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Diamond Pattern Hat

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Hat Knitting Pattern

I received a gift of a couple of skeins of Qiviut yarn. For those who might be unfamiliar with it, Qiviut comes from the muskox, an animal that lives in the frigid climate of northern Alaska and Canada. The fibres are super soft, super warm, super strong... and very expensive. So I knew I had to make a special pattern with it. The result is this Diamond Pattern Hat (and there's a matching scarf!)

The hat is worked in-the-round, seamless, in a two-color Diamond pattern.

Finished Size: head circumference 21" (54 cm). The depth of the hat is 7”, if you want a deeper hat, repeat the diamond pattern rounds 1-2 more times.

Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
- Decreasing
-Working in the round on double pointed needles or circular needles with magic loop technique

Materials: Oomingmak Qiviut 100% Qiviut worsted weight yarn 120 yards (110 meters) / 56 gr - 0.5 skein (color A)
Knit Picks (affiliate link) Wool of the Andes 100% wool worsted weight yarn, color Fedora 110 yards (101 meters) / 50 gr - 1 skein (color B)

Needles: US#4 (3.5 mm) and US#5 (3.75 mm) circular needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE.
US #5 (3.75 mm) dpn are recommended.

Gauge for Diamond pattern on needles US # 5 (3.75 mm): 15 sts x 30 rounds = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm)

- Stitch marker, yarn needle

dpn – double pointed needles
K – knit
P – purl
St – stitch
Sts – stitches
k2tog – knit 2 sts together
sl - slip
wyib - with yarn in the back
m1 – make one increase - I used the increase described by Elizabeth Zimmerman: make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row/round purl/knit it as a regular stitch.

Pattern Notes:

1x1 Rib Pattern in rounds: multiple of 2
All rounds: *p1, k1 rep from * across the round.

Diamond pattern in round: multiple of 2 + 1
Round 1 with color A: knit.
Round 2 with color B: k1, *sl 1 wyib (with yarn in the back), k 1 - repeat from * across the round.
Round 3 with color A: knit.
Round 4 with color B: k1, *k 1, sl 1 wyib - repeat from * across the round.


The hat is worked in the round from the bottom up, seamlessly. The brim is worked in color B on US # 4 circular needles in a 1x1 Rib pattern. The main part of the hat is worked in 2 colors on US #5 circular needles in the Diamond pattern. The crown is worked in color B, on US # 5 circular needles using the magic loop technique, or double pointed needles (dpn).

Directions (you can follow the text or the chart below):

With color B, cast on 80 sts on US #4 needles, join and continue to work in rounds, take care not to twist the sts. Place a marker at the beginning of the round, slip the marker while working.

Work 8 rounds in 1x1 Rib pattern:

Round 1: *P1, k1 repeat from * 40 times. (=80 sts)

Repeat round 1 eight times.

Round 9 (increase round): *P1, k1 repeat from * 39 times, to last 2 sts, p1, m1, k1. (=81 sts)

Round 10: *P1, k1 repeat from * 39 times, p1, k2.

Change to US #5 needles (3.75 mm) and work Diamond pattern for 38 rounds.

Round 11 with color A : Knit.

Round 12 (with color B): *K1, sl 1 – repeat from * 40 times, k1.

Round 13 (with color A): Knit.

Round 14 (with color B): K2, *sl 1, k1 – repeat from * 39 times, sl 1.

Repeat rounds 11-14 seven or eight times. Cut color A yarn. Continue with color B.

Shaping the Crown:

Round 39 (decrease round) : k2tog, k 79.(= 80 sts)

Round 40: *P1, k1 – repeat from * 40 times.

Round 41 (decrease round): *(P1, k1) 3 times, k2tog, repeat from * 10 times. (=70 sts)

Rounds 42 - 43: *(P1, k1) twice 2, p1, k2 repeat from* 10 times.

Round 44 (decrease round): *(P1, k1) twice, p1, k2tog, repeat from * 10 times. (=60 sts)

Rounds 45 - 46: *P1, k1- repeat from * 30 times.

Round 47 (decrease round): *(P1, k1) twice, k2tog, repeat from * 10 times. (=50 sts)

Round 48: *P1, k1, p1, k2, repeat from * 10 times.

Round 49 (decrease round): *P1, k1, p1, k2tog, repeat from * 10 times. (=40 sts)

Round 50: *P1, k1, repeat from * 20 times.

Round 51 (decrease round): *P1, k1, k2tog, repeat from * 10 times. (=30 sts)

Round 52 (decrease round): *P1, k2tog, repeat from * 10 times. (=20 sts)

Round 53 (decrease round): K2tog ten times. (=10 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving a 10" (25 cm) tail. Pull through all the remaining sts and secure.


Weave in all yarn ends.

Pattern was updated on August 13, 2018

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There are 10 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Esther
January 18, 2014

Round 2 in Diamond Pattern does not end with k1 - is this an error?
Poster: Elaine Phillips
October 9, 2012

This hat should be knitted in rounds.
Poster: Deppy
October 9, 2012

Thanks for your help Elaine Phillips but my problem was in gauge. I was thinking that those lines of yarn must not be there. Now that I know that there is no problem to have extra yarn behind your gauge I've started knitting this hat. And it's great! Very nice patern.
Poster: Audrey
September 30, 2013

You could always pull it up while you are still at home and just view it at the hospital
Poster: Emma
November 23, 2013

I found some worsted weight wool yarn I would like to make this hat with but it's only 109 yards. I noticed for color B the yarn used was 110 yards and one skein. Was there any yarn left over from the 110 yards so I could possibly get away with 109 yds?
Poster: CarrieAnne
September 16, 2013

Love this pattern! A tad confused... You say work diamond pattern for 38 rounds, then it goes on to round 39. Do you work diamond pattern rounds 11-38 or 11-48?

Hope this makes sense as it's late!

Poster: Gigi
February 10, 2013

I love these patterns. However, I wish they could downloaded. Tomorrow I'm spending hours in a hospital waiting room without wifi so I can not take this hat with me to knit :-(
Poster: Deppy
October 8, 2012

Well, I was just confused the other day. Now, I can make this hat and I'm on it right now.
Thanks anyway.
Poster: Deppy
October 7, 2012

Hi! I'm a newbie in knitting an I'm trying to make this hat. So, I need some help. Do I have to cut the yarn
every time I move the hat from left to right needle? Because my yarn, of the color I want to use, is in the other side.
Poster: marya
August 14, 2012

hi, I want knit this diamond hat for my husband. but I already buy a circular needle and don't know how use it.
I don't know that connect first and last stitch in first round
please help me i want surprise my husband
please email me thank you

best regards

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