When the setting sun pours through half-covered branches to pepper light over newly fallen leaves, it’s time to bundle up in our Dappled Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set!

Dappled Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set | Purl Soho

The two-color waffle texture of these pieces looks wonderfully intricate, but it’s really just a super simple slip stitch pattern. Unlike Fair Isle or intarsia knitting, here, you only need to handle one color of yarn each round. If you’re new to slip stitch knitting, prepare for an “aha” moment!

Dappled Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set | Purl Soho

All the pieces in our Dappled Hat, Mitten, + Hand Warmer Set are knit from the bottom up. And the free patterns are sized for kids to adults (plus a little baby hat), so everyone can get in on the dapple action!

Dappled Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set | Purl Soho

We knit our set in beautiful Posy and Pocket Posy, a soft and durable blend of 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere and 10% nylon. Pocket Posy is the 25-gram version of 100-gram Posy, and both come in 18 gorgeous hand-dyed colors, which equals we-don’t-know-how-many amazing two-color combos!

Dappled Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set | Purl Soho

The slip stitch pattern plus the beautiful blend of yarn makes for a squishy and cozy fabric, perfect for keeping hands and heads toasty from the onset of fall through the holidays and beyond!

Dappled Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

NOTE: You will have enough yarn with these skein recommendations, but to be more specific and economical, please see Yardage Breakdown, below.

Hat

  • Main Color: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Posy, 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere, 10% nylon. We used Heirloom White.
  • Contrast Color: 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skein(s) of Purl Soho’s Pocket Posy. We used Black Cherry.
  • US 1, 16-inch circular needles (Junior and Adult sizes only)
  • Set of US 1 double pointed needles (Baby and Kid sizes only)
  • US 2, 16-inch circular needles (Junior and Adult sizes only)
  • Set of US 2 double pointed needles (All sizes)
  • Stitch markers, including one unique marker

Mittens Or Hand Warmers

  • Main Color: 1 skein of Posy. We used Heirloom White.
  • Contrast Color, Mittens: 1 (1, 2, 2) skein(s) of Pocket Posy. We used Black Cherry.
  • Contrast Color, Hand Warmers: 1 (2, 3, 3) skein(s) of Pocket Posy. We used Black Cherry.
  • Set of US 1 double pointed needles
  • Set of US 2 double pointed needles
  • Stitch markers, including one unique marker
  • Small stitch holder or scrap yarn

Yardage Breakdown

NOTE: In some case, it may be more economical to buy 2 or 3 skeins of Pocket Posy instead of one of Posy. Determine what you’re making, add up the yardage, and decide!

  • POSY: 318 yards per skein and $29
  • POCKET POSY: 79 yards per skein and $8

Hat

  • Main Color: 85 (120, 155, 190, 225) yards
  • Contrast Color: 35 (50, 65, 80, 95) yards

Mittens

  • Main Color: 105 (170, 235, 260) yards
  • Contrast Color: 45 (70, 95, 110) yards

Hand Warmers

  • Main Color: 110 (185, 240, 285,) yards
  • Contrast Color: 60 (105, 160, 205) yards

Gauges

35 stitches and 68 rows = 4 inches in slip stitch pattern

40 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches in 1×1 rib

Sizes

Hat

Baby (Kid, Junior, Adult Small, Adult Large)

  • Finished Circumference: 14½ (15½, 16½, 18¼, 20) inches, comfortable stretching about 1 inch
  • Finished Height: 6 (7¼, 8, 9¼, 10¼) inches, with instructions to modify

Mittens + Hand Warmers

Kid (Junior, Adult Small, Adult Large)

  • Finished Circumference At Palm: 5 (7, 8, 9) inches, comfortably stretching about 1 inch
  • Mittens’ Finished Height From Cuff To Tip: 7½ (8½, 10½, 11½) inches, with instructions to modify
  • Hand Warmers’ Finished Height From Cuff To End of Palm: 9 (10½, 11¼, 12¼) inches, with instructions to modify

Notes

Hand Dyed Yarn

If you’re using hand dyed yarn, like our Posy and Pocket Posy, you may want to re-fix the dye before you begin in order to prevent the colors from bleeding when you wash the finished piece. For tips on how, visit our Re-Fixing Dye Tutorial.

Slip Stitches

Slip stitches purlwise with yarn in back (wyib) unless directed otherwise.

Lifted Increase

RLI (Right Lifted Increase): Lift right leg of stitch below next stitch on left needle onto left needle and knit it. [1 stitch increased]

LLI (Left Lifted Increase): Lift left leg of stitch 2 rows below stitch on right needle onto left needle and knit it through the back loop. [1 stitch increased]

For more information on these techniques, please visit our Lifted Increase Tutorial.

M1R (Make 1 Right): Pick up bar between last stitch you knit and the one you’re about to knit with left needle, bringing needle from back to front and knit into the front of stitch.

For more information on this technique, please visit our Make 1 Right Tutorial.

