Dan the Man Hat

Dan the Man Hat


My Dad is a very particular shopper. He's the kind of guy who finds a pair of shoes he likes, & then buys 6 pairs so that he makes sure he has backup for 10 years down the road. He's got a simple, classic style that doesn't deal with much fuss, & he very rarely wears hats. But everyone needs a hat - especially in cold Midwest winters! So I made him the most simple yet tailored hat I could think of. It's snug, reversible, warm, & perfect for the hard to shop for man in your life. Bonus - knit up in springy wool, this hat can fit any adult sized head!

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– One size; to fit adult head (20"-24" circumference)

– Finished circumference: 16.5"

– Finished height (brim to tip of crown): 8"

– NOTE: all measurements are taken after blocking



– Approximately 100 yards worsted weight yarn

– Sample: Malabrigo Rios, Tormenta (1 skein); merino wool superwash

– NOTE: I highly recommend knitting up this hat in a 100% wool yarn or a yarn with at least 90% wool - it relies on the stretch & springiness of wool


Needles & Notions

– 1 US size 9 circular ndl, 16" cord (or longer if using magic loop method)

– 1 set US size 9 DPNs (not needed if using magic loop method)

– Tapestry needle

– Measuring tape

– Blocking materials



16.25 sts & 23 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch in the rnd; approximately 4 sts/1 inch



If you are confused or stuck, there are a lot of great tutorials online for all of these techniques!

– Long tail cast on

– Knitting in the round

– Simple decreasing