Free Pattern: 100 Meter Dash Hat

Here’s a quick hat that takes 1 ball of yarn with 100 meters (109 yards). You can probably make it in one evening. It took me about 90 minutes.


Women’s medium, ribbing is about 18″ in circumference and very stretchy.


12 sts = 4 inches (10 cm) over stockinette stitch, knit in the round.


Yarn: 100 meters (109 yards) of bulky weight yarn.

I used Plymouth Confusion, a new concotion that is made up of short lenghts of all kinds of fun yarns tied together into one ball. It’s a brand new yarn, and I don’t think it’ll be available until fall. Is it fall yet? I’m not sure. It’s still pretty darn hot here.

Knitting needles: Circular needle 16-inches (41-cm) long, and double-pointed needles; size 9 (5.5mm) or size required to get the right gauge.

(If you hate dpns, try knitting on two circs or using the magic loop method with a long circular needle for the crown. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to write up lessons for these techniques right now, but if you click on those links, you’ll find some very good instructions for both techniques.)

Notions: stich marker, tapestry needle.

InstructionsFree Pattern: 100 Meter Dash Hat 1


Cast on 60 sts. Place marker and join to knit in the round being careful not to twist sts.

Rnd 1: (K1, P1) around.

Continue in K1, P1 ribbing for 1 1/2 inches (about 4 cm).


Increase rnd: *K5, knit in front and back of next st (1 st increased); rep from * around–70 sts.

Knit every rnd until you have about 10 yards (9 meters) of yarn remaining. Hat should measure about 9″ from cast-on edge.

CrownFree Pattern: 100 Meter Dash Hat 2

Next rnd: K2tog around–35 sts remain.

Knit 2 rounds even. Change to double-pointed needles.

Next rnd: K2tog around to last st, knit last st–18 sts remain.

Knit 1 round even.

Next rnd: K2tog around–9 sts remain.

Cut yarn leaving a 6 inch (15 cm) tail. Thread tail onto a tapestry needle and run it through the remaining sts. Pull tight to fasten off.

Weave in ends.

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