Banded Mistake Rib Hat

by Beth Phelps

Note:  This pattern as written has not been tested or technically edited.  If you find an error, please contact me.  I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible and make the correction.  Thank you!

Difficulty Level:  Advanced Beginner


Circumference:  17” (this stretchy hat accounts for 4" negative ease, fits a 21" head).

Yarn Used in Model:  Pachamama's Alpacas Fury & Spitfire Aran (50g/86 yards):  2 skeins
           (or substitute yarn with gauge of about 15 sts/4” - Approximately 172 yards total)

 (Note for experienced knitters:  Using a different yarn might require more or less ease.  If adjusting cast on for yarn or head size, the number of stitches should be a multiple of four for the mistake rib pattern to work properly.)

Needles and Tools: 16” circular #6 and #8 and DPN #8.  Tapestry needle.

Tension/Gage: 18 sts in broken rib pattern (4 ½ repeats) = 4”.


CO – Cast On

PM – Place Marker

Rnd -- Round

K – Knit

P – Purl

K2Tog – Knit two stitches together

RM – Remove marker

Sts -- Stitches


With #8 Circular needles, CO 76 sts and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.  PM.

Begin Mistake Rib pattern:

Rnd 1: *K2, P2.  Repeat from * all the way around.

Rnd 2:  P1, *K2, P2.  Repeat from * to last st, K1.

Rnds 3-34:  Repeat rounds 1 & 2.

Rnds 35 - 36:  K

Note: the garter bands knit up bigger, so reducing needle size is recommended to keep them from bulging out:

Switch to #6 circular needles and begin Garter band:

Rnds 37, 39, 41:  P

Rnds 38, 40: K


Switch back to #8 circular:

Rnds 42 - 43: K

Rnds 44 - 49: Resume mistake rib pattern, by repeating rounds 1 and 2 three times.

Rnds 50 - 51: K

Switch to #6 circular needles and begin 2nd Garter band:

Rnds 52, 54, 56:  P

Rnds 53, 55: K


Switch back to #8 circular:

Rnds 57- 58: K

Rnds: 59 - 68: Resume mistake rib pattern, repeating rounds 1 and 2 five times.

Change to DPNs and Begin Decrease:

Dec Rnds: K2Tog around, removing marker, and continue until 6 sts remain.

Break the yarn leaving an 8” tail.

With a tapestry needle, thread the working yarn through the remaining sts, removing them from the needles as you go and tightening the top of the hat closed.  Thread working yarn to wrong side and weave in all loose ends.  Steam or wet block your hat to set the sts and give it that final polished look.

© 2019 Beth Phelps

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