Free Pattern – Igloo

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Hat Description

Igloo is a ponytail earflap Hat. Its brim, earflaps and ponytail tunnel are worked in moss (seed) stitch, whilst the rest of the Hat is worked in stocking stitch. The crown is smooth and fitted and has a short tunnel that allows a ponytail to sit comfortably.


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Worsted weight, single ply or plied yarn.


Needles & Notions

Set 4.5mm/UK7/US7 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle


Sample Details

Shown in Frog Tree Alpaca Worsted[174yd/160m per 100g; 100% Alpaca]

Shown in size 24in/61cm on model with 24in/61cm circumference head



18 sts x 24 rows to 4in/10cm on 4.5mm needles over Stocking Stitch



To fit size: 20 [22, 24] in/50.75 [56, 61] cm
Finished size: 18.5 [20.25, 21.75] in/47 [51.5, 55.25] 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
kfb: knit into front then back of next stitch
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

Using Circular Cast-on method, cast on 7sts



Row 1: *Kfb; rpt from * to end [14 sts]

Join in the round, taking care not to twist sts. Place marker to indicate start of round as necessary.

Rnd 1: *K1, M1, K1; rpt from * to end [21 sts]

Rnd 2: *K1, M1, K2; rpt from * to end [28 sts]

Rnd 3: *K1, M1, K3; rpt from * to end [35 sts]

Rnd 4: *K1, M1, K4; rpt from * to end [42 sts]

Rnd 5: *K1, M1, K5; rpt from * to end [49 sts]

Rnd 6: *K1, M1, K6; rpt from * to end [56 sts]

Rnd 7: *K1, M1, K7; rpt from * to end [63 sts]

Rnd 8: *K1, M1, K8; rpt from * to end [70 sts]

Continue in this manner, increasing 7sts per round, until you have 84 [91, 98] sts

Next work 3 [4, 5] rounds of stocking stitch.


Tunnel Shaping

This section is worked flat, across all the stitches, to create a hole for the tunnel.

Row 1: Cast off 2 sts, knit to end [82, 89, 96 sts]

Row 2: Cast off 2 sts, purl to end [80, 87, 94 sts]

Row 3: k2tog, knit to last 2sts, k2tog [78, 85 92 sts]

Row 4: Purl all sts

Row 5: k2tog, knit to last 2sts, k2tog [76, 83, 90 sts]

Row 6: Purl all sts

Row 7: kfb, knit to last st, kfb [78, 85, 92 sts]

Row 8: Purl all sts

Row 9: kfb, knit to last st, kfb [80, 87, 94 sts]

Row 10: Purl to end then cast on 2sts, turn [82, 89, 96 sts]

Row 11: Knit to end then cast on 2sts [84, 91, 98 sts]

Rejoin work to continue knitting in the round.



Now continue working stocking stitch in the round until work measures 5.25 [5.75, 6.25] in/13 [14.5, 16] cm from tip of crown.

Next Rnd: K 82 [91, 96], K2tog [1, 0, 1] times [83, 91, 97 sts]

Now work Moss (Seed) st as follows:

Rnd 1: *K1, P1; rpt from * to end

Rnd 2: *P1, K1; rpt from * to end

Work Moss (Seed) stitch band for approximately 1.5in/3.75cm



Next Rnd: Cast off 12 [13, 13] sts, work 15 [17, 19] sts in pattern (1st ear-flap), cast off 30 [31, 32] sts, work 15 [17, 19] sts in pattern (2nd ear-flap), cast off 11 [13, 14] sts.

With right side of work facing, rejoin yarn to 1st ear-flap and work as follows:

Rnd 1: ssk, work in pattern to last 2sts, k2tog

Rnd 2: work in pattern (no decrease)

Repeat these 2 rounds until 3sts remain, then:

A) cast off for a regular ear-flap finish, or

B) work in pattern for 9.5in/23.5cm (or desired length) for tie cord on ear flaps then cast off.


2nd earflap

Rejoin yarn to wrong side of work. Starting with a purl row, work exactly the same as first earflap.



With right side of work facing, pick up and knit 4sts along the base of the tunnel ‘hole’ (where you cast on the extra sts to rejoin in the round), 7sts up the left side of the tunnel, 4sts across the top (where you cast off), and a further 7sts down the right side [22 sts]

Now work Moss (Seed) stitch until tunnel measures 1.5in/3.75cm (or desired length). Cast off loosely.



Weave in all ends and block as required.

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