I designed this hat for my husband. But I think it goes well on women too. At least I would wear it! It is kind of reversible and is stretchy. That's why it fits really well. The yarn I used is wool. The color surprised me since I ordered black. It turns out that it is hard to take photos of brown garments. I hope you can see what I see and I will try this hat with different yarn next time.

You could easily change the pattern according to your gauge. You will decrease for each square so you could increase or decrease the number of squares.

Half of the stitches are knit through the back loop - it gives the interesting look. Of course you could knit those stitches through front look but it will have a slightly different look. If you do so, knit the ribbing with smaller needles size.

*Gauge*: 26 stitches and 28 rows in squares pattern. (like the body of the hat).

I used 40 cm 4 mm circular needles and change to magic loop when decreasing. You will need stitch marker to mark the beginning of the row. You will also need tapestry needle and scissors for finishing off.

The finished height of this hat is 19 cm and 20 cm wide not stretched. It fits on average adult - 56 cm.

*Abbreviations*

sts - stitches

k - knit

p - purl

ktbl - knit through back loop - the stitch will be slightly twisted

k2tog - knit 2 stitches together

[ ] rep - repeat till the end of row

( )x 2 - repeat the sequence in the brackets 2 times

*Pattern*

Cast on 110 sts using the long tail cast on method. Join for working in the round and place stitch marker.

**Ribbing**row 1 - 10: p, ktbl

**Body**row 1: [k5, (ktbl, p) x 2 , ktbl] rep

row 2: [p5, (ktbl, p) x 2 , ktbl] rep

Repeat row 1 and 2 3 more times. This is the first row of squares.

row 9: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, k5] rep

row 10: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, p5] rep

Repeat row 9 and 10 3 more times. This is the second row of squares.

Knit 3 more rows of squares, alternating them. Or knit until the body of the hat measures 14 cm - 5 inches and a half.

**Decreases**row 1: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, k, k2tog, k2] rep

row 2 [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, p4] rep

row 3: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, k, k2tog, k] rep

row 4: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, p3] rep

row 5: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, k, k2tog] rep

row 6: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, p2] rep

row 7: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, k2tog] rep

row 8: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, p1] rep

row 9: (k, k2tog, k2, ktbl) rep

row 10: (p4, ktbl) rep

row 11: (k, k2tog, k, ktbl) rep

row 12: (p3, ktbl) rep

row 13: (k2tog, ktbl) rep (22)

row 14: (k2tog) rep

row 15: (k2tog) x 5, k1

Finish off.

I would love to see your finished hat in ravelry!