Knitting Pattern: Hummingbird Hat

Hummingbird Hat, free knitting pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand HeartlandI’m so excited to be sharing the first pattern in the Hummingbird Hat and Baby Bird Blanket Knit-a-Long. The Hummingbird Hat uses a simple, stretchy stitch pattern to create a comfortable hat that can adjust for hair growth. The stitch pattern can be worked flat or in the round, so you get to choose how to make your Hummingbird Hat – flat and seamed or seamless in the round. The Hummingbird Hat knitting pattern is available in 12 sizes from 2-Lb. Preemie through Adult Large.

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Last week, I shared a sneak peak of the 4-Lb. Preemie size of the Hummingbird Hat, so I thought today I’d share a sneak peak of the next pattern in this knit-a-long, the Baby Bird Blanket.

Hummingbird Hat and Baby Bird Blanket, free knitting patterns by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand HeartlandThe stitch pattern that I’m calling the Hummingbird Stitch is the foundation of both patterns. It’s super stretchy, like ribbing, but it has a more intricate look.

This hat is knit from the bottom up, so it decreases as you get towards the crown. If you’re new to decreasing in knitting, I’ve linked up four video tutorials to help you.

Hummingbird Hat, free knitting pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand HeartlandAnd, speaking of videos, I made a short preview video so you can see how the hat fits.

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Hummingbird Hat

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Hummingbird Hat, free knitting pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand HeartlandThis stretchy hat uses a stitch pattern that can be worked flat or in the round. Pick your favorite method (knit flat and seamed, or knit seamlessly in the round) to make your version. This pattern is designed to meet the donation requirements of Knots of Love, a charity that distributes handmade hats to people suffering from traumatic hair loss due to illness or injury and blankets to infants in neonatal intensive care units.

Finished Sizes

  • 2-Lb. Preemie (4-Lb. Preemie, 5-Lb. Preemie, 6-Lb. Preemie, Newborn, 0-6 Months, 6-12 Months, Toddler, Child, Teen/Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large). Photographed samples are Teen/Adult Small and 4-Lb. Preemie.
    • 2-Lb. Preemie: 7” (18 cm) hat circumference x 3.5” (9 cm) height.
    • 4-Lb. Preemie: 9” (23 cm) hat circumference x 4” (10 cm) height.
    • 5-Lb. Preemie: 10” (25.5 cm) hat circumference x 4.5” (11.5 cm) height.
    • 6-Lb. Preemie: 11” (28 cm) hat circumference x 5” (13 cm) height.
    • Newborn: 12” (30.5 cm) hat circumference x 6” (15 cm) height.
    • 0-6 Months: 15” (38 cm) hat circumference x 6” (15 cm) height.
    • 6-12 Months: 16” (40.5 cm) hat circumference x 6.25” (16 cm) height.
    • Toddler: 17” (43 cm) hat circumference x 6.5” (16.5 cm) height.
    • Child: 18” (46 cm) hat circumference x 7” (18 cm) height.
    • Teen/Adult Small: 19” (48 cm) hat circumference x 7” (18 cm) height.
    • Adult Medium: 20” (51 cm) hat circumference x 7.5” (19 cm) height.
    • Adult Large: 22” (56 cm) hat circumference x 8” (20.5 cm) height.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Heartland yarn (100% acrylic, 5 oz/142 g, 251 yd/230 m) – 1 skein each in MC and CC, or approximately 251 yd (230 m) in each of 2 colors in any medium weight yarn. (I used 195 Biscayne as MC and 98 Acadia as CC for the 4-Lb. Preemie size and 149 Great Smoky Mountains as MC and 195 Biscayne as CC in the Teen/Adult Small size.)
  • US 8/5 mm knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge. (Use straight needles to knit flat and seam, or use double pointed needles to knit seamlessly in the round, or 40”/100 cm circular needles to knit seamlessly in the round with the magic loop method.)
  • Yarn needle.
  • Clover Quick Locking Stitch Marker Set (optional, but helpful if knitting in the round or to mark repeats in pattern).

