The Woodsman


My dear husband Curt is a very talented woodworker – the things he can create from a block of wood blow my mind every single time! When I came across Small Fish Yarn’s beautiful Woodshed colorway, it screamed Curt! So much so, that when he saw it sitting on my desk, he commented how the bronze and silver tones matched his workshop and laid claim to it.

I knew he was going to want a hat from it (he’s addicted to hats lol), so I had set out to create something that would highlight all the beautiful bark-like colors in the yarn and pair it with Curt’s love of woodworking. The Woodsman, ties both those inspirations together, with a cable motif that aptly resembles wood textures and knots in the wood.


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The Woodsman – This hat pattern is worked bottom-up, starting with the brim, followed by the body, and then decreasing for the crown.  This hat pattern has multiple sizes as well as both beanie and slouchy versions – so you’ll be able to find the perfect fit regardless of your personal style.

Worked in the round, The Woodsman contains written directions and charts. When the crown becomes too small to continue, you’ll switch to the magic loop method or DPNs (depending on your knitting preference).

This hat pattern shines well with solid, semi-solid, or lightly variegated/speckled yarns. Picking an appropriate yarn for this project will ensure you don’t lose the cables, nor have a yarn that distracts from the wood-like texture you’ll create.

This pattern is available in our Standard formatting. Low-visibility and screen-reader-accessible versions of this pattern are available with this pattern purchase. The low-visibility format is 24pt print in Arial, black font, no italics, and contains written directions (there are no charts to work from). The screen reader format has all the items mentioned above, contains no abbreviations, and accessibility was checked by the read-aloud function on both a Windows PC and Android device.


Skill Level



Size Information

Child/Teen [Adult, Large Adult]
20 [22, 24]” / 51 [56, 61] cm


Finished Measurements

18 [20, 22]” / 45.5 [51, 56] cm brim circumference– intended to be worn with 1-2” / 2.5-5 cm of negative ease. Curt has a head circumference of 22” / 56 cm, shown wearing the adult size.



Tapestry needle, cable needle, stitch markers


Suggested Needles

US6 (4 mm) 16” (40 cm) circular needles, or one size smaller than needles used for gauge
US7 (4.5 mm) 16” (40 cm) circular needle, or size required to obtain gauge
Four US7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles (DPNS), or size required to obtain gauge (Optional)


Yarn Requirements

Beanie: 90 [130, 160] yds / 82 [119, 146] m worsted weight yarn
Slouchy hat: 110 [150, 190] yds / 101 [137, 174] m worsted weight yarn


Suggested Yarn

Small Fish Yarns – Worsted
100% Superwash Merino
186 yds (170 m) / 3.5 oz (100 g)
Color: Woodshed



20 stitches by 29 rounds in the pattern stitch with larger needles = 4” / 10 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in a size difference for your finished hat.

Additional information



Skill Level




Type of Instructions

Charts, Low Visibilty, Schematic, Screen Reader Access, Written Directions


Bottom-Up, Worked in the Round


Negative Ease

Fabric Characteristics

Cables, Ribbed / Ribbing


Digital Download, PDF

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