Our High Seas Hat is a super-speedy knit that will help you navigate the end of gift-knitting season with ease (and beauty!).

High Seas Hat | Purl Soho

You knit this hat in Fisherman’s Rib, a super lofty stitch that creates deep channels similar to brioche stitch but way simpler.

High Seas Hat | Purl Soho

For Fisherman’s Rib, you use the technique of working into “the stitch below.” It’s no harder than a regular knit or purl stitch, and our tutorial ensures it’ll be smooth sailing!

High Seas Hat | Purl Soho

Super Soft Merino adds its famous soft touch to the cushy depth of Fisherman’s Rib. It is a loosely spun single ply, which means all its fine merino fibers are at their softest. The downiness of the spin also captures air in the yarn, insulating your head in toasty warmth!

High Seas Hat | Purl Soho
High Seas Hat | Purl Soho

Super Soft Merino is a quick-knitting chunky weight, so you can choose from three dozen colors and whip up a fleet of High Sea Hats in no time at all!

High Seas Hat | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Tayler Harris. Based in Utah, Tayler finds inspiration for her designs from the unique landscapes of her home state. From the beautiful mountains and canyons to the national parks and natural landscapes, she loves to incorporate the colors, textures, and shapes of her favorite places.

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Materials

High Seas Hat | Purl Soho

We knit our samples in the following sizes and colors…

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Toddler/Kid: Clover Green + Peachy Pink

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Adult Small/ Medium (on model): Seashell Pink + Golden Green

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Adult Medium/ Large: Fresh Pickle + Heirloom White

GAUGE

9 stitches and 28 rounds = 4 inches in Fisherman’s Rib (see Notes), unstretched

SIZES

Toddler/Kid, (Adult Small/ Medium, Adult Medium/ Large)

  • Finished Circumference: 14¼ (17¾, 21¼) inches unstretched, comfortably stretching to 17 (21, 24) inches
  • Finished Height: 10 (12¼, 13½) inches uncuffed, with instructions to modify

NOTES

WORKING INTO THE STITCH BELOW

NOTE: For more help with this technique, including step-by-step how to’s, visit our Working Into The Stitch Below Tutorial.

K1b (knit one below): Insert tip of right needle into stitch below next stitch from front to back, knit normally (wrapping yarn around needle and pulling it back through stitch below), and let stitch above fall from left needle.

P1b (purl one below): Insert tip of the right needle into stitch below next stitch from back to front, purl normally (wrapping yarn around needle and pulling it back through stitch below), and let the stitch above fall from left needle.

FISHERMAN’S RIB DECREASES

NOTE: When you slip a stitch from the row below, you get two strands on the needle: the stitch you slipped plus the one you dropped. For these decreases, those two strands count as one stitch.

DD-L (Left Leaning Double Decrease): Insert right needle into stitch below next stitch from front to back and slip it to right needle knitwise, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over (see Note, above). [2 stitches decreased]

DD-R (Right Leaning Double Decrease): Slip next two stitches purlwise, one at a time, to right needle, insert right needle into stitch below next stitch from back to front and slip it to right needle purlwise, slip all three stitches (see Note, above) back to left needle maintaining their orientation, k3tog. [2 stitches decreased]

PATTERN

UPDATE December 8, 2023: We originally published this pattern without a set-up round, which some people found confusing and fiddly to knit. We heard you and have since added a k1, p1 set-up round, which should clear things up! If you would like a copy of the previous version, please contact us at customerservice@purlsoho.com.

Cast 32 (40, 48) stitches onto circular needles. We used a Long Tail Tubular Cast On (beginning with a purl cast-on stitch after the slip knot), but a basic Long Tail Cast On would also be beautiful (and less complicated!).

If you used a Long Tail Tubular Cast On

Foundation Row 1 (wrong side): *K1 through the back loop, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front (wyif), repeat from * to end of row.

Foundation Row 2 (right side): *K1, slip 1 purlwise wyif, repeat from * to end of row.

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

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

If you used a basic Long Tail Cast On

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

Set-Up Round: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

BODY

Round 1: *Knit 1 below (k1b, see Notes), p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 2: *K1, purl 1 below (p1b, see Notes), repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 8 (9½, 9¾) inches from cast-on edge or to 2 (2¾, 3¾) inches short of desired length, ending with Round 1.

CROWN

NOTE: Change to double pointed needles when necessary.

Set-Up Round: [K1, p1b] 8 (10, 12) times, place marker, *k1, p1b, repeat from * to end of round.

Decrease Round: [K1b, p1, DD-R (see Notes), continue in established pattern to 6 stitches before next marker, DD-L (see Notes), p1, k1b, p1, slip marker] 2 times. [8 stitches decreased]

Working in Fisherman’s Rib as established, repeat Decrease Round every 6th round 1 (2, 3) more time(s). [16 stitches remain]

Cut yarn and thread tail onto a tapestry needle. Draw twice through remaining stitches and pull tightly to secure. Bring tail to inside of hat.

FINISHING

Weave in all ends and gently wet block to finished dimensions.

High Seas Hat | Purl Soho