Saldanha is a place in South Africa where the contrast could not be higher: on one side there is the dark, gloomy steelworks, on the other hand, a Greek-influenced apartment complex all in white.
The Saldanha hat is a beginner-compatible project that does not require complicated stitch patterns. The contrasting stripes transverse to the knitting direction and create an interesting texture.
The hat is simply constructed from the bottom to the crown. The stockinette stitches are interrupted by stripes. The contrasting stripes are worked at regular intervals.
The unisex hat is knitted in sport weight yarn. For the main colour (MC) I used a merino/ silk blend. For the contrast colour (CC) I used a cotton yarn with a pop of colour. The pattern is also ideal for using left overs as CC.


  • Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
  • Increasing, decreasing
  • Working in the round on circular needles

The pattern is written for two sizes (S-M/ M-L) and two styles (narrow/ slouchy). In the narrow version, the hat fits snugly on the head. The slouchy version is longer and thus more casual. The size and the length can be adjusted.
The intervals between the contrasting stripes can be customized.
You can also play with more than one CC to create more interest.

MC: sport weight yarn, 340 m per 100 g; 171m/ 187 yd
CC: strands of sport weight yarn, 340 m per 100 g, 26 m/ 28 yd. I used for one stripe CC in the large version 3.70m.

small/ S-M:
circumference 54- 56 cm/ 21-22“
length slouchy 26 cm/ 10 1/4“
length narrow 24 cm/ 9 1/2“

large/ M-L:
circumference 56-58 cm/ 22-22 3/4“
length slouchy 28 cm/ 11“
length narrow 26 cm/ 10 1/4“

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  • Yarn sport-weight yarn For the slouchy version I’ve used sport weigth yarn (MC main colour), 171meters/ 187 yards and strands of sport weight yarn (CC constrasting colour), 26 meters/ 28yards. One single CC round (slouchy, M/L) is about 3.70m.
  • Needles 3.0 mm/ US 2½ and 3.5 mm/ US 4, or size to obtain gauge.
  • Gauge 24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
  • Notions stitch markers, tapestry needle.
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