Our wonderful new Fiddlehead is so special, whether you give a set of our cozy-soft Toasty Hat + Mittens or you surprise the knitters in your life with a Fiddlehead Bundle, everyone is going to feel the love! 

Toasty Hat + Mittens | Purl Soho

Our 100% alpaca Fiddlehead is everything you want for a winter accessory. It is incredibly soft, wonderfully lightweight, and super fun to knit, too!

Toasty Hat + Mittens | Purl Soho

Each of its loops is made of two strands of roving, sometimes the same color and sometimes two different ones. Either way, Fiddlehead’s structure, together with its fiber, make for an irresistibly adorable texture of soft, little curls.

Toasty Hat + Mittens | Purl Soho

And to give them a little extra nubbliness, we knit both the hat and mittens (or hand warmers, if you choose!) and then turned them purl-side out for wearing. Beautiful!

Toasty Hat + Mittens | Purl Soho

Available in individual skeins, Fiddlehead also comes in two-skein gift bundles that are just the right amount for making the Toasty Hat + Mittens, or our other Fiddlehead accessories: the Coziest Cowl, and the Loop + Tuck Scarf.

Toasty Hat + Mittens | Purl Soho
Toasty Hat + Mittens | Purl Soho

Whether you pick up some skeins or a Fiddlehead Bundle or two, your cockles will be warmed!

Toasty Hat + Mittens | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Gaby Bush.

Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoToastyHatAndMittens, and #PurlSohoFiddlehead. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Materials

Toasty Hat + Mittens | Purl Soho

You’ll need our Fiddlehead Bundle, which includes…

  • 2 skeins of Purl Soho’s Fiddlehead, 100% FS Alpaca. Each skein is 65 yards/ 100g; approximately 30 (43, 50) yards required for Hat; and 35 (60, 85) yards required for Mittens or Hand Warmers. We used Silver Lilac, Desert Gray, and Warm Ginger.

NOTE: For an Adult Large set, you may need an additional skein of Fiddlehead. We recommend leaving your third skein unwound so you can return it for store credit if you don’t need it after all. See our full Return Policy here!

You’ll also need…

HAT

MITTENS + HAND WARMERS

GAUGE

7¼ stitches and 13½ rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

SIZES

HAT

Toddler/Kid (Adult Small, Adult Large)

  • Finished Circumference: 16½ (19¾, 23¼) inches
  • Finished Height: 7½ (9¼, 10) inches

MITTENS + HAND WARMERS

Toddler/Kid (Adult Small, Adult Large)

  • Finished Circumference at Palm: 5½ (7¾, 10) inches, comfortably stretching about 1 inch
  • Finished Length from Cuff to End of Palm of Hand Warmer: 8½ (10¼, 11) inches, with instructions to modify
  • Finished Length from Cuff to Tip of Mitten: 9 (11¼, 12½) inches, with instructions to modify

NOTES

CONSTRUCTION

You will knit this Hat + Mitten (or Hand Warmer) set right (stockinette) side out and then turn the pieces wrong (reverse stockinette) side out for blocking and wearing. Be sure to weave in the ends on the stockinette side!

SLIP STITCHES

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise.

HAT PATTERN

Loosely cast 30 (36, 42) stitches onto circular needles. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

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

Round 1: Knit to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 until piece measures approximately 5½ (6½, 6¾), or 2 (2⅔, 3⅓) inches shorter than desired height.

CROWN

NOTE: Change to double pointed needles when necessary.

  • Toddler/Kid: Start with Decrease Round 3.
  • Adult Small: Start with Decrease Round 2.
  • Adult Large: Start with Decrease Round 1.

Decrease Round 1: *K5, knit 2 together (k2tog), repeat from * to end of round. [36 stitches]

Knit 1 round.

Decrease Round 2: *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [30 stitches]

Knit 1 round.

Decrease Round 3: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [24 stitches]

Knit 1 round.

Decrease Round 4: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [18 stitches]

Knit 1 round.

Decrease Round 5: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [12 stitches]

Knit 1 round.

Decrease Round 6: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [6 stitches]

Cut yarn and pull tail through remaining stitches.

Weave in all ends on the right (stockinette) side of hat. Turn inside out so wrong (reverse stockinette) side is facing you, and gently wet block.

MITTEN + HAND WARMER PATTERN

CUFF

Loosely cast on 10 (14, 18) stitches and divide over 3 double pointed needles. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

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

Work in stockinette, knitting every round, until piece measures approximately 3¾ (4, 4¼) inches from cast-on edge.

GUSSET

Set-Up Round: K5 (7, 9), place marker (pm), yarn over (yo), pm, knit to end of round. [11 (15, 19) stitches]

Round 1: Knit to next marker, slip marker (sm), knit 1 through the back loop (k1 tbl), sm, knit to end of round.

Round 2: Knit to end of round, slipping markers as you come to them.

Round 3 (Increase Round): Knit to next marker, sm, yo, knit to next marker, yo, sm, knit to end of round. [2 stitches increased]

Round 4: Knit to next marker, sm, k1 tbl, knit to one stitch before next marker, k1 tbl, sm, knit to end of round.

Round 5: Knit to end of round, slipping markers.

Repeat Rounds 3–5 zero (1, 1) more time(s) [13 (19, 23) stitches]

Next Round: Knit to next marker, remove marker, slip next 3 (5, 5) stitches onto stitch holder or scrap yarn for Thumb, remove next marker, and joining two ends of gusset together, knit to end of round. [3 (5, 5) stitches on hold for Thumb; 10 (14, 18) stitches on needles for Palm]

PALM

Continue in stockinette stitch in the round until piece measures approximately 3 (3½, 4) inches from end of Gusset or until approximately ½ (1, 1½) inches from desired finished length.

HAND WARMERS ONLY

Bind off loosely knitwise, going up a needle size or two if necessary to keep bind-off loose.

Continue to Thumb section, below.

TOP OF MITTEN

Round 1: Slip slip knit (ssk), k1 (3, 5), knit 2 together (k2tog), pm, ssk, k1 (3, 5) k2tog. [6 (10, 14 stitches]

Round 2: Knit to end of round.

ADULT SMALL + LARGE ONLY

Round 3: Ssk, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, k2tog, sm, ssk, knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [– (6, 10) stitches remain]

Round 4: Knit to end of round.

ADULT LARGE ONLY

Repeat Rounds 3 and 4 one more time. [6 stitches remain]

ALL SIZES

Cut yarn and thread tail onto tapestry needle. Draw needle through remaining stitches, removing markers, pull taut, and leave tail on outside of mitten.

THUMB

Slip 3 (5, 5) on-hold thumb stitches onto 3 double pointed needles.

Join yarn at base of Palm.

Set-Up Round: K3 (5, 5) stitches, and before joining in the round, pick up and knit 1 (1, 2) stitch(es) from Palm at the base of Thumb. [4 (6, 7) stitches]

Join for working in the round and work in stockinette stitch until Thumb measures 2 (2½, 3) inches, or for Hand Warmers, until ¼ inch from desired Thumb length.

HAND WARMERS ONLY

Bind off loosely knitwise, going up a needle size or two if necessary to keep bind-off loose.

Make another identical hand warmer.

MITTENS ONLY

Cut yarn and thread tail onto tapestry needle. Draw the needle through the remaining stitches, pull taut, and leave tail on outside of Thumb.

Make another identical mitten.

FINISHING

Weave in all ends on right (stockinette) side, closing any holes at Thumbs. Turn inside out so wrong (reverse stockinette) side is facing you and gently wet block.

Toasty Hat + Mittens | Purl Soho
Toasty Hat + Mittens | Purl Soho