Sunday, 23 October 2011

Asterisk Hat

A slouchy, easy-to-knit hat in two sizes. Decreases at the top form an asterisk shape. The hat pictured is in the larger size.

Asterisk hat free knitting pattern by Littletheorem, double moss stitch

Yarn:  Patons UK Wool Blend DK, 1 skein = 251m (you won’t use it all!)
Needles: 4 4mm dpns or 4mm 16” circular needle and 4 4mm dpns.
Gauge:  22sts and 30 rows = 4”
Dimensions: small = 18” around, 8” high, large = 20” around, 9” high.
Extras 3 stitch markers.
CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
sl = slip
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
ssk= slip 2 stitches knitwise then knit them together with the lefthand needle
psso = pass slipped stitch over
pm = place marker

Asterisk hat free knitting pattern by Littletheorem, double moss stitch
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Double Moss Stitch Pattern:
Row 1: *k1 p1* to end of row.
Row 2: *k1 p1* to end of row.
Row 3: *p1 k1* to end of row.
Row 4: *p1 k1* to end of row.

Note: The directions for this pattern require you to use 4 (not 5!) dpns. The decreases at the top are worked in 6 segments, 2 on each dpn.
Cast on 102 (114) stitches, 34 (38) on each of your 3 dpns (if you’re using them).  Join in the round and place a marker for the beginning of the row if you’re using a circular needle.
Work in k2 p1 rib for 10 rows (or around 1½”). Now work in Double Moss Stitch until hat measures 6” (7”), ending on Row 3 of the Double Moss Stitch Pattern. Change to 4 dpns if you were using a circular needle, ensuring you have 34 (36) stitches on each of your 3 working needles.
Work set-up row: *p1, (k1 p1) 8 (9) times, pm, k1 (p1 k1) 8 (9) times, (you should be at the end of a needle)* to end of row.  You basically work row 4 of the Double Moss Stitch Pattern but place a marker in the middle of each dpn, i.e. after 17 (19) stitches. This divides your stitches into 6 segments for the decreases.
Now decrease as follows:

Row 1: (ssk k1 *p1 k1* to two stitches before marker, k2tog, slip marker, ssk p1 *k1 p1* to two stitches before end of dpn, k2tog ) three times, 12 stitches decreased.
Row 2: (k2 *p1 k1* to one stitch before marker, k1, slip marker, k1 p1 *k1 p1* to one stitch before end of dpn, k1) three times.
Repeat these two rows 6 (7) more times, you should have 18 stitches left.
Final Row: *sl1 k1 psso* to end of row. Cut the yarn leaving a 10'' tail. Thread this through the remaining stitches and pull tight. Sew over the hole a couple of times and weave in any loose ends. 

double moss stitch


  1. That's so pretty! I love the texture too, scrunchy! Thanks for sharing the pattern, I'll be linking.

  2. Thanks Rachel, glad you like it!

  3. If I wanted to make a larger size, should I CO stitches in a certain grouping/number/set?

  4. I am new in knitting, may I ask what is dpn stand for?

    1. Hey! Thanks for your question. It stands for double pointed needle, they're used for knitting in the round.

  5. Hello, I'd really like to try this very lovely pattern. Question: where it says ssk - does that mean literally knitting in reverse from right needle to left needle? Please elaborate, thanks in anticipation...

    1. Hey, thanks for your question! Think the easiest way to learn new knitting techniques is to watch it, so here's a youtube video showing how to ssk

  6. Hi would you plz explain hoe to decreases on Row 2 as i am not clear about it.Thanks

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for your question! For round two of the decrease section, think about your work as split into 6 sections - two per dpn with the stitch marker to separate them. In each section, you work k2, then repeat *p1, k1* until you get to the last stitch in that section, then knit the last stitch.

      I hope this helps! Please get back in touch if you're still not sure what to do!


  7. Hi hi. I've been slowly making my way through this hat and I'm finally at the end and I've realized I cast on 144 stitches :-/ (I'll blame that I had just had baby number 2 when I started). Anywho, if I divide up the 6 sections on the dpn I have 24 and need and odd number. Do you suggest knit2tog on each of the three needles at the very start to get 23 on each needle? 138 total. I feel like such a fool and I'd start over but I have zero time for that and this hat already has such a story. Oye vey. I also have a local yarn shop that I can go to for help. TIA for your time ✌��

    1. Hi, thanks for your question!

      Yes, that would work fine, or you could do k3tog instead of k2tog on the first decrease round. Congratulations on your new baby! :D

    2. Ok I'm gonna try that. This is too cool that I'm able to ask you about this pattern! Thank you.

  8. Hi! I would like to make this hat for 3 of my boys but I'm wondering how stretchy the hat is? Or if you can tell me how to make the hat smaller? I'm terrible at figuring that study out. My boys are 4, 7 & 11. This is such a great looking hat for them & it won't embarrass my older! TIA!

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  10. How much yarn is actually used? Is 201m/220y enough?