Ruislip cloche hat - knitting pattern

Originally published in Simply Knitting, this flattering Hat is now available to purchase as an individual pattern.

The band on this Hat is knitted flat, then stitches are picked up for the body and crown, where the remainder of the Hat is worked in the round. A generous 4 sizes are included in the pattern, covering babies through to large adults.

Skills required: 
Knit & purl sts, knitting in the round, increases & decreases, picking up sts

24 sts x 36 rows to 4in/10cm on 3.5mm needles over Moss (Seed).St
 22 sts x 32 rows to 4in/10cm on 3.75mm needles over St.St


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • Metric and imperial measurements
  • Sizes to fit 16 (18, 21, 23) in/ 40.75 (45.75, 53.25, 58.5) cm (Finished size 14 (16, 18, 20) in/ 35.5 (40.75, 45.75, 51) cm)
  • Written instructions; illustrated tutorials for Picking up Sts & Knitting in the Round

Materials you need at home:

  • 122 (158, 199, 247) yd/111 (144, 182, 225) m DK weight, plied yarn (Sample shown in Fyberspates MCN DK (225yd/206m per 100g; 80% Superwash merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere))
  • 36yd/33m yarn for a 6x6in/15x15cm St.St swatch 

  • Sets 3.5mm/UK--/US4 & 3.75mm/UK9/US5 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge

  • 1.5in/3.75cm button

  • Stitch marker as necessary

  • Tapestry needle
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