Mary Ann Stephens

traditional knitting with a colorful twist

Monkey Hat

6.00
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Monkey Hat

6.00

Monkeys for Everyone! (see larger size, below.)

This is a circularly-knit, Fair Isle / Norwegian style knitting hat design. The same set of instructions works for knitting hats in a range of sizes, from Newborn through Adult, provided the gauge and yarn is adjusted, as indicated in the pattern.

Don’t miss Mary Ann’s coordinating Sleepy Monkey Blanket pattern!

GAUGE: Anywhere from 36 to 24 sts per 4” / 10 cm, depending upon which size you’re making: Newborn (36), Infant (32), Youth (28), Adult (24).

NEEDLES: Anywhere from US #00 to US #4, depending upon the gauge and size you’re targeting. (Exact details are in the pattern.)

YARN: Five different 50g balls (or remnants) of fingering weight yarn for the Newborn and Infant sizes; five different 50g balls (or remnants) of sport weight yarn for the Youth and Adult sizes.

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Monkeys for Everyone! (see larger size, below.)

This is a circularly-knit, Fair Isle / Norwegian style knitting hat design. The same set of instructions works for knitting hats in a range of sizes, from Newborn through Adult, provided the gauge and yarn is adjusted, as indicated in the pattern.

Don’t miss Mary Ann’s coordinating Sleepy Monkey Blanket pattern!

GAUGE: Anywhere from 36 to 24 sts per 4” / 10 cm, depending upon which size you’re making: Newborn (36), Infant (32), Youth (28), Adult (24).

NEEDLES: Anywhere from US #00 to US #4, depending upon the gauge and size you’re targeting. (Exact details are in the pattern.)

YARN: Five different 50g balls (or remnants) of fingering weight yarn for the Newborn and Infant sizes; five different 50g balls (or remnants) of sport weight yarn for the Youth and Adult sizes.

The bottom has a hemmed band with garter stitch accents and traditional stranded motifs. The upper portion has eight monkeys, staggered and framed in traditional stranded lattice motifs, covering all rows up to the top. The crown shaping is worked to form a dotted “X” between the monkeys, when viewed from above. A knotted I-cord loop adorns the top.

The Main Monkey Chart can be repeated all around for a hat featuring all smiling, unembellished monkeys. Optionally, you can fill in your choice of expressions on the Monkey Maker chart. Either version can be embellished with duplicate stitch, or any embroidery you please, using either my monkeys shown on page four, or your own ideas.

Given the wide range of actual head circumferences within any age population, consider the pattern’s Newborn / Infant / Youth / Adult age brackets as approximations.

To best size an individual’s hat, measure their actual head circumference at its widest point – brow level - and subtract one to two inches from that measurement (for “negative ease”, so that the hat stays put when worn) to obtain your targeted, finished circumference.