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Killick Cap

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Killick Cap
Killick Cap Men's Killick Cap
Killick Cap Striped Killick, back
Killick Cap Striped Killick, side
Killick Cap Solid Killick, front
Killick Cap Solid Killick, back

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Make a gauge swatch in Stockinette Stitch

Pattern Description:

Dive into knitting with this classic sailor's cap!

A "Killick" is another name for the rank of Leading Seaman in many Commonwealth navies. It is also derived from the Old German word for "anchor"the perfect description for this sailor-style cap. As a beginner project, it will be an "anchor" for many knitting skills to come.

Whether you are just starting out, or simply looking for something quick-and-easy, this watchman's cap, which uses raglan-style decreases to create the shaping, will soon be a "go-to" toque pattern in your arsenal. Get creative with stripe placements and yarn to make it uniquely yours!

FORMAT: Adobe PDF File
SIZES: Three super-stretchy sizes: Toddler, Youth, and Adult. Instructions for adjusting crown heights is also given.
TUTORIALS: Photo and written tutorial are included for the "Super-Stretchy Cast-On". A full glossary is included.
SKILLS YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THIS PATTERN: Knit, purl, making a gauge swatch in Stockinette Stitch.
PATTERN REQUIREMENTS: For a striped hat, 1-2 50g/1.76 oz aran-weight balls of Colour A and 1 ball of Colour B. For solid hat, 1-2 50g/1.76 oz balls of Colour A only. I recommend "Knit Picks Wool of the Andes".
Also, 4.5 mm/US 7 double-pointed needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; yarn needle; ruler or measuring tape.


20 sts and 30 rws = 4"/10 cm over Stockinette Stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 16.5"/42 cm - 19"/48 cm head
  • 18.5"/47 cm - 21.5"/54/5v cm head
  • 20.5"/52 cm - 25"/63.5 cm head


  • 1-3 balls aran-weight yarn
  • 4.5 mm/US 7 double-pointed needles

You Will Also Need:

  • yarn needle
  • ruler

Suggested yarn:

183 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks' Wool of the Andes


Amber Heather, Rooibos, Onyx Heather