The “Whatever Hat and Mitts”

A few weeks ago, while looking through my altogether too large stash of yarn, I came across several balls of Berroco Duo. The yarn is now discontinued. That will give you an idea of just how long it’s been hiding in my stash!


I decided to try a moebius as I have never done one before.¬† I found the Shambala Moebius Cowl by Diane Augustin on Ravelry and thought it would be a good choice. The cowl uses the Cat Bordhi cast on method – here’s the link for that – which I used. It’s a very cool technique.


Anyway I ended up loosing track of where I was and couldn’t remember if I was supposed to be knitting or purling. But I thought to myself, “Whatever”, and continued on. The cowl is great. I’m still not sure if it’s correct or not , but, whatever – I like it! It’s still blocking in the photo, so there are some pins and tails still on it. Just ignore those.

I still had some yarn left over which I decided would make a great hat to go with my new cowl. In keeping with the theme I have named it “The Whatever Hat”.


Here is the pattern (if you want to call it that!)

Using a bulky weight yarn. Berroco Duo calls for a gauge of 12 sts x 18 rows per 4″ on a US #11 needle.

I used a size #10 needle because that’s what I had used on the cowl.

CO 64 sts.

Join in the round and work 7-8 rows of k2, p2 rib.

Knit one round.

Then just do whatever! Work some seed stitch or mistake rib. Throw in a row of purl, you know – whatever you want to do!

After 5 1/2 – 6″ begin the decreases:

Knit 14, k2tog around.

Knit all alternate rows.

Knit 10, k2tog around.

Knit 9, k2tog around.

Knit 8, k2tog around.

Knit 7, k2tog around.

Continue decreasing as above until there are 3 stitches left. Break the yarn and run it through the remaining 3 stitches to bind off.

I love my new hat!

But I still had some yarn left over. So naturally I thought I needed some Mitts to go with my ensemble.


I’m still calling these the “Whatever Mitts” (are you surprised?), but I did keep track of my stitches so they would match. And I did most of them in knit, for comfort, but of course, yours may be different :-)


Here’s the pattern for them. Same #10 needles:

CO 24.

Work a k2, p2 rib for 2 1/2″.

Knit one round.

Purl  one row. (Or not. Remember you can do whatever you want!)

Knit 4 rounds.

Purl 1 round.

Knit 4 rounds.

After 11 (like mine) or 12 rounds, begin the thumb gusset as follows.

K1, place marker, k1, place marker, knit to the end.

Knit on all alternate rows.

Next round: k1, slip marker, make one, k1, make 1, slip marker, knit to end.

Next: k1, slip marker, make 1, knit to marker, make 1, slip marker, knit to end.

Continue in this fashion until there are 11 stitches between the markers.

Knit 4 more rounds (or what ever).

Place the stitches between the markers on hold using a bit of waste yarn and continue to knit for 6 more rounds.

Purl 1 round.

Knit 2 rounds and bind of as follows: Same as the cowl.

P2 *slip stitches back to the left needle. K2tog through the back loops, P1*

Return the thumb stitches to the needles and knit 3-4 rounds. Bind off as you normally would.

Make another!


If you make these, please post to Ravelry projects so I can see!

Here’s the direct link for the Mitts on Ravelry and here’s the Hat link.

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3 Responses to The “Whatever Hat and Mitts”

  1. Linda Perusse says:

    Those as SO pretty!!!

  2. Dona says:

    Thank You!

  3. Cindy says:

    I love them!