In the fall of 2018, I released the Laurel Hat, one of my very first designs. It’s also been my most popular hat design ever. There was just one problem.
I had only written it in one size.
I’ve learned a lot about knitting design since then and realized I needed to update this pattern. That updated pattern is now available! In this blog post, you’ll find links to buy it on three platforms, an easy shopping list for yarn and needles, details about the pattern, and more.
Where to Buy the Laurel Hat
Easy Shopping List
In case you want to knit this pattern using the exact materials I did, here is a shopping list with easy links for you. Some of these are affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy something through those links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I will always identify affiliate links for you. Thanks for supporting my work!
US Size 7 (4.5 mm) DPNs (affiliate link)
Stitch markers (budget option) (affiliate link)
Stitch markers (fancy option) (affiliate link)
What’s Changed in this New Version
Back when I first designed this hat, I was a very new designer and didn’t know what I didn’t know. As a result, the original version of this pattern had two serious flaws: it only came in one size and it hadn’t been tech edited.
This new version has been updated to include four graded sizes and has been tech edited by the splendidly competent Bonnie Davis, who has been my tech editor since March of 2020. I’ve also knit up a new sample in Camellia Fiber Company’s CFC Merino Worsted. Camellia Fiber Company is one of my all-time favorite yarn companies to work with, from their perfect color palette to their lush fiber choices.
Laurel Hat Details and Specs
Here is all the information you’ll need to know about sizes, materials, gauge and more to successfully knit your own version of the Laurel Hat.
S, M, L, XL
Finished hat dimensions: 18.25” (45.5 cm), 20” (50 cm), 21.75” (54.5 cm), 23.5” (59 cm)
Worsted weight yarn, 180 (210, 240, 270) yds/ 165 (193, 220, 247) m
Sample shown knit in Camellia Fiber Company CFC Merino Worsted, colorway Camellia, 100% Superwash Merino, 218 yds (200 m) per 3.5 oz (100 g)
4” (10 cm) square = 22 stitches x 30 rows in stockinette after blocking
One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above, plus one set of needles two sizes smaller (for the brim)
Suggested needle sizes: US size 7 (4.5 mm), US size 5 (3.75 mm)
One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
US Size G (4.25 mm) crochet hook (optional)
Techniques: increases, decreases, knitting in the round, bobbles
If You Like This Pattern, You’ll Also Like…
The Pyrifera Socks, which use the same leafy lace pattern
The Snuggery Hat, which is another worsted-weight quick knit
The Sycamore Canyon Cowl, which is also full of fun, crocheted bobbles