Sideways Garter Hat with Earflaps

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Architectural lines and innovative construction elevate an aviator cap you can knit with a single skein of Shelter. Lolo is worked sideways from a provisional cast-on; crown shaping is achieved with short rows while increases and decreases form a sinuous brim that covers the ears. Lines of slipped stitches flow across the garter background to accentuate the shaping and create sculptural shifts in texture. This unisex hat can be knit in multiple sizes by changing needle size and gauge; directions are given for 18” and 20” circumferences. Block the finished cap over a steep-sided bowl or other head-shaped form to correct excessive angularity.


  • 140 (150) yards of worsted weight wool yarn


Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.

  • Size Small/Medium: 20 stitches & 40 rows (20 ridges) =4″ in garter stitch, after blocking
  • Size Large: 18 stitches & 36 rows (18 ridges) = 4″ in garter stitch, after blocking

Size A (for Body of Hat):

  • One pair of straight needles or a 32″ circular needle* in size needed to obtain gauge listed for size you are making
  • Suggested Size for Small/Medium: 4½ mm (US 7)
  • Suggested Size for Size Large: 5mm (US 8)

Size B (for Crown):

  • One 32″ circular needle or a set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)*, one size smaller than Size A needle(s)
  • Suggested Size for Small/Medium: 4 mm (US 7)
  • Suggested Size for Size Large: 4½ mm (US 7)

*Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used. A 32″ circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e., Crown)

Finished dimensions
  • Small/Medium (Large): 18 (20)” circumference, 10¼ (11¼)” height from center of crown to base of earflaps

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern

  • Crocheted Provisional Cast On
  • Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method
  • Garter Stitch Selvedge
  • Joinery Bind Off (Three Needle Bind Off)
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