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Hat Description

Noma is a garter stitch earflap Hat, worked top down and in the round. The earflaps are generous and end in a long I-cord.


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DK weight, plied yarn


Needles & Notions

Set 3.5mm/UK–/US4 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle


Sample Details

Shown in BabyLongLegs 3ply Handspun
[218yd/199m per 90g; 100% Wool]

Shown in size 23in/58.5cm on model with 23in/58.5cm circumference head



22 sts x 30 rows to 4in/10cm on 3.5mm needles over St.St.
22 sts x 42 rows to 4in/10cm on 3.5mm needles over Garter.St.



To fit sizes: 19 [21, 23] in/48.5 [53.5, 58.5] cm
Finished size: 16.25 [18.5, 20.75] in/ 41 [47, 52.75] cm

Not sure which size to make? Check my handy size and measuring guide!


Skills Required

Circular Cast-on
Knitting in the round
Increases and Decreases
Standard Bind-off
Blocking a Hand Knit Hat



K: knit
P: purl
rpt: repeat
R/rnd(s): rounds
st(s): stitch(es)
M1: pick up the horizontal loop before the next stitch, place it onto the left needle & knit into the front of it
k2tog: knit next 2 sts together
SSK: slip next 2 sts knitwise, then knit these 2 sts together through the backs of the loops

How To – Single I-Cord Crown

Cast on 3sts. Knit as per I-cord for 3in/7.5cm (or desired length)

Next rnd: Knit into the front and back of each stitch [6 sts]

Join in the round, taking care not to twist the sts.

Place stitch marker to indicate start of round.


How To – Plain Crown

Using circular cast-on, cast on 6 sts

Join in the round, taking care not to twist the sts.

Place stitch marker to indicate start of round.


Crown – both versions

Rnd 1 & all odd rounds: Purl all sts

Rnd 2: knit all sts

Rnd 4: *M1, K1, M1, K1; rpt from * to end [12 sts]

Rnd 6: *M1, K1, M1, K3; rpt from * to end [18 sts]

Rnd 8: *M1, K1, M1, K5; rpt from * to end [24 sts]

Rnd 10: *M1, K1, M1, K7; rpt from * to end [30 sts]

Rnd 12: *M1, K1, M1, K9; rpt from * to end [36 sts]

Rnd 14: *M1, K1, M1, K11; rpt from * to end [42 sts]

Rnd 16: *M1, K1, M1, K13; rpt from * to end [48 sts]

Rnd 18: *M1, K1, M1, K15; rpt from * to end [54 sts]

Continue in this manner, increasing 6 sts on alternate rounds, until you have 90 [102, 114] sts



Now work garter stitch in the round for the body by knitting alternate rounds of knit and purl until work measures 3.75 [4, 4.25] in/ 9.5 [10.25, 11] cm (or desired length) from last increase round, ending after a purl round.

Next rnd: cast off 10 [12, 14] sts, K19 [21, 23] (1st ear-flap), cast off 32 [36, 40] sts, K 19 [21, 23] (2nd ear-flap), cast off 10 [12,14] sts.

Nb: join yarn to wrong side of work for earflaps to keep garter stitch continuity.



Rejoin yarn to 1st earflap and work in garter stitch (knit every row) until length of earflap measures 2.5 [2.75, 3] in/ 6.5 [7, 7.5] cm with knitting relaxed, not stretched.

Next row: K1, ssk, K to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1

Next row: Knit all sts

Repeat these 2 rows until you have 5sts remaining, ending after a plain knit row

Next row: ssk, K1, k2tog [3sts]

Work I-cord for 8in/20 cm (desired length) and fasten off.

Rejoin yarn and work 2nd ear-flap to match 1st.



Weave in all ends and block as required.

Noma was originally published way back in 2010 in SlipKnot, the journal of the KCG (Knitting & Crochet Guild (UK)). I designed it using some gorgeous handpsun yarn that BabyLongLegs sent me, a blend of merino and cashmere named ‘An Ode to Vincent’. I’ve had every intention of republishing the pattern, but it’s just kinda sat there, waiting.

The problem is, is that it’s not an easy Hat to photograph. The original shots weren’t all that great, and each time I’ve got it out to reshoot it, it’s found it’s way to the bottom of the pile again.

It’s a Tom sized Hat, which means that really, he’s the only one who can model it.

This has never really impressed Tom much.

I think we got there this time, though.

Have fun knitting it, as well as wearing it!

Before you go, do tell us which is your fave of the photos – ta 🙂

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  1. LaurelFaye

    Love it! Tom really knows how to wear a hat. I see where Aran gets his paneche' for modeling hats too :0)
    Thank you for the free pattern

  2. suerowal

    Number 6, flaps up, I have a adult son kevin, who would wear this, I think, thanks for the freebie.

  3. Freyalyn

    Undoubtedly the bottom photo – he looks like an exhausted hobbit.

  4. samm

    Oh too funny! I love the hat, and Tom is just having so much fun modelling it. it's a toss-up between the first and last photos for me. 🙂 Hmmmm… but the one where he is sticking out his tum is pretty funny too… LOL

  5. Natascha

    For hat wearing fun and best fish face ever, the last one but of the hat itself number 4 . Thank you for yet another great patter .

  6. BabyLonglegs

    Couldn't possibly choose, love them all… everyone takes a little piece of his personality and amplifies it 🙂


    S xXx

  7. DaisyF

    Great pics!
    The last one has shades of Mr Bean 😉

  8. Leigh

    These shots are marvellous. Wonderful model.

  9. Rosie Beaucoup

    Tom is the best knitwear model I have ever seen!


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