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I am certified as a Level 1 Master Hand Knitter by The Knitting Guild Association. My grandmother Lena taught me to knit when I was 4 ...

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Simple Surprise Jester Hat with Tassels

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Simple Surprise Jester Hat with Tassels
Simple Surprise Jester Hat with Tassels
Simple Surprise Jester Hat with Tassels
Simple Surprise Jester Hat with Tassels

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast on, knit, purl
  • Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch (instructions included in pattern)
  • 3-needle bind off or Kitchener stitch (instructions included in pattern)
  • Make a tassel (instructions included in pattern)

Pattern Description:

When my friend's grandson had his 1st birthday, I decided to design a simple and fun hat for his birthday gift and came up with the "Simple Surprise Jester Hat." I loved it so much I've included instructions for adults, too. Why should babies and kids have all the fun?

The hat is simple to make and yes, it has a surprise!!! The contrasting band isn't knitted at all ... it's the Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch!

I have come up with a simple way to incorporate the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) into a knitted piece. If you're a knitter who doesn't know how to do the TSS, don't worry! I've included detailed instructions in the pattern. You can also download my FREE "Knitter's Lesson Tunisian Crochet Scarf" pattern in my knitting pattern store here on Craftsy. It provides a detailed illustrated lesson in the Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch.

The hat is knit in two pieces that are joined together. I've included instructions for seaming the top edge of the hat with a 3-needle bind off or the Kitchener stitch. The choice is yours!

I love to design and I love to teach, so as with all my designs, I'm ready and available to answer any questions you may have as you work up the hat.

I hope you will be excited about learning how to incorporate the very easy-to-do Tunisian Simple Stitch into your knit designs and perhaps learn something else that's new to you, such as the 3-needle bind off and/or Kitchener stitch.

So please try my fabulous and fun "Simple Surprise Jester Hat with Tassels."


4.25 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch (2.5 cm)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Sizes 3-6 months (12 to 24 months, Child/Adult Small, Adult Medium/Large)


  • Worsted weight (4-ply) yarn (3.5 oz/100g), 210 yds/192 m v
  • Small amount of contrasting color yarn
  • Knitting needles, size US#6/UK#8/4 mm
  • Tunisian (Afghan) crochet hook, size US #8 (5.0 mm)
  • Size 9 (UK5/5.5mm) 16" (41 cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain correct gauge
  • Tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

210 yards of Worsted weight