Rosalind slouchy hat - knitting pattern

Rosalind features dropped stitches inside lozenge cables and is surprisingly simple to knit. Although it's knit in 4ply, those drop stitches mean that it's much quicker to knit, and you have all the fun of deliberately letting those stitches unravel!

Rosalind comes in a full 5 sizes, which means that should you wish to substitute the yarn, or should your gauge be different from the pattern, then you can easily knit another size in the pattern to get your desired fit.

Sample shown in Hand Maiden Fine Yarn Bess [300yd/275m per 100g; 88% Merino, 12% Cashmere]; shown in size 21.5in/54.5cm on model with 21.5in/54.5cm circumference head.

Sizes to fit: 16 [18.5, 20, 21.5, 23] in/40.75 [47, 50.75, 54.5, 58.5] cm (finished size: 14.25 [15.75, 17.25, 18.5, 20] in/36.25 [40, 43.75, 47, 50.75] cm).

Skills required: knit & purl sts, knitting in the round, increases & decreases, dropped sts, specialist cast-on, cables.


  • Written & charted instructions
  • Illustrated tutorials for Alternate Cable & Cable cast-ons
  • Pattern in metric and Imperial measurements

Materials you need at home:

  • 135 [159, 193, 228, 251] yd/123 [146, 177, 209, 231] m 4-ply/fingering weight, plied yarn (Gauge 28 sts x 40 rows to 4in/10cm on 2.75mm needles over St.St.; 28 sts x 42 rows to 4in/10cm on 2.5mm needles over Twisted Rib, lightly stretched; 28 sts x 58 rows to 4in/10cm on 2.5mm needles over Garter St.)

  • 42yd/39m yarn for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.St.
* Set 2.5mm/US1½ & 2.75mm/US2 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle

  • Cable needle
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