Free Knitting Pattern for a Flapper Girl Hat

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    Flapper Girl Ruffled Hat

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    Fun and frolics abound in this 1920s-inspired cloche hat.


    • 1 skein of Peruvian Highland Wool in shade 2713 Aubergine, or about 60 (80, 100) yards of medium weight yarn of your choice
    • 1 skein of Peruvian Highland Wool in shade 2010 Raspberry, or about 40 (50, 60) yards of medium weight yarn of your choice
    • 1 pair size 6 US (4.5 mm) needles
    • 1 16-inch circular needle size 7 US (4.5 mm)
    • crochet hook, yarn needle, stitch marker and tape measure


    Baby (Toddler, Child) Circumference: 13.5 (16, 18.5) inches (Note: the brim makes the hat flare out at the bottom - if in doubt about which size to use, size down) Instructions given for smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses.

    Sample knit in Toddler size, by Eileen Casey.


    6 stitches and 8 rows to 1 inch over Blackberry Stitch pattern.

    Beginning the Hat:

    1. Cast on 74 (90, 106) stitches and knit 1 row. Knit the first and last stitch on every right side row, and purl the first and last stitch on every wrong side row. These are the selvedge stitches and are not included in the pattern; all directions apply to the 72 (88, 104) stitches between the selvedges.
    2. Work in Blackberry Stitch pattern as follows:

      Row 1 (right side): Purl

      Row 2: *(K1, P1, K1) all in next stitch, P3tog. Repeat from * to end

      Row 3: Purl

      Row 4: *P3tog, (K1, P1, K1) all in next stitch. Repeat from * to end.

    3. Continue in pattern until piece measure 4 (4.5, 5) inches, ending with a wrong side row (either Row 2 or 4 of pattern).
    Continue to 2 of 3 below.
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    Shape the Crown

    For baby size, work steps 1-5, then skip to step 10.

    For toddler size, work steps 1-7, then skip to step 10.

    For child size, work all steps.

    1. *Work 4-decrease (see below), purl 13 (17, 21). Repeat from * to end.
    2. Work in Blackberry Stitch.
    3. *Work 4-decrease, purl 9 (13, 17). Repeat from * to end.
    4. Work in Blackberry Stitch.
    5. *Work 4-decrease, purl 5 (9, 13). Repeat from * to end.
    6. Work in Blackberry Stitch.
    7. *Work 4-decrease, purl — (5, 9). Repeat from * to end.
    8. Work in Blackberry Stitch.
    9. *Work 4-decrease, purl — (—, 5). Repeat from * to end.
    10. P2tog across row.

    4-decrease is as follows: slip 2 purlwise, P3tog, pass 2 slipped stitches over. Four stitches have been decreased.

    Cut yarn, draw through stitches left on needle and pull tight to close the hat.

    Continue to 3 of 3 below.
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    Add Ruffle and Rose

    Finishing the Hat

    Sew the seam down the back of the hat through the selvedge stitches to keep it neat and line up the edges so pattern stays consistent.

    Knitting the Ruffle

    With contrasting color yarn and circular needle, pick up and knit 72 (88, 104) stitches around the brim of the hat along the cast on edge. Place marker at beginning of round.

    1. Knit 4 rounds.
    2. Increase by knitting in the front and back of all stitches. 144 (176, 208) stitches.
    3. Knit the next round.
    4. Knit in the front and back of all stitches again. 288 (352, 416) stitches.
    5. Knit the next round.
    6. Bind off loosely.

    Knit the Rose

    1. With contrasting color yarn, cast on 12 stitches and purl 1 row.
    2. Kfb across row (24 stitches).
    3. Purl the next row.
    4. Kfb across row (48 stitches).
    5. Purl the next row.
    6. Kfb across row; (96 stitches).
    7. Purl the next row.
    8. Bind off loosely.

    Twist rose piece into a flower shape and stitch the petals together to secure. Attach rose to the side of the hat. Weave in all ends.