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Kate Oates is the designer for Tot Toppers & When I Grow Up. She enjoys designing hats and garments for babies and children in particular, these projects often reflect a whimsical spirit. Kate's When ...

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Plaid Hatter

from Tot Toppers
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Plaid Hatter
Plaid Hatter
Plaid Hatter
Plaid Hatter
Plaid Hatter
Plaid Hatter

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • work in the round
  • stranded colorwork
  • basic decreasing

Pattern Description:

This hat is designed to be worn for years, even in the smallest size! The extended ribbing can be folded up more or less, or even be doubled to increase its wearability. It also provides for extra warmth over the ears. Plaid colorwork is stranded in the round and continues through crown decreases. Add a third color into this design by working the rib and pom pom in separate colors, or even work one vertical and one horizontal stripe of the pattern in it. Shown in Child size on both a 20-month old, and a 9-year old. And in Baby on a 5-month old. Simple colorwork is both charted and written.


24 sts and 27 rows per 4 inches in Plaid Pattern on larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished Circumference: 13(15, 17, 19) inches
  • Size: Baby(Child, Adult Small, Adult Large)


  • 110(155, 210, 275) yards MC and 35(50, 65, 85) yards CC DK or Sport weight yarn

You Will Also Need:

  • Size 5(3.75 mm) 16" circular needles, Size 6(4.0 mm) 16" circular needles and set of 5 DPNs, stitch marker

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