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Fish Scale Knit Hat Pattern
(Circular Needles)

fish scale knit hat made on circular needles

fish scale knit hat made on circular needles

We have recently learned how to knit a fish scale stitch and today we will practice it by knitting a lovely fish scale hat. Take your circular needles, a few markers, wool or acrylic yarn, tune in your favourite show and let’s get to it.  If you are going to follow the pattern, then make sure you are knitting in the two strands of yarn and don’t twist the stitches while joining. Other than that it’s fairly straight forward, but if you ever get lost – check out video below or ask questions in the comment section. Have fun!

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> 5 Double Pointed Knitting Needles or 16” Circular Knitting Needles 4 mm (UK 8 or US 6) for ribbing part and 5 mm (UK 6 or US 8) for the main part.

<> Super Corfou – 100% Acrylic, Color # 45, 40 grams – 95 meters.

<> Fur, faux yarn pom pom

Fish scale knit hat size:

Adult: 53-58 cm

Gauge: 16 sts – 10 cm (4 inches) in stockinette

Note for knitters:

Knit in two strands of yarn.

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

k2tog – knit two together

s1wyib – slip 1 with yarn in back

fish scale knit hat with fur pom pom made on circular needles

Fish scale knit hat pattern

Knitting the ribbing part:

Using 4 mm knitting needles, cast on 76 stitches or any other number that is divisible by 2. Join being careful not to twist stitches. Place marker for beginning of the round. Rib k1, p1 for 10 rounds or until piece measures 5-6 cm.

Knitting body of the hat: 

Change to 5 mm knitting needles.

Round 1: knit all stitches around.

Round 2: knit all stitches around.

Round 3: *k1, s1wyib – repeat from * till the ends of round.

Round 4: *p1, s1wyib – repeat from * till the ends of round.

Repeat Round 1-4 for 19 more times or until hat reaches 19 cm.

Shaping crown of the knit hat:

Round 1: k2tog all the way around.

Round 2: knit all stitches around.

Round 3: k2tog all the way around.

Round 4: k2tog all the way around.

Cut the yarn leaving 10-15 cm tail. Thread tail though remaining stitches and pull tightly. Weave in ends.

Tie pom pom to hat.

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Jessie Lei 6th December 2020 at 09:53

Hi Ann,
I noticed that in the first round 2, where you knit all stitches, you actually knit 1, Knit 1 through the back loop, repeat. What’s the reason for that?

Many thanks.


Knitting Guru 7th December 2020 at 08:34

No, there is no reason, just everything depends on how the previous round was knit and how I grabbed working yarn. Just knit all stitches as you usually do.

Christina M Irons 9th December 2020 at 06:18

Where do u get the brown labels I always see on hats etc

Knitting Guru 9th December 2020 at 13:18

Ordered from another country

Bernadette 21st December 2020 at 13:04

I hace found a 100% cotton yarn 50 g. 73 meters weights l..71oz. will this be enough and suitable for this hat, I would get to balls for doubling the yarn for chunky?

Bernadette 21st December 2020 at 13:06

I meant to say 1.75 oz. and two balls(not to)

Knitting Guru 22nd December 2020 at 01:00

Hi. I afraid it will be too thick if you knit in 2 strands. Otherwise you might need to cast on a bit less stitches for the ribbing.

Bernadette 22nd December 2020 at 08:35

So are you saying to use this cotton, one ball only, cast on less stitches, whatever to get a guage of 4×4 inches, and 80 yards will be enough for the toque?
I think you can tell I’m a novice at this and need very clear instructions. I am planning to do the toque on circular needles. The yarn is called “Bernat($279), 100%cotton,50g/1.75oz/73meters/80yards. Guage 4 medium worsted.
Use single rather than double strand??

Knitting Guru 22nd December 2020 at 21:23

No, I meant that if you are going to knit in one strand of yarn you need to cast on more stitches than in pattern, but if in 2 strands then most probably less stitches. I would say 86-90 ( 1 strand) but it is better to check your gauge by knitting a swatch.

Michele 26th December 2020 at 13:26

Hi Ann
I love this clever fish scale stitch and your very clear video. Thank you.
Would 2 balls of Aran 50g knitted together be enough to knit the hat? I’m going to try circular needles for the first time!
Best wishes for 2021

Knitting Guru 26th December 2020 at 18:10

Hi Michele, Thank you for your wishes. I afraid to say that 2 balls will be enough. My hat was around 100 grams, so it could be enough but I can not guarantee. Happy Holidays for you too!

Michele 27th December 2020 at 14:04

Thank you Ann.

Art & Judy Leney 8th January 2021 at 13:23

Where do I purchase the fur pompom?

Knitting Guru 9th January 2021 at 09:02

Hi. Here is my shop of fur pom poms Let me know if you have any questions

Renee 18th February 2021 at 04:46

I’m using straight needles for this hat. Do I still purl where it says purl in round round 4 ?

Knitting Guru 18th February 2021 at 13:35

Check the link of how to knit it in rows

Toni 27th March 2021 at 14:21

Where can I find that yarn and is the weight DK?

Knitting Guru 28th March 2021 at 20:21

yes DK. Do not look for this yarn, check the gauge and find appropriate yarn

Jane 28th December 2021 at 06:17

Could you please do the attachment step in more detail I like the idea of doing the whole project in the round …. Unfortunately I am confused doing the stitch

Knitting Guru 29th December 2021 at 23:38

Hi, What do you mean by more detail. There is a video tutorial, please check it. Ot do you want to knit this hat in round?

Susan 21st February 2022 at 15:49

Could you please tell me what weight Super Corfou yarn is?

Knitting Guru 22nd February 2022 at 14:00

It looks like Aran for me. Or something between DK and medium worsted


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