Back Roads Hat

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Back Roads Hat Pattern


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Knitting: Back Roads Hat
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Women, Men, Girls, Boys



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit and purl stitches
  • Knit in the round
  • No cable needle 2 stitch cables
  • Knitting through the back loop
  • Slipped stitches
  • Increase and decrease stitches - M1L, PFB, k2tog, ssk, CDD

Pattern Description:

Inspired by the enjoyment of a solitary hike and a love for Robert Frost poems, the Back Roads hat proves to be an interesting knit, with lots of twists and turns all its own. Details include a cable rib brim and curving lines of stockinette interlaced with slip stitches and garter stitch.

Pattern includes both charted and written directions so the ability to read a chart is not necessary in order to work this pattern.

The pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit to reduce the potential for error.

So, put those hiking boots on, pull on this stylish cap and take a lesson from Robert Frost.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
--Robert Frost (1874-1963), The Road Not Taken


21 stitches/32 rounds to 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) in stockinette stitch, unblocked.

28 stitches/37 rounds to 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) in body pattern stitch, unblocked.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Three sizes included. Hat fits head sizes of approx 20, 22, 24" (51, 56, 61 cm) circumference. Hat length approx 8, 8.5, 9" (20.3, 21.6, 22.9 cm)


  • US 6 (4 mm) 16" (41 cm) circular needle
  • US 6 (4 mm) 7" (18 cm) double-pointed needles

You Will Also Need:

  • Tapestry/blunt yarn needle
  • Stitch Marker

Suggested yarn:

175 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage


Badlands or Dahlia

About Designer

About Designer

Melissa Burke on

Growing up on a rural Southern Tier dairy farm, my family knew the value of handmade. My mother taught me to knit at an early age, and although I didn't see the value in it then, the enjoyment I received from creating something with my own hands has never left me.

My knitting patterns reflect my traditional, rural upbringing paired with a sense of taste that is becoming more and more liberated ...

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