Izmir hat pattern

We have a house in Seattle, and I have my craft supplies back! That's nice, but I don't care. I'm just here for the pattern.

In unpacking, I came across the most beautiful button I've ever purchased.  I think the guy said it's Czech glass made from antique molds. I bought it somewhere around 2005 for what I now realize was an obscenely low price of $3.


I decided it was time it finally got a purpose. And since I also came across some leftovers from my Haruni, it seemed like a perfect match. But, alas, once the hat was made, the button looked stupid so still it sits in a drawer, purposeless and alone.

A buttonless hat.
A buttonless hat.

Speaking of being stuck in the mid-2000's, I also knit some Monkeys, the hippest pattern of 2007 (I can't even maintain the cool among the knitters). The yarn + pattern combo is pretty horrendous, but they served the purpose of portable bus knitting and getting rid of yarn I've been lugging around for five years. So... now I have another pair of socks.

Hey, hey, these are monkeys. They will keep my feet warm.
Hey, hey, these are monkeys. They will keep my feet warm.

My project for the next week is turning this rink-a-dink room into a sweet craft room.

Before: The light in here is way too nice. It's hiding all the dings and filth that I spend days covering up.
Before: The light in here is way too nice. It's hiding all the dings and filth that I spend days covering up.

I hate the word "craft room". It suggests that I'm in there hot glueing gemstones on things. Think I can pull off "studio"?

Izmir hat

Izmir hat
Izmir hat

This hat gets its name from the gorgeous blues of the tiles produced in Izmir, Turkey. The 8,000 year old city was a huge producer of striking Turkish tiles for centuries during the Ottoman Empire.

Or so I was told when I visited Turkey. The internet will only confirm with questionable resources. What I can reliably say is that Turkey remains a huge textile producer. Check your textiles - odds are pretty good they were either Hecho en Mexico or Made in Turkey.


  •  36 grams (140 yards) 100% wool heavy fingering weight yarn (440 yards to 113 grams). Mine was knit using Sappho II in Salt Under the Sea.
  • US size 6 (4 mm) double pointed needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Markers


  • K - Knit
  • P - Purl
  • PM - Place marker
  • M1 - Make one, using your preferred method (here are some options). I did the raised increase.


23-24" head circumference (average adult female)


24 sts per 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch knit in the round. Row gauge is not critical.

Note: this hat does not have much stretch so stitch gauge is important.


Cast on 8 sts and join to work in the round.

Next round: M1 in all sts (16 sts total)

Next round: *K2, pm*. Repeat from * to * to end of round.

Crown shaping

  • Round 1: *K to marker, M1, slip marker*. Repeat from * to * to end of round.
  • Round 2: Knit all sts, slipping markers as you come to them

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you have 120 sts on your needle (15 sts between each marker). Pro tip: if you don't want to check your gauge (who does?) you can put the hat on a long circ or scrap yarn and try it on. Once it's the size you need, continue on, even if  your stitch count does not match 120.

Knit all sts until work measures 6" from the crown, removing markers as you come to them.

psst. your mullet is showing..
psst. your mullet is showing..


Note: if you want a clear indicator of where to wrap the yarn later, you can tie a scrap piece of yarn to the first stitch of the round. 

Work the following twice:

  • Purl all sts for 5 rounds
  • Knit all sts for 3 rounds

Purl all sts for 5 more rounds (3 ttl purl ridges).

Knit one round.

Bind off knit wise.

Break yarn leaving a long (~18") tail. Thread the tail onto a needle and wrap the yarn around the purl ridges. If you chose to place the scrap yarn, you will be threading the tail through the stitch marked and then around the bottom of the hat. Wrap about 10-15 times. If you want to add a button or decorative element, use the tail to attach it. If you have a marker, cut it out.

Sew closed the hole from the cast on, and weave in ends. Look like a princess in here most beautiful hat.

Pull tight when wrapping the knot.
Pull tight when wrapping the knot.