Zig-Zag Chevron Hat — A Free Knitting Pattern

I’m not good at fair isle knitting. Usually everything comes out three sizes too small. I pull the yarn too tightly. Or I follow a pattern that slowly incorporates a new color and I’m left with long strands of yarn on the wrong side.

Today I decided to try fair isle again by designing something simple — zig zags. I’ve included the chart and the row-by-row instructions. I recommend knitting the patterned portion in a place with little distraction and possibly without other people. I end up counting out loud “knit one, knit two, knit three, knit two,” etc. so I don’t get lost in the pattern. It’s not difficult, but requires a fair amount of focus.

Zig Zag Chevron Hat | A Free Pattern from Alaska Knit Nat

The advantage to fair isle knitting is you create a thick wrong side to your fabric, which means a warmer hat. Below is a photo of the inside of the hat.

Zig Zag Chevron Hat | A Free Pattern from Alaska Knit Nat

Zig Zag Hat

Materials:

size US 8 circular needle

size US 9 circular and double pointed needles

Loops & Threads Wool to Wash, one skein of neon orange (color A) and one electric blue (color B) Any heavy worsted weight wool yarn would work.

darning needle

Zig Zag Chevron Hat | A Free Pattern from Alaska Knit Nat

Abbreviations:

K1, P1 = knit 1, purl 1

k2tog = knit two stitches together

Fair Isle pattern (the maroon is color B):

Zig Zag Hat | A Free Knitting Pattern from Alaska Knit Nat

Directions:

With size 8 circular needle, cast on 80 stitches with color A. Join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

K1, P1 ribbing for 23 rounds.

Switch to size 9 circular needles and knit 5 rounds. Switch to color B, but do not cut color A.

Knit 1 round in color B

Knit the following pattern (or follow the above chart):

Round 1: *1B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 4B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 1B*, repeat * till end of round.

Round 2: *2B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 2B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 2B*, repeat * till end of round.

Round 3: *3B, 2A, 3B, 4A, 3B, 2A, 3B*, repeat * till end of round.

Round 4: *1A, 3B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 3B, 1A*, repeat * till end of round

Round 5: *2A, 3B, 2A, 6B, 2A, 3B, 2A* repeat * till end of round.

Round 6: *1B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 4B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 1B* repeat * till end of round

Round 7: *2B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 2B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 2B*, repeat * till end of round

Round 8: *3B, 2A, 3B, 4A, 3B, 2A, 3B*, repeat * till end of round

Round 9: *1A, 3B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 3B, 1A*, repeat * till end of round

Round10: *2A, 3B, 2A, 6B, 2A, 3B, 2A*, repeat * till end of round

Round 11: *1B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 4B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 1B*, repeat * till end of round

Round 12: *2B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 2B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 2B*, repeat * till end of round

Round 13: *3B, 2A, 3B, 4A, 3B, 2A, 3B*, repeat * till end of round

Round 14: *1A, 3B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 3B, 1A*, repeat * till end of round

Round 15: *2A, 3B, 2A, 6B, 2A, 3B, 2A*, repeat * till end of round

Round 16: *1B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 4B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 1B*, repeat * till end of round

Round 17: *2B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 2B, 2A, 3B, 2A, 2B*, repeat * till end of round

Knit 1 round in color B. Switch to color A, cutting color B and leaving an 8-inch tail.

Knit 5 rounds in color A.

Begin decreasing as follows:

Round 1: *K2tog knit 6* Repeat * till end of round.
Round 2 (and all even rounds): Knit
Round 3: *K2tog, K 5* Repeat * till end of round.
Round 5:*K2tog, K 4* Repeat * till end of round (this is where you should probably switch to the double points).
Round 7: *K2tog, K 3* Repeat * till end of round.
Round 9:*K2tog, K 2* Repeat * till end of round.
Round 11:*K2tog, K 1* Repeat * till end of round.
Round 13: *K2tog* Repeat * till end of round.

Cut yarn leaving a 12-inch tail. With a darning needle, run the yarn through the remaining stitches and cinch close. Weave in all ends.

Zig Zag Chevron Hat | A Free Pattern from Alaska Knit Nat

Zig Zag Chevron Hat | A Free Pattern from Alaska Knit Nat

Zig Zag Chevron Hat | A Free Pattern from Alaska Knit Nat

**Update!**

A fan named Audrey from Knittingparadise.com recently posted a photo of her versions of this hat. She graciously gave me permission to post her photo in my pattern. I just love the color combinations!

Zig Zag Chevron Hat | A Free Pattern from Alaska Knit Nat

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9 thoughts on “Zig-Zag Chevron Hat — A Free Knitting Pattern”

  1. The colors and the chevron which is really a fashion statement right now…and a fancy name for zig zag…really caught my eye. I also knit tight and have been wanting to try fair isle. I love the way you made it look like a turned back cuff on the hat by doing the stockinette for 5 rounds before starting the pattern. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Dear Retha, I think 23 is an arbitrary number. I did made it extra tall so I could fold it up. Normally I do far fewer rows. It’s really up to you!
        Best,
        Natasha

  2. I just found your pattern & love it. I give my hats to charity & don’t like to make them plain. I am half way through this hat & have put a marker after each pattern so it is easy to follow. I can’t wait to start another in different colours. Thank you so much it is a great pattern.

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