How To: Little Girl Fish Hat

I went on a trip to Philadelphia this weekend and brought some leftover yarn along to fulfill my Thing-a-Day obligation and to have something to do in the car. This is the outcome:

Here are the instructions:

This hat has a circumference of 17 1/2 inches and will fit a 4-5 year-old child.


  • Worsted-weight yarn in three different colors
  • Set of size 7 double-pointed needles or size to achieve gauge.


10 stitches x 14 rows = 2″ x 2″



Cast on 88 stitches in color A. Close the round and knit 12 rows (@ 1 3/4″) for the roll brim. Add color B and knit 11 stitches of the chart. Repeat 8 times to set up 8 fish around the perimeter of the hat. Continue to follow the chart.


After knitting 4 rows in color C (rows 42-46 on the chart), begin the decreases.

  • Decrease Row 1: knit 9 st, knit two together = 80 st
  • Decrease Row 2: knit 8 st, knit two together = 72 st
  • Decrease Row 3: knit 7 st, knit two together = 64 st
  • Decrease Row 4: knit 6 st, knit two together = 56 st
  • Decrease Row 5: knit 5 st, knit two together = 48 st
  • Decrease Row 6: knit 4 st, knit two together = 40 st
  • Decrease Row 7: knit 3 st, knit two together = 32 st
  • Decrease Row 8: knit 2 st, knit two together = 24 st
  • Decrease Row 9: knit 1 st, knit two together = 16 st
  • Decrease Row 10: knit two together = 8 st

Cut off the yarn leaving a 10″ end and pull the yarn through the stitches remaining on the needles. Pull tight and sew in the end. Finish the hat by weaving in the other ends resulting from the color changes.


Changing Sizes

For an adult hat with a circumference of about 21.5″ cast on 110 stitches and repeat the pattern 10 times instead of 8.

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6 Responses to How To: Little Girl Fish Hat

  1. Jennifer says:

    This is absolutely adorable! I haven’t seen anything like this before.

  2. Dawn says:

    Very cute hat!!!

  3. Rachel says:

    The colors you used are fabulous! Great design!

  4. m.o.M. says:

    Cute, cute! Now to come up with someone I can make this for!

  5. lisa says:

    I wish I could knit. Those are adorable.

  6. Isn’t that just precious. What a beautiful hat that any girl would be glad to wear while out fishing with her dad or grandpa.

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