New pattern: Chicago Hat

This is called Chicago hat because the majority of it was made on my most recent trip to the Windy City. It is a quick and easy knit with a broken rib pattern, and an i-cord tail on top.

2 skeins fingering weight yarn in contrasting colors
(I used Baa Ram Ewe Titus in Aire and Classic Elite Mohawk in 3306 Oatmeal)
16″ circular needles in sizes 4 (3.5 mm) and 6 (4.0 mm)
double pointed needles in size 6 (4.0 mm)
tapestry needle
stitch marker

With smaller needles, CO 110 sts using both strands of yarn together
Begin 1×1 rib : *p1, k1 around
Repeat until hat measures 2″

Switch to larger needles and work in a broken rib pattern:
Row 1: k all sts
Row 2: *p1, k1 around

Repeat these 2 rows until hat measures 6.5″ ending with row 2

Decrease rows:
Row 1:   *k8, k2tog around
Row 2:   *p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2 around
Row 3:   *k7, k2tog around
Row 4:   *p1, k1 around
Row 5:   *k6, k2tog around
Row 6:   *p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2 around
Row 7:   *k5, k2tog around
Row 8:   *p1, k1 around
Row 9:   *k4, k2tog around
Row 10: *p1, k1, p1, k2 around
Rpw 11: *k3, k2tog around
Row 12: *p1, k1, k2tog around
Row 13: *k1, k2tog around
Row 14: *k2tog around
Row 15: *k2tog around
Row 16: *k2tog around

You should now have only 3 sts left. Make 1/2″ i-cord tail on top of hat, then knot and fold downward to create small loop. Bring end through to inside and weave in ends with tapestry needle.

4 thoughts on “New pattern: Chicago Hat”

  1. i am a beginner knitter. your pattern does not indicate if/when you join in the round. could you explain how you do this?


  2. Thanks Kylen! I have another question (sorry!) I find the i-cord steps and finishing of the hat a bit hard to follow. I have looked up an i-cord video tutorial but I could use your help in understanding what you mean by “knot and fold downward to create small loop” and then by “bring end through to inside.” Anything closer to step by step for this beginner would be really appreciated 🙂 Thx!


    1. Sorry that this is confusing! What I mean is that you should finish the i-cord by binding off those stitches and drawing the remaining yarn through the center of the hat to the inside and knotting again. This creates a cute little looped i-cord at the top!


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