Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Kyran's hat 007This simple cabbie (or newsboy) style hat was created on a whim for my middle son, who I decided needed a hat just like this. However, I couldn't find a pattern that I liked. Then, my daughter wanted one. Now I want one too. They are too cute, and too quick. Short-rows help create a nice round, clean shape to the brim, while the hat is a simple slouchy style hat. Modeled after the latest trends and my favorite hats.

Buggerloo just happens to be one of a ton of variant nicknames I have for my son. This hat fits him only if I could get him to wear it!

Small (toddler), Large (child, small adult)

18" (20")

(Small hat) Lion Brand Vanna's Choice (100% acrylic; 170yds/155m per 100g skein]; color 174: Olive; 1 skein
(Large hat) Ella Rae Amity (75% acrylic, 25% wool; 200yds/183m per 100g skein]; color 45; 1 skein

16" length-inch US 7/4.5mm circular needle
16" length-inch US 9/5.5mm circular needle
1 set US 9/5.5mm double-point needles

crafting plastic
tapestry needle
stitch markers/waste yarn

18 sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch (on larger needles)

w&t: wrap and turn, bring yarn to front of work between needles, slip next st to right-hand needle, bring yarn around this st to back of work, slip st back to left-hand needle, turn work to begin working back in the other direction.

For the brim, I purchased uncut craft painting stencil sheets. These can be found at Wal-Mart and chain craft stores.
If you would like a looser hat, knit longer before beginning decreases.

Kyran's hat 009Hat
Using smaller needles, CO 72 (90) sts. Join in round, being careful not to twist, place marker to indicate beginning of round. Work 1x1 rib for 1 inch.

Switch to larger needles, *k2 (3), M1*; rep from * to * til end of round. [108, 120 sts]
Work in St st until piece measures 4 (5) inches from cast-on edge.

Next Rnd: *k18 (20), place marker*, rep from * to * 5 more times
Dec Rnd 1: *k2tog, knit to 2 sts before marker, ssk, slip marker*, rep from * to * 5 more times
Dec Rnd 2: knit around

Repeat dec rnds 1 and 2 until 24 sts remain (switching to DPNs when necessary), then work rnd 1 once more [12 sts]. K2tog around [6 sts], break yarn and thread through sts. Pull tight.

Locate join on cast-on edge, using larger needles pick up and knit 12 (15) sts on each side of the join. [24, 30 sts total]

Small Only
Row 1 (WS): Purl across
Row 2 (RS): K 22, w&t
Row 3: P 20, w&t
Row 4: K 19, w&t
Row 5: P 18, w&t
Row 6: K 17, w&t
Row 7: P 16, w&t
Row 8: K 15, w&t
Row 9: P 14, w&t
Row 12: K 13, w&t
Row 11: P 12, w&t

Large OnlySnow Day 14
Row 1 (WS): Purl across
Row 2 (RS): K 28, w&t
Row 3: P 26, w&t
Row 4: K 25, w&t
Row 5: P 24, w&t
Row 6: K 23, w&t
Row 7: P 22, w&t
Row 8: K 21, w&t
Row 9: P 20, w&t
Row 10: K19, w&t
Row 11: P18, w&t
Row 12: K17, w&t
Row 13: P16, w&t
Row 14: K15, w&t
Row 15: P14, w&t
Row 16: K13, w&t
Row 17: P12, w&t

Both Sizes
Next Row: Knit across, picking up next 4 (7) wraps and knitting them together with wrapped stitches as you go. For last wrapped stitch, pick up wrapped stitch, then slip wrap, wrapped stitch, and last stitch - knit through back loops.
Next Row: Purl across, purling next 4 (7) wraps with their wrapped stitches when you come to them. For last wrapped stitch, pick up wrapped stitch and p3tog (wrap, Pink Cabbie Hat 005wrapped stitch, and last stitch)

Cut plastic to fit into brim (keep in mind that the stitches have a bit of stretch). Weave ends (from cast on and brim join) into brim. Place plastic and graft live stitches to cast-on edge, making sure to keep plastic in place. Weave in remaining ends.

Oh Snap!! Now you have a super rockin hat, go pimp it and see how many people ask you where you bought it!

Buggerloo 03


  1. Thanks for this pattern ... I've been trying to create my own newsboy hat and got so frustrated after ripping out about 6 different styles that I decided I couldn't do it. So I appreciate your simple design that looks great!!

  2. I sort of feel that you need to know that in British English, bugger is a mild-ish swear word meaning sodomist, and loo is a middle class synonym for toilet. So please don't address your son by his pet name on this side of the Pond...

  3. Seriously Denaria? You are taking something cute and trying to turn it nasty? That is wrong. What do the English call cigarettes? Probobly should stop that because some American might get offended.

    I think it's a cute nickname for your kid, and obviously you love him, or you would not have made him this adorible hat. I am making them for my neice and a matching one for my dad. Thanks for posting the pattern!

  4. For us with bigger headed boys and men. Could you come up with a size for them? Pretty please with a cherry on top? I so love this pattern!

  5. Love the hat am going to try to make it for my little boy who I call buggerluggs (and im english) and dont think of it as a swear word and we britts wonder why we get bad press!!

  6. Great pattern. I made it for a friend for Christmas, now I want one for myself. Aaah, the dream, that one day I knit something for myself.

  7. Hi, found your pattern on Ravelry. I've just finished knitting one for my son, with some homespun yarn. Thanks a lot for sharing it!!

  8. In England you can get in trouble for talking about someone's khaki pants!!!

  9. Love this hat. I have a small head so this might just fit.

    And oh, the variants in the English language. We are sure to offend someone sometime somehow,