Hat Pattern

Cuff

With Main Color (MC), cast 128 (136, 144, 160, 176) stitches onto smaller circular needles (or smaller double pointed needles, if making Baby or Kid sizes).

Place unique marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 1¼ (1½, 1¾, 2, 2¼) inches from cast-on edge, or to desired Cuff length.

Body

Change to larger circular needles (or larger double pointed needles, if making Baby or Kid sizes).

Rounds 1 and 2: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 3: With Contrast Color (CC), *slip 1 (see Notes), k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 4: With CC, *slip 1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1–4 until piece measures 4 (5, 5¾, 6¾, 7½) inches from cast-on edge, or until 2 (2¼, 2¼, 2½, 2¾) inches from desired finished height, ending with Round 3.

Crown

NOTE: For all sizes except Baby and Kid, change to double pointed needles when stitches no longer comfortably fit around the circular needles.

Set-Up Round: With CC, *[slip 1, p1] 16 (17, 18, 20, 22) times, place marker, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 1 and 2: With MC, *slip slip knit (ssk), knit to 3 stitches before next marker, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end of round. [8 stitches decreased each round]

Round 3: With CC, *slip 1, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 4: With CC, *slip 1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 5 and 6: With MC knit to end of round.

Rounds 7 and 8: Repeat Rounds 3 and 4.

Repeat Rounds 1–8 one more time. [96 (104, 112, 128, 144) stitches]

All Sizes

Repeat Rounds 1–4 five (5, 6, 7, 8) more times. [16, (24, 16, 16, 16) stitches]

Kid Size Only

Repeat Round 1 one more time. [–, (16, –, –, –) stitches]

Cut CC.

Next Round: With MC, knit to end of round.

Cut MC, leaving an 8-inch tail. Thread tail on tapestry needle and draw through remaining stitches twice. Pull tight and insert needle through top of Crown to inside of hat.

Mittens + Hand Warmers Pattern

Cuff

With MC, cast 44 (56, 66, 72) stitches onto smaller double pointed needles and divide among three needles. [Needle 1: 14 (18, 22, 24) stitches; Needle 2: 16 (20, 22, 24) stitches; Needle 3: 14 (18, 22, 24) stitches]

Place unique marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 1 (1, 1, 1¼) inches from cast-on edge, or to desired Cuff length.

Body

Change to larger double pointed needles.

Rounds 1 and 2: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 3: With CC, *slip 1 (see Notes), k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 4: With CC, *slip 1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Mittens Only

Repeat Rounds 1–4 until piece measures 1½ (1¾, 2, 2½) inches from cast-on edge, or until desired length to base of hand, ending with Round 3.

Move on to Gusset section below.

Hand Warmers Only

Repeat Rounds 1–4 until piece measures 4½ (4¾, 5, 5½) inches from cast-on edge, or until desired length to base of hand, ending with Round 3.

Move on to Gusset section directly below.

Gusset

Set-Up Round: With CC, [slip 1, p1] 3 times, slip 1, place marker (pm), *p1, slip 1, repeat from * to last 9 stitches, p1, pm, [slip 1, p1] 4 times.

Round 1: With MC, knit to 1 stitch before next marker, RLI (see Notes), k1, slip marker (sm), knit to next marker, sm, k1, LLI (see Notes), knit to end of round. [2 stitches increased]

Round 2: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 3: With CC, *slip 1, k1, repeat from * to 2 stitches before next marker, slip 1, m1R (see Notes), slip 1, sm, **k1, slip 1, repeat from ** to next marker, sm, slip 1, m1R, ***slip 1, k1, repeat from *** to end of round. [2 stitches increased]

Round 4: With CC, *slip 1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 5 and 6: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 7: With CC, *slip 1, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 8: With CC, *slip 1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1–8 three (4, 5, 6) more times, ending with Round 8. [60 (76, 90, 100) total stitches; Needle 1: 22 (28, 34, 38) stitches; Needle 2: 16 (20, 22, 24) stitches; Needle 3: 22 (28, 34, 38) stitches]

Cut CC.

Thumb Hole

Set-Up Round: With MC, k7 (9, 11, 13), place previous 7 (9, 11, 13) stitches onto stitch holder or scrap yarn, knit to last 9 (11, 13, 15) stitches, slip 1, slip remaining 8 (10, 12, 14) stitches onto same stitch holder or scrap yarn. [45 (57, 67, 73) stitches remain on needles; Needle 1: 15 (19, 23, 25) stitches; Needle 2: 16 (20, 22, 24) stitches; Needle 3: 14 (18, 22, 24) stitches]

Slip last stitch from Needle 3 to Needle 1, knit first 2 stitches together on Needle 1, slip that stitch back to Needle 3.

NOTE: This k2tog knits the stitches from the left and right of the Thumb Hole together.

Palm

Resume working in the round.

