knitting a fall hat :: the kathleen

hat knitting pattern

**Update– Congrats to Kristin, the winner of the hat pattern!

I love almost everything about fall. Pumpkins and squash. Football. Cooler weather. Sweatshirts, hats and scarves. But one thing I don’t love is the sinus infection I get every fall.

I consoled myself by purchasing a new knitting pattern so I had something to keep me busy while I sat on the couch between naps. Four days later I didn’t have a sinus infection anymore (yay antibiotics!), but I did have a new fall hat.

I used the same yarn for this project that I used for the Herringbone Cowl — Malabrigo Worsted in a color called Chapel Stone. The yarn is soft merino wool and shows off the pattern nicely. It’s perfect for a hat because it’s stretchy and makes a hat that fits snugly without being too tight.

The pattern I used was the Kathleen Hat from Jane Richmond Designs. After I finished the hat, I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with my readers. Jane graciously offered to give away a free copy of the pattern to one of you!

If you’d like to be entered to win a copy, simply comment on this post and let me know what you’re knitting (leave a link to the pattern or project if you have one!)

PS. I recommend checking out Jane’s other patterns. She has some great designs for accessories and sweaters.


The cables on this pattern aren’t very hard and you’ll memorize the pattern after a few rounds. We’ve had a really beautiful fall in Denver, but snow is in the forecast and I’m sure I’ll be using this to keep warm this week. One of the best parts about this hat is that it goes with every outfit, it’s warm and it doesn’t mess up / flatten my hair. 


43 Responses to knitting a fall hat :: the kathleen

  1. Knitting openly: Toy (hamburger/cheeseburger) for DGSs and Crossbones Style cowl probably for DDIL or DNiece
    Knitting on the qt: Multidirectional Diagonal scarf for DH

    Hat would be for, hmmm, maybe DDIL or DNiece

    Autumn is my favorite season!!

  2. Love this hat! About to knit Christmas socks for my 4-year-old and 1.5-year-old, once my needles arrive!!

  3. Love this hat! The cable pattern looks great! I am currently knitting market bags for family members for christmas.

  4. I love this hat…my daughter has wanted me to knit her one like that for some time, but haven’t found a pattern I like.

    Currently knitting sock monkey hats and booties for some new babes, sheep hat for our churches children’s program, and some socks…plus working on knitting my own nativity.

  5. This looks like a fun hat. I’m in a hat mode right now.I’m currently working on a hat for my grandson, and I have another to start when I finish this one

  6. Love the cables in the hat. I’m working on a an elephant backpack and the crochet a zoo play mat.
    Stopped at Jane’s site – She has some wonderful patterns!

  7. I love the colors of autumn but find it very busy trying to get everything done – not least getting ready for Christmas. This hat would make a great present for one of my daughters!

  8. I love anything with cables! Such fun to make and very fun to wear! I love this hat!
    I am working on socks for my grandchildren for Christmas. They never have enough.

  9. My husband (the man with no craft or color sense) told me that I could order some yarn I wanted as long as I let him pick out yarn for himself so I could make him a hat. I thought that sounded like a good deal and he actually did well. But there has been a problem with the hat choice. I haven’t been able to find a pattern he likes. He sat for hours on Raverly looking for a hat. He saw this one as he walked passed my chair just now and, I kid you not, squealed “OH OH OH THAT ONE!!!” Since he was so enthusiastic (and it has been 6 months trying to find a hat) I thought I might as well see if I can try to win the free pattern.

  10. I’m with you! Living in southern California I wait with baited breath for the cooler days of Autumn and pour through patterns and pictures to find just the perfect additions. I am currently knitting a pair of long fingerless mitts of my own design in a pearly grey with an intertwined cable and knot that are reminiscent of celtic knotwork. The Kathleen Hat would make it a lovely set.
    Keep up the good work you do!!

  11. Pretty pattern! I’m currently knitting some pirate mice kitty toys (it’s exactly as it sounds – and adorable!), but I’d love to switch it up a bit and make a little something for the impending winter. This could be a fun project!

  12. Beautiful hat! I am casting on the herringbone hat by Kelly McClure and am working on Hemlock Ring Throw. Happy Monday!

  13. Love hats. I want to learn to cable next. Latest projects: little soft 14″ square lovey blankets, Victorian cowl with buttons, and hopefully this new hat! I love fall. I live in Utah, so fall is gorgeous here. And I run in the mornings and my husband walks at noon. So I’d probably make a couple of hats!

  14. I could do with that hat as it is so cold here today. Hope hats don’t take long to knit unless of course one of the lovely people on here would like to donate one Have a good week everyone

  15. Looks like a SUPER comfy hat. I haven’t actually been knitting anything lately as I just got back from vacation a week or so ago and haven’t settled in to decide what to start.

  16. I am about to start another baby blanket for my 8th grandbaby. Waiting to find out whether boy or girl. We are excited because this is the first baby for my youngest daughter after having 2 ectopic pregnancies. I would like to the pattern for this hat to make my daughter a hat. It is just the style she would like and she lives in Virginia so she could get some use out of it.

  17. Wow, this hat is gorgeous! I’m currently knitting a pink scarf for one of my friends. There are pictures on my Ravelry page! (subliminalirony)

  18. I would be delighted to win this pattern, I enjoy making cables, I do a lot of knitting for charity and this is the time of year to make warm hats. Currently I’m knitting a mint green baby blanket with seed stitch border and honeycomb pattern in the center. Carol

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  20. I am working on several hats but ran out of yarn. I am knitting hats and hoping to knit yours for charity. I am working on raising money for animal shelters. I am doing a raffle at work and will make some hats to use in the raffle..

  21. Tanya, Isn’t it the worst when you run out of yarn during a project? Sounds like a great cause to knit hats for — glad you can use your skills in that way!

  22. Yes, it stinks, but it just gives me another opportunity to begin a new hat! Thank you for the compliment…I made catnip packs and had a back sale and raised almost $600 for the shelter. Now I am in charge of fundraising, so I am going to be having a raffle and one or two of my hats will be raffled off….I try to do whatever I can to help the homeless animals.

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