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I have been knitting on and off since my teens, but became somewhat obsessed with it in 2007. I love squishy wools for the short, mild Los Angeles winters, and like cottons and blends for the rest ...

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Leighton Hat

from Brenda Castiel Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Leighton Hat
Leighton Hat
Leighton Hat
Leighton Hat

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knitting in the Round

Pattern Description:

Oversized and slouchy, but with an interesting twist of braids and beads, this hat is fun to work up as well as wear. The Art-Deco style of the trim on this slouchy hat was inspired by a visit to Leighton House in London.

The main color uses about 2/3 of a a skein of Malabrigo, while the trim uses just small amounts of contrasting colors.

This hat is worked in seed stitch and features a delicate trim with garter stitch stripes, a braid stitch, and optional beading for a pretty, feminine look. The brim is ribbed for stability. It can be made in a close-fitting or slouchy style (shown).

This lovely hat is certainly achievable for a confident beginner.


19 stitches and 27 rows = 4 in/10cm in seed stitch (Moss stitch)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Hat is stretchy and will fit sizes 19-23 in/48-58 cm.


  • Worsted Weight yarn 150 yds/135m
  • Worsted Weight yarn - small amounts for contrast colorsm

You Will Also Need:

  • size 7 US/4.50mm needles, 2 circs or DPN
  • optional beads, about 35
  • Small crochet hook for placing beads

Suggested yarn:

150 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Malabrigo Worsted


606 Frost Gray