Free Knitting Pattern...Matilda Hat!

The Matilda Hat is a chunky, warm, and extra squishy hat that uses just one skein of yarn. Matilda features a ribbed cable stitch sequence that shows off your special yarn beautifully.  This pattern is suitable for both solids and multi-colored/variegated yarns.  Makes a thoughtful gift, but be sure to make one for yourself too!

Matilda Hat
By Jennifer Dickerson


  • 1 Skein Plymouth Yarn Trabajos Del Peru (147 yards, 100% merino, "012" colorway) Note: A similar weight yarn may be substituted.  If substituting, a gauge swatch is recommended.
  • US 10.5 16” circular needle
  • 4 US 10.5 DPNs 
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Marker

  • 16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
  • Women's Medium (9 inches tall and 22 inch circumference)

Special Instructions:
  • C2B--Slip two stitches onto cable needle, knit two stitches, then knit the two stitches from the cable needle.

Click here to learn how to make cables (photo tutorial)

Instructions for hat:
CO 84 sts
PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Round 1-9: *K4, P2, rpt from * to end of round
Round 10: *K4, P2, C2B, P2, rpt from * to end of round
Repeat rows 1-10 three more times (for a total of four repeats), ending on row 10.


(Note: switch to DPNs when needed)
Round 1: *K2, K2tog, P2, rpt from * to end of round
Round 2: *K3, P2tog, rpt from * to end of round
Round 3: *K1, K2tog, P1, rpt from * to end of round
Round 4: *K2tog, P1, rpt from * to end of round

Using tapestry needle, break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining stitches and pull tightly. Weave in ends.

Using a tapestry needle, weave in ends.

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only.  In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages).  Thank you!

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  1. Beautiful hat, I love the yarn. I am knitting up a Ohio State hat for my son, gray and red are not that exciting.

  2. C2B - take 1 stitch onto cable needle than knit one stitch, pick up stitch from cable needle. Or two stitches on the cable needle and knit two stitches than pickup the two cable stitches? Sorry for all the question, I learning.

  3. You noted that C2B is "Slip two stitches onto cable needle, knit two stitches, then knit the two stitches from the cable needle."
    It is actually "C2B - Slip next stitch onto cable needle, hold to the back, k1, k1 off cable needle."
    The stitch required in this pattern is "C4B - Slip the next 2 stitches on the left-hand needle to the cable needle and hold the cable needle to the back of the work. Knit 2 stitches from the left-hand needle. Knit 2 stitches from the cable needle."


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