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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Pancake hat

I came across this pattern years ago, and clipped it "for the future."
I liked the hat but had no intention of making it, because it involved purling on round needles.
Nevertheless, the pattern went to the future folder.

Over the summer my granddaughter Caroline took to tucking all her hair up into a cap,
Rastafarian style. Or eleven year old whim, as the case may be.
I thought about the hat I would not make.

"Idiot," I said to myself. "Why purl on round needles when you can knit!"
The other side of knit always is purl.
At the end of every set of knit rows I turned the work and began knitting again.
I took the picture above to show the "band" that keeps the hat on,
but the pancakes still hide it. The band merely is a set of pancakes on smaller needles.

I made this from a mohair/merino blend, very soft.
The pattern called for a heavier yarn, and the hat stood up on its layers.
This is much softer and fell right into pancakes.

I must find a box for it to keep in, or my cat will be prancing off to hide the hat under Laura's bed.


  1. Perfect to tuck long hair into.... Now you'll have to show us a photo with Caroline wearing it

  2. Wow. How fascinating. And it looks soooooo soft.

  3. Hari OM
    Love it! I am a fan of 'beanies' and hair tuck myself - am sure your gal will be delighted! YAM xx

  4. I can crochet, but not knit, so I have no idea what you're talking about---knit one, purl two.
    Cute hate, love the colors.

  5. I don't know what you are talking about, but the hat looks great.

  6. Love the soft colours and 'squishable' texture, but like many others commenting - what you're saying is all Greek to me, despite the fact that the kidling is an avid knitter.

  7. So very cute!! Seems like lots of work, but it came out great!


  8. yes let's see Caroline wearing it, for a minute I thought you were going to show us a hat like the pillbox hats of yesteryear. Ha.

  9. A very interesting looking hat, I've never seen one like it. I can see why it is called pancake.
    I hope Caroline enjoys wearing it.

  10. It sounds like fortune favouring the prepared mind when it comes to adapting that pattern to suit your knitting skills Joanne. The finished result is very good indeed - and I agree about keeping it well out of the way of the cat!

  11. I love the colour scheme...and lucky granddaughter to have a 'cool,warm' hat!
    Jane x

  12. I think you will have to make a few more for all your granddaughters. That is a cool hat.

  13. That looks difficult. I tried knitting as a youngster, and failed. I can crochet, though.

  14. Nice hat! You are very good with your hands.

  15. What a very cool hat! Would you consider making and selling these? I would buy three that I know!

    You are such a gifted artisan!

  16. Perfect for the purpose for which it is intended.

    Also perfect for a cat ...

  17. Great when you forgot to wash your hair.....


  18. I don't knit. I used to crochet when I was a teenager/20s but the I had kids and a struggling art studio to attend to and no time to crochet. so I was looking at your etsy more dish cloths?

  19. Nice thoughtful hand knit hat for your granddaughter -- barbara

  20. I don't knit either, but that is a very interesting hat. Your granddaughter will love it.