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Nancy Whitman on craftsy.com
Charlottesville, Virginia

I learned to knit at the tender age of eight, and there was no stopping me. I spent decades knitting all kinds of garments for family and close friends. In 2005, I opened the online yarn shop ...

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Rushmore Hat

from Nancy Whitman Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Rushmore Hat
Rushmore Hat
Rushmore Hat
Rushmore Hat
Rushmore Hat

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cast on
  • knit in round
  • knit
  • purl
  • purl 2 together
  • slip slip knit

Pattern Description:

Rushmore Hat is a slightly slouched hat that lends itself to being worn in a variety of ways. The stitch pattern is stripes of stockinette and reverse stockinette that are gathered with simple pleating to create a complex looking design. The pleats make for an interesting texture and provide extra warmth. Knitting begins at the rolled brim and ends at the crown. You can personalize the hat with a pompom, tassel, or other embellishment, or complete it as pictured.

The pattern is written for a solid colored hat without further embellishment. Pattern includes a photo tutorial of how to work the pleats and is easy enough for anyone who is comfortable with knitting in the round.

Rushmore is pictured in madelinetosh pashmina in Mineral.


23 stitches/28 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch unblocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Average adult head


  • Madelinetosh Tosh Pashmina, 75% merino, 15% silk, 10% cashmere, 360 yards per skein, 1 skein Mineral.

You Will Also Need:

  • 1 US size 6/4.0 mm circular needle at 24"/60cm long.
  • 1 set US size 6/4.0 mm double pointed needle.
  • 1 US size 2/2.75 mm double pointed needle to work pleat.
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

275 yards of Sport weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn: