The Sandia Pattern

Here at last is the Sandia Hat pattern that disappeared with the demise of MagKnits. Enjoy!

Boaz is too cute
(Being “modeled” here by my little friend Boaz who was not in a hat-wearing mood.)

This child’s summer hat is knit in a cool cotton-modal blend with a brim to keep little noses from burning.

Size: Infant (Toddler, Child)
Crown circumference: 14.5 (19, 19)”/37 (47, 47) cm
Brim circumference: 21 (29, 29)”/53.5 (73.5, 73.5) cm
Crown height before decreases: 3 (3, 4)”/6.5 (6.5, 10) cm
Pattern is the same for all sizes. Different circumferences are achieved by using different weights of yarn and sizes of needles.


Infant size:
Knit Picks Shine Sport (60% cotton, 40% modal; 110 yds/101 m per 50 g), 1 ball each Grass (A), Green Apple (B), and Watermelon (C).

Size US 4/3.5 mm circular needle, 16”/40 cm long
US 4/3.5 mm double-pointed needles

Toddler and Child sizes:
Knit Picks Shine Worsted (60% cotton, 40% modal; 75 yds/69 m per 50 g), 1 ball each Grass (A), Green Apple (B), and Watermelon (C).

Size US 7/4.5 mm circular needle, 16”/40 cm long
US 7/4.5 mm double-pointed needles
All sizes:

Yarn needle
Stitch marker
1 skein black six-strand embroidery floss

Infant size: 24 sts = 4”/10 cm in stockinette with size 4/3.5 mm needles

Toddler and Child sizes: 18 sts = 4”/10 cm in stockinette with size 7/4.5 mm needles


With one strand each of A and B held together and circular needle, cast on 128 sts. Place marker and join for working in the rnd.
Rnd 1: K.
Rnd 2: P.
Rnd 3: K.
Rnd 4: P6, p2tog; rep to end—112 sts.
Rnd 5: K.
Rnd 6: P.
Rnd 7: K.
Rnd 8: P5, p2tog; rep to end—96 sts.
Rnds 9-11: K.
Rnd 12: P4, p2tog around; rep to end—80 sts.

Change to a single strand of C and work in stockinette for 3 (3, 4)”/7.5 (7.5, 10) cm.
Crown decreases:
Rnd 1: K8, k2tog; rep to end—72 sts.
Rnds 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: K.
Rnd 3: K7, k2tog; rep to end—64 sts.
Rnd 5: K6, k2tog; rep to end—56 sts.
Rnd 7: K5, k2tog; rep to end—48 sts.
Rnd 9: K4, k2tog; rep to end—40 sts.
Rnd 11: K3, k2tog; rep to end—32 sts.
Rnd 13: K2, k2tog; rep to end—24 sts.
Rnd 15: K1, k2tog; rep to end—16 sts.
Rnd 16: K2tog; rep to end—8 sts.

Trim working yarn to 6”/15 cm and thread through yarn needle. Run working yarn counter-clockwise through remaining sts, pull tight, bring yarn to inside of hat and weave in end.
Weave in remaining ends.
Embroider scattered seeds as shown in photo using lazy daisy stitch. Click here for’s instructions for this simple stitch.

One Reply to “The Sandia Pattern”

  1. Thank You! I like others saw this on magknits, but didn’t get it in time. I am so happy to be able to try it for this summer for my little grandaughter.

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