Taboosh hat - knitting pattern

This pillbox style Hat stands tall with its tapering shape and firm fabric. The fabric is knit at a tighter gauge to ensure the shape remains proud while clever construction continues the shape right to the very top.

Skills required: 
Knit & purl sts, provisional cast on, joining live sts, increases & decreases, knitting in the round, tucks

 24 sts x 36 rows to 4in/10cm on 3.25mm needles over St.St.
 24 sts x 40 rows to 4in/10cm on 3mm needles over Moss (Seed) Stitch

The yarn is knitted tighter than recommended gauge for firmness of fabric.


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • Metric and imperial measurements
  • Sizes to fit 17 (19, 20.5, 22) in/ 43.25 (48.25, 52, 56) cm (Finished size 16 (17.25, 18.75, 20) in/ 40.5 (43.75, 47.5, 50.75) cm)
  • Written instructions; illustrated tutorials for Provisional Cast-on, Joining Live sts & Picking Up sts

Materials you need at home:

  • 154 (183, 225, 264) yd/140 (166, 205, 241) m DK weight, plied yarn (Sample shown in KnitPicks Gloss DK (123yd/112m per 50g; 70% Merino, 30% Silk))
39yd/36m yarn for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.St.

  • Set 3mm/UK11/US2½ & 3.25mm/UK10/US3 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge

  • 3.25mm crochet hook 

  • Approx 3yd/3m waste yarn 

  • Stitch marker as necessary

  • Tapestry needle
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