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Cynthia has put her Ph.D. in ed. psych. to work full time in the fiber arts, designing Really Clear patterns that are clear, easy-to-understand, and fun to make! (She thinks hard about how to explain ...

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Four-Corners Hat

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Four-Corners Hat
Four-Corners Hat
Four-Corners Hat

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast on, knit, use circular and double-pointed needles

Pattern Description:

The Four-Corners hat is named after the Four Corners area in the Western U.S., where the square corners of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona all come together.

The hat is made with a series of small mitered squares. (Even the top is mitered.) It's a great little project for learning not only how to make mitered squares, but also how to pick up stitches.

Using a variegated or self-striping yarn makes the miters extra fun!


5 stitches per inch in garter stitch. Because of the hat's construction, gauge is not super-critical. The hat will be sized during the knitting.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Sized to fit.


  • Needles: 16" circular knitting needle, size 7 (4.5mm), and double-pointed needles, size 7(4.5mm)or any size needed to get gauge.

You Will Also Need:

  • Tapestry needle, stitch markers.

Suggested yarn:

150 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Noro Kureyon or Silk Garden