Pick up some new knitting skills or simply enjoy the comfort of a simple Fair Isle pattern while you knit this classic hat. Worked in the round on circular and double-pointed needles, the Potrero Hill Hat is a practical way to learn stranded knitting. It also makes a great project for knit-alongs or knitting classes!
Why “Potrero Hill”? I designed it while staying at my favorite AirBnB in the Potrero Hill neighborhood in San Francisco. (Useless trivia: Potrero Hill is where Paul Rudd as Ant-Man lives in the first Ant-Man movie.)
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The hat is gender neutral and is sized for both kids and adults.
My free tutorial on Stranded or Fair Isle Knitting walks you through this exact stitch pattern, including chart reading. And you’ll find matching fingerless mitts and full mittens in my Creativebug class Fair Isle Mitts & Mittens.
Classic worsted-weight yarn is what you’ll want for this one. Two contrasting colors will work best, but it might be fun for one of them to be in a color-changing form. (I’ll have to try that sometime!)
I used one skein each of Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted (100% wool, 3.5 ounces/100 grams, 220 yards/200 meters per skein). I used colors Blue Chic (main color) and Cream (contrasting color).
You’ll also need 16″ [40 cm] circular needles and a set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles OR a long circular needle for the magic loop method. I used 4.5 mm needles to get gauge, but of course you’ll use whatever size you need to match the pattern gauge of 22 stitches and 22 rounds =4″ [10 cm] in the pattern stitch.
The pompom is optional, but if you are a pompom lover, you can use the pompom template included with the pattern, or this awesome Clover pompom maker, which I love.
The Potrero Hill Hat pattern has been professionally tech-edited. It includes full instructions, including charts, and links to a video tutorial for the stitch pattern.
It’s been a popular choice for knitting teachers looking for a good pattern to teach stranded knitting.
Looking for more hat patterns? Check out these knitting patterns.
And these crochet patterns.