Sunday, 20 September 2009

Londesborough Hat Pattern

*This is my first pattern, any problems, mistakes or difficulties you find with the pattern, please do not hesitate to ask or inform me*

This hat is inspired by the 8-9th century Irish Londesborough brooch. The hat comes up fairly large, so see the end of the pattern for some suggestions to make it smaller. The spirals are not an integral part of the hat, and do not have to be incorporated if not wanted.



1.5 skeins of Rowan Tapestry (approx. 180m/195yds) – this is a DK/8ply yarn, comes in 50g skeins

4.5mm and 3mm hook

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Pins (at least 5)


Hdc: 4x4 in – 9 rowsx15sts


With 4.5mm hook

Ch 3

Rnd 1: sc 7 in ring

2: *2sc in first sc, 1sc in next sc* repeat around (14 sts)

3: *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* repeat around (21 sts)

4: *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc* repeat around (28 sts)

5: *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc* repeat around (35 sts)

6: *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc* repeat around (42 sts)

7: *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc* repeat around (49 sts)

8: *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 7 sc* repeat around (56 sts)

9: *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 8 sc* repeat around (63 sts)

10: *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 9 sc* repeat around (70 sts)

11: Use stitch markers to divide circle into three sections. Put stitch marker at beginning, at 23 sts and 46 sts (dividing into 23, 23, 22).

Section 1: From stitch marker, 5 sc in ea stitch, turn

Row 2-18: Ch1, 5 sc, turn

Bind off

Repeat for section 2 and 3, but do not bind off after section 3

Hat should look something like this:


Ch 25 from section 3 to 2, 5 sc in bottom of section 2, ch 25 from 2 to 1, 5 sc, ch 25 from 1 to 3, sc 25. Bind off.

Like so:


In panel A:

Row 1: 25 hdc in ea ch across, sl in edge, turn

2-5: 25 hdc in back 2 loops of ea hdc across, sl in edge, turn

6: extra sl in edge, 25 dc in ea hdc across, sl in edge, turn

7: hdc2tog, 23 hdc, sl in edge, turn (24 sts)

8: hdc2tog, 22 hdc, sl in edge, turn (23 sts)

9-17: 23 hdc in ea hdc across, sl in edge, turn

18: turn to wrong side, sl together edge of centre circle and panel A, bind off

Repeat for panels B & C


Take 3mm hook, attach to panel A, 3 hdc down from top, 7 hdc in from left hand side, ch 50, attach other end to 3 hdc up from dc line, 7 hdc in from right hand side.

Pin into spiral shape





Sc 50 along spiral and into back fabric, bind off

Repeat for panel B & C

Suggestions for making a smaller size:

Add a band at the bottom of the hat, *hdc2tog, hdc in next 4 sts* around, sc when reaching each 5sc section.


Rnd 1 (at start): sc 6 in ring, so that you end up with 60sts in rnd 10. Divide into 3 sections, 20sts between each. Have 23 ch (or fewer) around bottom of hat.


Finish top circle at rnd 9, divide into sections of 21 sts. Have 24 ch (or fewer) at bottom of hat.


Use a smaller hook such as 4mm for main body of hat.


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