Kasketenn Hat Pattern

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Kasketenn means ‘hat’ in Breton, the native language of the Bretagne region (Brittany in English) on the western coast of France. This hat and the yarn it is made from were both born and raised in Bretagne. Inspired by the sailing culture of the region, the Kasketenn is a perfect hat for those first cool days of autumn or just when it starts to warm up in spring. For milder climates, it is warm enough for all winter long. Made from Bouclelaine’s gorgeous Merinos Angora 2-ply yarn in a fingering weight, this quick knit is a great way to add a lot of color in one simple project to your wardrobe. There are four hat options included in the pattern: a striped or solid hat in a men’s size and a striped or solid hat in a women’s size. The men’s option has a stretchier brim with a closer, scull cap style. The women’s option is tighter around the brim with a longer body to fit more hair (and to avoid the dreaded ‘hat hair’). Make one or make all four, each option is distinct enough to have four different styles of hat (I have one of each!).

This pattern is also a great opportunity to practice weaving in ends as you knit (if you don’t already know how) to avoid having to weave in all of your ends with a tapestry needle at the end. After tackling the color changes in the striped option of this hat, you will be able to take on any project with any number of color changes and not be intimidated. See the Stuart Moores Textiles Instagram and YouTube channels for a video tutorial.

Please enjoy this free pattern and feel free to share what you make on Ravelry or with the hashtag #kasketennhat on Instagram.  Do not reproduce or duplicate pattern without written permission. To get a downloadable version, click here.

Yarn

Bouclelaine is a small French yarn manufacturer in Bretagne.  They make yarns in small batches and are always adding new colors.  Check out their website (boucelelaine.fr) for a list of the current range of Merinos Angora colors.

Yarn for the striped hats in both sizes:

2 (10 gram) balls of Bouclelaine’s Merinos Angora 2-ply yarn in one color (Color 1)

1 (10 gram) ball of Bouclelaine’s Merinos Angora 2-ply yarn in five different colors (Colors 2-6)

For the striped men’s hat pictured, I used:

Racine (Color 1)

Loup (Color 2)

Olive (Color 3)

Glaz (Color 4)

Artichaut (Color 5)

Litchi (Color 6)


Yarn for solid option in both sizes:

1 (50 gram) ball of Bouclelaine Merinos Angora 2-ply in color of your choice

Needles

For men’s hat:

2.75mm (US size 2) 40 cm (16”) circular knitting needles

3.75 mm (US size 5) 40 cm (16”) circular knitting needles

3.75 mm (US size 5) set of double pointed needles

For women’s hat:

2.25mm (US size 1) set of double pointed needles

3.75 mm (US size 5) 40 cm (16”) circular knitting needles

3.75 mm (US size 5) set of double pointed needles


Notions

1 stitch marker

1 tapestry needle


Gauge

Women’s hat: 18.5 stitches and 25 row per 5 cm (2 inches) in 1x1 rib using 2.25 mm (US size 1) needles

Men’s hat: 12 stitches and 25 rows per 5 cm (2 inches) in 1x1 rib using size 2.75 mm (US size 2) needles


Size

Men’s hat:

One size fits most adult male heads 56-62 cm (22”-24.5”)

Circumference unstretched: 40 cm (16”)

Height unstretched: 21 cm (8”)

Women’s hat:

One size fits most adult female heads 53-58.5 cm (21”-23”)

Circumference unstretched: 39 cm (15”)

Height unstretched: 21.5 cm (8.5”)

Abbreviation Key:

CO = cast on

Sts = stitches

K1 = knit 1

P1 = purl 1

Sl 1 = slip 1

K2tog = knit two together

Psso = pass the slipped stitch over

Wyib= with yarn in back


Directions

Men’s hat: With Color 1 yarn, loosely CO 144 sts with 2.75 mm (US size 2) needles using a Long Tail Cast On (a Long Tail Tubular Cast on will also work well).  Place stitch marker and join in the round being careful not to twist stitches.

Women’s hat: With Color 1 CO 144 sts with 2.25 mm (US size 1) needles using a Long Tail Cast on (a Long Tail Tubular Cast on with also work well).  Place stitch marker and join in the round being careful not to twist stitches.

Brim Band (for all hats)

Row 1:  *(K1, P1) repeating from * to end of round.

Continue working in 1x1 rib until hat band measures 5 cm (2 inches), approximately 25 rows.