Gauge

  • 20 sts = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. For best fit, always check your gauge.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CC – Contrasting Color
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • k2tog – knit 2 sts together – See Pattern Notes for link to video tutorial.
  • k3tog – knit 3 sts together – See Pattern Notes for link to video tutorial.
  • MC – Main Color
  • p – purl
  • p2tog – purl 2 sts together – See Pattern Notes for link to video tutorial.
  • p3tog – purl 3 sts together – See Pattern Notes for link to video tutorial.
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Hummingbird Stitch Pattern

  • CO number of sts for your size hat (or any multiple of 6 sts).
  • Row/Rnd 1: (Right Side)*K3, p1, k1, p1; rep from * across/around.
  • Row/Rnd 2: *K3, p3; rep from * across/around.
  • Rows/Rnds 3-6: Rep Rows/Rnds 1-2 twice.
  • Row/Rnd 7: *P1, k1, p1, k3; rep from * across/around.
  • Row/Rnd 8: *P3, k3; rep from * across/around.
  • Rows/Rnds 9-12: Rep Rows/Rnds 7-8 twice.
  • Bind off in knit or as directed in pattern.

Pattern Notes

  • Helpful video tutorials are available for all of the decrease stitches.
    • Lion Brand’s video tutorial for k2tog is available here.
    • New Stitch a Day’s video tutorial for k3tog is available here.
    • Lion Brand’s video tutorial for p2tog is available here.
    • New Stitch a Day’s video tutorial for p3tog is available here.
  • This hat can be knit in the round seamlessly or knit flat and seamed. Instructions are given for knitting flat. To knit in the round, follow pattern for desired size through Row 1, place stitch marker, being careful not to twist the sts, join to begin knitting in the round. Continue with rest of pattern through Closing Crown (All Sizes), skip Seaming Hat (All Sizes Knit Flat), and continue to Finishing (All Sizes).

Pattern Instructions

2-Lb. Preemie Size (see Pattern Notes for instructions for knitting in the round)

  • With CC, CO 36 sts.
  • Rows 1-6: Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern (above) Rows 1-6. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 7-12: With MC, Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 7-12.
  • Continue to work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 1-12, until hat measures approximately 2.75” (7 cm) long, or approximately 0.75” (2 cm) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6 or Row 12. Continue on to Decrease to Crown.

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 6 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *P3tog, k3; rep from * across. (24 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *P3, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *P1, k3tog; rep from * across. (12 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *P2tog; rep from * across. (6 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: *K2tog; rep from * across. (3 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 12 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *K3, p3tog; rep from * across. (24 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *K1, p3; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *K3tog, p1; rep from * across. (12 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * across. (6 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: *P2tog; rep from * across. (3 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

4-Lb. Preemie Size (see Pattern Notes for instructions for knitting in the round)

Hummingbird Hat, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Heartland yarn by Underground Crafter

  • With CC, CO 48 sts.
  • Rows 1-6: Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern (above) Rows 1-6. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 7-12: With MC, Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 7-12.
  • Continue to work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 1-12, until hat measures approximately 3.25” (8 cm) long, or approximately 0.75” (2 cm) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6 or Row 12. Continue on to Decrease to Crown.

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 6 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *P3tog, k3; rep from * across. (32 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *P3, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *P1, k3tog; rep from * across. (16 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *P2tog; rep from * across. (8 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: *K2tog; rep from * across. (4 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 12 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *K3, p3tog; rep from * across. (32 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *K1, p3; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *K3tog, p1; rep from * across. (16 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * across. (8 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: *P2tog; rep from * across. (4 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

5-Lb. Preemie Size (see Pattern Notes for instructions for knitting in the round)

  • With CC, CO 54 sts.
  • Rows 1-6: Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern (above) Rows 1-6. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 7-12: With MC, Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 7-12.
  • Continue to work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 1-12, until hat measures approximately 3.75” (9.5 cm) long, or approximately 0.75” (2 cm) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6 or Row 12. Continue on to Decrease to Crown.

