Fast and cosy, this is a great hat to make as a quick gift for experienced knitters or as your first hat if you are a newer knitter.

Designed to fit a range of head sizes, modify length to create a fitted or more slouchy hat.

Idea pattern for new knitters or if you want to learn to work in the round.

eile hat against stone wall

What's covered in this workshop?

This teachable course goes hand-in-hand with the included written Eile Hat knitting pattern so you'll never be left wondering how to approach a section.

Some of the techniques covered in this course are:

  • Cable Cast On
  • Basic Knit Stitch (shown in both hands)
  • Working in the round
  • Working magic loop
  • Working hat decreases
  • Finishing the crown
  • Blocking

And you can also find a yarn kit discount for Nua Sport below.

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Wondering about the Eile Hat

Press play on this video and Carol will explain pattern construction and some of the tips and techniques you'll find inside this learn to knit course:

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Meet Your Teacher

Carol trained initially as a textile artist and then as a structural engineer. While both of these backgrounds are very different the influences can be seen in her design work which is well-shaped, flattering to wear and enjoyable to knit.

She strives to design clothing with a difference: not overly complex, but still giving a very unique end product. She likes to work with different construction methods, so long as they enhance the knitting experience and make for a more intuitively put-together knitted item.

Carol has been widely published in books and magazine and travels the world teaching in yarn shops and fibre festivals. The classes she teaches cover a wide range of subjects from cables and chart reading, through garment shaping and customisation right through to short rows and colourwork. In her classes you'll move from learning the basics to refining your knitting skills and fixing problems.

Pattern Information


Small (Medium, Large)

To Fit Head Circumference Up To: 21 (22, 23)" / 53.5 (57, 58.5) cm

2-3" / 5 – 7.5 cm negative ease recommended.


Headband Circumference: 18 (19, 20)" / 45.5 (48.5, 51) cm

Hat show is Medium size with 3" / 7.5 cm of negative ease.



Stolen Stitches 'Nua' (60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Linen; 153 yds / 140 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g); colour: Mosquito Coast (9801) 1 (1, 2) skein(s)

Note: The medium size used all of the single skein. If you want to vary the size order 2 skeins.


Approximate Yardage: 145 (153, 162) yds / 133 (140, 148) m



US size 4 / 3.5 mm circular needles, 16" / 40 cm long

US size 4 / 3.5 mm dpns


US size 4 / 3.5 mm circular needles, 40" / 10 cm long for Magic Loop


Always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed, as every knitter's gauge is unique.

Tapestry needle, 6 stitch markers (one distinct from other 5).


24 sts and 33 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St St

Do you need a yarn kit?

The Eile hat is made with Stolen Stitches 'Nua Sport'. This yarn is a blend of merino, yak and linen. Merino was chosen for that instantly recognisable soft and squishy base that we know you love. Yak is a dream fibre that adds a level of silkiness that warms your fingers as you work your stitches.
And Linen?
That’s our superhero.
Linen adds a rustic charm to this unique blend. Its strength and durability allow your garments to hold their structure and be soft yet hard-wearing.

You can find a yarn kit with the yarn and cotton tote needed for the Eile hat project by clicking the button below. Alternatively you can browse our Nua Sport range here.