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I’m a lifelong knitter, from a family of knitters, gardeners, seamstresses, and sailors (yes, even the men!) - who also happen to be doctors, scientists, priests, and businesspeople (yes, even the ...

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Dankers Hats

from Katherine Vaughan Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Dankers Hats
Dankers Hats
Dankers Hats

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Knit & purl patterning
  • Provisional cast on

Pattern Description:

Sometimes you have a small amount of some precious yarnhandspun, hand dyed, a gift, or a luxury item that you could afford just one skein of. You think it's enough for a hat, but adding in the swatch could just put you over.

Sometimes you just want to jump into a project and not worry about working that swatch, particularly for something as simple as a hat or other small accessory.

This pair of matching hats are written to be "gaugeless". They use two different techniques to achieve a good fit. In the first hat (shown in Adult L on James), you will start by working a brim sideways to length, then will pick up and knit stitches for the crown. In the second hat (shown in Adult M on Katherine), you start at the top of the crown and increase to certain diameter points, then end by working the brim down to length.

This pair of hats was designed as a wedding present for some cousins. They use the same stitch on the brim, stockinette on the crown, and an I-cord edge/bindoff at the bottom edge. They say you come to look like your spouse with time...


15 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Child (Adult S, Adult M, Adult L). This corresponds to a head circumference of 18 (20, 22, 24)in [46 (51, 56, 61)cm].


  • 100 - 250 yards (91 - 229 m) bulky weight yarn
  • US 10 (6mm) circular and/or double pointed knitting needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Waste yarn for provisional cast on
  • Yarn needle