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My life is currently hijacked by caregiving for my father. I used to be found mucking about with my horse, gardening, hanging with my dog, Nana or playing with fiber - the kind you knit not the kind ...

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Unicorn Hat

from Victoria Johnston Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Unicorn Hat
Unicorn Hat
Unicorn Hat
Unicorn Hat

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Stranded Work
  • Knitting in the round

Pattern Description:

For me design is about stretching my creativity and learning something new. I love color work and I strive to create something that is functional, a pleasure to look at and yet relatively simple to knit. The more I knit, the more I realize how deeply satisfying and grounding the process is. In a world that seems to want everything yesterday, the slow, meditative process of knitting and creating gives us time to come home to ourselves.

This was the second hat I designed to reflect the seasons of the year. It is winter and the cool colors of blues and mist. The background is actually knitted in stripes. You may wish to use a variegated yarn reflecting the blues or icy colors of winter on which the unicorns play to reduce the color changes and save weaving in ends.

While I have listed this as an intermediate pattern, I have tried to provide enough information for the beginner to knit this. I will say that the size of the Unicorns make for some really long floats in stranded work. Intarsia might be another option for the long color stretches.

Happy Knitting


7.5 stitches per inch worked on size 4 (3.5 mm) needles. Work you swatch in the round. Gauge is so individual regarding what needles you need to achieve the 7.5 stitches per inch. In other words use what will give you 7.5 stitches per inch.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Will fit the average adult head


  • Size 3 (3.25) 16 inch circular needles
  • Size 4 (3.5mm) 16 inch circular needles
  • One set of size 4 (3.5mm) 6 inch double pointed needles
  • Or sizes to obtain gauge
  • This pattern uses 7 different colors. Using a variegated yarn for the background will reduce the number of colors you will need.
  • you only need about 10 - 20 grams of each color. Grams weights are for KnitPicks Palette yarns and are approximate, but greater than what I actually used when knitting this hat.

You Will Also Need:

  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Markers
  • Dinner plate or other blocking form

Suggested yarn:

300 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Palette


Cool colors of winter