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Hi! I'm Mary Ann Stephens, owner of Kidsknits.com, an online yarn shop specializing in Norwegian and Fair Isle knitting. I do a fair amount of designing and teaching. As I've gotten older, I've had ...

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North Star Hat

from Mary Ann Stephens Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : North Star Hat
North Star Hat
North Star Hat
North Star Hat

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic knowledge of circular fair isle knitting and chart reading required

Pattern Description:

I wanted to design a hat with universal appeal to both knitters and wearers. The motifs come together beautifully from every angle, yet the chart work is easy to follow, with simple, symmetrical shaping, so experts will appreciate its design sense, yet Fair Isle novices will have fun with it, too. The design is unisex, and instructions are given for adjusting your gauge to fit a wide range of heads (youth through adult XL), so it should suit most everyone on your gift list.

As always, if you ever have any questions, my contact info is included and you're always welcome to drop me a line.

Happy knitting!


Gauge: In stockinette stitch, with colorwork
Youth 20 stitches over 4" / 10cm
Adult 18 stitches over 4" / 10cm
XL Adult 16 stitches over 4" / 10cm

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Youth: 18" / 45.7cm with gauge = 20 sts over 4" / 10cm
  • Adult (shown): 20" / 50.8cm with gauge = 18 sts over 4" / 10cm
  • XL Adult: 221/2"/ 57.2cm with gauge = 16 sts over 4" / 10cm


  • Two contrasting 50g / 13/4 oz balls of Dale of Norway "Hegre" 100% pure new wool yarn.
  • Shown: A = 1 ball of medium sheep heather #3841; B = 1 ball of cream #0020.
  • Even the XL hat can be made with the above quantities, but the optional I-cord & tassel on the XL might require an extra ball of each shade.

You Will Also Need:

  • Youth size: US #6 / 4.0mm for ribbing and US #7 / 4.5mm for main portion.
  • Adult size (shown) US #7 / 4.5mm for ribbing and US #8 / 5.0mm for main portion.
  • XL Adult size: US #8 / 5.0mm for ribbing and US #9 / 5.5mm for main portion.

Suggested yarn:

160 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Dale of Norwy Hegre Yarn


Use any two contrasting colors your heart desires!

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