Top-Down, No Math Hat: FourSquare

Ok, folks, I can take a hint.  My two Top-Down, No Math hats account for over half the hits I have ever gotten on this site.  So, I will give you more.  Yes!  A new Top-Down, No Math hat, this time aptly named: FourSquare.  It looks like a hot-cross bun, doesn’t it?Image

Here we go:

Yarn: Same as the others, yarn is whatever you like, about a hat’s worth. In the sample, I used Cascade EcoWool, which is lovely stuff.

Needles: Needles should be appropriate to the yarn.  You’ll need to start either on dpns or a magic loop.  By the end, you’ll either need more/longer dpns, or a circular.

Notes: We’re going to use two different increases.  The first is the same nearly invisible increase we used before.  The second is the same idea, but heading left.  I’m going to point you to this lovely tutorial from the Twist Collective, and use her terminology: RLI and LLI.


Ready?  Let’s begin.

CO 8.  Join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Round 1: K all, placing a marker after stitches 1, 3, 5, and 7.

Round 2: [RLI, K2, LLI] 4 times (16 st)

Round 3 and all odd rounds: K

Round 4 and all even rounds: [K to 1 st before st marker, RLI, K2, LLI] 4 times, K to end of round.

So, here’s the weird part: even though you’re working 2 st around each marker, the result looks like a single st going the other direction.  If you want the cross to be bulkier, you can work an extra stitch or two around each st marker (inside the increases).

Keep going until you have the circumference you want, then work plain stockinette until you feel like doing ribbing, have enough for it to curl under, or run out of yarn.

BO loosely.  My favorite trick is to go up a few needle sizes for the bind-off row.

If you like this or any of my other patterns, would you drop me a comment letting me know?  Nice comments make my day. Thanks.

7 thoughts on “Top-Down, No Math Hat: FourSquare

  1. I am from turkey,istanbul.I was in problem to find a proper instruction and YOU helped me so much.thank you very much.I hope everything will be as you wish to be.thanks again.

    • Thanks!! I’m constantly amazed how something as simple as a little knitting pattern can zoom around the world in no time at all!

  2. Well, Ravelry has been quite the yarn uniter, hasn’t it? I just queued this & have several manly men that would love it. I also like Jared Flood’s Turn A Square, but your increases are smoother than his decreases. A different look is all! Thanks for the free pattern, it’s always appreciated.

    yarnobsessed on Ravelry ;)

    • Hey, thanks! I was inspired by someone on Ravelry who tried to recreate Turn a Square from the top down – I said… Hey, I bet I could do that!!!

  3. Well, I have to say, I have knitted many a hat, but always with the “so when do I start decreasing so that it is the right depth — not over the eyes, not failing to cover the ears”. Your pattern is the ANSWER! I’ve just knitted my first top-down sweater — a Heidi Kirrmaier pattern — and feel like I’ve seen the light. It makes so much sense to knit from the top down. Many thanks indeed for your design. I will try to post the results on Ravelry — that will be another first.

    Best wishes & thanks again from London!

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