Fisherman’s Rib Hat – Digital download


A warm winter hat, using Fisherman’s Rib to give a stretchy snug fit. Digital download.


Craft:                       Knitting
Suggested yarn:   Felt Fusion Organic Merino Aran
Yarn weight:          Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi)
Gauge:                    18 stitches and 20 rows = 10 cm/4in
Needle size:          4.5 mm / US 7
Yardage:                170 – 175 m / 186 – 191 yards
Sizes available:     adult, very stretchy and adaptable

Fisherman’s Rib gives a lovely warm fabric, ideal for a hat. This pattern is for a simple beanie/toque hat, which knits up quickly in Aran/Worsted weight yarn, and features a neat cast on edge. It is knit in the round.

It uses the following techniques:
Provisional Italian Tubular Cast On
Fisherman’s Rib in the round

It is one size only, nominally adult, but it is a very stretchy fabric and will fit a wide range of heads. Measured un-stretched: brim circumference 48 cm (19”), body circumference 54 cm (21 ¼”), crown to brim 23 cm (9”); it fits perfectly and comfortably on a 57 cm (22 1/2”) circumference head.

The pattern is written, with links to videos for the special techniques, and with both written and charted instructions for the crown shaping.

It takes almost all of a 100 g skein of aran weight yarn, approximately 170 m (185 yds).

It looks particularly good in variegated, speckled, self-striping, or tonal yarns.

Pattern support is available; please email me if you have any questions or problems.

This pattern can be knit in any aran weight/worsted weight yarn. As always, when substituting yarn, be sure to knit a swatch to check that you are able to get the right gauge for the pattern. Suggested yarn substitutes can be found at


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