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Patty Nance lives on the southern coast of Oregon with her husband, two motorcycles and lots of yarn. When she is not knitting, she teaches classes, designs hand-knits, and publishes patterns. Her ...

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Linda's Happy Accident Hat

from Patty's Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Linda's Happy Accident Hat
Linda's Happy Accident Hat Hat II
Linda's Happy Accident Hat Hat I
Linda's Happy Accident Hat Hat III

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit & purl in the round
  • yarn overs and decreases
  • long-tail cast on
  • working with double-point needles

Pattern Description:

Linda, one of my knitting students, would be the first person to say that she has trouble concentrating in class. She missed a few steps on her first in-the-round project. In place of 2x2 ribbing, her project had a diagonal knit/purl texture. Rather than rip it out and start over, I convinced her to just keep going - her "mistake" became a design element, a teaching opportunity and a happy accident.

I used Linda's happy accident to design 3 hats, each using common stitch patterns - knit/purl texture, 2-color Fair Isle and simple lace. The basic premise is that working a 2-by-2 pattern stitch over an odd number of stitches produces a beautiful slant design.


Hat I - 22 sts & 25 rnds = 4" in St st in the round; Hat II - 24 sts & 24 rnds = 4" in 2-color Fair Isle; Hat III - 20 sts & 25 rnds = 4" in lace stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • adult medium


  • set of 5 dpns
  • 8 stitch markers
  • yarn needle

Suggested yarn:

200 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Cascade Sierra


solid colors