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I'm a math professor by trade, and (unsurprisingly) my designs are informed by mathematical concepts. I co-edited the books Making Mathematics with Needlework: Ten Papers and Ten Projects and ...

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Striped Owl Hat for Daddy

from sarah-marie's knitting patterns
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Striped Owl Hat for Daddy
Striped Owl Hat for Daddy
Striped Owl Hat for Daddy
Striped Owl Hat for Daddy
Striped Owl Hat for Daddy
Striped Owl Hat for Daddy

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, knit two together, cabling two stitches over two others, duplicate stitch

Pattern Description:

Want a quick and satisfying project? This hat will do the trick! It also doesn't use much yarn---the hat uses only 45 yds/40 m in the main color and 35 yds/30 m in the contrast color.

The idea for this hat arose because I was smitten with some lovely grey and charcoal heathered Lopi. I knew the colors would look amazing on my Daddy. So, after a bit of swatching of striped owls, this hat was born. I really like it. I like that the owl has a textured breast that is flanked by wingfeathers. I like that the striping is balanced. I like that I can see each owl's feet. With luck, my dad will like this hat, too.

(Note: the matching mittens are available as a separate pattern, or together with this hat in an eBook.)


3.25 st./in. and 4 rows/in. in stockinette stitch.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • The finished hat stretches easily to 21" in circumference (it's about 18" in circumference when relaxed).


  • 45 yds/40 m of bulky yarn in main color
  • 35 yds/30 m of bulky yarn in contrast color
  • Size 10 needles: either a 16"-20" circular and a set of dpns, or a long circular for use with magic loop

You Will Also Need:

  • One locking stitch marker
  • A cable needle or other tool for making 2-over-2 stitch cables
  • Tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

80 yards of Bulky weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky