Kristin Nicholas Design


KP-Quarters Cap for the Whole Family

This is the most popular pattern available in my Knitting Pattern PDF Collection. Hundreds of these Quarters Caps have been knit. I myself have knit at least 20 of them. My knitting friend Marlene says knitting a Quarters Cap is like eating potato chips - you cannot knit just one.

Sized for babies to adults, the Quarters Cap is knit back and forth on straight needles so the garter ridges run vertically from the lower edge of the cap to the top. The shaping is accomplished by working a series of graduated short rows.

I used my Color By Kristin Yarn which is a worsted weight blend of wool, alpaca and mohair.

The Quarters Cap is a great stash-busting project. Each section of the cap can be knit in a different color. The sections can be striped too. I have also seen them knit in one color for those color-shy knitters.

It's hard to find a handknit pattern that teenage boys will wear, but this one is it. My teenage nephews Francisco and Nicholas are modeling the caps in some of the photos. When they came to New England for Christmas one year (they lived in Brazil) they didn't have any warm hats with them. I spent the Christmas holiday knitting one for each of them. They didn't leave the house that winter without them.

Skill Level: For beginning knitters, includes tips for working short rows and mattress stitch sewing diagram.

Finished Hat Sizes:
Baby (Child, Teen's/Woman's Average, Man's Average)
Head circumference 15 (17, 18.66, 20.5)" (38 [43, 47.5, 52] cm)
Note: This project has more stretch than a conventionally knitted hat because of the garter ridges that wrap vertically around the head.


Straight needles in US size 8 (5 mm); stitch marker; tapestry needle

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