Pride Parade {free hat knitting pattern}

Pride Parade free hat knitting pattern

I grew up in a small town not really knowing any gay people or maybe I did but I didn't know it. When I got my first real job I made friends and I liked who I liked. I didn't know that my boss was gay and I really didn't care. She was great at her job and taught me a lot about design. After weeks on the job I asked a passing question about her "husband" and all of my coworkers had a good belly-laugh at my expense.

That moment was a pivotal learning experience in my life about how I live and love. I learned that I really, deep-down, don't care if you live your life differently than I do; if I like you, I like you and that's that. Everyone is different and they are taking a path through life just like I am. I want everyone to have the same opportunities to enjoy each day and that's why I designed this hat. We are all equal. It's that simple. So this is a simple hat with stripes. I sized it from baby to adult so you can make one for anyone and everyone you love. 

Pride Parade Hat

Ewe Ewe Yarns Pattern #133
Designed by Heather Walpole

Sizes: Baby (Kid, Adult Small, Adult Large)
Measurements: 15 (16¾, 18½, 20½)" circumference; Stretches to fit 18 (21, 22, 24)" head size; 4¾ (5½, 6½, 7½)" high.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Wooly Worsted, 95 yards to 50g.
Color A: 1 skein or approx 26 yds, 14g (80 Indigo)
Color B: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g (78 Sapphire)
Color C: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g(50 Pistachio)
Color D: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g (30 Saffron)
Color E: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g (25 Orange Peel)
Color F: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g (20 Red Poppy)

Note: Yarn amounts are based on the weight of Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn and may vary with other yarns. Amount shown is to create the largest size hat.

Needles: US 8 (5 mm) 16" circular knitting needles; US 8 (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles.

Supplies: Stitch marker, yarn needle.

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows to 4" stockinette stitch.


With Color A, cast on 68 (76, 84, 92) sts, place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist cast on sts.

Round 1: *K2, P2; rep from * around. 
Work as for Round 1 for 4 (5, 6, 7) rounds total.

Next round: Knit.
Change to Color B and knit 5 (6, 7, 8) rounds.
Change to Color C and knit 5 (6, 7, 8) rounds.
Change to Color D and knit 5 (6, 7, 8) rounds.
Change to Color E and knit 5 (6, 7, 8) rounds.
Change to Color F and knit 3 (4, 5, 6) rounds.

Decrease as follows changing to double-pointed needles as needed to prevent stretching the fabric. 

Round 1: *K2, k2tog; rep from * around. 51 (57, 63, 69) sts.
Round 2: Knit around. 
Round 3: *K1, k2tog; rep from * around. 34 (38, 42, 46) sts.
Round 4: Knit around.
Round 5: K2tog around. 17 (19, 21, 23) sts.
Round 6: Knit around.
Round 7: K2tog around to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 9 (10, 11, 12) sts.
Round 8: K2tog around to the last 3 (0, 3, 0) sts, k2tog, k1. 5 (5, 6, 6) sts remaining.

Cut yarn leaving a 6" tail. Thread tail through remaining sts. Pull tight to close hole and secure on the inside. Weave in all yarn ends. Block hat using steam or wet-blocking to set the stitches. Love!

Stitch glossary:
K – knit
K2tog – knit two stitches together
P – purl
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
st(s) – stitch(es)
If 0 is shown for a stitch count for the hat size being followed, disregard that instruction.