Landlocked Captain’s Hat

Yarn: Laird DK in Kraken or any standard skein of 100g (230-240yards) DK weight yarn

Yardage: Approximately 190 yards.

Needles: US3 and US6 16″ circular needles and US6 DPNs as needed for crown decreases.

Gauge: 6 stitches and 7 rows per 1″ square with larger needle in 1×1 ribbing.

Final Measurements: Approximately 10″ tall from cast on edge to crown. 8.5″ wide measured flat edge to edge.

This hat is is very stretchy and is intended to fit adults with 20″ – 26″ circumference heads worn slouchy or beanie style with a folded up wide brim.

Notions: 1 stitch marker and yarn needle to weave in ends

Difficulty: Easy

Techniques: Knitting in the round, Center Double Decrease (CDD)

Stitch Patterns:


All rows: knit 1, purl 1 to marker

Broken Ribbing:

Row 1: knit all stitches to marker

Row 2: [knit 1, purl 1], repeat around to marker


Cast on 120 using the long-tail method or other preferred cast on method with smaller needle.

Join to work in the round being careful not to twist the stitches.

Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Work Ribbing for 3″

Switch to larger needles and work Ribbing for 2″

At this point the brim is approximately 5″ tall. If you’d like a shorter fold up brim, I recommend doing less ribbing using the smaller needle, but measuring at least 1.5″.

Begin Broken Ribbing. Work the two rows for the stitch pattern for 4″. If you have difficulty seeing where the stitch pattern begins, measure from the wrong side of the hat. The purl bumps of the pattern change is easier to see.

End on a row 2.

At this point the hat is approximately 9″ tall.

Begin crown decreasing. Switch to dpns when convenient.

Main repeats between the square brackets. Stitch count after each decrease row is provided in parenthesis.

Center Double Decrease (CDD): Slip 2 stitches knit wise to the left hand needle, knit the next stitch, pass the two slipped stitches over the knit stitch and off the needle. This creates a center decrease (2 stitches), slightly raised, as can be seen on the crown image of the hat.


Row 1. Knit 9, [CDD, knit 17], CDD, knit 8 (108)

Row 2. (k1, p1)x4, [k3, (k1, p1)x8], (k1, p1)x4

Row 3. Knit 8, [CDD, knit 15], CDD, knit 7 (96)

Row 4. Work row 2 of the Broken Ribbing stitch pattern.

Row 5. Knit 7, [CDD, knit 13], CDD, knit 6 (84)

Row 6. (k1, p1)x3, [k3, (k1, p1)x6], (k1, p1)x3

Row 7. Knit 6, [CDD, knit 11], CDD, knit 5 (72)

Row 8. Repeat row 4

Row 9. Knit 5, [CDD, knit 9], CDD, knit 4 (60)

Row 10. (k1, p1)x2, [CDD, (p1, k1)x3, p1], CDD, p1, k1, p1. (48)

Row 11. K1, p1, k1, [CDD, (k1, p1)x2, k1], CDD, k1, p1. (36)

Row 12. K1, p1, [CDD, p1, k1, p1], CDD, p1. (24)

Row 13. K1, [CDD, k1], CDD. (12)

Break yarn 6″ from the last stitch.

Thread the tail through the yarn needle and pull through the last 12 stitches.

Weave in ends and enjoy your new hat!

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