, and grandpas can pull it on and go. All it takes is a single skein of yarn, the free pattern, and a little bit of simple knitting!
Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.
- 1 (1, 1, 2) skeins of Purl Soho’s Season Alpaca, 100% baby alpaca
- US 3, straight or circular needles
- 7 stitch markers
NOTE: This is enough yarn for 2 Baby size hats or 1 of the Kid size and Adult Small size. We used exactly one skein to knit our Adult Large hat. If you want to be on the safe side, pick up a second skein, but don’t wind it into ball until you need it, because, if you don’t need it, you can return it for store credit!
For our hats we used the colors…
- Baby: Lavender Moon
- Kid: Heirloom White
- Adult Small/ Medium: Meadow Mushroom
- Adult Medium/ Large: Peach Stone
23 stitches and 47 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch
Baby (Kid, Adult Small/Medium, Adult Medium/Large)
- Finished Circumference: 14 (16½, 18, 20¾) inches
- Finished Height: 7 (8, 9, 10) inches
This pattern is knit flat and seamed at the end. One of the reasons it’s knit flat is because garter stitch is always easier to knit flat than in the round! The other reason is because the in-the-round jog either causes you to lose one of the “tracks” that makes one of the spokes or to create one where it shouldn’t be!
Cast on 80 (96, 104, 120) stitches.
Set-Up Row: [P4, place marker (pm), k16 (20, 22, 26), pm] 4 times, omitting the last marker on the last repeat. [7 markers placed]
Row 1 (right side): [Knit to next marker, slip marker (sm), purl to next marker, sm] 4 times, omitting the last slip marker on the last repeat.
Row 2 (wrong side): [Purl to next marker, sm, knit to marker, sm] 4 times, omitting the last slip marker on the last repeat.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 5 (6, 7, 8) inches from cast-on edge.
Row 2 (wrong side): [Purl to next marker, sm, knit to next marker, sm] 4 times, omitting the last slip marker on the last repeat.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 six (8, 9, 11) more times, removing stitch markers on last repeat of Row 2. [24 stitches]
Next Row (right side): K3tog, *p2, ssk, k2tog, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p2, k1. [16 stitches]
Next Row (wrong side): K1, p2, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Next Row: *K2tog, ssk, repeat from * to end of row. [8 stitches]
Cut yarn, leaving a 36-inch tail.
If using circular needles, do not turn the work and slide the 8 remaining stitches to the other end of the needles; or if using straight needles, slip the 8 remaining stitches to the other needle.
Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and insert the needle through each of the remaining 8 stitches, starting with the stitch at the opposite end from the working yarn.
Thread the tail through these stitches again and pull the tail tight to securely close the top of the crown.
With the tail, use mattress stitch for Seaming Garter Stitch to seam the hat from the crown to the cast-on edge.
Weave in the ends and block if desired!