Clyde Hat

Multi gauge top down beanie

Meet Clyde, the rebel sibling to our classic Forth Hat pattern! Perfect for using up scraps, this top-down pattern will have you casting on instantly.

The Clyde is the latest addition to our growing swatchless hat family, alongside Forth, Porty and viral bestseller Musselburgh. If you have been searching for a hat to truly make your own then look no further - the Clyde is perfect for getting into marls and experimenting with colourplay. A lover of scraps, it's the ideal design for using some of that handspun yarn that you have been saving. With a twist on the classic beanie, it features reverse stockinette knit inside out - which means that you can save yourself lots of purling!

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If you have raced through several Musselburgh's or are looking for a fun, new project to cast on, the Clyde Hat is for you. The pattern comes in 6 sizes and 11 gauges, meaning that whether you are knitting for yourself or as a gift, the Clyde hat fits all.

As with our other patterns in this range, the swatchless design begins at the centre top: the crown is shaped by increasing outward in 4 ‘compass point’ lines. When you’ve created enough fabric to do so you can simply measure your gauge on the project, and match it to the numbers given for your size and gauge. Once the fun crown shaping is complete, there’s lots of soothing knitting that makes for the perfect “take anywhere” project. Choose from a deep folded brim, or a simple ribbed band – directions are included for both 1x1 and 2x2 rib.


Skills for knitting this project

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The Clyde Hat is written for multiple gauges, you can start knitting the hat with whichever needle size feels comfortable for you for the yarn you are using. 11 gauges between 7 and 2 stitches per inch / 2.5cm are included.


Clyde Hat includes 6 sizes and 11 gauges, so you can knit it with the yarn you prefer, to fit everyone. Use the included customisation spreadsheet to further customise the fit. Directions are included for a regular and turned up brim, and the top-down construction makes customising the length easy.

baby (B) [kid (K), adult (A), adult large (AL)]
To fit head circumference: 16 [18, 20, 22] (24, 26)” / 40 [45, 50, 55] (60, 65)cm.
Approximate finished circumference: 14 2/5 [16 1/5, 18, 19 4/5] (21 3/5, 23 2/5)” / 36 [40.5, 45, 49.5] (54, 58.5)cm.
Length: 5 [5 3/4, 6 1/4, 7 1/4] (8, 9)” / 12.5 [14.5, 15.5, 18] (20, 22.5)cm.



Fingering / 4ply to bulky weight yarn.
Exact yardage will depend on size, gauge and yarn used. 100-120g of yarn is enough for any size, gauge and yarn combination. 50g is enough for the version without a folded brim in most sizes and yarn weights, you may need more for larger sizes in chunky and bulky yarns or to add a pom-pom.
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Sport: Spincyle Dyed in the Wool (100% superwash American Wool, 200 yds, 50g) in Verba Volant.
Sport: Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk (100% Cormo, 370 yds / 338m, 4 oz, 113g) in Cobalt.
Sport: Knitting for Olive Merino (100% merino, 250m, 50g) in Dark Cognac held with Knitting for Olive Soft Silk Mohair (70% mohair, 30% silk, 225m, 25g) Dark Cognac.
DK: marled sock yarn scraps. La Bien Aimee Tough Sock, Weku Merino 4ply, Hedgehog Fibers Sock, Hazel Knits Artisan Sock, The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock.
Worsted: Spincyle Dream State (100% superwash American Wool, 50g, 150 yds / 137) in Rosy Maple.

Needles and notions

The needle size that works best for your yarn will depend on your individual tension. The recommended needle size for the yarn is a good starting point.

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