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The Laurel Hat is Back and Better Than Ever

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.

A Top-down view of the Laurel Hat, a pink hand knit hat with bobbles and lacy leaves, which is laid flat on a white marble countertop. It's surrounded by roses, a teacup full of espresso, and antique paper ephemera.

Where to Buy the Laurel Hat

PAYHIP:

Here’s where you’ll find the Laurel Hat.

ETSY:

Here’s where you’ll find the Laurel Hat.

RAVELRY:

Here’s where you’ll find 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!

Camellia Fiber Company CFC Merino Worsted

Addi Turbo circular knitting needles US size 7 (4.5 mm) with a 16″ (40 cm) cord (affiliate link)

Addi Turbo circular knitting needles US size 5 (3.75 mm) with a 16″ (40 cm) cord (affiliate link)

US Size 7 (4.5 mm) DPNs (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (budget option) (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (fancy option)

A 3/4 profile image of the Laurel Hat on a plain brown mannequin head. The image shows what the bobbles and lacy leaves look like opened up on a head instead of laid flat on a surface.

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.

A top-down image of the crown of the Laurel Hat. The hat is pink, and the decreases of the crown cause it to look like it's spiraling.

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.

SIZES                 

S, M, L, XL

Finished hat dimensions: 18.25” (45.5 cm), 20” (50 cm), 21.75” (54.5 cm), 23.5” (59 cm)

MATERIALS    

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)

GAUGE             

4” (10 cm) square = 22 stitches x 30 rows in stockinette after blocking

NEEDLES          

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)

TOOLS               

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)

SKILL LEVEL   

Intermediate

Techniques: increases, decreases, knitting in the round, bobbles

An angled image of the Laurel Hat, a pink hand knit hat with bobbles and lacy leaves. The image is taken from the right-hand corner of the brim upward toward the crown.

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

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