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by Sarah Stanfield December 24, 2020 3 min read

A woman with white skin and dark curly hair stands in a street beside a brick wall. She is wearing a bright orange hat with pom pom and open grey jacket and is smiling.

Looking for a quick warm winter hat this year? Our free knitted hat pattern Tombreck is a little gift to you! It's perfectly simple and makes a great beginner knitting project, or is an easy and gentle knit for more experienced knitters. And it looks amazing on everyone!

This chevron patterned beanie is stylish, unisex and the ideal one-skein gift project. Perfect for new knitters this easy hat pattern uses only knits and purls to create the fun textured chevrons. You'll also practise knitting in the round and decreasing with k2tog to shape the crown of the hat. The hat begins with casting on for the ribbed brim and you'll then work from the bottom up to the slouchy, gathered crown that's just right for topping with a pom pom. If you agree that pom poms make everything amazing, we have the perfect thing - the Loome 5-in-1 tool shown below.

Three beanie hats lie overlapping on a wooden table. They are orange, blue and grey and folded in half. Next to them is a blue ball of yarn and a wooden pom pom tool

We knit Tombreck in De Rerum Natura Gilliatt, a minimally processed merino that's wonderfully soft and bouncy. Shown in left to right: size large in Potimarron, size small in Ciel and size medium in Granit

A collage of 9 images showing 9 balls of yarn in a variety of earthy colours.The blog post includes full instructions for the size medium, or sign up for our newsletter to download your free print friendly pdf in three sizes.

Thinking of making your own Tombreck? We have a range of colours available for Gilliatt, the yarn used in this sample. They change regularly as we update stock. You can see what's currently in our online shop, here.

Yarn

Worsted weight yarn with good elasticity, wool or wool blends are ideal.

We used soft, bouncy De Rerum Natura Gilliatt (100% Merino, 273 yds / 250m, 100g) in Potimarron, Ciel and Granit

Gauge

18 sts and 24 rnds = 4” / 10 cm in st st using larger needle

Notions

Stitch markers

Sizing

Medium, to fit heads 20-22” in circumference

Needles

US 6 / 4mm 16” / 40cm circular
US 7 / 4.5mm 16” / 40cm circular
US 7 / 4.5mm needles for preferred method of working small circumferences in the round.

Abbreviations

dec(‘d): decrease(d)
dpn(s): double pointed needle(s)
EOR: end of rnd 
k: knit 
k2tog: knit 2 together (a R leaning decrease) 
p: purl
pm: place marker
rem: remain(ing) 
rep: repeat(ing)
rnd: round
slm: slip marker
st st: stockinette / stocking stitch
st(s): stitch(es)

Directions

With smaller needle cast on 100 sts. Sample shown with alternating cable cast-on.

Join rnd being careful not to twist and pm to mark EOR.

Rnd 1: (k1, p1) to end.
Rep rnd 1 until ribbing measures 1” / 2.5cm.

Switch to larger needle.
Work 20 rnds of chevron pattern a twice, following chart or written directions.

Next rnd: *k10, pm, rep from * to EOR.

Crown decreases

Switch to needles for working smaller circumferences when necessary.

Next rnd — dec rnd: *k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, slm, rep from * to EOR. 10 sts dec’d.

Knit 1 rnd slipping all markers as you come to them.

Rep last 2 rnds 3 more times. 6 sts between each marker.

Rep dec rnd on every following rnd until only 10 sts rem.

Break yarn and draw through remaining sts (but not markers!) pulling up tightly to close hole.

Finishing

Weave in ends and block / tuck ends in and take photos. 

Chevron Chart Medium

knitting chart showing a knit and purl pattern

Written directions - Chevron pattern (med)

Rnd 1: k10, p1, k9.
Rnd 2: k9, p3, k8.
Rnd 3: k8, p5, k7.
Rnd 4: k7, p7, k6.
Rnd 5: k6, p9, k5.
Rnd 6: k5, p11, k4.
Rnd 7: k4, p13, k3.
Rnd 8: k3, p15, k2.
Rnd 9: k2, p17, k1.
Rnd 10: k1, p19.
Rnd 11: p10, k1, p9.
Rnd 12: p9, k3, p8.
Rnd 13: p8, k5, p7.
Rnd 14: p7, k7, p6.
Rnd 15: p6, k9, p5.
Rnd 16: p5, k11, p4.
Rnd 17: p4, k13,  p3.
Rnd 18: p3, k15, p2.
Rnd 19: p2, k17, p1.
Rnd 20: p1, k19.

Two models face away from the camera, each wearing the same slouchy beanie hat with pom pom. They are snuggled together and wrapped in a shared yellow blanket.
Sarah Stanfield
Sarah Stanfield



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