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. 


40 Responses to knitting a fall hat :: the kathleen

  1. Susan (sjanova) says:

    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. Katie says:

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

  3. linda says:

    love those cables! looks like a fast hat pattern! my gdaughters would love it!

  4. Rachel says:

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

  5. Tobi Long says:

    Love knitting winter hats for my two teen girls – and I love this pattern!!

  6. Megan says:

    This is so cute! I’d love to knit this in a few colors for some of my teenage nieces!

  7. Kris says:

    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.

  8. Kay says:

    very nice

  9. Barbara says:

    I love the cables in this hat and the color.

  10. Karen says:

    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

  11. karen says:

    Really like the cable play in the design. Now off to see more of Jane’s creativity at her site!

  12. Jamie says:

    I just finished up a pumpkin hat for my little pumpkin and now I’m finishing the bunny I started before she was born. She got a lot of laughs out of the two legged, no eared bunny, so I could just be done :)

  13. Beth says:

    It’s so pretty! :D

  14. Karyn says:

    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!

  15. Linda says:

    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!

  16. Judy Ernst says:

    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.

  17. Margo says:

    You really did this hat beautifully!!!!


  18. Leslie says:

    LOVE THIS!!! :D

  19. rebekah says:

    Cute hat! I have been on a hat kick lately.

  20. Liz says:

    I love Jane’s patterns. And I have the perfect yarn for this!

  21. Jennifer says:

    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.

  22. Ann says:

    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!!

  23. Debra says:

    Lovely hat. My daughter was just asking if I could make her some for this winter.

  24. Kristin says:

    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!

  25. Cynthia W says:

    I am knitting Susan Gater’s “Framed” shawl located here: – a simple, yet lovely pattern. Would love the hat pattern, too!!!

  26. Anna says:

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

  27. Liz says:

    Such a cute hat! Can’t wait to make one for me!

  28. John Ranck says:

    What a wonderful pattern. Just the thing for my neighbor across the street. :)

  29. Diane J Baldwin says:

    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!

  30. Anne Nordgarden Rødner says:

    Beautiful hat finding is. It found now I have.

  31. Jeannie says:

    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

  32. dcwally says:

    That is a lovely hat — love the pairing of colour and pattern.

  33. Diana McClung says:

    I love this pattern!

  34. Meghan says:

    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.

  35. Karen says:

    Beautiful hat and the color of that Malabrigo is really classic. I would love to get started on some Hats for Christmas gifts. I am working on some baby gifts for 3 friends; one newborn baby girl and 2 baby boys due in 3 weeks. Current pattern is: And just completed a blanket with this pattern:

  36. Phyllis Rogers says:

    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.

  37. Charlotte says:

    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)

  38. Carol Dunn says:

    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

  39. my friend nancy is just teaching me to knit – would love to make this hat together with her! it’s super cute! thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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