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 6 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *P3tog, k3; rep from * across. (36 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *P3, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *P1, k3tog; rep from * across. (18 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *P2tog; rep from * across. (9 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: K1,*k2tog; rep from * across. (5 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 12 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *K3, p3tog; rep from * across. (36 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *K1, p3; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *K3tog, p1; rep from * across. (18 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * across. (9 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: P1, *p2tog; rep from * across. (5 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

6-Lb. Preemie Size (see Pattern Notes for instructions for knitting in the round)

  • With CC, CO 60 sts.
  • Rows 1-6: Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern (above) Rows 1-6. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 7-12: With MC, Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 7-12.
  • Continue to work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 1-12, until hat measures approximately 4.25” (11 cm) long, or approximately 0.75” (2 cm) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6 or Row 12. Continue on to Decrease to Crown.

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 6 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *P3tog, k3; rep from * across. (40 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *P3, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *P1, k3tog; rep from * across. (20 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *P2tog; rep from * across. (10 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: *K2tog; rep from * across. (5 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 12 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *K3, p3tog; rep from * across. (32 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *K1, p3; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *K3tog, p1; rep from * across. (16 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * across. (8 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: *P2tog; rep from * across. (4 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Newborn Size (see Pattern Notes for instructions for knitting in the round)

  • With CC, CO 66 sts.
  • Rows 1-6: Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern (above) Rows 1-6. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 7-12: With MC, Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 7-12.
  • Continue to work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 1-12, until hat measures approximately 5.25” (13.5 cm) long, or approximately 0.75” (2 cm) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6 or Row 12. Continue on to Decrease to Crown.

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 6 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *P3tog, k3; rep from * across. (44 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *P3, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *P1, k3tog; rep from * across. (22 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *P2tog; rep from * across. (11 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: K1,*k2tog; rep from * across. (6 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 12 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *K3, p3tog; rep from * across. (44 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *K1, p3; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *K3tog, p1; rep from * across. (22 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * across. (11 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: P1, *p2tog; rep from * across. (6 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

0-6 Month Size (see Pattern Notes for instructions for knitting in the round)

  • With CC, CO 78 sts.
  • Rows 1-6: Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern (above) Rows 1-6. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 7-12: With MC, Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 7-12.
  • Continue to work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 1-12, until hat measures approximately 5.25” (13.5 cm) long, or approximately 0.75” (2 cm) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6 or Row 12. Continue on to Decrease to Crown.

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 6 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *P3tog, k3; rep from * across. (52 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *P3, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *P1, k3tog; rep from * across. (26 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *P2tog; rep from * across. (13 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: K1,*k2tog; rep from * across. (7 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 12 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *K3, p3tog; rep from * across. (52 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *K1, p3; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *K3tog, p1; rep from * across. (26 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * across. (13 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: P1, *p2tog; rep from * across. (7 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

6-12 Month Size (see Pattern Notes for instructions for knitting in the round)

  • With CC, CO 84 sts.
  • Rows 1-6: Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern (above) Rows 1-6. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 7-12: With MC, Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 7-12.
  • Continue to work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 1-12, until hat measures approximately 5.5” (14 cm) long, or approximately 0.75” (2 cm) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6 or Row 12. Continue on to Decrease to Crown.

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 6 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *P3tog, k3; rep from * across. (56 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *P3, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *P1, k3tog; rep from * across. (28 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *P2tog; rep from * across. (14 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: *K2tog; rep from * across. (7 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 12 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *K3, p3tog; rep from * across. (56 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *K1, p3; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *K3tog, p1; rep from * across. (28 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * across. (14 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: *P2tog; rep from * across. (7 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Toddler Size (see Pattern Notes for instructions for knitting in the round)

  • With CC, CO 90 sts.
  • Rows 1-6: Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern (above) Rows 1-6. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 7-12: With MC, Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 7-12.
  • Continue to work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 1-12, until hat measures approximately 5.75” (14.5 cm) long, or approximately 0.75” (2 cm) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6 or Row 12. Continue on to Decrease to Crown.

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 6 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *P3tog, k3; rep from * across. (60 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *P3, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *P1, k3tog; rep from * across. (30 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *P2tog; rep from * across. (15 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: K1,*k2tog; rep from * across. (8 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 12 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *K3, p3tog; rep from * across. (60 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *K1, p3; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *K3tog, p1; rep from * across. (30 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * across. (15 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: P1, *p2tog; rep from * across. (8 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Child Size (see Pattern Notes for instructions for knitting in the round)

  • With CC, CO 96 sts.
  • Rows 1-12: Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern (above) Rows 1-12. Fasten off CC.
  • Switch to MC. Continue to work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 1-12, until hat measures approximately 6.25” (16 cm) long, or approximately 0.75” (2 cm) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6 or Row 12. Continue on to Decrease to Crown.

