Ipanema Hat


Amy Miller

This bright sun hat knits up quickly for your next summer vacation. Hat is knit in the round and starched.

Finished Size 18 (19½, 22)" head circumference and 35¼ (39¼, 44½)" brim circumference. Hat shown measures 22".

Yarn Knit Picks Dishie (100% cotton; 190 yd [174 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #25411 conch, 1 (1, 2) skeins. Yarn distributed by Crafts Americana.

Needles Size 1 (2.25 mm): 16" and 36" circulars (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Marker (m); tapestry needle; 18-gauge jewelry wire 37½ (39½, 47)"; heavy-duty spray starch.

Gauge 24 sts and 36 rows = 4" in St st.

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5 thoughts on “Ipanema Hat

  1. I love this, and I hope to make it soon.  I have a question, however.  The yarn is a worsted with a needle size recommendation of 7-8.  The pattern calls for size 1.  I can understand going down several sizes for a hat like this; it needs to be stiff, but that much?  I’m a loose knitter, so that means I may need to use a 0 or 00.

  2. I’m worried about the needle size too–trying to knit worsted cotton on a US1 needle sounds like an invitation to Tears and Heartache. The gauge for the hat is 6 stitches/inch, and Dishie’s gauge is 4.5 stitches/inch, so I might try a US4 or US5 needle to start.

  3. I made this hat.  I knit 26-gauge jewelry wire into the brim but it didn’t have the effect I hoped for.  My guess is that the 18-gauge wire should be strung through the center of the I-cord bind-off for the effect shown in the picture.  The brim is quite floppy so I am suspecting that a great deal of starch is going to be necessary as part of the finishing process.  No. 1 needles weren’t as hard to knit with in combination with the worsted weight cotton yarn as I had suspected.