Forth Hat

Multi gauge top down beanie

Our go-to hat pattern. This classic beanie is easy to knit and endlessly customisable. Simply choose your yarn and cast on, no swatching required.

The Forth Hat joins our popular swatchless hat family, alongside the Porty hat and viral bestseller Musselburgh. Forth applies the top-down, swatchless construction to the classic beanie hat. It's the perfect canvas to make your own: simple changes make it a cute bobble hat or classic fisherman's watchcap. The four point crown shaping uses lifted increases for a polished finish that works beautifully with stripes.

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Whether you’re an adventurous beginner eager to learn new skills, or an experienced knitter looking for a quick, compelling project you’ll love knitting the Forth Hat. 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 stockinette 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

Build your skills by following the links to our clear step-by-step tutorials.


The Forth 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.


Forth 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. Shown in
Fingering: Garthenor Organic Preseli (100% wool, 1.76 oz / 50g, 219 yds / 200m) in Koi.
DK: Garthenor Organic Beacons (100% wool,176 oz, 50g, 148 yds / 135m) in Bevan.
Heavy DK / Light Worsted: The Farmer’s Daughter Pishkun DK (100% MT and WY Rambouillet Wool, 100g, 255 yds / 233m) in Elk Antler, Ranch Romance, and Dirty Little Dandelion.
Bulky: Qing Big Merino Chunky 80% Superwash Merino 20% Nylon, 100g, 76 yds / 70m) in Balloon.

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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