Free Pattern – the PentaCap

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Hat Description

The PentaCap is a close fitting beanie with a deep garter stitch brim, and a chain braid as the body changes to stocking stitch, giving it extra definition. It has a 5-point spiral crown.


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Worsted weight, single or plied yarn.


Needles & Notions

Set 4mm/UK8/US6 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
Spare single needle, 2 sizes larger
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle


Sample Details

Shown in Little Fox Mere Worsted [200yd/183m per 115g; 100% Superwash Merino]
Shown in size 21in/53.25cm on model with 20in/50.75cm circumference head



20 sts x 26 rows to 4in/10cm on 4mm needles over Stocking St.
20 sts x 40 rows to 4in/10cm on 4mm needles over Garter St.



To fit size: 19 [21, 23, 25] in/48.25 [53.25, 58.5, 63.5] cm
Finished size: 16 [18, 20, 22] in/40.75 [45.75, 50.75, 56] cm

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


Skills Required

Crochet Cast-on
Knitting in the round
Increases and Decreases
Standard Bind-off
Bind-off Braid
Draw-through Bind-off
Blocking a Hand Knit Hat



K: knit
P: purl
rpt: repeat
R/rnd(s): rounds
st(s): stitch(es)
k2tog: knit next 2 sts together

How To

Using smaller needles and Crochet Cast-on method, cast on 60 [70, 80, 90] sts.

Join in the round, taking care not to twist stitches. Place stitch marker to indicate start of round.



Brim Rnd 1: Knit all sts

Brim Rnd 2: Purl all sts

Repeat these 2 rounds until work measures 2 [2.75, 3.5, 4] in/5 [7, 9, 10.25] cm, ending after a Rnd 1, then work Bind-off Braid as follows:

Braid Rnd 1: With larger spare needle and using Standard Bind-off method, bind off all stitches

Braid Rnd 2: With main needle, pick up but do not knit one loop from the back of each bind-off chain

Alternatively you could work a Lateral Braid in the Round.



Rnd 1: Knit all sts

Repeat this round until work measures approx. 3 [4, 5, 6] in/7.5 [10.25, 12.75, 15.25] cm, or desired length, including the Brim.



Place an additional 4 stitch markers so that there are 5 stitch markers evenly around.

Dec Rnd 1: *knit to 2sts before marker, k2tog; rpt from * to end – 5sts decreased

Repeat this rounds until 5sts remain. Break yarn and draw through remaining 5sts, tighten to close.



Weave in all ends. A gentle wash and blocking is required to help the decrease lines settle in and lay flat.

Need Help With This Pattern?

If you’ve a question about this pattern, please pop it in the comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can! I’m afraid I’m unable to offer help via email or private message, but you’re welcome to post in our forum.


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  1. Elizabeth

    Where do we find the low-vision option?

    • Woolly Wormhead

      Hi there, have you come over from Ravelry?

      The ‘Low Vision’ tag is an umbrella category for various accessibility formats on Ravelry , and all of my patterns are colourblindness-friendly so they’re all tagged as low-vision with this as a minimum. A number of my premium patterns also have a separate LVA and screen-reader version.

      My free patterns don’t have a separate low-vision option, but you can use the settings within your browser to enlarge the font size, and there are options to print to PDF at different scales.

      Unfortunately we’re still waiting for my new website where I’d have much better accessibility options, there’s been some massive delays and concerns there 🙁

  2. Linne

    Thank you! This looks great and I have some gifted yarn that should work well with it.

    • Woolly Wormhead

      You’re most welcome! Enjoy the pattern 🙂


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