In Excelsis Deo Hat

This is my second finished gift hat, and I totally love it. I saw a similar stitch pattern on a washcloth on Pinterest, and I just had to use it. Theirs used slip stitches, but I kept mine to basic knit and purl. It’s really simple, but it’s so cozy and textured. It has a lot of personality without being complicated. Give it a try!

This pattern is also available as an inexpensive printable, large print, ad-free PDF via Ravelry.

In Excelsis Deo Hat

Needles: size 13 (9mm), 16” and set of 4 double pointed needles for decreases at top of hat.

Yarns used: Big Twist Natural Blend (super bulky (6); 80% acrylic, 20% wool; 98 yards/142 grams), 1 skein of Natural Blend Denim.
(You could also use Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.)
Yardage: 98 yards
Gauge: 2.3 stitches per inch; 3.5 rows per inch.

Other Notions: one stitch marker.

Final Measurements: Child/Teen: 21” (Adult: 22.5”; Lg. Adult: 24”). All sizes will be written Child/Teen (Adult, Lg. Adult) in the pattern.

Stitch Abbreviations:
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit two together


Cast on 48 (52, 56) sts. Join into a round, making sure not to twist your stitches. Place marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Rounds 1-4: p1, k1, repeat to end.
Round 5: knit.
Round 6: p3, k1, repeat to end.
Repeat rounds 5 and 6 until hat measures 5.5 (6.25, 7.25) inches or 14 (16, 18.5) cm from cast on edge.

Switch to dpn whenever your stitches get too tight on your circular needles, usually around round 9 or 10.
Round 7: k2, k2tog, repeat to end.
Round 8: p2, k1, repeat to end.
Round 9: k1, k2tog, repeat to end.
Round 10: p1, k1, repeat to end.
Round 11: k2tog, repeat to end.
For Child/Teen and Lg. Adult sizes, Round 12: k2tog, repeat to end.
For Adult size, Round 12: k2tog, repeat to last st, k1.

Cut yarn 6-8 inches from last stitch. Thread the tail through the remaining stitches. Pull tight. Sew ends under.

To make a matching scarf:
A scarf will require about 2 more skeins of the same yarn. Use the same needles, but you’ll knit it flat as if you were using straight needles.
Cast on 15 stitches.
Row 1: knit.
Row 2: k3, p1, repeat to last 3 sts, k3.
Repeat these two rows until scarf is desired length.
Bind off.

Click here for a free copy of my most versatile hat pattern–it works with any needles, any yarn, and any size!

2 Replies to “In Excelsis Deo Hat”

  1. Do you think this would doable to make the knit rows in a different color? You could just carry the yarn over maybe?

    1. You could carry the yarn behind. If Color A was the color you used for the vertical lines of knit stitches and Color B was what you used for the garter stitch sections in between, rounds 5 and 6 would look something like this:
      Round 5: k3 with Color B, k1 with Color A, repeat to end.
      Round 6: p3 with Color B, k1 with Color A, repeat to end.
      I haven’t tested this, though. Let me know how it turns out, and I’d love to see a photo of the finished product!

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