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Night Watch Cap

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Night Watch Cap
Night Watch Cap

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting
  • purling
  • increasing
  • decreasing
  • casting on
  • twisted stitches

Pattern Description:

An essential part of any pirate's kit, a watch cap keeps your head warm whether you're hairy or not (pirates often shaved their heads to streamline their grooming routines). Wear yours with brim folded in classic watch cap style or unfold the brim and push it back onto the crown of your head, letting the top flop back. With this rib pattern you can have the fancy side showing or go incognito with plain ribs. If you weave your ends carefully as you go, you can flip the hat from knit to purl side for four looks.

DK yarn or a light worsted works best here, and I recommend a smaller-than-normal needle size to make a really cozy fabric.

A note on sizing: The ribbing on this hat allows the circumference to stretch from 16-22 inches, making it a hat that will fit most adults (and some kids).

Skills Needed
Casting on
Binding off
Working stitches out of order (twisted stitches)


20 sts x 30 rows = 4" in Stockinette Stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • adult head (16" circumference, unstretched; 22", stretched)


  • 200yds dk yarn
  • US4 16" circular needle
  • US4 DPNs

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch marker
  • tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

200 yards of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

madeline tosh dk


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I live and knit in New York City and Bath, Maine, with my husband and our three children, getting my style fix in the one and my New England (Red Sox/cranberry bog/lobster roll/chilly nights in need ...

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