Set-Up Round: With MC, knit to end of round. [44 (56, 66, 72) stitches; Needle 1: 14 (18, 22, 24) stitches; Needle 2: 16 (20, 22, 24) stitches; Needle 3: 14 (18, 22, 24) stitches]

Round 1: Join CC, *slip 1, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 2: With CC, *slip 1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 3 and 4: With MC, knit to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1–4 until piece measures 1½ (2, 2½, 3) inches from Thumb Hole, or until desired Palm length, ending with Round 2.

Cut CC.

Hand Warmers Only

Change to smaller double pointed needles.

Round 1: With MC, *k1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 for 1/4 inch.

Bind off in pattern.

Cut MC.

Go on to Thumb section below.

Mitten Top (Mittens Only)

Round 1: With MC, knit to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 for 1/2 inch.

Decrease Set-Up Round: Needle 1: Knit to end of needle; Needle 2: K8 (10, 11, 12), pm, knit to end of needle; Needle 3: Knit to end of needle.

Shape Top Of Mitten

Round 1: Needle 1: K2, ssk, knit to end of needle; Needle 2: Knit to 3 stitches before marker, k2tog, k1, sm, k2, ssk, knit to end of needle; Needle 3: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. [4 stitches decreased]

Kid + Junior Sizes Only

Round 2: Knit to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 two more times. [32 (44, –, –) stitches; Needle 1: 11 (15, –, –) stitches; Needle 2: 10 (14, –, –) stitches; Needle 3: 11 (15, –, –) stitches]

All Sizes

Repeat Round 1 two (3, 7, 7) more time(s). [24 (32, 34, 40) stitches; Needle 1: 9 (12, 14, 16) stitches; Needle 2: 6 (8, 6, 8) stitches; Needle 3: 9 (12, 14, 16) stitches]

Next Round: Needle 1: K2, slip first stitch over second stitch to bind off 1 stitch, ssk, knit to end of needle; Needle 2: K1, k2tog, k1, remove marker, k2, slip first stitch over second stitch to bind off 1 stitch, ssk; Needle 3: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. [18 (26, 28, 34) stitches; Needle 1: 7 (10, 12, 14) stitches; Needle 2: 3 (5, 3, 5) stitches; Needle 3: 8 (11, 13, 15) stitches]

Slip 2 (3, 2, 3) stitches from Needle 2 to Needle 1; slip 1 (2, 1, 2) stitches from Needle 2 to Needle 3. [9 (13, 14, 17) stitches on two needles]

Cut MC.

Use Kitchener Stitch to graft Mitten Top closed. If you need help with this, please visit our Kitchener Stitch Tutorial.

Thumb

Place 15 (19, 23, 27) on-hold Thumb stitches onto 4 double pointed needles. [Needles 1 – 3: 4 (5, 6, 7) stitches; Needle 4: 3 (4, 5, ,6) stitches]

With right side facing you and beginning with right-most Thumb stitch, join MC.

Set-Up: Needles 1 and 2: Knit to end of needle.

Join to work in the round and place a unique stitch marker to mark end of round.[Needle 3 is now first needle of round]

Set-Up Round: Needle 3: Knit to end of needle; Needle 4: Knit to end of needle, pick up and knit 1 stitch to left of Thumb Hole; Needle 1: Knit to end of needle; Needle 2: Knit to end of needle. [1 stitch picked up; 4 (5, 6, 7) stitches on each needle]

Round 1: With CC, *slip 1, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 2: With CC, *slip 1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 3 and 4: With MC, knit to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1–4 until Thumb measures 1 (1¼,1¼, 1½) inches from Thumb Hole, or for Hand Warmers, until ¼ inch from desired Thumb length.

Mittens Only

Round 1: With MC, knit to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 until Thumb measures 1½ (1¾, 1¾, 2) inches from Thumb Hole, or until 5/8 inches less than desired Thumb length.

Shape Tip

Round 1: Needle 3: Ssk, knit to end of needle; Needle 4: Knit to 3 stitches from end of needle, k2tog, k1; Needle 1: Ssk, knit to end of needle; Needle 2: Knit to 3 stitches from end of needle, k2tog, k1. [4 stitches decreased]

Kid Size Only

Round 2: With MC, knit to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 one more time. [8 stitches]

Junior, Adult Small + Large Sizes Only

Repeat Round 1 – (2, 3, 4) more time(s). [8 stitches]

All Sizes

Transfer stitches from Needle 3 to Needle 4 and transfer stitches from Needle 1 to Needle 2 so there are 4 stitches on 2 needles.

Use Kitchener Stitch to graft top of Thumb closed.

Cut MC.

Hand Warmers Only

Change to smaller double pointed needles.

Round 1: With MC, *k1, p1, repeat to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 for ¼ inch.

Bind off in pattern.

Cut MC.

Finishing

Weave in ends and make a second Mitten or Hand Warmer!

Block both as desired.

Dappled Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set | Purl Soho