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 6 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *P3tog, k3; rep from * across. (64 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *P3, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *P1, k3tog; rep from * across. (32 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *P2tog; rep from * across. (16 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: *K2tog; rep from * across. (8 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 12 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *K3, p3tog; rep from * across. (64 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *K1, p3; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *K3tog, p1; rep from * across. (32 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * across. (16 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: *P2tog; rep from * across. (8 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Teen/Adult Small Size (see Pattern Notes for instructions for knitting in the round)

Hummingbird Hat, free knitting pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Heartland

  • With CC, CO 102 sts.
  • Rows 1-12: Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern (above) Rows 1-12. Fasten off CC.
  • Switch to MC. Continue to work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 1-12, until hat measures approximately 6.25” (16 cm) long, or approximately 0.75” (2 cm) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6 or Row 12. Continue on to Decrease to Crown.

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 6 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *P3tog, k3; rep from * across. (68 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *P3, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *P1, k3tog; rep from * across. (34 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *P2tog; rep from * across. (17 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: K1,*k2tog; rep from * across. (9 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 12 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *K3, p3tog; rep from * across. (68 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *K1, p3; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *K3tog, p1; rep from * across. (34 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * across. (17 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: P1, *p2tog; rep from * across. (9 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Adult Medium Size (see Pattern Notes for instructions for knitting in the round)

  • With CC, CO 108 sts.
  • Rows 1-12: Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern (above) Rows 1-12. Fasten off CC.
  • Switch to MC. Continue to work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 1-12, until hat measures approximately 6.75” (17 cm) long, or approximately 0.75” (2 cm) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6 or Row 12. Continue on to Decrease to Crown.

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 6 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *P3tog, k3; rep from * across. (72 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *P3, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *P1, k3tog; rep from * across. (36 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *P2tog; rep from * across. (18 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: *K2tog; rep from * across. (9 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 12 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *K3, p3tog; rep from * across. (72 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *K1, p3; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *K3tog, p1; rep from * across. (36 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * across. (18 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: *P2tog; rep from * across. (9 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Adult Large Size (see Pattern Notes for instructions for knitting in the round)

  • With CC, CO 114 sts.
  • Rows 1-12: Work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern (above) Rows 1-12. Fasten off CC.
  • Switch to MC. Continue to work Hummingbird Stitch Pattern Rows 1-12, until hat measures approximately 7.25” (18.5 cm) long, or approximately 0.75” (2 cm) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6 or Row 12. Continue on to Decrease to Crown.

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 6 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *P3tog, k3; rep from * across. (76 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *P3, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *P1, k3tog; rep from * across. (38 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *P2tog; rep from * across. (19 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: K1,*k2tog; rep from * across. (10 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Decrease to Crown: If you ended after Row 12 in the Hummingbird Stitch Pattern:

  • Decrease Row 1: *K3, p3tog; rep from * across. (68 sts)
  • Decrease Row 2: *K1, p3; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 3: *K3tog, p1; rep from * across. (34 sts)
  • Decrease Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
  • Decrease Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * across. (17 sts)
  • Decrease Row 6: P1, *p2tog; rep from * across. (9 sts)
  • Fasten off MC, leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming. Continue to Closing Crown (All Sizes).

Closing Crown (All Sizes)

  • With yarn needle, draw yarn tail through remaining sts, remove sts from needles, pull yarn tight and secure to close crown.

Seaming Hat (All Sizes Knit Flat)

  • With yarn needle threaded with MC, seam hat from crown to color change using mattress stitch. (A mattress stitch seam tutorial is available here.) At color change, drop MC, thread yarn needle with CC, and seam rest of hat closed using CC and mattress stitch. Continue to Finishing (All Sizes).

Finishing (All Sizes)

  • Weave in ends on inside of hat with yarn needle. Spray block if desired.
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2 Comments

  1. Irma
    May 10, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Thank you for such a pretty pattern.

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