Old Glory Hat | A patriotic, free pattern from alaskaknitnat.com

Old Glory Hat — a free knitting pattern

As a lifelong Alaskan I am familiar with how unpredictable the weather is. We tend to hope for the best and plan for the worst, which is why I’ve decided to design a winter hat in the summertime.

Fourth of July in Alaska can be a bit of a downer. For one thing, the sun doesn’t really set so fireworks are pretty lame. Also, it’s sometimes cold, rainy and windy; but we Alaskans don’t let a little crappy weather get in the way of summer holiday fun.

So I’ve designed a Fourth of July hat. No one in the rest of the contiguous 48 states (or Hawaii, for that matter) would find this hat particularly useful in the middle of summer, but hey, you can be patriotic year round, right?

Old Glory Hat | A patriotic, free pattern from alaskaknitnat.com

Old Glory Slouchy Hat — a free knitting pattern from Alaska Knit Nat

Old Glory Hat | A patriotic, free pattern from alaskaknitnat.com

Materials:

Old Glory Hat | A patriotic, free pattern from alaskaknitnat.com

  • Lion’s Pride Woolspun yarn, one skein each in Royal Blue, Fisherman and Tomato
  • Size US 10 circular needle
  • Size US 10 double pointed needles
  • Darning needle
  • Large fork

Abbreviations:

K2tog – knit two stitches together

Star chart (written instructions below):

Old Glory Hat | A patriotic, free pattern from alaskaknitnat.com

Directions:

With the red yarn, cast 72 stitches onto the circular needle. K2, P2 ribbing for 13 rounds (you know, one for each of the original colonies).

Cut red yarn leaving an 8-inch tail. Place marker. Bring in blue yarn and knit in stockinette stitch for 2 rounds.

Begin star pattern. Carry unused yarn in back of work.

R1: K4 blue, 1 white, *5 blue, 1 white,* repeat * till there’s one stitch left in the round, then knit 1 blue.

R2: *k3 blue, k3 white,* repeat * till end of round

R3: same as round 1

R4: K1 blue, K1 white, *K5 blue, K1 white* repeat * till there are four stitches left in the round, then K4 blue.

R5: *K3 White, K3 blue,* repeat * till end of round

R6: same as round 4

Rounds 7-9: same as rounds 1-3. Cut white yarn leaving an 8-inch tail.

Knit 2 rounds in blue. Cut blue yarn leaving an 8-inch tail.

Stripes section:

R1: K white

R2: K red

Repeat rows 1 and 2 six more times (you should have 14 rows of stripes total). Cut red yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail.

Continue knitting with the white for 5 rounds. Begin decreasing as follows:

*K2tog, k6*, repeat till end of round.
K 1 round
*K2tog, k5*, repeat till end of round.
K 1 round
*K2tog, k4*, repeat till end of round.
K 1 round. While doing this, transfer to the double points as you go so there are about 11 stitches on each needle (four in all).
*K2tog, k3*, repeat till end of round.
K 1 round
*K2tog, k2*, repeat till end of round.
K 1 round
*K2tog, k1*, repeat till end of round.
K 1 round
*K2tog*, repeat till end of round. Cut yarn leaving an 8-inch tail. Weave in all ends.

Pompom:

Old Glory Hat | A patriotic, free pattern from alaskaknitnat.com

Wrap yarn around a large serving fork to create pompom. Run a long piece of yarn through the center tine and tie it around the wrapped yarn. Double knot it. Remove the yarn from the fork and with very sharp scissors cut the loops. Trim pompom to your liking, being sure not to cut the yarn you used to tie it with. Thread your darning needle with the long pieces of yarn on the pompom and secure it to the top of the hat.

Old Glory Hat | A patriotic, free pattern from alaskaknitnat.com

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15 thoughts on “Old Glory Hat — a free knitting pattern”

  1. I absolutely love this pattern and I want to try it, but I am a beginner knitter and am a little confused by the star pattern instructions. For rounds 7-10, it says to repeat rounds 1-3. 7-10 is a total of 4 rounds, so if I repeat 1-3, what do I do for the fourth round (which would be round 10)?

  2. Ohh…I think I just figured it out. A round is not the same as a row, right? So, if I’m going to knit the first row, I’d have to purl the 2nd row to get the second row. Rounds 7-10 would actually be a total of 8 rows???

    1. Hi Kerry,
      I believe you spotted a typo in my pattern. It should read “rounds 7-9 same as rounds 1-3.” A round is just what I call a row when you are knitting in the round. Thank you so much for spotting the error and I hope it makes sense now. Some people prefer to follow charts and others written instructions when it comes to fair isle so I try and provide both.

    1. Dear Muriel,
      At the bottom of the pattern there is a little button that says “print.” Click that and you should be able to find a printable version of this pattern. If that doesn’t work I suggest highlighting the text, copying it and pasting it into a Word document.

      Best of luck,
      Natasha

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