Monday, 1 April 2013

Cladach Hat

A cute, quick knit hat in an easy to memorise lace pattern.

Cladach hat free knitting pattern by Littletheorem. Lace knitting chunky alpaca

Yarn: Rowan Lima, 1 skein = 109 yards/100 metres

Needles: Set of four 5mm / US 8 double pointed needles (dpns), or one 5mm/US 8 circular needle for magic loop.

Gauge: 22 stitches and 28 rows =
4” in stocking stitch using 5mm needles,
ball-band gauge: 20sts = 4” in stocking stitch with 5.5mm needles.

Dimensions: To fit an average ladies head (about 22” around).

CO = cast on
k = knit
kb= knit into back of next stitch
p = purl
yo = bring yarn forward
k2 tog = knit next two stitches together
sk2p = slip 1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over.

Stitch Patterns
Twisted Rib
Round 1: *kb1 p1* to end of row.
Repeat Round 1 for pattern.

Cladach Lace Chart
Knit rows 2, 4, 6 and 8.

Cladach Lace Written Pattern:
Round 1: *p2 yo k3 sk2p k3 yo* to end.
Round 2: knit
Round 3: *p2 k1 yo k2 sk2p k2 yo k1* to end.
Round 4: knit
Round 5: *p2 k2 yo k1 sk2p k1 yo k2* to end.
Round 6: knit
Round 7: *p2 k3 yo sk2p yo k3* to end.
Round 8: knit.


CO 72 stitches over three dpns (27 stitches on first needle, 27 on second, 18 on third) or on circular needle for magic loop method. Join stitches in the round ensuring they're not twisted and if using circular needle, place marker for beginning of row.

Work in Twisted Rib Pattern for 10 rounds, then work set up round as follows.

Set up round: *p2 yo k7 yo* until end of round. You should now have 88 stitches.

Work in Cladach Lace Pattern, starting on Round 2. Work to the end of the chart/written instructions, then work chart/written instructions three more times in full.

Work in stocking stitch (i.e. knit every round) for four rounds, then decrease as follows:

Decrease round 1: *k9 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 2: knit.
Decrease round 3: *k8 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 4: knit.
Decrease round 5 *k7 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 6: knit.
Decrease round 7: *k6 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 8: knit.
Decrease round 9: *k5 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 10: *k4 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 11: *k3 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 12: *k2 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 13: *k1 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 14: *k2tog* to end of round.

You should have 8 stitches left. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6” tail. Thread the long tail onto a needle, and slip the 8 remaining stitches onto the thread. Pull tight and sew over the little hole at the top a few times. Weave in the loose ends on the wrong side and you're done!

Cladach hat free knitting pattern by Littletheorem. Lace knitting chunky alpaca

Copyright Littletheorem


  1. Lovely pattern. Thank yo for sharing. I have purchased several of your etsy patterns and love them. Keep writing!!!

  2. Thanks so much Bibliocat, makes my day to get a nice comment like this! Really glad you enjoy the patterns.

  3. Can you use #8 circular needle 16 " instead of magic loop.I cannot wait to start this beautiful pattern.

    1. Hi, thanks for your question. You certainly could, but you'd have to change to double pointed needles when you work the decreases at the top.

  4. I love this pattern, tried but failed, according to cast on 72 stitches set up round with
    with P2, yo, K7 only adds 8 more stitches but should have 88
    than start on round 2 which is all knit. no matter if I use the written or chart it does not add up ,adding a yo on both sides, replacing them with a knit put only sk2p together
    I need help ,thanks

    1. Hi, sorry maybe this isn't as clear as it should be. You're repeating "p2 yo k7 yo", and for that last yo you bring the yarn forward to create an increase, then wrap it round the needle again for the next p2. This means there will be 16 increases. Let me know if that's still not clear, sorry about that!

  5. Patt is incorrect. When execution of set-up rnd is completed there are indeed 86 sts vs 88. Please correct the pattern as the hat is so cute!

    1. Hi there. You cast on 72 stitches, then you work the pattern "p2 yo k7 yo". This is repeated 8 times in one round and increases two stitches for each repeat since the yo's increase one stitch each. This gives 8 x 2 = 16 repeats across the round. 72 + 16 should give you 88 stitches.

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  7. Hi. I'm not familiar with this yarn. Is it worsted, DK or something else? Thanks