A free knitting pattern for a cashmere hat for men and women with an inverted hem in a contrasting yarn
Are you like me? Sometimes I am obsessed with a specific yarn. The organic cashmere by Pascuali is one of them. When I saw it, I had to get it and turn it into something wearable. Something simple, to show off the luxurious softness in all its delicate glory. The result is this free knitting pattern for a simple hat in stockinette stitch.
Now, if you have been following me on Instagram, then you might already know that I love to add a subtle twist to all my patterns. So, for this cashmere hat, I decided to add a little inverted hem in a contrasting yarn.
This feature has two functions. First, it adds a tiny speckle of color. But it also adds a lot of warmth around the ears (our German winters can be quite cold) and a more secure fit. Because let’s be frank, nothing is worse than a hat that constantly slips down (if you like that idea, do check out my reversible headband pattern).
While I love pom poms, this design is decreased in a decorative way that I feel looks best without one. The crown is quite round (and not pointy at all) because I wanted something fitting but with a little slouch so it doesn’t entirely look like a skullcap.
Now, I already have one very simple beanie pattern on my blog called Muetze. And that’s why I decided to call this one Muetze 2. Mütze is the German word for a beanie and I feel such a simple name is all a basic pattern needs. I’ll save “Sunrise over a cedar-lined mountain ridge near Kyoto” for another time, eh? And of course, there’s my free hat knitting course available as well.
Now, I can already hear some knitters calling me a yarn-snob. And if I’m honest, that I am! Still, I am the last person to deny each and every knitter their own choice. While I do believe such a simple stocking stitch design works best with a fuzzy yarn, it really doesn’t have to be pure Cashmere.
A nice blend, or maybe some Alpaca yarn could be a nice option with a similar look and feel for a tighter budget. Or even Camel hair yarn. If you can hold a very even tension, I’m sure this hat will even look nice in merino yarn.
That being said, Christmas is close, and this could be a lovely time to treat yourself (or let yourself be treated) 🙂
Materials you will need for the Cashmere hat:
- Around 65 grams (300 meters/328 yards) of yarn for needles size 3.00 mm; I used two skeins of the Pascuali filati Bio Cashmere 6/28 in rust and half a skein in curry.
- Double-Pointed Knitting needles 2.50 and 3.00 mm. Frequent readers probably already know that I am a huge fan of the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz because they are the only ones that don’t end up crooked after 5 minutes. You could also knit with magic loop
- A tapestry needle and scissors.
- A crochet hook (for the provisional cast on; you can do it without as well)
- Stitch markers (optional)
- Measuring tape
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Most of this hat is knit in pure stockinette stitch. The inverted hem is a 1×1 rib. So, I feel this knitting pattern is quite accessible for advanced beginners. Possibly the only tricky part is the provisional cast on and the three-needles bind-off. But that’s just two rows and if you watch my tutorials it will be easy.
- K = knit
- P = purl
- SSK = slip, slip knit
- k2tog = knit two together
- The Kitchener Stitch
- A variation of the three-needles bind off
- ….And a provisional cast-on of your choice
Either way, go and download this free hat knitting pattern. It’s a 9 page pdf loaded with detailed written instructions and all the important information you need to adjust this to your size and your preferred fit.
While the instructions are indeed for a men’s size M, I’m reasonably sure you can adjust my instructions even if you are relatively new to knitting. I tried to pack all the information you need into the pdf.