Happy Hat

Copyright Marnie MacLean 2004

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13st x 23 rows = 4"


  • #10.5 Straight or Circular needles
  • 1 skein of Homespun in Main Color (MC) - Black
  • 1 skein of Homespun in Contrasting Color (CC) - Green
  • Tapestry needle

Stitches used:


  • 1 x 1 rib
  • stockinette st (STst)



CO 65 with MC (black)

4 rows of 1x1 ribbing

All remaining rows will be worked in STst

2 rows

*Switch to CC (green)

4 rows

Switch to MC

8 rows*

Repeat from * to * one more time

Switch to CC

4 rows

Switch to MC

5 rows


You now have a rectangle about 20" wide by 7" tall. See image at right. With 4 MC stripes and 3 CC stripes.


Referring to image at left, sew short ends together. Center this seam in back and sew across top of hat. You now have a rectangle that is about 10" wide by 7" tall.




Hold CC (green) in hand and wrap yarn around length of forearm (from hand to elbow) 35 times.

Do the same with MC (black) 15 times.

Cut these length of yarn at both ends (In half, then in half again).

Cut a very long length of MC and tie around the center of this wad of yarn. Knot and wrap this piece of yarn several more times around wad and knot again. You want this to be secure.

Use this length of yarn to attach tassel to one top corner of hat. Make sure you sew this on very tightly, then, using yarn needle, bring tails through center of tassel and trim to length to match the rest of the ends.

Repeat this process again for the second tassel.

Final Finishing

This step is optional. I felt like my hat didn't stand up straight enough so I folded over the top corners of the hat which not only brought the tassels up higher but also added support to these very fluffy accents.

Start by pinching from the top seam to the side edge as shown in the image at right. You are pinching in such a way that you are flattening the corner from the TOP of the hat. If your corner flaps to the front or back of the hat you are doing it wrong.

Take these pinched edges and sew them to the top seam. This really strengthens the hat and makes it all the cuter, in my opinion.

Once the hat is constructed you can trim the tassels as needed. Over time, the homespun will unravel, producing a poofy look that I think will be just as cute. If this is really not appealing to you, though, then you may want to try this with a different yarn.

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