Body and Crown (for striped hats)

Body

Change to 3.75 mm (US size 5) needles

Rows 1-4: Switching to Color 2 yarn *(K1, P1) repeating from * to end of round

Rows 5-8: Switching to Color 3 yarn *(K1, P1) repeating from * to end of round

Rows 9-12: Switching to Color 4 yarn *(K1, P1) repeating from * to end of round

Rows 13-16: Switching to Color 5 yarn *(K1, P1) repeating from * to end of round

Rows 17-20: Switching to Color 6 yarn *(K1, P1) repeating from * to end of round

Rows 21-24: Switching to Color 2 yarn *(K1, P1) repeating from * to end of round

Rows 25-28: Switching to Color 3 yarn *(K1, P1) repeating from * to end of round

Rows 29-32: Switching to Color 4 yarn *(K1, P1) repeating from * to end of round

Rows 33-36: Switching to Color 5 yarn *(K1, P1) repeating from * to end of round

Rows 37-40: Switching to Color 6 yarn *(K1, p1) repeating from * to end of round

Continue for men’s hat (see below for women’s hat):

Crown (Decreases for men’s hat):

Row 1 + 2 (only two rounds): Switch to Color 2 *(K1, p1) repeating from * to end of round

Row 3: (still with Color 2 yarn) *(wyib sl 1, K2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeating from * to end of round (24 times).  96 st remain.

Row 4: *(K1,p1) repeating from * to end of round

Row 5: Switching to Color 3 yarn *(K1, p1) repeating from * to end of round

Row 6: *(wyib sl 1, K2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeating from * to end of round (16 times).  64 stitches remaining.

Row 7 + 8: *(K1,p1) repeating from * to end of round

Row 9: Switching to Color 4 yarn *(wyib sl 1, k2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeating from * 10 times, sl 1, k2tog, psso, p1  (42 st remaining)

Row 10 + 11: *(K1, p1) repeating from * to end of round

Row 12: *(wyib sl 1, K2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeating from * to end of round (7 times).  28 stitches remaining.

Row 13 + 14: Switching to Color 5 yarn *(K1, p1) repeating from * to end of round

Row 15: *(wyib sl 1, k2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeating from * 4 times, sl 1, k2tog, psso, p1.  (18 st remaining)

Row 16: *(k2tog) repeat from * until end of row (9 times).  9 st remaining.

Continue for women’s hat:

Rows 41-44: Switching to Color 2 *(K1, p1) from * to end of round.

Rows 45-48: Switching to Color 3 *(K1, p1) from * to end of round.

Crown (Decreases)

Rows 1 + 2 (only two rounds): Switching to Color 4 *(K1, p1) repeating from * to end of round.

Row 3: (still with Color 4 yarn) *(wyib sl 1, K2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeat from * to end of round (24 times).  96 st remain.

Row 4: *(K1,p1) repeating from * to end of round

Row 5: Switching to Color 5 yarn *(K1, p1) repeating from * to end of round

Row 6: *(wyib sl 1, K2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeating from * to end of round (16 times).  64 stitches remaining.

Row 7 + 8: *(K1,p1) repeating from * to end of round

Row 9: Switching to Color 6 yarn *(wyib sl 1, k2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeat from * 10 times, sl 1, k2tog, psso, p1.  (42 st remaining)

Row 10 + 11: *(K1, p1) repeat from * to end of round

Row 12: *(wyib sl 1, K2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeat from * to end of round (7 times).  28 stitches remaining.

Row 13 + 14: Switching to Color 2 yarn *(K1, p1) repeat from * to end of round

Row 15: *(wyib sl 1, k2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeat from * 4 times, sl 1, k2tog, psso, p1.  18 st remaining

Row 16: *(k2tog) repeat from * until end of row (9 times).  9 st remaining

Body and Crown (for solid colored hat)

Body

Change to 3.75 mm (US size 5) needles

Row 1: *(K1, P1) repeating from * to end of round

Repeat row 1, continuing in a 1x1 rib until hat measures 15.5 cm (6 inches) for a men’s hat (or just a shorter, snugger fit) and 18cm (7 inches) for women’s hat (or for a longer hat)  from CO edge

Crown (Decreases for both sized hats)

Row 1: *(wyib sl 1, K2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeat from * to end of round (24 times).  96 st remain.

Rows 2 + 3: *(K1, p1) repeating from * to end of round

Row 4: *(wyib sl 1, K2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeat from * to end of round (16 times).  64 stitches remaining.

Rows 5+6: *(K1, p1) repeat from * to end of round

Row 7: *(wyib sl 1, k2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeat from * 10 times, sl 1, k2tog, psso, p1.  (42 st remaining).

Row 8 + 9: *(K1, p1) repeat from * to end of round

Row 10: *(wyib sl 1, K2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeat from * to end of round (7 times).  28 stitches remaining.

Row 11 + 12: *(K1, p1) repeat from * to end of round

Row 13: *(wyib sl 1, k2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1) repeat from * 4 times, sl 1, k2tog, psso, p1.  (18 st remaining)

Row 14: *(k2tog) repeat from * until end of row (9 times).  9 st remaining.

Finishing (both hats)

Break yarn with a 26 cm (10”) tail.  Using a tapestry needle, weave in all live stitches and pull tightly to close the top of the hat.  On the inside of your hat, weave in your ends.

Block your hat and you’re finished!

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Stuart Moores