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Tombreck — a free pattern for the hat I knit on the train to Knockando

by Ysolda Teague May 27, 2014 3 min read

Tombreck — free hat pattern from Ysolda

On Friday we visited the lovely Knockando woolmill. Right before I left the studio I realised something — I hadn’t tried the yarn yet. What if it was awful and I had to be polite? I grabbed a skein and some needles and tucked them in my backpack. I didn’t actually cast on that night because homebaked muffins suddenly seemed of fundamental importance to all train journeys. But after coffee and a muffin on the train I was ready to cast on a simple hat, perfect for gazing at the scenery. 

By the time Bex and I met my aunt in Inverness she could tell it was a hat. By the time we pulled up at the mill, and the rain stopped with perfect timing, I’d started decreasing. 

Tombreck — free hat pattern from Ysolda

Soup and an excellent cheese scone at the mill’s cafe and I was able to snap these photos before we left. Maybe you need a cosy hat too (I know it’s almost June, but I saw ducks swimming in a car park puddle on Sunday). My current uniform seems to be bare legs and woolly hat. And the yarn is lovely, with a great balance of crunchy and soft. Which is just as well, because I’m not sure I’m very good at faking politeness.

1 skein of Knockando Aran 

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. 

10 stitch markers

Size Medium, to fit heads 20-22″ in circumference*

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

Abbreviations can be found here

Tombreck — free hat pattern from Ysolda

Chevron pattern

Rnd 1: k10, p1, (k19, p1) 4 times, k9.

Rnd 2: k9, p3, (k17, p3) 4 times, k8.

Rnd 3: k8, p5, (k15, p5) 4 times, k7.

Rnd 4: k7, p7, (k13, p7) 4 times, k6.

Rnd 5: k6, p9, (k11, p9) 4 times, k5.

Rnd 6: k5, p11, (k9, p11) 4 times, k4.

Rnd 7: k4, p13, (k7, p13) 4 times, k3.

Rnd 8: k3, p15, (k5, p15) 4 times, k2.

Rnd 9: k2, p17, (k3, p17) 4 times, k1.

Rnd 10: k1, p19, (k1, p19) 4 times.


Rnd 11: p10, k1, (p19, k1) 4 times, p9.

Rnd 12: p9, k3, (p17, k3) 4 times, p8.

Rnd 13: p8, k5, (p15, k5) 4 times, p7.

Rnd 14: p7, k7, (p13, k7) 4 times, p6.

Rnd 15: p6, k9, (p11, k9) 4 times, p5.

Rnd 16: p5, k11, (p9, k11) 4 times, p4.

Rnd 17: p4, k13, (p7, k13) 4 times, p3.

Rnd 18: p3, k15, (p5, k15) 4 times, p2.

Rnd 19: p2, k17, (p3, k17) 4 times, p1.

Rnd 20: p1, k19, (p1, k19) 4 times.


With smaller needle cast on 100 sts. For best results use a tubular cast on for 1×1 rib.

Join rnd being careful not to twist and pm to mark end of rnd.

Rnd 1: (k1, p1) to end.

Rep rnd 1 until ribbing measures 1″ / 2.5cm.

Switch to larger needle.

Work rnds 1-20 of chevron pattern a total of 2 times.

Next rnd: (k10, pm) to end.

Next rnd — dec rnd: *k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, slm, rep from * to end.

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, switching to needles for working smaller circumferences when necessary (to be honest, I just awkwardly pulled out a loop of the short circular since that was what I had with me!). Break yarn and draw through remaining sts (but not markers!) pulling up tightly to close hole. Weave in ends and block / tuck ends in and take photos. 

* one size because free pattern, but you could cast on 90 or 110 stitches and make each of the 5 chevron repeats 2 sts and 2 rows smaller or larger. 

Look out for more about our visit to the mill soon. 

Ysolda Teague
Ysolda Teague

Ysolda designs knitting patterns, spent years teaching at events and loves to find new yarns and books to share.

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