Forest Imp hat - knitting pattern

Forest Imp is a great little Hat that combines a simple but effective textured stitch pattern with a coloured trim, which is perfect for raiding your stash and using up those leftovers of your favourite yarn.

Pattern is worked bottom up and in the round, and includes 4 sizes covering newborns through to adults.

Skills required: Knit & purl sts, knitting in the round, increases & decreases, specialist cast-on

Gauge: 20 sts x 32 rows to 4in/10cm on 4mm needles over St.St 20 sts x 32 rows to 4in/10cm on 4mm needles over Double Moss (Seed) Stitch

Sizes: To fit sizes: 14 (17, 19.5, 22) in/ 35.5 (43.25, 49.5, 56) cm Finished size: 12 (14.5, 16.75, 19.25) in/ 30.5 (36.75, 42.5, 49) cm


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • Metric and imperial measurements
  • Sizes available 14 (17, 19.5, 22) in/ 35.5 (43.25, 49.5, 56) cm
  • Written instructions; illustrated tutorials for Alternate Cable cast-on & 2x2 Alternate Cable cast-on

Materials you need at home:

  • Yarn A 71 (88, 108, 130) yd/65 (81, 98, 118) m Heavy DK/Worsted weight, single ply yarn
  • Yarn B 7 (9, 9, 11) yd/6 (7, 7, 10) m yarn
  • 36yd/33m yarn for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.St
  • Set 4mm/UK8/US6 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch marker as necessary
  • Tapestry needle
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