Dedicated to Nana. We miss you.
Nana had a saying whenever we would go out shopping: “Whatever paints you pink.” The first memory that I have of her saying this to me was when we were at the mall.
She said, “Find something that paints you pink.”
I was really confused at the time, but now I understand her saying. If something “paints you pink” that means that it makes you happy or brings you joy. It suits you.
As I began working on this design that was originally going to be named after a mythical horse hybrid, I couldn’t help but think of my Nana with every stitch. I found that this hat really “paints me pink,” and I hope that it paints you pink too.
Worked in the round, bottom-up, this hat will keep you entertained with every row. A mix of braided 3x3 cables, braided 1x1 cables, popcorn bobbles, as well as a very interesting crown make for a very fun hat to knit.
Stitch Gauge: 24 sts x 8 rows in pattern = 5 in / 12.5 cm wide and 1.25 in / 3 cm tall with yarns held together on Size A needles knit in the round after wet blocking.
This hat is written for one size, but can fit an older child (17 in / 43 cm circumference) to an adult medium head (20 in / 51cm circumference). Depending on how you block it, you can get many different fits. If you would like to make the pattern to fit a large adult head, use a DK weight yarn in place of the sport weight yarn and go up a needle size or two.
Size A: US 6 (4.0 mm), 16 in / 40 cm circular & DPNs or size needed to obtain gauge
Size B: US 5 (3.75 mm), 16 in / 40 cm circular or one size smaller than Size A.
140 yards / 128 meters of sport weight yarn
164 yards / 150 meters of lace weight mohair
The sample was made with 140 yards Rowan Pure Wool 4 Ply, 443 held with 164 yards Crystal Palace Kid Merino, Painted Iris
Notions and Tools: 1 stitch marker, darning needle, materials for blocking (optional)
Abbreviations & Stitch Glossary:
K2TOG: knit the next two stitches together
K3TOG: knit the next 3 stitches together
SSK: slip two stitches knit-wise and then knit them together through the back loop
SSSK: slip three stitches knit-wise and then knit them together through the back loop
BOR: Beginning of round
CDD: slip two stitches together knit-wise, knit the next stitch, pass the two slipped stitches over the stitch that was just knit.
1/1 LC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at front of work, k1, then k1 from cable needle.
1/1 RC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at back of work, k1, then k1 from cable needle.
3/3 LC: Slip next 3 stitches to cable needle and place at front of work, k3, then k3 from cable needle.
3/3 LPC: Slip next 3 stitches to cable needle and place at front of work, p3, then k3 from cable needle.
3/3 RC: Slip next 3 stitches to cable needle and place at back of work, k3, then k3 from cable needle.
3/3 RPC: Slip next 3 stitches to cable needle and place at back of work, k3, then p3 from cable needle.
mb: make bobble (see special techniques)
All instructions in  are repeated. Example: [k4, p4] x4 means that you will k4 then p4 four times before proceeding.
Cast On & Ribbing
With Size B (US 5 / 3.75mm) Needles and with both yarns held together, cast on 96 stitches using the long-tail cast on. Place a BOR marker and join to work in the round.
3x3 Ribbing: [k3, p3] around
Repeat 3x3 Ribbing until work measures 2 in / 5 cm from cast on edge.
Switch to Size A (US 6 / 4.0mm) Needles.
Repeat 3x3 Ribbing for 3 rounds
Round 1: [k3, p3, 3/3 LPC, k3, 3/3 RPC, p3] x4
Round 2: [k3, p6, k9, p6] x4
Round 3: [1/1 LC, k1, p6, 3/3 LC, k3, p6] x4
Round 4: Repeat round 2
Round 5: [k1, 1/1 RC, p6, k9, p6] x4
Round 6: Repeat round 2
Round 7: [1/1 LC, k1, p6, k3, 3/3 RC, p6] x4
Round 8: [k3, p6, k9, p6] x4.
Round 9: [k1, 1/1 RC, p2, mb, p3, k9, p6] x4.
Round 10: Repeat round 8.
Round 11: [1/1 LC, k1, p6, 3/3 LC, k3, p6] x4.
Round 12: Repeat round 8.
Round 13: [k1, 1/1 RC, p6, k9, p3, mb, p2] x4.
Round 14: Repeat round 8.
Repeat Rounds 7 – 14 two times. If you would like to add more length to your hat, add another repeat here. Inversely, if you would like to not have as much length in your hat, do one less repeat.
Repeat Rounds 7 – 12. Work should measure about 7 in / 18 cm from the cast on edge.
Next Round: [k3, p3, 3/3 RPC, k3, 3/3 LPC, p3] x4
Work 3x3 Ribbing for three rounds.
Decreases / Crown
Switch to DPNs when necessary.
Round 1: [k3, p2, K2TOG, k2, p3, k3, p3, k2, SSK, p2] x4. (88 sts)
Round 2: [k3, p2, (k3, p3) x2, k3, p2] x4
Round 3: [k3, p1, K2TOG, k2, p3, k3, p3, k2, SSK, p1] x4. (80 sts)
Round 4: [k3, p1, (k3, p3) x2, k3, p1] x4
Round 5: Remove BOR marker, k2, place BOR marker. [K3TOG, k2, p3, k3, p3, k2, SSSK, k1] x4. (64 sts)
Round 6: [(k3, p3) x2, k4] x4
Round 7: Remove BOR marker, k2, place BOR marker. [k1, p3, k3, p3, k2, CDD, k1] x4. (56 sts)
Round 8: [k1, p3, k3, p3, k4] x4
Round 9: [k1, p3, k3, p3, k1, CDD] x4. (48 sts)
Round 10: [k1, p3, k2] x8.
Round 11: [SSK, p1, K2TOG, k1] x8. (32 sts).
Round 12: [k1, p1, k3, p1, k2] x4
Round 13: [SSSK, k1, K3TOG, k1] x4. (16 sts)
Round 14: k around
Round 15: [CDD, k1] 4x. (8 sts).
Break yarn leaving a tail. Pull the tail through the remaining live stitches and cinch tight. Weave in ends and block.
Depending on the size and ease desired, you can opt to not block, steam block, lightly block with a spray bottle, or wet block. The sample was wet blocked and then placed on a balloon to stretch the crown as it dried. The sample’s finished measurements after blocking were: 9.5 in / 24 cm wide (20 in / 51 cm circumference) and 9 in / 23 cm tall.