New free pattern: Gifty Hat and Cowl


To celebrate getting my website/blog up and running, I’m releasing my first ever free patterns! This set is knit in chunky yarn on big needles in a simple two-row pattern. It goes really quickly. Perfect if you’re a procrastinator (like me) or scrambling for a handknit gift a few days before a Christmas party (like I was).

Gifty Hat and Cowl set

SIZES: Hat: will stretch to fit heads from 18 to 26 inches [46 to 66 cm]; Cowl: 48 inches [122 cm] long, 4.5 inches [11.5 cm] wide (unstretched)

YARN: sample was knit in Ella Rae Classic Chunky Superwash (100% superwash wool; 121 yds/111 m per 100g skein); color 13. The hat took every last bit of 1 skein and the cowl took 2 skeins with about 20g left over. Just about any chunky or bulky weight yarn would be appropriate for this pattern.

NEEDLES: Hat:US #10.5 [6.5 mm] circular needle, 16 or 20 inches long & set of US #10.5 [6.5 mm] double-pointed needles (or preferred needles for working top of hat in the round). Cowl: US #10.5 [6.5 mm] straight or circular needles, any length.

NOTIONS: Stitch marker, yarn needle.

GAUGE: 14 sts/22 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch; 20 sts/22 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in  unstretched Lined Rib pattern.

Abbreviations used in this pattern:
k: knit
p: purl
st(s): stitch(es)
RS: right side
WS: wrong side
p2tog: purl two together


Using US #10.5 [6.5 mm] circular needle, cast on 66 sts.

Join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist. Place a marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

Begin Lined Rib pattern:

Round 1: *k3, p3; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 2: *k1, p1; repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat these two rounds for Lined Rib.

 Work in Lined Rib until hat measures 7 inches [18 cm] (for close-fitting hat) OR 9 inches [23 cm] (for bigger, more slouchy hat) from cast-on edge.

Begin decreases after you’ve just worked Round 2 of the Lined Rib pattern. Switch to double-pointed needles when there aren’t enough sts to fit around the circular needle.

Decrease Round 1: *k3, p1, p2tog; repeat from * to end of round—55 sts.
Decrease Round 2: *k1, p1, k1, p2tog; repeat from * to end of round—44 sts.
Decrease Round 3: *k2, p2tog; repeat from * to end of  round—33 sts.
Decrease Round 4: *k1, p2tog; repeat from * to end of round—22 sts.
Decrease Round 5: *p2tog; repeat from * to end of round—11 sts.
Decrease Round 6: *p2tog; repeat from * to last st, p1—6 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail on a yarn needle and draw through live sts on needles. Pull tight to close hole.

Weave in ends and block hat if desired.

Slouchy Gifty hat

Hat shown with slouchy fit


Using US #10.5 [6.5 mm] straight or circular needles, cast on 24 sts.

Do not join. Working back and forth in rows, begin Lined Rib pattern:

Row 1 (RS): *k3, p3; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2 (WS): *k1, p1; repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat these two rows for Lined Rib.

Work in Lined Rib until piece measures 48 inches [122 cm] from cast-on edge.

Bind off all sts loosely in pattern.

Using mattress stitch, sew the short ends of the cowl together to form a loop. Weave in ends and block cowl if desired.

Gifty Cowl

Worn as an infinity scarf

Hope you enjoy!


  1. isaida

    Welcome to the blogging world :)

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  3. ggmadeit

    I made this hat and I am in love!!! You ROCK!!

  4. Tammy

    I ran into this on raverly and loved the scarf and was so excited to see you had a matching hat:) Most people don’t think that is important, they would be wrong. very important!!
    Christmas is over but the cool whether seems to be getting colder so more touques are required for my university girls.
    they will love the matching set. Thank you very much:)

    • Triona

      I’m so glad you like it! I think matching hats are very important too. :-)

  5. deborah

    Nice pattern. You may want to consider adding a print button to your blog so that people can print the pattern without all the other stuff on the page. You need to find a plugin–and they are free.

  6. Gale

    Very nice pattern! I’m so glad I found it! I used 10mm needles and cast on 42 stitches using Bernat Roving bulky yarn to create a nice thick chunky knit infinity scarf. It turned out beautifully! Thank you! :)

  7. Cindy Ashton
    Cindy Ashton01-13-2017

    Love this pattern. Have made a lot of infinity scarves with it. Bulky, chunky and fine knit scarves. Just tried the hat pattern and like it too. Thanks.

  8. Jillian Anderson
    Jillian Anderson07-02-2017

    I finally found this pattern. Havent knitted for year and its winter here in Australia and freezing for us… excited….Only have 5mm needles will that be OK? Have 12 ply wool…Jilly

    • Triona

      Hi Jilly! The scarf pattern is very forgiving and will work with most yarn weights and needle sizes, as long as you pick a needle size that gives you a good fabric with the needles you have. Just work until you like the length.

      For the hat, it’s a little more tricky, because it needs to fit. Since your needles are smaller and your yarn’s a little thinner, I would suggest casting on a few more stitches. The pattern works with a multiple of 6 stitches, so you could add 6 or 12, depending on how far off your tension is from the one given in the pattern.

      I hope this helps!

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