Blackfold Hat

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The Blackfold beanie is a unisex classic that you’ll reach for again and again. Grab a skein of your favourite heavy 4-ply or sport weight and enjoy relaxing ribbing in the round. Two crown options offer a choice between simplicity and knitterly perfection: go for the finesse of paired rib decreases for full reversibility, or regular decreases for a faster finish.

One size really does fit all (from child to large adult), thanks to super elastic fabric, while a deep fold keeps ears warm and the fit snug. This is the hat your family members will be fighting over so make one for everyone!


Sizes: One size

Finished Circumference: 40 cm / 16 in (un-stretched)
To fit head size: 48 – 60 cm / 19 – 24 in

Shown on a head circumference of 55 cm / 21.5 in. The fabric of the hat is extremely stretchy so will fit a range of head sizes.


280 m / 310 yards heavy 4-ply or sport weight yarn. You could use a wide variety of yarns from luxury silk cashmere blend to wool sock yarn.
Samples are made using:

Black Isle Yarns Auchen; 40% Bluefaced Leicester, 30% Cheviot, 30% Shetland; 410 m / 448 yds per 110g skein.
Posh Yarn Lei; 65% super wash merino, 20% bamboo, 15% silk; 320 m / 350 yds per 100g skein
Fyberspates Echo Self Striping Sock; 100% Bluefaced Leicester; 384 m / 420 yds per 100g skein.
Posh Yarn Eva Sock; 55% silk, 45% cashmere; 183 m / 200 yds per 55g skein.


40 sts (un-stretched) and 36 rows over 10 cm / 4 in, in 1×1 rib using larger needles. Row gauge is not critical. It should be possible to stretch the 10 cm / 4 in swatch to 15 cm / 6 in wide.


2.25 mm 30 cm circular needles
2.5 mm 30 cm circular needles and DPNs (if preferred for small circumference knitting)


Two options are given for finishing this simple hat. The first is a little more work, but produces a perfectly reversible hat, with all the details polished. Use a Tubular Cast On for 1×1 rib to give a seamless edge, and work Crown Version 1. The Paired Rib Decrease (prd) is perfectly reversible and gives a really even neat appearance to the decrease round, but involves several steps.

To work a simpler hat, substitute the tubular cast on for another method with good stretch, such as the Alternate Cable Cast On and work Crown Version 2.