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I’m a lifelong knitter, from a family of knitters, gardeners, seamstresses, and sailors (yes, even the men!) - who also happen to be doctors, scientists, priests, and businesspeople (yes, even the ...

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Punica Hat

from Katherine Vaughan Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Punica Hat
Punica Hat
Punica Hat

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Knit & purl patterning

Pattern Description:

Sometimes yarn tells you what it wants to be, and sometimes it just doesn't. This yarn, a handspun alpaca/merino/silk blend, was definitely destined for hatdombut what kind? After much negotiation, what you see is the result!

Top-down hats allow you to make adjustments to length after the crown is worked, resulting in a more precise fit. This "onion dome" shape expands to a wider circumference than normal and then pulls in right before the last set of ribbing to be snug at the cuff. It's a trick taken from tams and berets and applied to a beanie. "Punica" is the genus name for the pomegranate, a hexagonal reddish/orange fruit well known from mythology.

The best thing about this hat, though, is how fast it works upfrom cast on to finishing, this should take only a few hours. What a lovely gift for yourself or a loved one!


12 stitches and 18 rows per 4"/10cm square in stockinette stitch.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 17" / 43cm circumference at cuff by 8.5" / 21.5cm total height. Hat will fit heads of circumference 18-23" / 44.5-58.5cm easily; adjust length if desired to fit a shorter or longer head.


  • Approx. 125yd / 114m super bulky weight wool-blend yarn
  • US 10 / 6mm double pointed needles and 16" circular needle or size needed to match gauge.
  • 1 Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

Suggested yarn:

125 yards of Bulky weight