Cockerel Hat

by Katya Frankel

» model: BG » photos: Brandy Fortune

The Cockerel hat was inspired by the hat my grandma knit for me when I was little. The original hat that was knit in a rather strikingly bright green, red and blue was made as a mix of crochet and knit and has a similar construction to this one.

I remember wearing it with my hair pulled out through the back, and how it swooshed from side to side as I turned my head! And now after being worn through a couple of winters by my daughter (with a replacement button and a frayed edge), the precious green cockerel is tucked safely in the draw.



To fit head circumference 16 [18, 20] inches / 40.5 [46, 51] cm.


Cascade Yarns Pima Silk [85% Pima Cotton, 15% Silk; 109 yards/100 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram ball];

#9604 Cream [C1]; 1 skein for all sizes
#5225 Magenta [C2]; 1 skein for all sizes
#6898 Green [C3]; 1 skein for all sizes
#9519 Pale Blue [MC]; 1 [1, 2] skeins

Recommended needle sizes

US #5/3.5 mm straight needles
US #6/4 mm straight needles
2 dpns, US #5/3.5 mm for i-cord


2 removable stitch markers
tapestry needle
½ inch button


22 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) over St st using larger size needles.
If necessary, adjust needle size to get the correct gauge.

Pattern Notes

The hat is worked flat and shaped as a kerchief. After the main part is finished, the ruffle is knitted onto the slanted sides of the kerchief. The back of the hat is then joined together to form a tube of sorts. And lastly, the neck opening is trimmed with an I-cord to prevent the edge from curling. Instructions are provided for a buttonhole and a button placement. Alternatively you can make ties instead of the button closure, by working a length of I-cord before and after the neck opening.

It is possible to carry the colors that are not used along the side of the fabric instead of cutting them off, this will decrease the number of ends you would have to weave in at the end.

Skills Required

Color stripes (St st and garter), i-cord, knit, purl, simple increases and decreases and finishing


With smaller needles and MC, cast on 75 [85, 95] sts.
Row 1: K1, *p1, k tbl; rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1.
Row 2: P1, *k tbl, p1; rep from * to end.
Repeat last 2 rows until brim measures 1 in / 2.5cm.


Change to larger needles and work in St st (knit on the RS and purl on the WS) in the following color sequence:
*Work 2 rows in C1, 4 rows in C2, 2 rows in C1, 4 rows in C3, 2 rows in C1*, 4 rows in MC; repeat from * to * once more.
Change to MC and work until Hat measures 5½[6, 6½] in / 14 (15, 16.5) cm from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape Kerchief
Row 1 (RS – Decrease row): K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, ssk, k1: 73[83, 93] sts.
Row 2: Purl across.
Repeat last 2 rows, 17 [21, 25] more times, placing a removable marker on each edge of the fabric on Row 8 [10, 12]: 39 [41, 43] sts.
Bind off 2 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows: 35 [37, 39] sts.
Bind off 3 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows: 29 [31, 33] sts.
Bind off 4 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows: 21 (23, 25) sts.
Bind off 5 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows: 11 [13, 15] sts.
Bind off remaining sts.

Working between removable markers (see figure 1) with MC and RS facing - pick up and knit 3 sts for every 4 rows along the slanted edge, pick up and knit 1 st for every bound off stitch at the tapered end, and finally pick up and knit 3 sts for every 4 rows along the opposite slanted edge to marker.
Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2 (Inc row): *K1, kfb; repeat from * across.
Row 3: With C1 purl across.
Rows 4 and 5: With C2 work 2 rows in St st. Cut yarn.
Row 6: With C1 knit one row. Cut yarn.
Rows 7-10: With MC knit 4 rows (Garter St). Cut yarn.
Row 11: With C3 knit 1 row.
Bind off all sts.



Sew hat along the ruffle side and the slanted side as indicated in figure 2.

I-Cord Edging
I-cord is worked along the unsewn side edges using 2 smaller size double pointed needles and MC.

DetailWith WS facing, starting at the right corner, pick up and purl 1 st in each of first 2 rows, cast on 3 sts for the button hole, skip the next 4 rows, then pick up and purl 3 sts for every 4 rows along the remainder of the neck edge to left corner. Cast on 3 sts for i-cord and turn.
*K2, ssk, slip 3 sts to the other end of the dpn and pull yarn tight behind. Repeat from * until all stitches have been worked.

Weave in all ends and sew the button on the side opposite to button-hole. Block if desired according to ball band instructions.


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Katya Frankel is a freelance knitwear designer, living and designing in
Newcastle upon Tyne, England. She had patterns published in various Interweave
publications, More knitting in the Sun, and former Twists & Turns and Yarn Forward
magazines. At the moment she is finishing her first book on knitwear for boys to be
published soon by Cooperative Press.


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