The herringbone pattern is, of course, traditionally woven, yet it routinely “weaves” its way into the knitting world. Here on the Purl Bee, this classic zigzag has inspired chunky cowls, handsome scarves, and now a hat, too!

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This Herringbone Hat depends on texture for its herringbone-ness and on logical engineering for its structure. To highlight both I knit up my hats in Purl Soho’s gorgeous Mulberry Merino. A delicious blend of silk and merino, the silk reflects the light and draws attention to the riveting texture, while the merino keeps the whole thing shipshape!

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This particular herringbone stitch pattern is created by simple slip stitches, no fancy maneuvers or fussy tricks. And like the herringbone pattern itself, the Herringbone Hat, with its clever construction and compelling details, is sure to become a knit classic! -Laura

PS- To see Instagram photos of this project being worn click here and here!

Materials

Gauge

28 stitches and 54 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern

22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Sizes

Newborn (Toddler, Kid, Adult Small, Adult Large)

  • Finished Circumference: 11 ¾ (14 ¼, 16 ½, 19, 21 ¼) inches
  • Finished Height: 5 ¾ (7, 8, 9, 10 ¼) inches

Notes

This hat is worked flat and then seamed together.

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise.

Abbreviations

  • m1 purlwise: make 1 purlwise; with the left needle pick up the strand between the previous and next stitch from front to back, purl through the back loop
  • m1L: make 1 left
  • m1R: make 1 right
  • wyib: with yarn in back
  • wyif: with yarn in front

Pattern

Cast on 21 (25, 29, 33, 37) stitches.

Foundation Row (wrong side): Purl.

Increase (Stitch Pattern Slants Right)

Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 wyib, K1, m1L, *k2, slip 2 wyif, repeat from * to last three stitches, k3. [1 stitch increased]

Row 2: Slip 1 wyif, p3, *slip 2 wyib, p2, repeat from * to last two stitches, m1 purlwise, p2. [1 stitch increased]

Row 3: Slip 1 wyib, K1, m1L, *k2, slip 2 wyif, repeat from * to last stitch, k1. [1 stitch increased]

Row 4: Slip 1 wyif, p1, *slip 2 wyib, p2, repeat from * to last two stitches, m1 purlwise, p2. [1 stitch increased]

Repeat Rows 1-4 four (5, 6, 7, 8) more times. [41 (49, 57, 65, 73) stitches]

Continue Evenly (Stitch Pattern Slants Left)

Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 wyib, K1, *slip 2 wyif, k2, repeat from * to last three stitches, slip 2 wyif, k1.

Row 2: Slip 1 wyif, p3, *slip 2 wyib, p2, repeat from * to last stitch, p1.

Row 3: Slip 1 wyib, k3, *slip 2 wyif, k2, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Row 4: Slip 1 wyif, p1, *slip 2 wyib, p2, repeat from * to last three stitches, p3.

Repeat Rows 1-4 four (5, 6, 7, 8) more times.

Continue Evenly (Stitch Pattern Slants Right)

Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 wyib, k3, *slip 2 wyif, k2, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Row 2: Slip 1 wyif, p3, *slip 2 wyib, p2, repeat from * to last stitch, p1.

Row 3: Slip 1 wyib, K1, *slip 2 wyif, k2, repeat from * to last three stitches, slip 2 wyif, k1.

Row 4: Slip 1 wyif, p1, *slip 2 wyib, p2, repeat from * to last three stitches, p3.

Repeat Rows 1-4 four (5, 6, 7, 8) more times.

Decrease (Stitch Pattern Slants Left)

Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 wyib, k1, ssk, *k2, slip 2 wyif, repeat from * to last stitch, k1. [1 stitch decreased]

Row 2: Slip 1 wyif, p3, *slip 2 wyib, p2, repeat from * to last four stitches, p2tog tbl, p2. [1 stitch decreased]

Row 3: Slip 1 wyib, k1, ssk, *k2, slip 2 wyif, repeat from * to last three stitches, k3. [1 stitch decreased]

Row 4: Slip 1 wyif, p1, *slip 2 wyib, p2, repeat from * to last four stitches, p2tog tbl, p2. [1 stitch decreased]

Repeat Rows 1-4 four (5, 6, 7, 8) more times. [21 (25, 29, 33, 37) stitches]

Work Second Half of Hat

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Repeat the entire pattern one more time, starting with the Increase (Stitch Pattern Slants Right) section.

Bind off in knit stitch.

Finish

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With wrong sides together, fold the piece in half so that you can seam the hat together.

Hold the cast on and bind off edges parallel. Use a tapestry needle threaded with the working yarn to sew the two edges together (NOTE: I used contrast yarn for demonstration purposes). Sew under the knit stitch at the cast on edge and then under the knit stitch directly opposite at the bind off edge.

Continue back and forth for the length of these straight edges.

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Continue seaming up the slanted edges, now using Mattress Stitch. Continue in Mattress Stitch along the top edge and then down the second slanted side.

Weave in the ends and block as desired.

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